April 1st, 2013 |
Robert Jackson, who played guard for the Cleveland Browns from 1975 to 1985, is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Jackson played college football at Duke, and he made the team as a rookie free agent in 1975. There is a nice summary of his career on the Browns web site.
Jackson’s 1977 Topps and 1978 Topps cards are pictured here. The 1977 Topps card is his rookie card.
Happy birthday, Mr. Jackson!
March 31st, 2013 |
Jim Hudson, who played defensive back for the New York Jets from 1965 to 1970, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Hudson was a starter in Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts, and he intercepted an Earl Morrall pass in that game. The Jets won, 16-7.
Hudson played college football at the University of Texas, and in 1963 he helped the Longhorns win their first National Championship. He was elected to the Longhorn Hall of Honor last year.
As far as I know, Hudson did not have a football card, but he did appear on a 1969 Glendale stamp. His stamp is pictured here.
Happy birthday, Mr. Hudson!
March 30th, 2013 |
Milestone Birthdays | 1 Comment
Former CFL and NFL running back Bo Scott is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Scott played for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1964 to 1968, and for the Cleveland Browns from 1969 to 1973. He was a member of the Ottawa team that won the Grey Cup (CFL Championship) in 1968. There is a nice summary of Scott’s professional career in the Alumni Spotlight section of ClevelandBrowns.com.
Scott is pictured here on his first NFL football card, a 1970 Topps. He appeared on several more cards and stamps, as well.
Happy birthday, Mr. Scott!
March 29th, 2013 |
Interesting eBay Auctions
Happy Friday! Here are this week’s interesting eBay auctions for vintage football cards and related collectibles:
Like these? See my Interesting eBay Auction articles from past weeks.
March 28th, 2013 |
Former NFL running back Chet Hanulak is celebrating his 80th birthday today. Hanulak played for the Cleveland Browns in 1954 and 1957, spending the intervening two seasons in the Air Force. He was a member of the Browns team that won the 1954 NFL Championship. He scored the team’s last touchdown in the championship game against the Detroit Lions.
Before his pro career, Hanulak starred at the University of Maryland. In 1953 he averaged nearly ten yards per carry and led the Terrapins to the National Championship. The Atlantic Coast Conference web site has a recent interview with Hanulak, including a video summary of his college career.
Hanulak is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1954 Bowman. He also appeared on a 1958 Topps card, but he had retired from football by the time it came out.
According to OldestLivingProFootball.com, Hanulak is the 494th oldest former professional American football player.
Happy birthday, Mr. Hanulak!
March 27th, 2013 |
Milestone Birthdays | 1 Comment
“Mad Dog” Mike Curtis is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Curtis was a star linebacker from 1965 to 1978 for the Baltimore Colts, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins. He played in two Super Bowls with the Colts: Super Bowl III, which they lost to the New York Jets, and Super Bowl V, in which they beat the Dallas Cowboys. The Associated Press named Curtis first team All-NFL in 1968 and 1969. The Fox Sports Florida web site has a recent story about Curtis, including photos of him with some of his memorabilia.
Curtis is pictured here on his 1969 Glendale Stamp. He appeared on numerous other football cards and stamps, as well.
Happy birthday, Mr. Curtis!
March 26th, 2013 |
Former NFL quarterback John Roach is celebrating his 80th birthday today. Roach played seven seasons for the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Cowboys. He was a member of NFL Championship teams with the Packers in 1961 and 1962.
Roach appeared on two football cards, both in 1961, but with different teams. His 1961 Topps card pictures him with the Cardinals, but he was traded before the 1961 season first to the Cleveland Browns, then to the Packers, and he ended up on a 1961 Lake to Lake Packers card, as well. Both of his cards are pictured below.
According to OldestLivingProFootball.com, Roach is the 496th oldest former professional American football player.
Happy birthday, Mr. Roach!
March 23rd, 2013 |
Former NFL defensive end Roy Hilton is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Hilton played from 1965 to 1975 for the Baltimore Colts, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons. He was a member of the Colts teams that played in Super Bowls III and V. He got 1 1/2 sacks in Super Bowl V, which the Colts won 16-13 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Hilton is shown here on his rookie card, a 1969 Topps. He appeared on a few more cards, as well.
Happy birthday, Mr. Hilton!
March 23rd, 2013 |
error cards, Player Deaths
Harlon Hill, a receiver from 1954 to 1962 for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and Pittsburgh Steelers, passed away on March 21. Hill won the Newspaper Enterprise Association NFL MVP Award in 1955, and he is still the Bears’ second-leading all-time receiver. (Johnny Morris is first.) See whnt.com for a nice video tribute to Hill.
Hill played college football at Florence State Teachers College, now named the University of North Alabama. His quarterback for two seasons was George Lindsey, who became famous as Goober Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show. In 1986, the trophy for the Division II College Football Player of the Year was named after Hill.
The cards pictured here are Hill’s rookie card, a 1955 Bowman, and his 1956 Topps card. (The 1956 card is an uncorrected error card: Topps misspelled his first name “Harlan.”) He appeared on at least seven more football cards, as well.
March 22nd, 2013 |
Interesting eBay Auctions | 2 Comments
Happy Friday! Here are this week’s interesting eBay auctions for vintage football card and related collectibles.
According to PSA’s population report, only thirteen 1957 Topps Zeke Bratkowski cards have been graded PSA 8 or better, making it the scarcest 1957 Topps card in high grades. (When the cards were printed, the Bratkowski was on a corner of the sheet, so it tended to get damaged in production. See my 1957 Topps virtual uncut sheet page.) One of the PSA 8 Bratkowski cards is up for sale this week. The last one to sell on eBay went for $965!
Wrongback fans, here’s a 1967 Topps Joe Namath card with Howard Kindig’s stats on the back. I suspect that the back is also upside-down, because some wrongbacks were caused by the back of the sheet being printed upside-down in relation to the front. The seller has not answered my question about it, though.
There’s no shortage of 1976 Wonder Bread cards out there, but I imagine that assembling a complete set of PSA 10s would be challenging.
The uncut sheet of the week is a full sheet of 1974 Topps football cards. The sheet holds 264 cards, half of the set.
This is the first I’ve heard of a distinction between “Type I” and “Type II” 1952 Bowman Large football cards. If I understand, the way to tell the difference is that Type I cards are centered, and Type II cards are not?
Pete Rose wasn’t just a baseball star. Here’s an original photo of Rose with his high school football team.
If you ever want to identify the players on an old team card, you might be able to find them on a team photo from a year or two earlier. For example, this 1957 Chicago Cardinals team photo appeared a year later on the 1958 Topps Cardinals team card, and this 1958 New York Giants team photo appeared on the 1959 Topps Giants team card.
In case you aren’t familiar with the 1955 Topps All-American Gaynell Tinsley error card, here’s a nice example. (The error is that it has Whizzer White’s biography on the back.) The bidding on the card is low, so far.
Finally, this week’s most watched vintage football card is a PSA 9 1976 Topps Walter Payton rookie card that started at 99 cents. The list also includes a complete set of 1958 Topps football cards, plus Dick Butkus and Joe Montana rookie cards. See all of them on my Most Watched Football Card Auctions page.
Like these? See my Interesting eBay Auction articles from past weeks.
March 21st, 2013 |
John Henderson, a wide receiver from 1965 to 1972 for the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Henderson’s best seasons were 1969 and 1970, when he gained over 500 yards each season. He was the leading receiver in Super Bowl IV, with 7 receptions for 111 yards. It wasn’t enough: the Vikings lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7.
Though he played for eight seasons, I don’t believe that Henderson appeared on any standard football cards during his NFL career. He did, however, appear on a 1972 Sunoco Stamp, pictured here.
Happy birthday, Mr. Henderson!
March 19th, 2013 |
Interactive Team Cards, Interesting eBay Auctions, New in the Gallery | 4 Comments
In a recent Interesting eBay Auctions article, I pointed out a 1957 Baltimore Colts team photo, and I said that the image was reused a year later on the 1958 Topps Colts team card. This week, using the photo as a reference, I made an interactive version of that team card. On the interactive card, you can move your cursor over the players to see their names, and you can click on a player to see all of his cards in the Vintage Football Card Gallery. Give it a try!
As I was mapping the names on the photo to the image on the card, I found that a lot of the players didn’t appear on the team’s 1957 roster. I concluded that the photo must have been taken well before the 1957 regular season started. The Colts picked up several of the players in the photo in the 1957 draft, but apparently some of them did not make the team. One of the 1957 draftees who appears in the photo but not on the roster is Joe Unitas, Johnny Unitas’s cousin.
I was unable to find the first names of three of the players in the photo: Welch, Stephenson, and Pollard. The Colts didn’t draft them in 1957, and I couldn’t find matches in the online NFL player databases. My guess is that the players were walk-ons whom the Colts gave tryouts. If you happen to know any of their first names, let me know, and I’ll add them to the interactive card.
March 18th, 2013 |
Dave Osborn, longtime running back for the Minnesota Vikings, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Osborn played for the Vikings from 1965 to 1975, and he finished his career with the Green Bay Packers in 1976. His best season was 1967, when he gained a total of 1244 yards rushing and receiving. Osborn was a member of the Vikings teams that played in Super Bowls IV, XIII, and IV. He scored the team’s only touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV.
Osborn played college football at the University of North Dakota. He was elected to the University of North Dakota Letterwinners Association Hall of Fame in 1977.
Osborn is pictured here on his 1970 Topps Super Glossy football card. He appeared on dozen more cards and stamps, as well.
Happy birthday, Mr. Osborn!
March 17th, 2013 |
Two players in the Vintage Football Card Gallery are celebrating milestone birthdays today: Tom Bettis is 80, and Chuck Muncie is 60.
Tom Bettis played linebacker from 1955 to 1963 for the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chicago Bears. He was a member of two NFL Championship teams, the 1961 Packers and the 1963 Bears. After his playing career, Bettis held numerous coaching positions in the NFL, including a stint as interim head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1977. There is a nice summary of Bettis’s career at InstantNewsKaty.com.
According to oldestlivingprofootball.com, Bettis is the 495th oldest living professional football player. He is pictured here on his 1963 Topps card, one of the short prints in the set. He also appeared on a two cards with the Packers.
Chuck Muncie was a running back from 1976 to 1984 for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers. Muncie gained over 1000 yards twice, in 1979 and 1981, and in 1981 he led the NFL with 19 touchdowns. Before his pro career, Muncie starred at the University of California, finishing second in voting for the Heisman in 1975. (See my page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates.)
After football, Muncie founded a youth foundation in California. He is pictured here on his 1978 Topps football card.
Happy birthday, Messrs. Bettis and Muncie!
March 15th, 2013 |
New in the Gallery | 1 Comment
Yesterday, via an eBay purchase, I obtained another card that will help me figure out how 1962 Topps football cards were arranged on uncut sheets. The John Unitas card shown here has a sliver of Bill Forester’s card on the left. This bit of information let me add the Unitas to a piece of the uncut sheet I already had. To see where the new piece fit, scroll toward the bottom of the 1962 Topps virtual uncut sheet page of the Vintage Football Card Gallery. Another ten years, and I should have it finished!
For other virtual uncut sheets, some completed and some not, see a previous article, U is for Uncut Sheets.