Happy Birthday, Art Kuehn and Abdul Salaam!

February 12th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Two players in the Vintage Football Card Gallery, Art Kuehn and Abdul Salaam, turned 60 today. Kuehn, a center on the original Seattle Seahawks team, played from 1976 to 1983 for the Seahawks and New England Patriots. Kuehn played in two other professional football leagues, as well: he started his career with the World Football League’s California Sun in 1975, and he finished it with the USFL’s Memphis Showboats in 1984 and 1985. Kuehn is shown here on his rookie card, a 1977 Topps.

Abdul Salaam (who changed his name from Larry Faulk in 1977) played defensive tackle for the New York Jets from 1976 to 1983. Salaam, Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, and Mark Gastineau comprised the “New York Sack Exchange,” the renowned defensive line of the early-80s Jets. Salaam’s 1978 Topps card is pictured below.

Happy birthday, Messrs. Kuehn and Salaam!
Art Kuehn 1977 Topps rookie football cardAbdul Salaam 1978 Topps rookie football card

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Curley Culp’s Pre-Rookie Card and Stamp

February 11th, 2013  |  Published in Halls of Fame, New in the Gallery

Curley Culp pre-roookie 1972 Sunoco StampCurley Culp 1971 Kellogg's pre-rookie football cardNot surprisingly, there has been a lot of interest in Curley Culp’s 1973 Topps rookie card since he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame a week ago. Less known are Culp’s pre-rookie issues, but there are collectors who find pre-rookies highly desirable, as well. Culp appeared on at least two: the 1971 Kellogg’s card and 1972 Sunoco stamp pictured here. They are the latest additions to the pre-rookie card page of the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

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Happy Birthday, Allie Sherman!

February 10th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

1965 Philadelphia Giants Play of the Year football cardAllie Sherman, former NFL player and head coach, is celebrating his 90th birthday today. Sherman played from 1943 to 1947 for the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was the head coach of the New York Giants from 1961 to 1968. Sherman led the Giants to the league championship game in each of this first three seasons, and he was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1961 and 1962. He was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. According to oldestlivingprofootball.com, Sherman is the 68th oldest living pro football player.

As far as I know, Sherman never appeared on a football card of his own. There is a small photo of him, however, on the 1964 Philadelphia and 1965 Philadelphia Giants Play of the Year cards. The 1965 card is pictured here.

Happy birthday, Mr. Sherman!

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Enhancements to the Most Watched eBay Listings Page

February 9th, 2013  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions, New in the Gallery

Yesterday I added a few enhancements to the Most Watched eBay Listings page in the Vintage Football Card Gallery:

  • There is now an option to see just the most watched auctions for a category. I added this because some of the fixed price listings never leave the top spots.
  • The page is no longer limited to just sports cards. You can now see the most watched listings for any category: coins, stamps, real estate, women’s shoes, etc.
  • The page will now show up to 100 listings, instead of just 20.
  • For fixed price listings, you can now see the number of items sold.

Give it a whirl!
Most watched eBay auctions for football cards

Happy Birthday, Rudy Kuechenberg and Robert Brazile!

February 7th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

We have two milestone birthdays today: Rudy Kuechenberg is 70, and Robert Brazile is 60. Kuechenberg played linebacker from 1967 to 1971 for the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and Atlanta Falcons. He also played for the Chicago Fire of the World Football League, in 1974. Kuechenberg’s younger brother, Bob, was a guard for fourteen seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Rudy Kuechenberg appeared on one football card, the 1969 Topps card pictured below.

Robert Brazile played linebacker from 1975 to 1984 for the Houston Oilers. He was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1975, and he made the Pro Bowl seven consecutive seasons after that. (The Corpus Christi Caller-Times web site has a nice summary of his career.) Brazile is pictured below on his 1978 Topps football card, and there are a couple more of his cards in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.
Rudy Kuechenberg 1969 Topps football cardRobert Brazile 1978 Topps football card
Happy birthday, Messrs. Kuechenberg and Brazile!

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Happy Birthday, Louis Carter!

February 6th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Louis Carter 1976 Topps football cardFormer NFL running back Louis Carter is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Carter played from 1975 to 1978 for the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carter was one of the original Buccaneers: Tampa Bay acquired him from Oakland in the 1976 NFL Expansion Draft. I learned today, from his profile at bucpower.com, that Carter threw the first touchdown pass in Buccaneer history–in the sixth game of the 1976 season!

Carter appeared on one card in the U.S., the 1977 Topps card pictured here. He also appeared on a 1977 Topps Mexican card. The front of the Mexican card looks like this one, except that it says “Bucaneros” rather than “Buccaneers.”

Happy birthday, Mr. Carter!

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Happy Birthday, Craig Morton!

February 5th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Craig Morton 1968 Topps rookie football cardCraig Morton, who played from 1965 to 1982 for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Denver Broncos, is 70 today. Morton was the starting quarterback for two Super Bowl teams, the 1970 Cowboys and 1977 Broncos, and he played on the 1971 Cowboys team that won Super Bowl VI. He was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1988.

Prior to his pro career, Morton starred at the University of California. In 1964, though Cal had just a 3-7 record, he finished seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy. (See my Football Cards of Heisman Trophy Candidates page.) Morton was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

The card pictured here is Morton’s rookie card, a 1968 Topps. The back of the card is a piece of a puzzle picturing Bart Starr. Morton also appeared on many other cards and stamps during his long career. You can see all of his cards up to 1978 in the Vintage Football Card Gallery. (It’s odd to see someone other than John Elway wearing #7 for the Broncos, isn’t it?)

Happy birthday, Mr. Morton!

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Walt Sweeney, Chargers and Redskins Guard

February 4th, 2013  |  Published in Player Deaths

Walt Sweeney 1969 Glendale StampWalt Sweeney, a guard from 1963 to 1975 for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins, passed away on February 2. Sweeney was an AFL All-Star or NFL Pro Bowler for nine straight seasons, and he was elected to the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1981. There is a tribute to Sweeney on the Syracuse Post-Standard web site. Also see the Tales From the American League blog for an article comparing Sweeney’s career to the careers of two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sweeney is pictured here on his 1969 Glendale Stamp. He appeared on numerous other cards and stamps, as well. You can see all of them in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

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Happy Birthday, Chris Bahr!

February 3rd, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Chris Bahr 1978 Topps football cardChris Bahr, a longtime kicker in the NFL, is celebrating his 60th birthday today. Bahr played from 1976 to 1989 for the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, and San Diego Chargers. He played on two Super Bowl Championship teams with the Raiders, in 1980 and 1983. Before his NFL career, Bahr played one season for the Philadelphia Atoms of the North American Soccer League, and he played on the U.S. National soccer team in the qualifying rounds for the 1976 Olympics. Bahr’s younger brother, Matt Bahr, also played in the NASL and NFL.

Bahr is pictured here on his 1978 Topps football card. He also appeared on a 1977 Topps card, and on many cards after 1978. I don’t have his newer cards yet, but you can find them on eBay.

Happy birthday, Mr. Bahr!

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New in the Gallery: Most Watched Football (and Other Sports) Card Auctions

February 2nd, 2013  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions, New in the Gallery

Yesterday I added a page to the Vintage Football Card Gallery that shows the football card auctions with the most watchers on eBay. The page works for other sports, as well–even wrestling!

I was a little surprised at the current top listings. In football, the results include mostly unopened packs and modern cards. There are vintage cards among the top baseball and hockey card auctions, though, so I expect to see some vintage football cards bubble up, too.

Anyway, take a look!
Most watched football card auction page

Happy Birthday, Bill Budness!

January 30th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Bill Budness 1966 Topps football cardBill Budness, who played linebacker for the Oakland Raiders from 1964 to 1970, is 70 years old today. Budness was a member of the Raiders team that won the 1967 AFL Championship and played in Super Bowl II against the Packers. He played college football at Boston University, and he is a member of the BU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Budness appeared on one football card with the Raiders, the 1966 Topps card pictured here.

Happy birthday, Mr. Budness!

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Lady Gaga’s Mom–on a Football Card!

January 29th, 2013  |  Published in Football Card Trivia

One thing I enjoy about working on the Vintage Football Card Gallery is discovering trivia about the people on the cards. Sometimes the trivia comes in an email. Yesterday, for example, I learned that Lady Gaga’s mother appears on a card in the Gallery. Here is the note that clued me in:

Just an FYI regarding the 1974 pack of playing cards from West Virginia University. Card 12H shows the WVU cheerleaders for 1974. The top cheerleader on the right (Cindy Bissett) is now Cindy Germanti (sp) better known as Lady GaGa’s Mother. I was student manager for the team that year and remember the excitement of having our picture taken and having to sign the release for the University to use our photos, then the complete letdown of getting aced out (pun intended) by the cheerleaders and the AD………..jim wells

I did a quick search, and sure enough, I found Cindy Bissett Germanotta on Rolling Stone’s web site. I had no idea!

Here is the card that Jim was talking about: the cheerleader card in the deck of 1974 West Virginia University playing cards. You can click on the card for a larger image.
Playing card of 1974 West Virginia University cheerleaders
Anyone else have surprises to share about the people on the cards?

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Rough Riders at Night

January 28th, 2013  |  Published in CFL Cards, Funny Poses, Silly Stuff

Last week, while adding 1970 O-Pee-Chee CFL cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery, I was amused by some of the images. Many of the photos appear to have been taken at night, with a flash. The photos weren’t bad if the player filled the frame, such as on Danny Nykoluk’s card. The effect didn’t work so well with action shots, however. Check out Jerry Campbell, who looks as if he was caught by a nighttime wildlife camera. And Ron Stewart and Wayne Giardino, who appear to have tripped the camera a little early!
Jerry Campbell 1970 O-Pee-Chee CFL football carddeer_nighttime_photo
(Photo of deer courtesy of Chert Hollow Farm, LLC. Thanks, Eric and Joanna!)

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New in the Gallery: 1953 University of Oregon Cards

January 27th, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery  |  1 Comment

Yesterday I added 1953 University of Oregon cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. I have just eight of the twenty cards in the set, but since I don’t see them for sale very often, I thought I would display the ones I have. The cards are 2.25 by 3.5 inches, and the backs of the cards are all the same.

Four of the players in the 1953 Oregon set went on to play professionally. One of those players is pictured here: Jack Patera played seven years with the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, Chicago Cardinals, and Dallas Cowboys. In 1976, he became the first head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, and he coached the Seahawks for seven seasons. Patera was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1979.

I filed the 1953 Oregon cards under Food and Regional Issues.
Jack Patera 1953 University of Oregon football cardBack of 1953 University of Oregon football card

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Happy Birthday, Ron Drzewiecki!

January 26th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays  |  1 Comment

Ron Drzewiecki 1960 Fleer football cardRon Drzewiecki turned 80 years old yesterday; he was a running back and kick returner for the Chicago Bears in 1955 and 1957. As far as I know, Drzewiecki did not appear on a football card with the Bears, but he later appeared on a 1960 Fleer card with the Oakland Raiders. Drzewiecki signed to play with the Raiders in April, 1960, but I could not find any 1960 stats for him, so apparently he did not play in the regular season.

Drzewiecki played college football at Marquette University, and he was inducted into the Marquette M Club Hall of Fame in 1985. The Marquette library has several photos of Drzewiecki in action. (Marquette ended its football program in 1960.)

Drzewiecki is the 491st oldest living pro football player, according to oldestlivingprofootball.com.

Happy birthday, Mr. Drzewiecki!

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