New in the Gallery: Interactive 1956 Topps Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears Team Cards

December 21st, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Los Angeles Rams team football card1956 Topps Chicago Bears team football cardLast week I added interactive 1956 Topps Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears team cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. You can see them by clicking on the non-interactive images shown here.

Like the other team cards in the 1956 Topps set, these two cards picture the 1955 teams. I believe that all of the players on the Rams card also appear in the 1955 Rams Team Issue set. About six of the players on the Bears card never appeared on cards of their own, so it was nice to give them a little recognition. One of the Bears players, Harry Hugasian, played part of the 1955 season for Baltimore, and he also appears on the Colts team card.

I have now finished making all of the 1956 Topps team cards intereractive; you can see the whole array here. Next up are the team cards in the 1958 Topps set.

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An Interactive 1956 Topps Detroit Lions Team Card

December 1st, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Detroit Lions team football cardLast week I added an interactive 1956 Topps Detroit Lions team card to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. To see it, click on the non-interactive image shown here.

Though it was printed in 1956, the card pictures the 1955 Lions team. About eight of the players in the photo never appeared on cards of their own. One of the things I enjoy about making these team cards is giving the cardless players a little recognition.

This is my tenth interactive 1956 Topps team card; I have two more to go. Next up: the Los Angeles Rams.

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An Interactive 1956 Topps Pittsburgh Steelers Team Card

November 1st, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Pittsburgh Steelers team football cardToday I added an interactive 1956 Topps Pittsburgh Steelers team card to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. To see it, click on the non-interactive image shown here. Though it was printed in 1956, the card pictures the 1955 Steelers team. You can see a larger version of the 1955 Steelers team photo at steelersuk.com.

As usual, I found a couple of surprises while working on the interactive card. First, I was surprised to see Hall of Fame running back Marion Motley in the back row. I didn’t know it, but Motley, after sitting out the 1954 season, finished his career with Pittsburgh in 1955. Second, center Fred Broussard appears on this card, and he also appears on the 1956 Topps New York Giants team card! Broussard, it turns out, played for both Pittsburgh and New York in 1955, and he ended up in both team pictures.

About nine of the players on the Steelers card never appeared on cards of their own. It’s always fun to give those players a little recognition.

This is my ninth interactive 1956 Topps team card; I have three more to go. Next up: the Detroit Lions.

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Interesting eBay Auctions: 1956 Topps Uncut Panels

October 23rd, 2013  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions, Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets, New in the Gallery

Uncut panel of 1956 Topps football cardsEarlier this week, eBay seller irishhosta put seven uncut panels of 1956 Topps football cards up for sale. You can see the individual listings here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Following the card arrangement shown on these panels and on a partial sheet I had seen earlier, I was able to complete my virtual uncut sheet of 1956 Topps cards. You can see the full virtual sheet in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

There are a handful of inconsistencies in how the cards are arranged on the panels, so I am not 100% certain of the configuration of the full sheet. I am reasonably sure that the ordering of the rows is correct, but there is a slight chance that some of the cards within the rows are out of place.

Another project of mine is making the team cards in this set “interactive.” You can see my progress in some earlier blog posts.

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An Interactive 1956 Topps Washington Redskins Team Card

June 16th, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Washington Redskins team football cardThe newest interactive team card in the Vintage Football Card Gallery is the 1956 Topps Washington Redskins team card. Click on the image pictured here to see the interactive version.

The card pictures the 1955 Redskins team. About fifteen of the players on the card never appeared on cards of their own. While searching for some of the players, I found another, much cooler photo of the 1955 Redskins, with the United States Capitol in the background. Unfortunately, the wide format of the photo wasn’t suited for a football card.

This is my eighth interactive 1956 Topps team card; I have four more to go. Next up: the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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More Interactive Team Cards: 1956 Topps Baltimore Colts and New York Giants

May 19th, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Baltimore Colts team football card1956 Topps New York Giants team football cardThe newest interactive team cards in the Vintage Football Card Gallery are the 1956 Topps Baltimore Colts and New York Giants team cards. Click on the images pictured here to see the interactive versions.

Both cards show the 1955 teams. Three future Hall of Fame coaches appear on the cards: Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry are pictured on the Giants card, and Don Shula is a player on the Colts card. Leroy Vaughn, the father of major league baseball’s Mo Vaughn, also appears with the Colts.

These are my sixth and seventh interactive 1956 Topps team cards; I have five more to go. Next up: the Washington Redskins.

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An Interactive 1956 Topps Cleveland Browns Team Card

May 14th, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Cleveland Browns team football cardThe newest interactive team card in the Vintage Football Card Gallery is the 1956 Topps Cleveland Browns team card. Clicking on the image pictured here will take you to the interactive version.

The card pictures the 1955 Cleveland Browns, who won the NFL championship. Remarkably, at least six of the players on the team later became head coaches in the NFL: Otto Graham, Abe Gibron, Mike McCormack, Walt Michaels, Chuck Noll, and John Sandusky.

This is my fifth interactive 1956 Topps team card; I have seven more to go. Next up: the Baltimore Colts.

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An Interactive 1956 Topps Philadelphia Eagles Team Card

May 13th, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Philadelphia Eagles team football cardThe newest interactive team card in the Vintage Football Card Gallery is the 1956 Topps Philadelphia Eagles team card. Clicking on the image pictured here will take you to the interactive version.

At least one of the players on the card will be familiar to CFL fans. After three seasons with the Eagles, Ralph Goldston played nine seasons for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and in those nine seasons, he played in seven Grey Cups. Goldston appeared on several cards with the Tiger-Cats.

I will continue to work on the remaining 1956 Topps team cards as I have time. Next up: the Cleveland Browns.

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Another Interactive Team Card: 1956 Topps Chicago Cardinals

May 7th, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Chicago Cardinals team football cardThe newest interactive team card in the Vintage Football Card Gallery is the 1956 Topps Chicago Cardinals card. Clicking on the image pictured here will take you to the interactive version.

This card took awhile, because the image includes a lot of players that I didn’t yet have in my database. It also includes a bunch of owners, managers, coaches, and other non-players. As usual, I found some people I wasn’t expecting: Frank Bernardi, who later appeared with the Broncos on a 1960 Fleer card, and coaches Bob Nowaskey and Tommy Thompson, who had appeared on earlier football cards as players.

I will continue to work on the remaining 1956 Topps team cards as I have time. Next up: the Philadelphia Eagles.

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New in the Gallery: Interactive 1956 Topps San Francisco 49ers Team Card

May 2nd, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps San Francisco 49ers team football cardA lot of you liked the interactive 1956 Topps Packers team card I told you about yesterday, so I thought I would knock out another interactive card. This time I did the 1956 Topps 49ers team card. Clicking on the card pictured here will take you to the interactive version.

This card went faster, since most of the players also appear on 1955 49ers team issue photos, and I didn’t have to enter the data for them. Only two players, Frank Mincevich and Lowell Wagner, were not already in my database. Also, there are no coaches or staff in the picture, so I didn’t have to find their information.

I will work on the remaining 1956 Topps team cards as I have time.

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New in the Gallery: An Interactive 1956 Topps Green Bay Packers Team Card

May 1st, 2013  |  Published in Interactive Team Cards, New in the Gallery

1956 Topps Green Bay Packers team cardI recently added another interactive team card to the Vintage Football Card Gallery, the 1956 Topps Green Bay Packers card. Clicking on the card pictured here will take you to the interactive version.

I enjoy working on these team cards because it gives me an opportunity to acknowledge the players who never appeared on cards of their own. On this card, for instance, there are two members of the Packers Hall of Fame who never had their own cards. One is Deral Teteak, who starred at linebacker and guard for the Packers from 1952 to 1956. The other is Bud Jorgensen, who, after a brief playing career, served as an equipment manager and trainer for the Packers for 47 years.

Over time, I hope to make all of the team cards in the Gallery interactive. For those of you who haven’t seen them, here are the others I have done so far: 1958 Topps Baltimore Colts, 1959 Topps New York Giants, 1961 Topps Green Bay Packers, 1963 Topps Dallas Cowboys, 1964 Topps Oakland Raiders, and 1967 Philadelphia Cleveland Browns.

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Harlon Hill, Bears, Lions, and Steelers Receiver

March 23rd, 2013  |  Published in 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.
Harlon Hill 1955 Bowman rookie football cardHarlon Hill 1956 Topps football card

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Happy Birthday, Ron Waller, Mike Raines, and Morris Owens!

February 14th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays

Ron Waller 1956 Topps rookie football cardHappy Valentine’s Day! Three players in the Vintage Football Card Gallery have milestone birthdays today: Ron Waller is 80, and Mike Raines and Morris Owens are 60.

Ron Waller was a running back and kick returner for the Los Angeles Rams from 1955 to 1958. He also played for the AFL’s Los Angeles Chargers in their first season, 1960. In 1955, his rookie year, Waller led the NFL in all-purpose yards, and he made the Pro Bowl that season. Much later, in 1973, Waller was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for the last six games of the season. In 1974 he coached the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. According to oldestlivingprofootball.com, Waller is the 493rd oldest living pro football player.

Waller is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1956 Topps. He appeared on three other cards, as well.

Mike Raines, a defensive lineman, played two games for the San Francisco 49ers in 1974. (One game less, and he would have made my Cups of Coffee page.) He then moved to the CFL, where he played from 1975 to 1982 and was a member of two Grey Cup championship teams. He finished his career with three seasons in the USFL. Raines is pictured here on his 1972 Alabama Playing Card. He also appeared on a 1973 Alabama Playing Card, identical except for the year on the back.
Mike Raines 1972 Alabama playing cardMorris Owens 1978 Topps football card
Morris Owens was a wide receiver from 1976 to 1979 for the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Owens caught the first touchdown pass in Tampa Bay franchise history–from Louis Carter, who also turned 60 this month–and he was the Buccaneers’ leading receiver for three straight seasons, 1976 to 1978. He is shown here on his 1978 Topps card.

Happy birthday, Messrs. Waller, Raines, and Owens!

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Dave Mann, Cardinals and Argonauts All-Purpose Player

May 24th, 2012  |  Published in Player Deaths

Dave Mann 1956 Topps rookie football cardDave “Super” Mann, who played three seasons for the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals and twelve seasons for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, passed away on May 22. At various times in his career, Mann was a running back, defensive back, receiver, punter, kicker, and kick returner. In 1958, he and Boyd Carter combined to return a missed field goal 131 yards, still a CFL record. Mann also had the third-longest punt in CFL history, a 102-yarder. The Toronto Star web site has a summary of Mann’s career.

Mann appeared on two NFL football cards and numerous CFL cards. His rookie card, a 1956 Topps, is pictured here. I don’t yet have all of his CFL cards, but you can see his 1962 and 1963 Topps CFL cards in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

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Alex Webster, Giants Running Back and Head Coach

March 3rd, 2012  |  Published in CFL Cards, Halls of Fame, Player Deaths

Alex Webster, a running back for the New York Giants from 1955 to 1964 and the team’s head coach from 1969 to 1973, passed away today. The nj.com web site has a report and a recent photo. Webster was a member of the Giants’ NFL Championship team in 1956, he made the Pro Bowl in 1958 and 1961, and he was elected to the Giants Ring of Honor in 2011.

The cards pictured here are Webster’s rookie card, a 1956 Topps, and his last card, a 1964 Kahn’s Wieners card. You can see all of Webster’s NFL cards in the Vintage Football Card Gallery.

Before playing for New York, Webster spent two seasons with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. He appeared on at least one CFL card, a scarce 1954 Blue Ribbon Tea card. You can see it at cflapedia.com.
Alex Webster 1956 Topps rookie football cardAlex Webster 1964 Kahn's Wieners football card

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