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Classic Sports Card of The Day

24 Sep

1960 Topps football card of former pro football running back John David Crow, who enjoyed an 11 year career in the NFL, with his playing days split between the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. The 1957 Heisman Trophy winner, once he reached the pros, was twice named an All Pro, played in 4 Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s All Decade team for the 1960s. He remained involved in football long after his playing career ended, serving in coaching and administrative positions at both the college and pro level. He died in 2015 at the age of 79.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

17 Sep

2015 Topps football card of former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who played 10 seasons in the NFL, mostly for the Denver Broncos. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and won a Super Bowl title with Denver in 2015. He holds many Bronco receiving records, and last played in 2019 for the New York Jets. He is currently a free agent.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

10 Sep

1982 Topps football card of former NFL running back Pete Johnson, who played 8 seasons in the league, primarily for the Cincinnati Bengals. The bruising fullback was the Bengals’ leading rusher in all 7 seasons he played for them, and was a Pro Bowler and named All Pro in 1981. Johnson had issues with drugs at the end of his career, but today is retired and runs camps for autistic children throughout the country.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

08 Sep

2002 Bowman football card of former NFL running back Travis Henry, who played 7 seasons in the league for 3 teams. He was a Pro Bowler while with Buffalo in 2002, and spent a total of 4 years with the Bills. Henry is reported to have fathered 11 children by 10 different women, and unfortunately in 2009 was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for financing a cocaine trafficking operation.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

23 Aug

1999 Topps football card of former NFL wide receiver Peerless Price, who played 9 seasons in the league for 4 different franchises. He had 2 separate stints in Buffalo, where he had his most success as the Bills’ second option behind Eric Moulds. His career stats included 403 receptions for over 5,000 yards and 31 receiving touchdowns, so he had a decent career. Moulds recently returned to the University of Tennessee to earn his degree.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

19 Apr

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2012 Topps Triple Thread football card of former pro football running back Fred Jackson, who played 9 seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and retired as the team’s third all-time leading rusher. He was undrafted out of Coe College and played in an arena league and NFL Europe before Bills’ GM Marv Levy, a Coe alumnus, gave him a shot at making the team’s roster. He made the most of that opportunity and carved out a nice career, even becoming a fan favorite in Buffalo. He finished his career in Seattle before retiring after the 2015 season.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

14 Apr

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1955 Topps All American football card of the first player ever chosen in an NFL draft, halfback Jay Berwanger. He was the star player for the University of Chicago Maroons and also achieved another first – the first winner of the Heisman Trophy (then known as the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy) awarded to the top college player. He was drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in the league’s first-ever draft in 1936, but his rights were traded to the Chicago Bears, who couldn’t reach a contract agreement with him. Berwanger took a job with a Chicago-based rubber company instead and never played pro football. He died of lung cancer in 2002 at the age of 88.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

19 Jan

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1979 Topps football card of former pro cornerback Mario Clark, who played 9 years in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. He was a stalwart in the secondary as a starting cornerback for the Bills from 1976 through 1983, and collected 26 interceptions in his career. He finished his career with the Super Bowl winning 49er team of 1984.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

17 Jan

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1982 Topps football card of former pro running back Curtis Brown, who played seven years in the National Football League, mainly for the Buffalo Bills. His best season was in 1978, when he finished second on the team in rushing yards, to Terry Miller, and also had a 102 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Brown, who suffered from dementia in his later years believed to be a product of his playing days, died of a heart attack in 2015 at the age of 60.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

16 Jan

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1964 Topps football card of a recently deceased former player, Elbert “Golden Wheels” Dubenion, who played 9 seasons in the American Football League for the Buffalo Bills. He was a star flanker for the team and the main receiver for quarterback Jack Kemp. Dubenion was a major part of Buffalo’s back-to-back AFL championship teams in the mid-1960s. A three-time AFL All Star, he still ranks in the top 10 of Bills’ career receiving yards. After retiring as a player Dubenion worked as a scout for many years with the Bills, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.

 
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