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Classic Sports Card of The Day

15 Jan

2019donrussloalexander

2019 Donruss football card of recently retired linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who enjoyed a 14 year career in the NFL with 4 different franchises. He was mostly a special teams player but in his last stint in Buffalo became a starting linebacker and valuable leader on the defense. Alexander was a two-time Pro Bowler and has been nominated for the prestigious Walter Payton Man of The Year Award numerous times in his career, including the current season with the Bills.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

26 Dec

55bowmanagajainian

1955 Bowman football card of former pro kicker Ben Agajanian, who kicked for 10 different teams for a total of 13 seasons spanning 19 years and 3 decades. He is one of only 2 players who played in the All America Football Conference, the American Football League and the NFL. After having four of his toes crushed and amputated in a work accident in college, “The Toeless Wonder” went on to become one of pro football’s first kicking specialists. He was a member of championship teams in 1956 with the Giants and 1961 with Green Bay. After retiring at age 45 Agajanian worked as the Dallas Cowboys’ kicking coach for 20 years.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

25 Dec

73toppsemmittthomas

1973 Topps football card of former pro football defensive back Emmitt Thomas, who enjoyed a 13 year career in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a five-time Pro Bowler, helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl following the 1969 season, and holds the franchise record for career interceptions. After retiring as a player, he went into coaching and worked at Central Missouri State for 2 years before beginning a coaching career in the NFL that spanned 38 years with 7 different teams, including a pair of champion Washington Redskin clubs. Thomas was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame by the Seniors Committee in 2008.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

24 Dec

85toppscliffbranch

1985 Topps football card of former wide receiver Cliff Branch, who played 15 seasons in the NFL for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. A former college track star, he held the NFL records for career playoff receptions and receiving yards until Jerry Rice broke them in the 1990s. Branch, who passed away in 2019, was a four-time Pro Bowler and a major contributor to 3 Raider Super Bowl titles.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

19 Dec

68toppsscarpitto

1968 Topps football card of former NFL flanker/punter Bob Scarpitto, who played eight seasons of pro ball in the American Football League for 3 different teams, most notably the Denver Broncos. He was an AFL All Star in 1966 and was named to the AFL’s All Time second team. He still holds team records for punting, including most punts in a game and a season, a reflection of how bad the 1960s Denver teams were.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

18 Dec

58bowmanleonhart

1958 Bowman football card of former pro football end/fullback Leon Hart, who played eight seasons in the NFL for the Detroit Lions. He was the top choice of the 1950 college draft, the year the NFL absorbed teams from the AAFC. Playing during the last Lions’ glory era of the 1950s, Hart was a Pro Bowler in 1951 and helped the Lions win 3 NFL championships during the decade. After retiring from football, he ran a manufacturing business that made equipment for balancing tires.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

17 Dec

63stancraftmcnally

1963 Stancraft football card of former pro football end Johnny “Blood” McNally, an early pioneer who played 15 years with 5 different teams starting in 1925, when the NFL was in its’ infancy. He had his most success with the Green Bay Packers, spending a total of 7 years with them in 2 different stints. He was a member of 4 championship teams with the Packers. McNally spent 4 years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II after retiring as a player. He was named to the NFL’s All Decade team of the 1930s, and was part of the first class of players to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

12 Dec

69toppscrenshaw

1969 Topps football card of former pro football running back Willis Crenshaw, who played seven seasons as a hard-running fullback in the National Football League, all but one for the St. Louis Cardinals. He played his final season in the NFL in 1970 for the Denver Broncos, and had the honor of scoring the first touchdown at Mile High Stadium. After his playing days ended, Crenshaw carved out a career as a Manhattan-based financial planner, advising clients on long term financial planning and managing investments.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

10 Dec

84toppssuhey

1984 Topps football card of former NFL fullback Matt Suhey, who played 10 seasons in the league for the Chicago Bears. His main role was to serve as a blocking back for Walter Payton during his career. They became close friends, and Suhey has been the executor of Payton’s estate since his death. He was a key member of the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl-winning team.

 
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Classic Sports Card of The Day

09 Dec

51bowmanmotley

1951 Bowman football card of former pro football fullback and linebacker Marion Motley, who played in the old All America Conference and the National Football League for 9 seasons, all but one with the Cleveland Browns. Along with Bill Willis, he became one of the first African American players to break the color line in pro football when he signed with the AAFC Browns. He was a major part of a Browns’ team that won the AAFC championship all 4 years of the league’s existence, and which also won the NFL title in 1950 when they were absorbed into that league. Motley was named to the All Decade team for the 1940s, the NFL 75th Anniversary team and it’s 100th Anniversary team. He became the  second black player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he was enshrined in 1968.

 
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