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Classic Sports Card of The Day

21 Dec

73toppsplunkett

1973 Topps football card of former NFL quarterback Jim Plunkett, a 16 year veteran of the league. Although he was a prize top draft pick of New England, he struggled there and later with the San Francisco 49ers before catching on with the Oakland Raiders. Plunkett then came into his own, guiding the Raiders to a pair of Super Bowl wins. Born in New Mexico, he was the first Latino quarterback to win the big game. Always considered underrated or perhaps because of the failures of his early career, Plunkett is the only two-time Super Bowl winning QB not to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

14 Dec

66philapatfischer

1966 Philadelphia football card of former NFL defensive back Pat Fischer, a 12 year veteran of the league who split his playing days between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Redskins. A three time Pro Bowler, he was a ballhawking cornerback, intercepting 56 passes in his career. He was also known for his tackling ability, despite his diminutive size (5’9). After retiring, Fischer was a stockbroker and owned a successful real estate business.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

07 Dec

68toppscarrolldale

1968 Topps football card of former pro football flanker Carroll Dale, who played 14 seasons in the NFL for 3 different teams. Drafted in 1960 by the Los Angeles Rams, he spent 5 years there before being traded to Green Bay, where he spent the bulk, and most successful, years of his career. He was a major contributor to 3 Packer championship teams, including the clubs that won the first 2 Super Bowls. The football stadium at his old high school in Wise, Virginia is named after him.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

30 Nov

65toppsgogolak

1965 Topps football card of pro football’s first soccer-style placekicker, Pete Gogolak. Born in Hungary, he came to the U.S. and developed his then unique style in college at Cornell. He was drafted by the American Football League’s Buffalo Bills, where he did the kicking for the team’s back-to-back AFL title teams in 1964 and ’65. Gogolak signed with the NFL’s New York Giants after that, sparking a bidding war for players between the 2 leagues. Gogolak spent 9 seasons with the Giants and is a member of their Ring of Honor. His younger brother Charlie was also a kicker in the league.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

23 Nov

72toppsalanpage

1972 Topps football card of former defensive lineman Alan Page, who played 15 seasons in the NFL, mostly as a member of the Minnesota Vikings’ vaunted Purple People Eaters defense of the late 1960s and 1970s. He was a nine time Pro Bowler, voted to the All Decade team for the ’70s and was the league MVP in 1971, a rare accomplishment for a defensive player. Considered one of the best defensive linemen to ever play the game, Page was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Page obtained a law degree while he was still an active player, and after retiring served as an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1993 until 2015.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

16 Nov

98bowmancharleswoodson

1998 Bowman football card of former pro football defensive back Charles Woodson, who played 18 seasons in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. He was a Heisman Trophy winner in college at Michigan, a nine-time Pro Bowler, was chosen for the NFL’s All Decade team for the 2000s, and is a certain future Pro Football Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible. Woodson helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV. He currently works as a football analyst for ESPN.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

10 Nov

62postjoemorrison

1962 Post Cereal football card of former pro football back Joe Morrison, who played 14 seasons in the NFL, all for the New York Giants. He played halfback, flanker and split end in his career, and his versatility and longevity with the Giants earned him the nickname “Old Dependable”. After retiring as a player, Morrison was a college football head coach for 16 years with 3 different schools – Chattanooga, New Mexico and South Carolina, earning the Walter Camp Coach of The Year Award in 1984.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

02 Nov

78toppsclarencedavis

1978 Topps football card of former running back Clarence Davis, an underrated player who spent 8 seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He was a clutch player who saved his biggest performances for the biggest games, including rushing for 137 yards on 16 attempts in Super Bowl XI, helping the Raiders defeat the Minnesota Vikings for the franchise’s first NFL title.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

26 Oct

layne

1959 Topps football card of former pro quarterback Bobby Layne, who was one of the last players to play without a face mask. Layne’s career spanned 15 years with 4 different teams. Most of his success came in the 1950s with Detroit as he led the Lions to 3 NFL championships, prior to being traded to Pittsburgh where he finished his playing days. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, was voted to the NFL’s All Decade team for the 1950s and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

19 Oct

67philatimmybrown

1967 Philadelphia football card of former pro football running back Timmy Brown, who played 9 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a three time Pro Bowler and helped the Eagles win a championship in 1960. Brown became an actor after retiring as a player, using the name Timothy Brown. He appeared in many movies and television shows, and was one of only 4 actors to appear in both the MASH movie and TV series. He is also an accomplished singer and tap dancer.