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Classic Sports Card of The Day

05 Jan


1989 Topps football card of former NFL running back Ickey Woods, who had a short but memorable four year career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He burst onto the scene in his rookie year of 1988, when he rushed for over 1,000 yards and was a major factor in the Bengals winning the AFC Championship. Woods made a name for himself with his whimsical “Ickey Shuffle” touchdown dance, which he reprised in recent a Geico commercial while ordering cold cuts at a deli. Woods has served as owner/coach of a women’s full-contact football team, the Cincinnati Sizzle, whose roster included Woods’ ex-wife.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

04 Jan


1955 Bowman football card of former Detroit Lion lineman Dick Stanfel, who was a standout guard for the Lions in their last dominant period in the NFL, which was way back in the 1950s. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and helped the Lions win NFL championships in 1952 and ’53. He was also named to the league’s All Decade team for the 1950s. After his playing career ended, Stanfel spent over 35 years as an assistant coach, mostly an offensive line coach, and won a Super Bowl ring as O-line coach for the Chicago Bears in 1985. After being overlooked for decades, he was finally elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, posthumously, by the Veteran’s Committee in 2016.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

02 Jan


1968 Topps football card of former NFL defensive end Lamar Lundy, who played 13 seasons in the league, all for the Los Angeles Rams. He was the least-known member of the Rams’ famed “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line, which also included Deacon Jones, who invented the term “sack” and is widely regarded as the top pass rusher of all time, and Merlin Olsen and Rosey Grier, who both went on to careers in television and movies. Lundy didn’t need to take a back seat to any of them, however, as he was a force in his own right. He was a two-time Pro Bowler, and one amazing statistic of his career is that he garnered 3 interceptions, and returned all 3 for touchdowns. Lundy was hired as an assistant coach with the San Diego Chargers when he retired, but illness kept him from pursuing that avenue. Lundy passed away in 2007 at the age of 71.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

29 Dec


1969 Topps football card of former pro football quarterback Norm Snead, who played 16 seasons in the NFL for 5 different teams. His most successful stint was a seven year run with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1960s. Snead was a four-time Pro Bowler, including his first 2 seasons, in 1961 and ’62, with the Washington Redskins. After retiring as a player, he coached at The Apprentice School, a small college football program at a school that trains students for careers in shipbuilding.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

22 Dec


1974 Topps football card of former NFL defensive tackle Jethro Pugh, a force for the Dallas Cowboys’ “Doomsday Defense” of the 1960s and ’70s. He played for 14 seasons, all with the Cowboys, and helped coach Tom Landry’s team win a pair of Super Bowls. After retiring as a player, he owned a number of western-themed gift shops at the Dallas airport, and also hosted a charity golf tournament. Pugh passed away in 2015 at the age of 70.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

15 Dec


1987 Topps football card of former NFL wide receiver Wesley Walker, who had an outstanding 12 year career in the league with the New York Jets. Although legally blind in his left eye, he became a top target of Jet quarterbacks in the 1980s and one of the top Jet pass-catchers of all time. He was named to the Pro Bowl twice. Walker is currently retired after a post-NFL career as a high school physical education teacher.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

08 Dec


It was such a huge event that it had to be given it’s own special football card. This 1978 Topps “Highlight” card signifies the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first ever win as a franchise. It took almost 2 full seasons, and after 26 consecutive losses to begin their existence, quarterback Gary Huff led the Bucs to a win over the equally hapless New Orleans Saints. Huff played 7 years in the NFL, and was a classic journeyman. After retiring, he served in various coaching capacities and is currently the senior associate athletic director at his alma mater, Florida State.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

01 Dec


1974 Topps football card of former wide receiver Ahmad Rashad, who played 10 seasons in the NFL. Born Bobby Moore, he changed his name in 1972 after converting to a small sect that practices unorthodox Islam. Rashad began his pro career with the St. Louis Cardinals, was traded to Buffalo for quarterback Dennis Shaw in 1974 and after playing only one season there, signed with the Minnesota Vikings, where he had his most success, making the Pro Bowl 4 times. After retiring, he became a successful sports broadcaster with NBC and ABC, covering basketball, football and baseball.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

24 Nov


1969 Topps football card of former pro football quarterback Bill Kilmer. This is the second time we’ve featured a Kilmer card on Rayonsports, which is understandable since his career spanned 18 seasons. He began his playing days with the San Francisco 49ers, became the first starting QB for the New Orleans Saints when he was picked in the 1967 expansion draft, and had his most success during an eight year stay in Washington, where he was named to the Pro Bowl twice and led the Redskins to the Super Bowl in 1972 .


Classic Sports Card of The Day

17 Nov


1961 Topps football card of former pro football linebacker Bill George, who was a mainstay of the Chicago Bears’ “Monsters of The Midway” defense for 14 of his 15 seasons. He is credited with being the first player to play the middle linebacker position in a 4-3 defense with the Bears, and was named to the Pro Bowl 8 consecutive years from 1954 to 1961. He also helped the Bears win the NFL championship in 1963. A 1974 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, George died in an automobile accident in 1982.