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Classic Sports Card of The Day

23 Nov

1989 Score football card of former pro quarterback Bernie Kosar, who played 12 seasons in the NFL, most notably for the Cleveland Browns. He guided the Browns to 3 AFC Championship games in 4 years but unfortunately lost all 3. Kosar was a Pro Bowler in 1987 and at one time was voted by fans as the “most beloved player” in franchise history. He earned a Super Bowl ring as a backup with Dallas in 1993. His post-playing days have been marred by troubles that include divorce, bankruptcy and drug abuse.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

16 Nov

1955 Bowman football card of former pro halfback/end Earl “Jug” Girard, who played  10 seasons in the NFL for 3 franchises. He was a multiple sport athlete in school and showed great versatility in the NFL, playing end, halfback, quarterback, defensive back, punter and kick returner. Girard had his most success while playing for Detroit, helping the Lions win championships in 1952 and ’53. After retiring he ran a bar in Detroit called “The Lion’s Den”. He passed away in 1997 at age 69.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

09 Nov

1997 Pacific Philadelphia football card of former pro placekicker Adam Vinatieri, who played  an amazing 24 seasons in the NFL for New England and Indianapolis. He is a four-time Super Bowl champion, a three-time Pro Bowler and a member of both the Team of The Decade for the 2000s and the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All Time team. Vinatieri is the NFL’s All Time leading scorer and the only player in league history to account for 1,000+ points for 2 different teams. He retired in 2021 and won’t be eligible for the Hall of Fame for a couple more years, but he’s a shoe-in for induction.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

02 Nov

1982 Topps football card of former pro wide receiver Mike Renfro, who played 11 seasons in the NFL in the state of Texas, split between the Houston Oilers and Dallas Cowboys. He had a solid career as a go-to “possession” receiver, and was the MVP of a downtrodden Cowboy team in 1985. Renfro’s father Ray was a star receiver for the Cleveland Browns in the 1950s and ’60s. His dad was a coach for the Cowboys when they won the Super Bowl in 1971, and Mike was a team ball boy and earned a Super Bowl ring.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

26 Oct

1979 Topps football card of former tight end Russ Francis, who played 13 seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and twice a second team All Pro. Francis was a member of the 49ers’ Super Bowl XIX champion club. He was involved in pro wrestling and also was a pilot and was president of a charter flight airline. Unfortunately, Francis perished recently in a plane crash in Lake Placid, New York.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

19 Oct

1955 Bowman football card of former pro fullback “Deacon” Dan Towler, who played 6 seasons in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams. In those 6 years he earned 4 All Pro and Pro Bowl honors, and helped the Rams win the NFL championship in 1951. He also was the league’s leading rusher in 1952 and had the most rushing touchdowns in ’52 and ’54. After his playing days ended Towler became a pastor in Pasadena, California, was chaplain of Cal State University and served as president of the Los Angeles Board of Education. He passed away in 2001.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

12 Oct

1968 Topps football card of former wide receiver Gary Garrison, who spent 12 years in the pro game in the AFL and NFL, all but 1 season with the San Diego Chargers. Nicknamed “The Ghost”, he was a four-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Chargers’ Hall of Fame, as well as being named to the franchise’s 50th Anniversary team. Garrison, along with teammate Dennis Partee, co-founded the coin-operated video game manufacturer Cinematronics in 1975.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

05 Oct

1974 Topps football card of former pro running back Vic Washington, who enjoyed a 9 year career in the professional game. He was a star back in the Canadian Football League in the late 1960s, helping the Ottawa Rough Riders win 2 Grey Cup championships, and garnering the Grey Cup MVP award in ’69. He brought his game to the NFL with San Francisco in 1971 and earned Pro Bowl honors that year. He finished his playing days with Houston and Buffalo. After retiring, he battled injuries which led to divorce, drug addiction and homelessness, and passed away in 2008 at the age of 62.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

02 Oct

1966 Topps baseball card of former major league pitcher Sonny Siebert, who threw for 12 seasons, half of which were for the Cleveland Indians before splitting the last 6 with 5 different clubs. Often overshadowed in the Tribe’s rotation by Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant, he consistently finished in the top 3 of American League hurlers in strikeouts and ERA, usually behind McDowell. Siebert was drafted by the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks the same year Cleveland picked him in the MLB draft. He tossed a no-hitter in 1966 against the Washington Senators. Siebert, now 86, is enjoying retirement living in St. Louis.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

28 Sep

1952 Bowman football card of a former NFL running back who played 5 seasons for the Los Angeles Rams from 1949 until 1953, Vitamin Smith. Like vitamins do for your body, he provided extra energy to the Rams’ attack as a kick return specialist, and in 1950 returned 3 kicks for touchdowns, a league record that would stand until 1967. Smith served in the U.S. Army during World War II and took part in the battle of Normandy. A track star in college, he passed away in 2000 at the age of 76.