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Classic Sports Card of The Day

29 Oct

77toppspayton

1977 Topps “All Pro” football card of the late Walter Payton, one of the greatest running backs in pro football history. Nicknamed “Sweetness”, he played for 13 seasons in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and is second on the list of career rushing leaders behind Emmitt Smith. Payton was a nine-time Pro Bowler and helped the Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985. He was named to the NFL’s All Decade teams for both the 1970s and 1980s. Payton was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, and an award in his name is given to an NFL player each year for excellence on the field combined with volunteer and charity work. He passed away in 1999.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

24 Oct

68toppsdawson

1968 Topps football card of former quarterback Len Dawson, who played 19 seasons of pro football. After a few seasons struggling as a backup in the NFL with Pittsburgh and Cleveland, he signed with the AFL’s Dallas Texans due to a relationship with a former college coach, Hank Stram. Dawson would then go on to put together a Hall of Fame career with that franchise, which moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs. He led the club to 3 AFL championships and a Super Bowl IV upset victory over Minnesota. He was a seven-time All Star and named to the All AFL team for it’s 10 year existence, and was enshrined in Canton in 1987.  Dawson became sports director of a local Kansas City television station while still playing for the Chiefs, and continued in sportscasting after his playing days ended in 1975. He worked as a game analyst for NBC’s NFL coverage for 6 years, co-hosted the HBO show Inside The NFL and served as an analyst on Chiefs’ radio broadcasts until 2017.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

23 Oct

64toppsbuoniconti

1964 Topps football card of former linebacker Nick Buoniconti, who had a long and successful 14 year career with the Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins. He was a six time American Football League All Star with the Patriots and a two-time Pro Bowler with Miami after being traded there. Buoniconti was a cornerstone of the Dolphins’ “No Name” defense that won back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1970s and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He earned a law degree while playing for the Patriots and after retiring as a player worked as a lawyer and player agent, and also as a spokesman for the tobacco industry. He also worked in television as co-host of the HBO show Inside The NFL with Len Dawson. Buoniconti passed away this year at the age of 78, after suffering with neurological issues.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

22 Oct

67philadaverobinson

1967 Philadelphia football card of former pro football linebacker Dave Robinson, who played 12 seasons in the NFL, mostly for the Green Bay Packers. He was a three time Pro Bowler, played on 3 NFL championship teams and was named to the NFL’s All Decade Team for the 1960s. In his post-playing days, Robinson has owned a beer distributorship, worked for an artificial turf company and served on the board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall in 2013.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

17 Oct

77toppsronniecoleman

1977 Topps football card of former pro football running back Ronnie Coleman, who played eight seasons in the NFL for the Houston Oilers. He was never a featured back but did average 4 yards per carry in his career in exactly 700 carries. Coleman was also a capable receiver out of the backfield. He played for a couple of great head coaches in Houston, Sid Gillman and Bum Phillips. After retiring as a player Coleman became an ordained minister and teacher and authored a book titled Third Down And Goal about his life on and off the field.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

16 Oct

54bowmankylerote

1954 Bowman football card of former pro football back/end Kyle Rote, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, all with the New York Giants. With the pose on this card, he almost looks like he could’ve been the model for the Giants’ logo on the bottom right of the card. Rote was a four-time Pro Bowler in his career and helped the Giants win an NFL title in 1956. He was the Giants’ team captain for 8 years, and was instrumental in organizing the players into what would become their union, the NFLPA. He also fought for equal opportunities for players and that players of all races received equal treatment at games on the road. After retiring as a player, Rote enjoyed a successful career as a sportscaster and analyst for AFL telecasts in the 1960s. More than just your regular jock, he was an author, poet, songwriter, pianist and oil painter. Rote passed away in 2002.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

15 Oct

67toppsalworth

1967 Topps football card of former pro football “flanker” Lance  Alworth, who played 11 seasons in the American and National Football Leagues. He made his mark in the AFL with the San Diego Chargers, teaming with QB John Hadl to become the league’s most feared passing combination. After 9 years with the Chargers, Alworth was traded to Dallas where he played his final 2 seasons, helping the Cowboys win Super Bowl VI. “Bambi”, as he was aptly nicknamed, also was an AFL champ with the Chargers in 1963, was a 7 time AFL All Star, was the only player to be selected to both the All Time AFL Team and the NFL’s 75th Anniversary team. He still holds the NFL record for most career touchdown receptions of 70+ yards, with 12. Alworth was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

10 Oct

74toppsmikebass

1974 Topps football card of former pro football cornerback Mike Bass, who played 8 seasons in the NFL, all but one for the Washington Redskins. He had a solid career, racking up 30 career interceptions and being named All Pro in 1974. Early in his career while with Detroit, Bass had a small speaking part in the movie Paper Lion when the Lions were a featured part of that film. When a neck injury ended his playing career prematurely, he retired to The Bahamas where he owned a resort club for 18 years.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

10 Oct

61fleerunitas

1961 Fleer football card of one of the top pro football quarterbacks of all time, John Unitas. “Johnny U” played 18 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Baltimore Colts. He was a 10-time Pro Bowler, 4-time NFL champion, 3-time NFL MVP, All Decade team for the 1960s, and a 4-time league leader in passing yards and touchdown passes. His record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass stood for almost 52 years before being broken by Drew Brees in 2012. Unitas was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, and died of a heart attack in 2002.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

03 Oct

66philafrederickson

1966 Philadelphia football card of former pro football running back Tucker Frederickson, who was the top pick of the college draft in 1965 and spent 7 seasons with the New York Giants. He was a Pro Bowler in his rookie year but his career tailed off some after that and ended prematurely due to a knee injury in 1971. In retirement, Frederickson became involved in the financial industry and handles golf course real estate business, with his partners including Jack Nicklaus.