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Classic Sports Card of The Day

18 Jul

1999 Opeechee hockey card of former NHL center Mats Lindgren, who played 9 injury-plagued seasons in the league for 3 franchises. Despite being a high draft choice due to his offensive skills, he never lived up to his potential, with his highest single season goal total being only 13 while playing for Edmonton. He represented Sweden in the 1998 Winter Olympics. His son Mats Jr. was recently drafted by the Buffalo Sabres.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

07 May

1979 Topps hockey card depicting the top 3 goal scorers of the ’78/79 season. They are all Hall of Famers and include Marcel “Little Beaver” Dionne and 2 former superstars who recently passed away, Mike Bossy and Guy Lafleur. Those 2 were key elements in their respective franchises’ dynasty years. Bossy had 5 consecutive 50 goal seasons during his New York Islanders run of 4 straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, and twice had the Cup-winning goal for his team. He also won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, was a three-time Lady Byng Trophy winner and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in the Islanders’ 1982 Cup run. Lafleur had 6 consecutive seasons of 50 goals and 100 points while helping his Montreal Canadiens to 5 Cup titles in the 1970s. He also won the Conn Smythe, in 1977 and was a two-time Hart Trophy recipient as NHL MVP.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

05 May

From, a 1988 Topps football card of a dependable running back who logged 8 seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Robb Riddick. He was a backup for most of his career, but his tremendous leaping ability made him a short yardage and goal line weapon for the Bills. He scored 12 touchdowns in that role in 1988, 9 of which were 1 yard jaunts. Riddick’s brother Louis also played in the NFL, has held management positions in the league and worked as an analyst on Monday Night Football.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

22 Apr

1979 Topps football card of former pro football running back Terry Miller, who had an abbreviated 4 year career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. Miller was a standout rookie in 1978, rushing for over 1,000 yards, but fell off the NFL radar after losing his job to Joe Cribbs in 1980. His status as the only “Miller” to wear jersey number 40 will end this season as Buffalo’s newly acquired pass rusher, Von Miller, dons that number.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

20 Apr

1974 Topps football card of former pro football safety Ken Houston, who played 14 seasons in the AFL and NFL for the Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins. Inducted in 1986, Houston is one of 8 players chosen in the 1967 draft to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a 12-time Pro Bowler and a member of both the NFL’s 75th and 100th Anniversary All Time teams. After retiring as a player, he spent 9 years in coaching with the Oilers and the University of Houston and is currently a guidance counselor for the Houston School District.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

28 Jan

1972 Topps football card of former pro football fullback Wayne Patrick, who played 5 seasons for the Buffalo Bills in both the AFL and NFL. He was a backfield mate of O.J. Simpson in the Hall of Famer’s early years, and averaged over 4 yards a carry during that time while also serving as Simpson’s lead blocker. Patrick worked at the Harrison Radiator plant after retiring as a player, and died of heart and kidney disease in 2010.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

27 Jan

1969 Topps football card of former pro football linebacker Paul Guidry, who played 8 years in the AFL and NFL, 7 of those coming with the Buffalo Bills. He was named an All-AFC player in 1970, the first season played with the leagues combined under the merger. Guidry served as union player representative for the Bills during his time there. He served in the U.S. Army reserves for 6 years, and also has supported a golf tournament for Cystic Fibrosis in Tennessee.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

26 Jan

1977 Topps football card of former pro football wide receiver John Holland, who had a brief 4 year career in the NFL, with 3 of those seasons coming with the Buffalo Bills. Topps didn’t have exclusive rights to the NFL that year, hence the missing logo air-brushed off of Holland’s helmet. Also, apparently he played in an era when receiver gloves looked like the same ones a steelworker might wear. His shining moment came in a Monday Night game in which he caught a pair of 50+ yard touchdown passes for Buffalo. Holland finished his career with another 4 years in the CFL for 3 different clubs.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

25 Jan

1961 Fleer football card of former pro football defensive lineman Mack Yoho, who played 4 seasons in the American Football League for the Buffalo Bills. He played a couple of years in the Canadian League for Ottawa before the Bills signed him to their roster for their inaugural season in 1960. Besides playing defense, Yoho also punted and handled placekicking duties. After his playing days ended, he served as defensive line coach for a pair of seasons at Yale.


Classic Sports Card of The Day

06 Jan

1957 Topps football card of former pro football back Tommy Wilson, who played 8 seasons in the NFL for 3 different teams, despite not playing in college. His best years came in his time with the Los Angeles Rams from 1956 until 1961, when he was named to his one and only Pro Bowl. In his post-playing days Wilson fought for benefits for retired NFL players. His son Steve Wilson played for 10 years in the league as a defensive back. Wilson passed away in 2006.

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