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Classic Sports Card of The Day

31 Jan

1979 Topps football card of former pro football linebacker Merv Krakau, who played 6 seasons in the NFL, 5 of them for the Buffalo Bills. His best season was in 1976 when, as the Bills’ starting middle linebacker, he led the team in tackles and was second in the entire NFL in fumble recoveries with 6. Krakau was out of the game for 5 years when he came out of retirement in 1983 to play a season in the USFL for the Tampa Bay Bandits.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

30 Jan

1967 Topps football card of former pro football defensive end Howard Kindig, who played 10 seasons in the AFL and NFL. Half of that career was spent with the Buffalo Bills during their lean years of the late 1960s, but he was a member, the long snapper, of the undefeated Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins in 1972. He also played briefly in the World Football League. After retiring as a player, Kindig ran a real estate and appraisal company.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

27 Jan

1966 Topps football card of former pro football back Keith Lincoln, who played 8 seasons in the American Football League, mostly with the San Diego Chargers. He was one of the AFL’s brightest stars, a five-time league All Star and championship game MVP when the Chargers won the title in 1963. Lincoln was the victim of the “Hit Heard ‘Round The World” when he was tackled by Buffalo’s Mike Stratton in the ’64 title game, but then played briefly with the Bills at the end of his career.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

25 Jan

2021 Panini Prestige Xtra Point college football card of current Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin, who recently gained national attention for his miraculous recovery from collapsing on the field during a game suffering from cardiac arrest. Hamlin was a mid-round draft pick from Pitt who took over the starting safety position when Micah Hyde was injured. Whether he is able to continue his football career remains to be seen, but his survival from the incident is nothing short of a miracle.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

05 Jan

2003 Bowman Chrome football card of former pro football wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who enjoyed a 14 year career in the NFL for 4 different teams. He spent the first 7 of those seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, where he was named offensive rookie of the year in 2003 and was selected to 3 Pro Bowls. He won the prestigious Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award in 2015 while with Baltimore, and was a member of the Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl winning team.

 

Classic Team Logo of The Day

29 Dec

Logo of a college football team that plays in the Southern Conference, the Virginia Military Institute Keydets. Their program began play way back in 1873 and they’ve captured 8 conference titles, and also appeared in 24 bowl games (although they’ve won only 6). VMI alumni who have played pro football include Joe Fortunato, Bobby Thomason, Mark Stock, Sam Horner, Joe Muha and Bosh Pritchard.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

29 Dec

1964 Philadelphia football card of former pro football defensive back Jim Steffen, who enjoyed a 7 year career in the NFL with Detroit and Washington. Known as a ferocious tackler, his time in the NFL was riddled with injuries. They included a punctured lung, broken clavicle and broken ribs. His last year with the Redskins was 1965 but he attempted a comeback in 1967 with Dallas but suffered a knee injury in training camp. The Redskins brought him back in 1968 but he broke his arm in a preseason game. Steffen died in 2015.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

22 Dec

1982 Topps football card of former pro football running back Kenny King, who played 7 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. He was a Pro Bowler in 1980 and a member of a pair of Super Bowl-winning Raider teams, in 1980 and 1984. His 80 yard touchdown in Super Bowl XV was an NFL record that stood for 17 years. In his post-playing days King has enjoyed a career working in management in logistics and warehousing with FedEx, UPS and GENCO Technologies.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

15 Dec

1964 Philadelphia football card of former pro football fullback Bill “Boom Boom” Brown, who played for 14 seasons in the NFL, all but 1 of them for the Minnesota Vikings. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All Pro, and also a member of the Vikings’ Ring of Honor. He earned his nickname with a violent, reckless style of running. Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon is his son-in-law. Brown died in 2018 at the age of 80.

 

Classic Sports Card of The Day

08 Dec

1986 Topps football card of former pro football running back James Brooks, who enjoyed an 11 year career in the NFL, mostly with the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals. He was a four-time Pro Bowler during his time with the Bengals. In what is an indictment of how college football works, Brooks was able to graduate from Auburn despite being illiterate. He served 3 months of a 6 month jail term in 1999 for failure to pay child support.