November 15, 1964 - The Chargers defense swarms over Chiefs running back, Curtis McClinton.
November 6, 1964 - George Blanda drops back against the Patriots defense in Fenway Park.
November 23, 1967 - Daryle Lamonica and the Raiders facing the tough Chiefs defense in Kansas City Municipal Stadium.
Much is said about Joe Namath and his $427,000 rookie contract, and rightfully so. Namath hit the professional football scene like nothing that had come before him. Frail knees and all, Namath had the Jets winning soon after his arrival. But the Jets, formerly the Titans, had begun a complete revamping of the organization two years prior to Namath’s arrival. The man behind all of the change? I’m not talking about Weeb Ewbank, although he certainly contributed. But the leader of the revolution, the man who signed the checks, was new owner, David A. “Sonny” Werblin. This page from the New York Jets’ 1964 Team Yearbook shows the ownership group that pulled the franchise from the penniless hands of Harry Wismer, who founded the Titans in 1959.
The Boston Globe recently ran an article in which Gino Cappelletti and Larry Garron reminisced about the early days in Patriots history. Both gentlemen are, of course, AFL legends, and members of the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1960s. Garron, now 79, and Cappelletti, aged 82, have been around the Patriots since the team’s initial training camp in 1960. They played through some rough patches, enjoyed an Eastern Division title, and experienced much individual success. Cappelletti is the AFL’s all-time leading scorer, and Garron was selected to play in four AFL All-Star Games.
I posted recently after learning a bit about the 1967 Milton Bradley football cards. Since then I’ve picked up more information about another AFL trading card, one which I thought that I already knew all about – the 1969 Topps Frank Buncom.
Those that have been visiting this site for a while know that I have a particular fondness for Frank Buncom. While living, Buncom was a great linebacker, and by all accounts an even better person. I have come to know his grandson, Frank Buncom IV, who now plays for Stanford, and I can say without hesitation that he is an equally special individual. My interest in Buncom the ballplayer naturally (for me, anyway) translated into an interest in Buncom the collectible, and while he is pictured on five 1960s Topps cards, I needed one of each for my autographed sets.
I thought I knew AFL-era trading cards pretty well. I’ve been collecting them, both with and without signatures, for a couple of decades. I’ve bought them, sold them, traded them, read about them, talked about them and written about them. I’ve sorted cards, made lists of cards, got cards graded, admired collections… I know a bit about cards. So you can imagine my shock when I purchased an autographed 1967 Milton Bradley Paul Lowe card on eBay last week, and after a bit of research came to the conclusion that I had filled one of my sets with incorrect cards.