1960s Kansas City Chiefs Postcards

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bert coan postcardI purchased a postcard the other day.  No, it didn’t come from one of those ubiquitous carousel display racks, but rather from eBay.  It is a beautiful color postcard of the Kansas City Chiefs running back, Bert Coan running downfield.  In the backfield Len Dawson watches Coan’s progress, as does downed Chargers lineman, George Gross, who looks to have just missed a tackle.  I find the postcard very attractive, and had hoped that there might be more Chiefs postcards from a series, or something along those lines.  I had seen a handful of the Coan cards up for sale over the years, but never another player.

bert coan postcard

len dawson postcardI’ve recently done a bit of digging around online in an effort to learn more.  I was thrilled to be able to find a card of Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson (which I purchased), that appears to be from the same set at the Coan, but I still haven’t found any new information.  I know that the card was produced no earlier than 1966, as that was the only year that the Chargers wore solid blue bolts on their helmets, as seen on George Gross.  Coan retired after the 1968 season, so it is likely that the postcard was made between 1966-1968, though it could have possibly been made later.

The back has standard postcard info.  It was published by James Tetirick of Kansas City, MO, and is labeled as a “Tetricolor Card.”  There is a number 611783 (card number?  series number?) on the back, as well as a line noting that the photo came courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs.

So, does anyone have any info on these cards?

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Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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10 Responses to 1960s Kansas City Chiefs Postcards

  1. hey todd,i too am a BIG fan of the afl..i wish that it had not merged with the nfl..i ‘m also a big fan of the aba,(which my great friend gus gerard played in),and the usfl. these where and still are great leagues.i try to get memberbilia when ever i can and afford.thank you for your blog and where can i send my lance alworth card to get it autographed..anthony l.(lance) rabatin

  2. Art Moug says:

    I note that in the postcard of Len Dawson there is a lineman wearing #72 standing on the sidelines. From the resources I have (Sporting News 1966, ’67, & ’68 Official American Football League Guides), this is Tony Dimidio. After further research, I found that he played for the Chiefs in 1966 & 67, but was not on the team in 1968.
    This should narrow down the years you are looking at in your search. Hope it helps.

  3. dean boatwright says:

    coan was huge for his time …what happened , did he get hurt…he should have been hurtting defenceses

  4. Taney Beaumont says:

    I bought both of these cards during the holidays in 1967 at the Kansas City airport’s gift shop during a trip. I was/am a huge Chiefs fan, and of course asked the cashier if they had any others. She didn’t think so. I guess she was right!

    • Todd Tobias says:

      Wow, Taney. That’s a great memory, and info. Thanks, and welcome to the site!! I’ve since found a postcard of a model of Municipal Stadium that might be part of this series, but I’m not sure. I’ll have to do a follow up piece once I receive them in the mail.

  5. 1967 says:

    I don’t know what year the postcards were ‘made’, but the picture of Bert Coan is from the 1966 season & the other of Len Dawson is from the 1967 season.

    SD’s solid blue bolts as mentioned the first pic; too, both 1966 and 1967 games @KC vs SD were played on overcast days which the pic appears to reflect. In ’68 KC went to the hideous sleeve striping/piping on their jerseys, so 1968 is out.

    Noting the second picture, on the ground is a small portion the colorful red & yellow ‘running Chief’ logo that debuted at midfield 1967… in 1966 the Chiefs had a white circle with a red ‘KC’ in the center of it, midfield… George Toma’s ‘game’ as ’twere really went up to another colorful level in ’67 (Toma’s artistry and events otherwise pop culture US too one of the reasons that I use 1967 for my username (but that’s another story.)

    Here the plot (and magical analysis) thickens.

    In fact, it may be possible to narrow down the game opponent of KC. Curt Merz #64 at OG played in a limited # of games in 1967 (8) due back trouble. The long sleeves on Dawson also indicate it was a late season / cold weather game, likely.

    Seven home games were played in 1967, eight counting their lone exhibition game at home that year, vs the Bears.

    Eliminating the Bears/Chiefs game (vs CHIC Dawson wore short sleeves/no long sweatshirt underneath) & other home games (red uniform) Dawson wore short sleeves/no sweatshirt (which would include vs HOU and DEN) and eliminating those Dawson did wear longer look/sweatshirt (games vs MIA, NYJ, SD & BUFF) but that Merz did not play in (all of those), the photo of Dawson is very likely (I’m almost 100% certain) from ‘Thanksgiving Day’ November 22, vs OAK… a game Dawson wore sweatshirt/longer look and Merz did play (and my Chiefs lost 44-22… D’OH!)

    : (

  6. Joe says:

    To 1967’s comment…Lenny is looking pretty dirty…makes sense that it would be a loss. 🙁

  7. Taney Beaumont says:

    Great detective work by 1967! Short turnaround on the Dawson, because it was definitely December of 1967 when I bought the cards.

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