1963-66 Spalding Advisory Staff Photos

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1968 spalding green border photo - len dawson

1968 Spalding Green Border Photo – Len Dawson

During the mid-late 1960s, the Spalding Sporting Goods Company issued a number of roughly 8″x10″ photos of professional football players who were members of their “Advisory Staff.”  These photos are simple, yet attractive, and feature many of the top players of the era.  Unfortunately, only one AFL players is featured amongst several photo sets – Len Dawson.

There are four different Spalding sets that were released between 1963-1968, one with a simple white border, and then others with brown (1966), red (1967) and green (1968) “wood” framed borders.  Dawson photos are included in the white (though he is featured in a Pittsburgh uniform), and green border sets.

Other sporting goods companies produced similar sets which included AFL players, for example Rawlings – John Hadl, and MacGregor – Joe Namath.

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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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3 Responses to 1963-66 Spalding Advisory Staff Photos

  1. Howard says:

    Leonard is ready to matriculate the ball down the field!

  2. Mike Metzler says:

    You would have thought that Spalding, as the official provider of game balls for the AFL, would have had more AFL stars involved for promotional, as well as advisory, purposes.

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