Monthly Archives: October 2012

Walt Corey – Dallas Texans & Kansas City Chiefs

walt coreyThe youngest of 16 children in his family of Pennsylvania mill workers, Walt Corey was undrafted coming out of the University of Miami (Florida).  He signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Texans as a linebacker in their inaugural season of 1960, and his dogged determination and hard hitting earned him a starting position on the Texans’ defense.

Over the next four years, Corey averaged 8.75 tackles-per-game, and hauled in four interceptions while moving from left linebacker to the right.  He was a defensive stallwart from 1960-64, helping the Texans win their only AFL championship in 1962 (they would later win again as the Kansas City Chiefs).  He was named to the AFL All-Star Game in 1963. read more

Some New Cards for the Collections

A Big Raid That Really Paid Off – An S.I. Vault Article

autographed 1967 topps isaac lassiter

#114 – Isaac Lassiter

A BIG RAID THAT REALLY PAID OFF

I was skimming through Sports Illustrated’s online article vault, and came across this piece that was written about the Oakland Raiders in 1967.  Looking back nearly 50 years, this article packed a lot of great history into just one page.

I was particularly interested to see that early reviews of the Tom Flores-Daryle Lamonica trade had the Bills getting the better end of the deal.  Of course Lamonica went on to become AFL MVP in 1967, his first year with the Raiders.  But at the time the article was written, Lamonica was doing well, while Glenn Bass, who also came to Oakland in the trade, had been cut in training camp by the Raiders.  Also, Al Davis is quoted as saying that Lamonica was the quarterback that he had wanted for a few years, so long as he couldn’t get the Jets to deal Joe Namath.  Imagine Broadway Joe in Silver & Black! read more

The Most Difficult of Signed AFL Cards

autographed 1965 topps joe namath

#122 – Joe Namath

As a collector of autographed AFL cards, I am occasionally asked what is the most valuable card in my collection.  It is a silly question, really.  In the grand scope of the trading card hobby, the cards that I collect, individually, are not terribly valuable.  In the realm of raw, unsigned cards, the 1965 Topps Joe Namath is the most valuable card in the decade of AFL cards.  A raw Namath rookie card in excellent condition may run you upwards of $600 or $700.  Not peanuts, for sure, but nowhere near the upper echelon of valuable trading cards. read more

Super Duper Buffalo Bills

super duper elbert dubenionAs a Chargers fan, I have rarely had the opportunity to put the words, “Super Duper,” and “Buffalo Bills,” together.  The Bills blasted my Bolts in the 1964 & 1965 championship games, though admittedly I hadn’t been born yet, so my period of mourning was not extensive.  In point of fact, I have only put those two phrases together in one particular manner, but it was for a very appropriate reason. read more