Author Archives: Todd Tobias

New Football Card Pages Added to Tales

With the season upon us, and football in the news (for better or worse), I tend to get a bit more focused on my card collection this time each year.  Even though the Chargers have left my hometown team-less and unsure about the season, I’ve still found a desire to add new cards to my collection this year.  I have been building signed collections of some of my favorite players, which gives me the opportunity to go a bit beyond the normal boundaries that are in place for annual card sets, and pick up various inserts, regional and test issues.  Additionally, I have been building a small collection of 1965 Topps cards signed by the All-Star players who participated in the New Orleans boycott.  I only wish I’d thought of that collection sooner, as so many of these men have left us in recent years – Earl Faison, Art Powell, Ernie Warlick, Cookie Gilchrist… read more

Lookie, Lookie! It’s Finally Time for Cookie!

The Buffalo Bills announced today that Cookie Gilchrist will be their newest inductee into the Bills Wall of Fame.  It is a move that is long overdue.  Bad blood between Gilchrist and former Bills owner, Ralph Wilson, is said to be what has kept Gilchrist from an honor that he so richly deserved.  With the sale of the Bills to the Pegula family after Wilson’s passing in 2014, the path was cleared for Cookie’s induction. read more

Art Powell: A Deserving Hall of Fame Candidate

The Pro Football Hall of Fame senior’s committee made their nomination last week for the HoF Class of 2018, and again the AFL was passed by.  Johnny Robinson, Winston Hill, John Hadl, Jim Tyrer, Walt Sweeney, Fred Arbanas, and many others likely didn’t even come up in discussion.

Still, there are grumblings out there, and our AFL legends are not being completely forgotten.   Ron Borges, a member of the hall of fame’s senior’s committee and The Talk of Fame Sports Network, recently penned (Keyed?  Typed?) a very compelling article for Art Powell, the legendary receiver who spent the bulk of his career with the New York Titans and Oakland Raiders.  As Borges illustrates, Powell should be remembered not only for his excellence on the gridiron, but also for his bravery in standing up against the bigotry and segregation that was so prevalent in the 1960s, and on full display when Powell’s teams played exhibition games in the South. read more

Celebrating Dave Grayson

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Dave Grayson, the AFL’s career interception leader, passed away on Saturday, July 29.  A memorial service was held for him today in his hometown of San Diego.   Grayson graduated from San Diego’s Lincoln High School, the same school that produced Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis.  From there he went to San Diego City College and then University of Oregon, before beginning his professional career with the Dallas Texans in 1961.  Grayson moved with the Texans to Kansas City, where he stayed through 1964, when he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.  His last game in professional football was in 1970, still with the Raiders. read more

Los Angeles Chargers Season Ticket Brochure

As the Chargers have returned to Los Angeles and are doing what they can to drum up a following among Angelinos, I thought it would be interesting to post the notes of a season ticket brochure that the team distributed during their inaugural season of 1960.  Just $4 for a single game ticket, and $40 for a season pass in their first season, and yet the team averaged just 15,000 fans per game in 1960.  That is 15,000 fans, not necessarily 15,000 paid fans. read more

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