Author Archives: Todd Tobias

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

Off-Season Autographed AFL Card Pick-Ups

One of my hobby passions is autographed 1960s football cards, so as usual, I spent time during the off-season adding signed AFL cards to my collection.  However, as my sets are in need of only a handful of rare cards, I was forced to get creative if I wanted to add anything new and interesting to my collection.  I put together a handful of player sets – Lance Alworth, Gino Cappelletti, John Hadl, Johnny Robinson – and picked up a few signed team cards, but the most fun that I had came in having players add interesting inscriptions to particular cards. read more

An Interview with the Raiders Clem Daniels

I am drawn to the AFL for a number of reasons, only one of which is that the football played during those 10 years was cutting-edge and fantastic.  This week I had an opportunity to conduct a long telephone interview with former Oakland Raiders running back, Clem Daniels.  Like the league itself, Clem’s successes on the field are but a contributing factor in what makes him so interesting.  Daniels was raised in Texas, and played his college ball there as well.  He suffered through a single frustrating season with the Dallas Texans, before fate stepped in and took him to Oakland, where he would make his name as an athlete, a businessman, community leader and advocate for social change. read more

Kentucky Babe – A Book Review

I was bouncing around on eBay a couple of weeks back and came across a book of which I had no prior knowledge.  Kentucky Babe is a biography of Babe Parilli, written by Dick Burdette and published in 2011.  Parilli had just passed away on July 15 of this year, and thus was at the forefront of my AFL mind.  I made the purchase, and began reading on my flight to Chicago.

Kentucky Babe runs 391 pages, and covers Parilli’s life from his birth in 1930 through the Jets’ victory in Super Bowl III.  The book was well-researched, and packed full of information.  As the title may suggest, I felt that the author dug a bit deeper into Parilli’s collegiate years than  he did his professional career.  The chapters covering Babe’s college days were full of detailed stories, lots of interaction with Coach Bear Bryant, and in-depth information about the turnaround of the Kentucky squad with Parilli under center. read more

The AFL at the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention

I am currently in Rosemont, Illinois, working at the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention.  This show is the annual Mecca for sports card and memorabilia collectors, and in many ways is as impressive as walking through a sports museum.

I walked the show floor all day today, looking for AFL material.  While standard Fleer and Topps cards are plentiful, I did not see an abundance of high quality items pertaining to “The Other League.”  There were a handful, however, that drew my attention. read more

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