Category Archives: AFL

Two Former Patriots – Garron & Cappelletti

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#006 – Larry Garron

Here is a neat piece in which Patriot greats Larry Garron and Gino Cappelletti, recall the organization’s earliest days.  They share a collective 20 years in a Patriots uniform (19 of which were spent in the AFL), 80 touchdowns and nine AFL All-Star Games.  It could be said that no two players better represent the early Patriots than Garron and Cappelletti.

Two Former Patriots Recall the Team’s First Season

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Chasing Bambi – Collecting the Chargers’ Lance Alworth

Sports cards and memorabilia have played a large role in my life, and I consider myself fortunate to make a living working in and around my hobby.  This past year has been spent writing a lot about trading card sets and athletes of all sports, though my favorite subjects remain AFL-related.

Last month I wrote a piece about collecting cards and memorabilia of Chargers great, Lance Alworth.  The article ran in our company magazine, The Sports Market Report.

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So Long, George…

George Pernicano, minority owner of the San Diego Chargers, and personality extraordinaire, passed away last week at age 98, after a long illness.  For those that knew him, George Pernicano was larger than life – all five-foot nothing of him.  But what he lacked in stature, he more than made up with in personality, fun, stories and food.  George Pernicano was a legend in these parts, and his shoes must just be put away forever, as they could never possibly be filled.

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The Men Behind the Jets

1964 new york jets owners

Much is said about Joe Namath and his $427,000 rookie contract, and rightfully so.  Namath hit the professional football scene like nothing that had come before him.  Frail knees and all, Namath had the Jets winning soon after his arrival.  But the Jets, formerly the Titans, had begun a complete revamping of the organization two years prior to Namath’s arrival.  The man behind all of the change?  I’m not talking about Weeb Ewbank, although he certainly contributed.  But the leader of the revolution, the man who signed the checks, was new owner, David A. “Sonny” Werblin.  This page from the New York Jets’ 1964 Team Yearbook shows the ownership group that pulled the franchise from the penniless hands of Harry Wismer, who founded the Titans in 1959.

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A Frank Buncom Discovery – 1969 Topps

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1965 Topps

I posted recently after learning a bit about the 1967 Milton Bradley football cards.  Since then I’ve picked up more information about another AFL trading card, one which I thought that I already knew all about – the 1969 Topps Frank Buncom.

Those that have been visiting this site for a while know that I have a particular fondness for Frank Buncom.  While living, Buncom was a great linebacker, and by all accounts an even better person.  I have come to know his grandson, Frank Buncom IV, who now plays for Stanford, and I can say without hesitation that he is an equally special individual.  My interest in Buncom the ballplayer naturally (for me, anyway) translated into an interest in Buncom the collectible, and while he is pictured on five 1960s Topps cards, I needed one of each for my autographed sets.

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