Category Archives: AFL

The Chargers Have Left the Building…

I was born in San Diego.  I grew up with Dan Fouts throwing to John Jefferson, Chuck Muncie diving over piles into the end zone, and Louie Kelcher eating quarterbacks for lunch.  In later years I watched some very good, and also some very bad Chargers football.  I have written books about the team, collected their memorabilia, reorganized the team photo archive (twice), redecorated the team offices, interviewed more than 100 former players, authenticated their game used memorabilia for NFL Auctions, answered questions about team history for their own PR office, contributed to their 50th Anniversary DVD, and more that I have likely forgotten.  Needless to say, the Chargers leaving my hometown has made an impression on me today. read more

Two Former Patriots – Garron & Cappelletti

autographed 1966 topps larry garron

#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 read more

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. read more

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. read more

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. read more