Category Archives: American Football League

Dear Abner, The Ref Goofed!

Last month AFL author, Dave Steidel, sent me a couple of new stories that he had written for Tales.  Here is the first, a look back at Abner Haynes’s flub (or not flub?) in the 1962 AFL Championship Game. ~Todd Tobias

Dear Abner, The Ref Goofed! by Dave Steidel

Left or right, vanilla or chocolate, drive or walk, small or large?  Decisions, decisions, decisions!  Something that we are faced with on a daily basis.  But as we all know, they are not always black or white.  Instead of left or right, sometimes we can go straight.  Vanilla or chocolate?  Ever hear of a ‘black cow’?  Drive or walk, how about peddling!  Small or large?  What about medium?  Forced choices are part of narrow band of decisions that gives us only limited options and at times we have to bite the bullet, so to speak, and choose either one or the other base on the information we have available to us at the time.  And you will see in this article, in pro-football, at least in AFL in 1962, the choices when winning a coin toss ARE NOT simply to kick or receive! read more

AFL In Memoriam – 2016

This has been a difficult year in many respects, but certainly in the area of cultural icons that have left us.  It was no different among the AFL members.  Please take a moment to remember the following men, read the obituary linked to each, and if you have a story about one-or-more of them, please share it in the comments section below.

January 16 – Joe Hergert – Linebacker/Kicker – Buffalo Bills – 1960-61 read more

Two Old Patriots

Autographed 1963 Fleer Larry Garron

#01 – Larry Garron

The Boston Globe recently ran an article in which Gino Cappelletti and Larry Garron reminisced about the early days in Patriots history.  Both gentlemen are, of course, AFL legends, and members of the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1960s.  Garron, now 79, and Cappelletti, aged 82, have been around the Patriots since the team’s initial training camp in 1960.  They played through some rough patches, enjoyed an Eastern Division title, and experienced much individual success.  Cappelletti is the AFL’s all-time leading scorer, and Garron was selected to play in four AFL All-Star Games. read more

A Frank Buncom Discovery – 1969 Topps

frank buncom

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. read more

1967 Milton Bradley Cards… A Discovery for Me

I thought I knew AFL-era trading cards pretty well.  I’ve been collecting them, both with and without signatures, for a couple of decades.  I’ve bought them, sold them, traded them, read about them, talked about them and written about them.  I’ve sorted cards, made lists of cards, got cards graded, admired collections…  I know a bit about cards.  So you can imagine my shock when I purchased an autographed 1967 Milton Bradley Paul Lowe card on eBay last week, and after a bit of research came to the conclusion that I had filled one of my sets with incorrect cards. read more