Category Archives: American Football League

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. 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

An Interview with Harry Jacobs, Boston Patriots & Buffalo Bills

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Harry Jacobs

Being a collector of autographed AFL cards has helped me many times in the building of this site.  Most recently, I had an experience with former Patriots and Bills linebacker Harry Jacobs.  I had written a letter to Jacobs, requesting his signature on a 1964 Topps Buffalo Bills team card.  In my letter, I mentioned this site, and how I thought that readers would enjoy hearing whatever memories that he would be willing to share with us.  Roughly a week after I sent out my card, I received a note back.  Mr. Jacobs signed my card, and also wrote a brief note about how he would like to participate in a telephone interview. read more

AFL In Memoriam 2015

I reserve a late post each year for us all to remember those AFL personalities who passed away in the past year.  Sadly, we lost many great athletes and men in 2015.  Please take a moment to remember the following men, and if you have a story about one-or-more of them, please share it in the comments section below.

January 1 – Bill Keating – Defensive Tackle – Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins – 1966-1967 read more

1959 LSU Stars Join the AFL

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The Louisiana State University football team was dominant in 1958 & 1959.  Paul Dietzel’s recruiting classes of 1955 & 1956 paid huge dividends, and led the Tigers to an NCAA championship in 1958, and a third place national ranking the following year.  LSU junior, Billy Cannon, took home the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate football star in ’59, and was joined in the Tiger backfield by three other athletes who all went on to play professional football – Johnny Robinson, J.W. Brodnax, and Warren Rabb. read more