Category Archives: Cincinnati Bengals

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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A Letter, A Card and Cosmic Connections

This summer has been busy for me, and I’m sorry to say that it had a direct effect on my AFL postings.  Youth lacrosse, freshman football, and much more have had my head swimming.  But I’m here today, with a fun, feel-good AFL collecting story that occurred over the course of my summer.

I’ve been collecting sports cards for 37 years now, since getting an unopened box of 1978 Topps baseball cards as a gift from my father at the age of five. Since then I’ve been fortunate to have several interesting card-based experiences in my life, though perhaps none have been as unexpected as a situation leading up to my obtaining an autographed copy of Frank Buncom’s 1967 Topps football card.

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Bengals Jim “Diesel” Johnson Passes Away

The Charleston Post & Courier has reported that former Cincinnati Bengals defensive back, Jim “The Diesel” Johnson, has passed away.  An obituary can be found HERE.

The Cincinnati Bengals First Game

After a five-game preseason in which the inaugural version of the Cincinnati Bengals posted a 2-3 record, the new team ventured west to open the regular season against one of Paul Brown’s longtime rivals, Sid Gillman, and his San Diego Chargers.  The Chargers were coming off an 8-5-1 season the year before, and the second-consecutive season in which Gillman’s club missed out on post-season play.

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1968 Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals


The Cincinnati Bengals opened their inaugural season with a 2-1 record before a severe nosedive knocked them out of any postseason contention in 1968.  The Bengals were coming off a 24-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week Two, and in this game against the Bills showed more flashes of early season brilliance.

Week 3

  • Sunday September 22
Week 3
1 2 3 4 Final
Buffalo Bills (0–3–0) 0 7 7 9 23
Cincinnati Bengals (2–1–0) 10 0 10 14 34
BUF CIN
CIN Dale Livingston 11-yard field goal 0 3
CIN Warren McVea 80-yard rush (Dale Livingston kick) 0 10
BUF Max Anderson 14-yard rush (Mike Mercer kick) 7 10
BUF Gary McDermott 5-yard rush (Mike Mercer kick) 14 10
CIN Dale Livingston 39-yard field goal 14 13
CIN Charlie King 32-yard interception return (Dale Livingston kick) 14 20
CIN Al Beauchamp 17-yard interception return (Dale Livingston kick) 14 27
BUF Max Anderson 100-yard kickoff return (Mike Mercer kick) 21 27
BUF Safety, Robinson tackled in end zone 23 27
CIN Tommie Smiley 1-yard rush (Dale Livingston kick) 23 34
BUF CIN
First downs 17 9
Rush-yards-TDs 24–92–2 29–149–2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 15–36–160–0–2 8–18–68–0–1
Sacked-yards 5–37 2–16
Net pass yards 123 52
Total yards 215 201
Fumbles-lost 1–0 2–1
Turnovers 2 2
Penalties-yards 5–65 6–34