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Still Collecting Cards

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“1963 Chargers – the Best Team Ever!!” Lance Alworth

This football season was an odd one for me.  For the first time in my life, we didn’t have professional football in San Diego.  There was a lot of hatred towards the Chargers around here, and the media didn’t quite seem to know how to handle things.  Report the scores? Don’t report the scores? Love the Chargers, or bash them? It was all rather uncomfortable.

As for me, I stayed rather far away from it all.  I didn’t watch the Chargers at all, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. However, I was just as active with my old standby that is collecting signed AFL trading cards. In fact, many of the people reading this post answered my request for signatures this year, and some did it multiple times (right, Gino Cappelletti?) read more

Off-Season Autographed AFL Card Pick-Ups

One of my hobby passions is autographed 1960s football cards, so as usual, I spent time during the off-season adding signed AFL cards to my collection.  However, as my sets are in need of only a handful of rare cards, I was forced to get creative if I wanted to add anything new and interesting to my collection.  I put together a handful of player sets – Lance Alworth, Gino Cappelletti, John Hadl, Johnny Robinson – and picked up a few signed team cards, but the most fun that I had came in having players add interesting inscriptions to particular cards. read more

Alworth, Cappelletti & Robinson Autographed Card Pages

Regardless of what is happening in the world, professional sports, or my house, I continue to look to trading cards as a source of relaxation.  This past off-season has been no different, and I have been fortunate to add a number of interesting autographed AFL cards to my collection.  I will add them to the site in weeks to come, but kicked off that process today with new pages dedicated to three of my favorite AFL stars. read more

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 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