Category Archives: Lance Alworth

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.

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New AFL Book – The Uncrowned Champs!!

Dave Steidel is at it again.  The author of the universally loved tome, Remember the AFL, has a new book out this month, and it will certainly stoke the fires of any AFL enthusiast (as well as piss off many staunch NFL fans).

Steidel’s new book, The Uncrowned Champs; How the 1963 San Diego Chargers Would Have Won a Super Bowl, is a week-by-week look back at what many believe to be the first AFL team that had a legitimate shot at knocking off an NFL champ.  With the professionalism of a true historian and passion of a 1960s football fan, Dave Steidel went back and interviewed former players and team associates, both for the 1963 San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears, to formalize his opinion of the greatest team of 1963.

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Talk of Fame Radio Network talks AFL

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Last week I was contacted by the Talk of Fame Sports Network, and asked to be part of a radio show about the American Football League.  This show is hosted by Ron Borges, Clarke Judge, and Rick Gosselin; three selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two-of-which sit on the senior committee.  Gino Cappelletti and Lance Alworth were also guests for different segments of the show.

In speaking with the hosts prior to the show, I was pleased to learn that all three feel that the AFL has been given short-shrift in the voting process, and that they would like to see that changed.

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Better Moves Than Alworth?

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THE DENVER POST – February 4, 1968

I recently came across this cartoon.  It was published in The Denver Post on February 4, 1968.  Not sure why it wasn’t run during the football season, but it gave me a chuckle.

Gates Surpasses Alworth… Sort Of

I’ve always liked Antonio Gates.  He is a dominant player and plays through injury.  He stays out of trouble, and by all accounts, represents the San Diego Chargers very well.

This past week Gates broke Lance Alworth’s longstanding Chargers team record with 9,854 career receiving yards.  Impressive numbers and a great achievement for sure, but I must say that I balked a bit when I saw the headline on Chargers.com, Antonio Gates: Greatest Receiver in Chargers History.

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