Category Archives: Topps card

New Football Card Pages Added to Tales

With the season upon us, and football in the news (for better or worse), I tend to get a bit more focused on my card collection this time each year.  Even though the Chargers have left my hometown team-less and unsure about the season, I’ve still found a desire to add new cards to my collection this year.  I have been building signed collections of some of my favorite players, which gives me the opportunity to go a bit beyond the normal boundaries that are in place for annual card sets, and pick up various inserts, regional and test issues.  Additionally, I have been building a small collection of 1965 Topps cards signed by the All-Star players who participated in the New Orleans boycott.  I only wish I’d thought of that collection sooner, as so many of these men have left us in recent years – Earl Faison, Art Powell, Ernie Warlick, Cookie Gilchrist… read more

Just Who Was Jim Perkins?

I made a significant addition to my card collection recently when I located and purchased an autographed 1965 Topps Jim Perkins card.

Significant?

Who?

Jim Perkins?

Why?

Ok, so maybe Jim Perkins isn’t significant to 1965 Topps (or the AFL in general) in the same way as Joe Namath, but for autographed card collectors, this comes along, well…  so far, once-in-a-lifetime.

Jim Perkins was born in Loyalton, California, on June 16, 1939.  According to the 1964 Denver Broncos media guide, Perkins earned 12 varsity letters at Loyalton High School.  He studied business administration at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he was a member of CU’s Big Eight championship teams, and was drafted in the 7th round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, and by the Denver Broncos in the 24th round of the AFL Draft of the same year.  Perkins earned a starting spot on the Broncos offensive line as a rookie, was single (at least in 1964), and worked as a realtor in the off-season.  Beyond that, nothing. read more