What is your Favorite AFL Trading Card Set?

One of the great things about the AFL is the fantastic trading card sets that were issued to recognize the league.  From the simple 1961 Topps set to the slightly-psychedelic 1967s and classic tall boy 1965s, there was a little something for everyone in the decade.  And not to mention the many fantastic rookie cards that came about in these sets.  Joe Namath, Len Dawson, Lance Alworth, Cookie Gilchrist, Ben Davidson, Don Maynard, Wahoo McDaniel…  The list goes on and on.

So the question is, what is your favorite AFL trading card set?  If you don’t recall the different years, take a look at THIS PAGE on the site, which features my signed card collection.  You can click on the set names to view the cards.  It will give you the info that you need to make your decision.

I will begin with my vote for 1963 Fleer!

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Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

3 Responses to What is your Favorite AFL Trading Card Set?

  1. afl says:

    1967 is Topps (pun) for me, then 1966, 1965, 1968 & 1969. The early years did not impress me as much (sort of like the NFL’s sentiment toward the new league.) The pictures did not begin to look as realistic to me until the 1966 set.

  2. Matt Haddad a.k.a. overdrive1975 says:

    I’m not qualified to vote, as I’m a child of the ’70’s. However, I can make reference to Dave Steidel’s article, “Rating 10 years of AFL football cards – One Humble Fan’s Opinion” (January 17, 2013). For #1, Dave voted for the 1965 Topps, a.k.a. The Big Boys.

    That was the article that marked my becoming a regular on Tales from the American Football League. FUN ARTICLE ! ! !

  3. Matt Haddad a.k.a. overdrive1975 says:

    I’ll repeat my comments on the Steidel article:

    As a child of the ’70’s, I’m afraid I have little or nothing to add to the discussion. I can only talk about the NFL cards from the ’70’s. The ’60’s were undoubtedly an exciting time for pro football, and it must have been great to see the development of the AFL and the dynamics of the two leagues competing with each other–first for players (1960 to ’65) and then for outright supremacy (1966 to ’69).

    For what it’s worth, my best friend and I loved those Greg Pruitt cards from the 1975, ’76, and ’77 sets. I also remember a really cool shot of Chester Marcol from the 1980 set (which was the ’79 season, when an injured Marcol scored 28 points).

    Yes, by the time my buddy and I came along, the NFL as we know it had been established. We had great fun, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have to admit, though, that there had to be a special fascination for football fans in the ’60’s, with the unprecedented drama that was unfolding.

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