I have recently added some new pieces to my AFL archives. None of it is overwhelming in terms of historic significance, or importance, yet each piece tells a story and worthy of being shared and enjoyed.
Autographed 1969 Tresler Comet Bob Trumpy – From what is rapidly becoming one of my favorite regional AFL sets comes this Bob Trumpy card. Trumpy played for the Bengals from 1968-1977, though I knew him best as an NBC commentator, who along with Don Criqui, covered many of the Chargers games that I watched as a kid. I had purchased the card a couple of months ago, but just recently received it back in the mail, autographed by Trumpy.
1965 Houston Oilers Pocket Schedule – Since writing about pocket schedules a couple of weeks ago, I have added a couple to my collection. I have always liked the Oilers logo of the 1960s, and was happy to find this piece on eBay.
Ernie Barnes Autographed Index Card – While Barnes was a satisfactory offensive guard for the Chargers and Broncos during the AFL’s early years, he later became internationally renown as an artist. His paintings are found in many of the top collections, both public and private. Barnes was also the official artist of the AFL.
1968 Oakland Raiders Pocket Schedule – This schedule caught my eye because it not only features two of my favorite AFL players in Dave Grayson and Lance Alworth, but is also uses a great image that has also graced the cover of the Chargers vs. Raiders game program from August 5, 1967.