Friday, October 28, 2022

Some fun old football cards

While the Yankees were stumbling to a disappointing finish, the Giants have had their best start in years, and are now 6-1. I'll celebrate their early season good play and good fortune with some football cards I picked up from the same seller who had the '55 and '60s baseball lots. This lot was 1960s-1980s.

Starting off with the '80s. A few moderately big names here. I love getting new '86 cards, the first sports card set I ever collected.

1970s. '70s Topps sets generally had pretty boring base cards, and a few fantastic action cards. That's pretty well represented here.
1960s. This is where the lot really shines. Of the two miscut '68s, one is a Floyd Little rookie card, one of the best cards in the set. But the card I was most excited about was the '62 Lou Groza. I've admired the black-bordered 1962 set for a long time, with the real action photo in the inset, but hadn't had a card from the set yet. Now I have one, and better yet it's of a Hall of Famer who was one of the best players of his generation, and revolutionized his position (Groza was the first really great long-distance kicker, in addition to being a solid lineman).
These cards were somehow in the lot as well. Not football cards, obviously, there are from a 1982 set of Marquette University basketball cards. I don't know basketball very well - Doc Rivers is the only name I recognize here, from his time with the Knicks. They're in rough shape, but maybe of interest to someone who went to Marquette or collects one of these guys.
Speaking of trade bait - I hadn't sorted the football cards yet when I took the photos. About 25 of them are dupes for me, including the '70 Bob Trumpy, the '76 League Leaders card with Chuck Foreman, the '77 Jim Zorn Record Breaker, and the '81 Mark Gastineau.


  1. I never would have imagined that the two NY football teams would be so good (so far) this year. I'm not nearly as big a football fan as I am a baseball and hockey fan, but it's been fun.

  2. I don't have very many 62's either, but it's kind of funny that Groza was the first one that I got too. I got him for a quarter at the first show I went to after picking up card collecting again.