I recently made a purchase of four cards which have what I consider “The Perfect Card Damage”. The cards in question were from the 1970 Topps Super Football set, which is a set I’m not officially collecting (yet) but still cannot resist.
The front of the cards were in great shape… So why, for example, was this John Brodie card just a buck?
It’s was only a buck because some kid got bored and doodled on the back – but in a way which doesn’t affect the card itself – And this was the worst of the bunch. The other three cards were “branded” with a ball-point-pen letter “B” in the margins of the back. All of these fall into the “Pfft, like I care” category.
John Brodie, by the way, was a quarterback with the Forty Niners for 17 years (1957 – 1973). Brodie was the league MVP in 1970 while leading in completions (223), yards (2941) and touchdowns (24). It wasn’t the first time he lead the league in those categories.
It’s worth mentioning that the golf cartoon is appropriate, because after John Brodie was done in the NFL, he started a second career in the PGA Seniors tour.
Matt Snell was a running back who spent his entire 9-year career with the Jets (Both in the AFL and NFL). He was part of the Jets team which upset the Colts in Super Bowl III.
Like Brodie, Gabriel was a quarterback who won an MVP award; Gabriel’s came in 1969 when he was with the L.A. Rams. Gabriel threw 24 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions and lead the team as they won the first 11 games of the season.
Sorry about the misscan of this card. I think you get the idea of what this looks like.
Roman Gabriel did a bit of acting, and his first acting gig came as a “Native” on Gilligan’s Island. It was in an episode called “Topsy-Turvy” where Gilligan hits his head and sees everything upside down; when the Professor tries to help him, Gilligan sees double instead.
Other athletes who played “Natives” on Gilligan’s Island include Dodgers Jim Lefebvre and Al Ferrara. I’ve got to keep a closer eye on Gilligan’s Island reruns…
Here’s the “hit” of this batch; I spent a whopping $1.50 on this Carl Eller, who’s in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. Eller played 15 years for the Vikings, was a key member of the “Purple People Eaters” defensive line, played in four Super Bowls and finished out his career with a season in Seattle.