Gut Rumbles

August 05, 2007

Football cards

Originally published March 18, 2002

I started collecting football cards when I was six years old. I lost a lot of my worldly possessions through tumultuous life upheavals in subsequent years, but somehow I managed to hang onto those cards. I have a 1959 Johnny Unitas, crew-cut and on top of the world at age 26, after the famous sudden-death championship victory over the Giants. I have Frank Gifford, Bobby Layne, Pat Summerall, Y.A. Tittle, Bart Starr, "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, "Night Train" Lane, Raymond Berry, Alex Karras, Jim Brown and Gale Sayers. I also have Brian Piccolo, which is the most valuable card I own, according to a catalogue I checked recently.

Old football cards aren't worth the kind of money old baseball cards are, but that's okay with me. I'll never sell any of them. Those players were my heroes when I was a boy. I enjoy looking at my cards and remembering when I still believed in magic, and those men were gods. Incredible waves of nostalgia wash over me.

Some of the cards still smell of bubble gum, too.


I can totally relate. I started collecting football cards in the mid 70s about the same age as you. I've collected alot of different things over the years, but when I was a kid, I said I'd never get rid of my cards.. and now I can look at my collection with a lot of pride. I think it will be a great thing to pass on to my kids. Football cards are great.. and the ones you have seem fantastic. I have a Gifford, Brown and Sayers as well. Oddly, when I started in the 70s, I was always trying to get stuff from my dad's era as well, so always trying to score 50s and 60s era cards whenever I could.

Thanks for posting this!

Posted by: GIC on August 5, 2007 09:12 AM
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