Saturday, April 18, 2020

Hall of Famers

I just posted the Hall of Famers in the 1971 Topps set, and now it's 1968's turn.

These are the 38 Hall of Famers in the 217-player set, including 8 quarterbacks (or 7, if you believe George Blanda is in the HOF for his kicking prowess).

5 - Redskins
3 - Browns, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers
2 - Bears, Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Jets, Raiders
1 - Broncos, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, 49ers, Giants, Lions, Patriots, Saints
0 - Bengals, Bills, Oilers, Rams, Steelers, Vikings

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles (bonus cards - part 2)

Here are the remaining 6 cards in the 1968 Eagles set produced by RetroCards.

(You can see the other 12 cards here in part 1.)
Lane Howell was the Eagles’ left offensive tackle from 1965-69. He was a backup with the Giants for 2 seasons, then acquired in a trade for guard Pete Case.

Mel Tom was the Eagles’ 6th-round pick in the 1966 draft. Drafted as a linebacker, he initially wore #58 until switching to #99 in 1970. After a year (I assume on the taxi-squad), he played every game from 1967 until he was traded to the Bears 4 games into the 1973 season. Mel started all but 1 game at right end from 1968 until his trade to Chicago.

Frank Molden was acquired from the Rams before the 1966 season for linebacker Maxie Baughan, but did not play in ’66 or ’67. He started 7 games at left DT in 1968, then moved on to the Giants in 1969.

Harold Wells played four years (1965-68), all with the Eagles. He played in every game, and started every game at right linebacker from 1966-68. He never had a Topps or Philly Gum card.

Except for missing all but 1 game in 1967 due to injury, Al Nelson was a starting cornerback for the Eagles from his rookie season of 1965 until midway through his final 1973 season, when he was replaced by John Outlaw. He played left corner every year but 1970.

Joe Scarpati was the Eagles’ free safety from 1964 to 1969, playing every game but two during his rookie year. He was traded to the Saints in 1970, where he started 10 games and was the holder for Tom Dempsey’s record 63-yard field goal. Joe returned to the Eagles in 1971 but was injured in training camp.