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Old 11-04-2015, 12:26 PM
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Going back through my blog posts to find my pickups since I decided to start back in the vintage world. Nothing too spectacular on this one, but I still enjoy posting.
There were two shows in Dallas that day and at the first show (which is a twice-a-year show) I picked up these pieces, along with a vintage hockey card. If you're interested to see the hockey one, or read the blog post, you can click here. It's hockey, so I didn't want to post it on this thread.
Kin: I enjoyed looking at your blog! Keep having fun with your cards!
Todays mail brought two hits 1952 Bowman SMALL:
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Herman Clark played for the Bears in 1952 and also 1954-57 and couldn't find out much about him except he died in 1989.
Ollie Matson "books" for $200 in NM. 1952 co-rookie of the year also won Bronze (400 M run) and Silver (400 M relay team) Medals in the Olympics that year. Pro football HOF 1972. In his later years Matson suffered from dementia and died in 2011. According to his nephew, Matson hadn't spoken in the four years prior to his passing.
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Old 11-05-2015, 03:18 PM
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A BIG day at my mailbox Part 1 of 3:

1952 Bowman "SMALL"

Arnold Weinmeister: Played only six pro seasons in the AAFC and NFL, yet was elected into the Pro Football HOF class of 1984 died 2000. (I need to read up on the AAFC which was a competing pro league)

Howard Hartley: played five years in the NFL for the Steelers and Redskins died in 2006 not much info about him.

Tex Coulter: played 7 years with the Giants died in 2003 not much info about him.

Pete Pihos: #92 most "expensive" in this group NM $75. Played 9 years Eagles. College HOF '66. Pro Football HOF '70. WWII D-Day vet Bronze and Silver Star. His daughter made a couple of documentaries about his struggle with Alzheimer’s I checked Netflix not there. Appears to be a football stud and hero! Died 2011.

Jack Blount: no info.

Steve Romanik: QB Bears and Cardinals 1950-54. died in 2009

Henry Minarik: Played with the Steelers just one year with 35 receptions and one TD. Still living age 88 I wonder what he went on to do, his stats weren't awful?

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A BIG day at my mailbox Part 2 of 3:
1951 Bowman


Louis Creekmur: Player with the Lions ten years and never missed a game! Had his nose broken 13 times since players often didn't wear a face mask. His nose looks a little messed up on his card? Pro Football HOF 1996. died in 2009.

Tom Fears: discussed in previous entry. LOL

James Finks: Played six years with the Steelers. In 1964 became GM of the Vikings and put together "The Purple People Eaters" and also hired coach Bud Grant. Served in front offices Bears Saints and Chicago Cubs. When NFL Commissioner Pete Rozell retired, James was a leading candidate to replace him. But it seems there was some "hijinks" going on with some of the newer owners, and Paul Tagliabue was eventually hired. Pro football HOF 1995. died lung cancer 1994.

Dante Lavelli: #73 most "expensive" in this group at $75 in NM. Nicknames "glue fingers" and "Mr Clutch" NFL HOF 1975 player 10 years with the Browns. In 1942 Dante was drafted into the US Army D-day he landed on Omaha Beach also saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and the fight for Bastogne. 1 in 5 members of his Division was killed in action. died in 2009. New "book" price for this card is $1,000 this guy is a HERO!
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Big Day at the mailbox part 3 of 3:


1948 Bowman (wearing #35) John Badaczewski the most "expensive" in this group $100 in NM. Played 8 years in the NFL to me his name looks like "bad-ass" LOL. Went on to a career with the Chrysler Corp and died in 1999.

1948 Bowman Bob Skoglund (wearing #52) Played with the Packers for just one year 1947 then died of a kidney infection in 1949 at the age of 23.

1954 Bowman "Large" John Karras played just one year with the Cardinals 5 receptions 1 TD. died in 2008
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Absolutely love the posts, Larry! Please keep going. I check the board daily and enjoy it!
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Thanks Larry - love seeing the early color Bowman cards. 50-52 in particular, there was so much attention paid to detail - the backgrounds etc. - they’re like little works of art
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Thanks for the feedback. Tomorrow will be the last post (if I get any cards in the mail).
Another BIG mail day 1 of 3
1952 Bowman:


Jerome Smith: played in 29 NFL games, then became an NFL position coach for 11 years. died in 2011.

John Kastan: NY Giants 9th round pick looks like he never played for them, and no other information.

Steve Owen: Pro football HOF 1966 played in the NFL 10 years, and coached the NY Giants from 1930-1953. WWI vet, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1966.

George Conner #19 (short print) is the most "valuable" card in this lot NM $300. College and Pro HOFer played eight years in the NFL. WWII vet weighed only three pounds at birth. died in 2003.
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Buddy Young: One of the shortest men to play the game at only 5"4" played 10 years in the NFL. First Colt to have his number retired. First African-American exec hired by the NFL. died in a car wreck in 1983.

John Rapacz: Played 7 years in the NFL then became a Hall of Fame High School coach. died in 1991.

Fred Benners: Played one year in the NFL then became a lawyer in Dallas. Considered one of the best players to play college at SMU. Looks like there is a collection of some sort of Fred at SMU. He is 85 years old.

Jack Christiansen #129 RC is the most "expensive" card in this group at $300 in NM condition. Raised in an orphanage. Pro football HOF played with the Lions for 8 seasons, then coached college and pro teams for 30 years. died from cancer in 1986.
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1950 Bowman Leo Nomellini (upper left): played 14 years with the 49ers and never missed a game. College and Pro football HOF. Pro wrestler Leo "The Lion" died in 2000.

1951 Bowman Charley Trippi (upper right): College (Georgia) and Pro HOFer player with the Chicago Cardinals for 9 years. Charley was a big part of the NFL and AAFC battle. Lives in Athens 92 years old.

1948 Bowman Joe Scott (lower left): Played 6 years with the NY Giants he was born in Athens, Texas. 89 years old.

1948 Bowman Joe Tereshinski (lower right) #1 card in the set and the most "expensive" card in this group NM $165. Played with the Redskins 8 years. College Georgia Bulldogs father of former Georgia Bulldogs Joe and Wally (mid 1970s), and grandfather of former Bulldog QB Joe (2005). Joe Sr died in 2013.
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Hi Larry, Love the cards and write ups. I had Millner as the 3rd End off the board behind Hutson and Hewitt in the 30s fantasy draft thread. I think the card of him as a coach that you show is probably his 1st mainstream card, but I'm pretty sure he appeared on at least one matchbook in the 30s. The last interesting point is that he mentioned taking the job of Bull Tosi (whose 35 Chicle card is a condition rarity) in an interview.
Millner is in the Wheaties set and a few Redskins matchbooks from the 30s / early 40s.



If you seen one of these out there, snag it as its one of the most difficult Wheaties box cuts to find.

I have the Millner matchbooks too but don't have them scanned yet.

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