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Old 05-12-2012, 07:03 AM
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Default Day #17 - Tom Jones

Card #17 in the Chicle set is Tom Jones. Tom played college ball at Bucknell University and went by the nickname "Potsy". Not much is know about his college years except he was a guard on the football team. He is not a member of the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame.

Tom Jones played pro football from 1930-1936, 1938. He played for the Minneapolis Red Jackets, Frankford Yellow Jackets, New York Giants, and Green Bay Packers. Jones started his career with the Minneapolis Red Jackets, a team that lasted only a couple of seasons in the NFL. In what turned out to be a very shrewd move, Ole Haugsrud, one of the founding fathers of the NFL, passed on his first right to start a new team in Minnesota during the depression and instead waited until 1960 to exercise his right and become part owner of the Minnesota Vikings.

Jones was an all-pro honorable mention guard on the 1934 New York Giants team that won the NFL Championship. Jones played semi-pro football for the New York Football Yankees in 1937 before returning for one last NFL season in 1938 with the Green Bay Packers.

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Old 05-13-2012, 03:29 AM
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Default Day #18 - Mike Mikulak

Card #18 in the Chicle set is Mike Mikulak. Mike played college ball at U of Oregon where he was originally a defensive player before becoming a star fullback. He led the Ducks to a share of the 1933 Pacific Coast Conference championship and was a consensus All-American that year. Mike's nickname was "Iron Mike" because he had to wear an aluminum chest protector under his uniform due to a protruding sternum.

Mikulak played fullback in the NFL from 1934-36 with the Chicago Cardinals, earning All-Pro status in 1935. In his best year, he gained 308 years rushing with a 4.2 yds/run average and scored four TDs. He retired from football after the '36 season and returned to U of Oregon to complete his degree and be an assistant coach. He was called to active duty by the Army in 1941 and was placed on a 1 year administrative leave by U of Oregon. Instead of returning to Oregon, Mikulak served in the Army for 27 years before returning to the college ranks as an administrator.

Mike is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Old 05-14-2012, 07:57 AM
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Default Day #19 - Ralph Kercheval

Card #19 in the Chicle set is Ralph Kercheval. Ralph grew up in Kentucky and was a lifelong participant in the Thoroughbred racing industry. He played football, basketball, and track at the University of Kentucky and was UK's first All-SEC player. While a strong QB and DB at Kentucky, he was best known for his kicking. His first punt as a sophomore went for 75 yards, making his coach comment at halftime: "At this point we are just going to have Kercheval punt on first downs and we'll see what happens". At the time of his death in 2010, he still held four SEC punting records. What is more impressive is that during the '30s, punt yardage only included the yards the ball was *in the air* and didn't include bounces and rolls. His degree at Kentucky was in Animal Husbandry.

Kercheval played seven season in the NFL for the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing RB, DB, Punter, and Kicker. As in college, he was best known for his kicking abilities. Against the Giants, Kercheval scored the only touchdown, made the extra point, and kicked a field goal in a 10-0 Dodger victory. The headline in the paper the next day said: "Kercheval 10, Giants 0". Kercheval was All-Pro in 1935 and 1936 and finished in the top five in field goals made six of the seven years he was in the league. His longest punt in the pros was 86 yards against the Bears in 1935.

After retiring from the NFL in 1940, Kercheval became a calvary officer in WWII and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After four years of service, he spent the rest of his life managing thoroughbred horse farms in Kentucky. When he died in 2010, he was the oldest living person who had played in the NFL.

Ralph Kercheval is in the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Kercheval punting style. Prototype form for any of today's punters.

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Old 05-14-2012, 06:26 PM
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Default May Chicle

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Your half way. Keep up the great work.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:49 PM
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Default Hitting the wall

Huff, puff, pant, pant. I feel like I'm hitting the wall in a marathon. Got ... to ... keep ... scanning ...

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Old 05-15-2012, 06:49 AM
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Default Day #20 - Warren Heller

Card #20 in the Chicle set is Warren Heller. Warren never left home. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA and was a star player at a Pittsburgh high school. Warren Heller attended the University of Pittsburgh from 1929 - 1932 where he was a star tailback for legendary coach Jock Sutherland. As a sophomore, he ran for 200 yards in a win over Penn State. He was a consensus All-American his senior year as Pitt went undefeated during the regular season (with two ties) and received a Rose Bowl bid.

Warren Heller played three season in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Pirates (later renamed the Steelers) from 1934 - 1936. In his only year as a starter in 1934, he was 2nd in the league in passing yards (511) and 5th in rushing yards (528) for a team that finished 2 - 10. The team improved significantly during the next couple of years but Heller's playing time diminished for unknown reasons.

After retiring from football, Heller taught social studies and physical education in the Deer Lakes School District near Pittsburgh and led East Deer to a conference championship in football before retiring in 1972.

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:55 PM
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Great looking Heller card. I like the colors on the helmet.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:24 AM
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Default Day #21 - Shipwreck Kelly

Card #22 in the Chicle set is Shipwreck Kelly. His given name was John Simms Kelly but he was nicknamed "Shipwreck" either after Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly, who was a famous pole sitter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole-sitting) in the 1920's or because of his running style in college.

Shipwreck attended the University of Kentucky where he was an All-American in both football and track. He played in the NFL for the NY Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers from 1932 - 1937, having his best year in 1933 when he was named 2nd team All-Pro and led the NFL in receptions, yards per reception, and touchdowns.

Shipwreck Kelly became player/coach and then player/coach/owner of the Dodgers when he and a partner purchased the flailing franchise from its previous owner. The Dodgers were descendents of the Dayton Triangles, an original member of the NFL. They were also part of the first televised NFL game on October 22, 1939 against the Eagles.

After retiring from football, Kelly became an investment banker and real estate investor. His son, John, participated in the 1980 winter olympics.

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Old 05-17-2012, 04:23 AM
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Default Day #22 - Beattie Feathers

Card #23 in the Chicle set is Beattie Feathers. William Beattie "Big Chief" Feathers grew up in Virginia and led his high school to the VA state championship. He was an All-American halfback at the University of Tennessee, where he scored 32 TDs in the 30 games he played. Tennessee had a 25-3-2 record while Feathers was there. He was voted MVP of the SEC in 1933. Feathers also played baseball and basketball while in college.

Beattie Feathers played seven seasons in the NFL for the Bears, Dodgers, and Packers. He was first team All-Pro in 1934 and second team All-Pro in 1936. He is best known as the first player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season which he did in his rookie year for the Bears. Beattie was such a talented runner that George Halas used him as the team's featured back over Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski who were both on the Bears that year. To be fair, Grange was pretty beaten up by this time in his career. The 1934 Bears went 13-0, becoming the first team in NFL history to complete the regular season with a loss or a tie. Unfortunately for them, Feathers broke his shoulder two games before the end of the year and sat out the final two regular season games. He played injured in the playoff and the Bears were upset in the NFL Championship Game by the NY Giants in the infamous "Sneaker Game" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1934_NFL_Championship_Game).

Feathers never fully recovered from his shoulder injury and played the next six seasons with an immobilizing brace on his shoulder. Red Grange once said that if Feathers had stayed healthy, he would be in the HOF. Beattie Feathers still holds the record for yards per carry by a running back in a season (8.44/carry). Michael Vick broke his record for yards per carry in 2006 but as a QB.

Feathers also played minor league baseball between 1936 - 1942 where he hit for a combined average of .316 but never made it to the Majors. He was player/manager for the Kingsport Cherokees in 1943 and hit .346 that season.

After retiring from playing football and baseball, Beattie Feathers was a college coach in both football and baseball up until his retirement in 1978. He is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

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Old 05-18-2012, 08:33 AM
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Default Day #23 - Cliff Montgomery

Card #21 in the Chicle set is Cliff Montgomery. Cliff "Monty" Montgomery grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Columbia University. After captaining the freshman squad, he became a 3 year varsity starter at quarterback and led the Columbia Lions to a 22-3-2 record. In what is widely regarded as one of the greatest upsets of the twentieth century, Montgomery led Columbia to a 7 - 0 Rose Bowl victory over Stanford in 1934. Montgomery majored in history at Columbia.

The '34 Rose Bowl was played on a field that had had to withstand 3 days of heavy rain. Fireman pumped two and a half million gallons of water out of the stadium on game day but it immediately began to rain again. Many considered this to favor Stanford as they had a 17 pound per person weight advantage over Columbia. In a play that will be remembered forever, Montgomery executed a trick play, known as KF-79, for the winning score. Reminiscent of the Boise State vs. Oklahoma play in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Montgomery slipped the ball to Al Barabas while faking to another back and racing around the end himself. As the entire Stanford team followed the fake hand-off and also Montgomery, Barabas executed a naked bootleg to the blind side with the ball on his back hip for a touchdown. Stanford had been scored upon only four times the entire season. Columbia won the game 7 - 0 and Montgomery was named MVP.

Montgomery played only one year in the NFL for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1935) and played tailback. He only started three of eleven games that season and decided to move on from football thereafter.

Following a stint in business, Montgomery served with the United States Navy during World War II. He earned the Silver Star during the 1945 invasion of Okinawa, saving the lives of 400 sailors when he rescued them from a burning destroyer in rough seas.

Montgomery returned to business after WWII and had a successful career working at McGraw Hill while also spending 25 years as a college football official. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was named Columbia athlete of the century.

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:09 AM
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Default Day #24 - Clarke Hinkle

Card #24 in the Chicle set is Clarke Hinkle. William Clarke Hinkle was born in Toledo, OH in 1909. He attended Bucknell University were he was an All-East fullback and holds the Bucknell record for TDs in a game (8 vs. Dickinson). Hinkle led Bucknell to a 6-0-3 record in 1931.

Clarke Hinkle played fullback and linebacker for 10 seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He was a member of two Packer NFL Championship Teams in 1936 and 1939. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL’s all time leading rusher with 3850 yards. A ferocious running and tackler, he is best known for his one-on-one battles with Bronko Nagurski of the Bears on both sides of the ball. Hinkle and Nagurski later became friends and Nagurski gave Hinkle's induction speech at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Hinkle is a member of the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and 1930's NFL Team of the Decade. There is a Clarke Hinkle field named after him in Toledo, OH and the west practice field in Green Bay is named Clarke Hinkle Field in his honor.

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:13 PM
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Default Day #25 - Dale Burnett

Card #25 in the Chicle set is Dale Burnett. It is the first of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set.

Dale Burnett attended Emporia State University where he was named all-conference in both football and basketball for two seasons. He was also a star hurdler on the track team. Captain of both the football and basketball teams, he earned 12 varsity letters at Emporia.

Burnett was drafted by the New Year Giants in 1930 and played 10 seasons with them. He was an All-Pro one season and played on two NFL Championship teams with the Giants (1934 and 1938). On offense he played running back and wide receiver while serving as a defense back on the other side of the ball.

Burnett is inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. There is a book written about him entitled, "The Gentleman Giant: The Life and Times of NFL Giant Star Dale Burnett and His Kansas Roots"

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Old 05-21-2012, 06:00 AM
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Default Day #26 - John Dell Isola

Card #26 in the Chicle set is John Dell Isola. It is the second of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set and the last of three error cards. His last name is Dell Isola and the front of the card calls him "John Isola".

John Dell Isola was born in Everett, MA in 1912 and attended Fordham University. He was an All-American center on the Fordham team in 1933.

Dell Isola played seven years in the NFL at both center and guard for the New York Giants. He was a first team All-Pro in 1939 and was named to a number of second team All-Pro lists in 1937 and 1938. Dell Isola was a member of the Giants 1938 NFL Championship team.

After retiring from the NFL, Dell Isola coached in both college and the NFL. He was an assistant coach at Dartmouth for 10 years before serving on the coaching staffs of the Colts and Giants. In 1960, he was hired by head coach Sammy Baugh as the offensive line coach for the fledgling Titans of the AFL and remained there until he retired after the 1962 season.

John Dell Isola is in the Fordham Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:40 AM
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Card #27 in the Chicle set is Bull Tosi. It is the third of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set and one of the most difficult short prints to obtain.

Flavio Joseph "Bull" Tosi was born in Beverly, MA in 1912. He was a standout pass receiver and defender at Boston College, receiving All-American and All-East honors his senior year in 1934. Tosi set a school record against Holy Cross with 10 QB sacks and was the first player from Boston College to play in the NFL. He ran track for BC as well.

Tosi played End for the Boston Redskins from 1934 - 1936 after which they relocated to Washington DC. Many articles about Tosi suggest that he was very tied to his community / Italian-American heritage which makes me wonder whether he decided to quit pro football instead of moving with the Redskins. I could find nothing to substantiate this theory.

After retiring from the NFL, Tosi coached at Providence College in MA and was player/coach for the Steam Rollers, a local semi-pro football team. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII before returning to his hometown to be an employee benefits administrator for General Electric Co. for 34 years. Tosi died in Beverly, MA in 1994.

Bull Tosi is a member of the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Old 05-22-2012, 02:57 PM
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Hey all,

Anybody still reading this thread? I thought the SP's would get some dialog going. Particularly Bull Tosi. Any theories on why this particular card is so scarce?

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:31 PM
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Hi Jeff, really enjoying your thread! Those high numbers are tough. When putting my set together Tosi and Isola were two of the more difficult ones to find in higher grades. I have always held to the theory that the product didn't sell as well as expected resulting in a shorter print run for the highs. Several years ago I acquired several letters (correspondence) exchanged between the National Chicle Company and the Philadelphia Eagles regarding requests for player photos and bios - really interesting material. I also have the original artwork for one of the cards (Ernie Caddel) which I will post after you highlight his card.

Thanks again for keeping this thread going!
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:37 PM
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Here is one of the letters between the National Chicle Co and the Eagles.

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Old 05-22-2012, 08:36 PM
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Thanks Mike! That letter is awesome. I agree that the first twenty four probably didn't sell as well as anticipated and they cut production of the last 12 and decided not to print the final 216. The question I have is why some of the SP's are more rare and valuable than others? Why Bull Tosi vs. one of the other players who was a bigger star?

One theory is that the cards on the corners of sheets were more likely to be damaged during printing and therefore are often the players with the least amount of high grade / quality cards. I have never been able to identify an uncut sheet of chicle's to substantiate this theory but I know others have done analysis on other sets and the theory often holds for these sets.

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Old 05-22-2012, 09:59 PM
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Hi Jeff, I have never seen an uncut sheet of the Chicle's either and your theory is a possibility. 30+ years ago, there was an archive find of National Chicle Gum materials which included artwork and a couple of uncut proof sheets of several non-sports issues as well as original artwork for the football set (and a few baseball). If I remember correctly the non-sport proof sheets were 12-card sheets - a multiple of the 36 card football set. Rumor has it that there was also unissued football artwork found at the time.

It is interesting that the original plans were for 240 cards. With only 8 NFL teams at the time that would have meant cards for just about all of the players in the league. If you look at the letter I posted it states "it is our intention to publish a photo of every professional league player". I think there are a couple reasons why the set never reached 240. First, the cards didn't sell as well as expected. Second, the letters I have between Chicle and the Eagles include request after request from the Chicle Company for player/team photographs. I imagine Chicle had a difficult time getting the photos from the teams which also made their lofty goal of 240 impossible to reach.

Another interesting note about the set is the back variations that can be found with the first 24 cards.

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:27 AM
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Hi Mike,

Given that there are 12 short prints in this 36 card set, it does make sense that each sheet was 12 cards. I took a few images of the non-sports, 12 card Chicle sheets a while back and tried to build a layout by card number to see how these sets were put together. Also looked at where the sideways cards were located on these sheets. My hope was that there would be a pattern to their layout that I could copy for the '35 Chicle short-prints and piece together what an uncut sheet might look like if they had used the same pattern.

In summary, I could not find a pattern that made it clear how the '35 Chicle SP's may have been laid out on a 12 card sheet. I've been looking for miscuts of these cards as well to see if I could determine which cards where next to others and on the edges but so far no luck there either. Anyone have any miscut Chicle's?

I'm at a loss as to what to try next to validate the theory that the location of SP's on the sheet is the cause of some being more scarce than others. Without a find of an uncut sheet, it is unclear how these 12 SP's were positioned on a sheet.

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Old 05-23-2012, 01:44 PM
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Default Day #28 - Stan Kostka

Card #28 in the Chicle set is Stan Kostka. It is the fourth of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set and one of the most difficult short prints to obtain.

Stanislaus Clarence "Stan" Kostka was born in 1913 in St. Paul, MN. Kostka played for the University of Oregon before transferring to the University of Minnesota after his freshman season. He was a fullbackand linebacker on the 1934 Minnesota team that won the National Championship. Minnesota outscored its opponents 270-38 that season and finishing the year 8 - 0. This was the first of five national championships Coach Bernie Beirman won at Minnesota during an eight year span (1934 - 1941). Kostka was also a member of the track and baseball teams at Minnesota.

The NFL Brooklyn Dodgers won a bidding war over the Philadelphia Eagles (and other teams) for Kostka's services. This made then Eagles owner Bert Bell so angry that he pushed for the NFL to implement a college draft system. The NFL agreed and a college draft began in 1936. It is the oldest college draft system among major sports leagues in the US.

Kostka only played one year in the NFL for the Dodgers. He also played one year of minor league baseball. His statistics in both are not noteworthy. Kostka later served as head coach of the North Dakota State football team in 1941 and 1946–1947. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy during World War II.

Kostka died in 1997.

I do not have the Chicle Stan Koska card (please help!) so here is a stock photo.

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Here ya go Jeff.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:37 AM
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Thanks Rich. That is one beautiful card!

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:06 AM
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Default Day #29 - Jim MacMurdo

Card #29 in the Chicle set is Jim MacMurdo. It is the fifth of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set.

James Edward "Big Jim" MacMurdo was born in 1909 in Ellwood City, PA. He was a member of the acclaimed 1925 Ellwood City High School football team that went unscored upon during the regular season. Led by Jim's older brother, Tom "Big Train" MacMurdo, who was a 229lb Sr. Fullback, Ellwood City steamrolled its regular season opponents 313-0. Jim was a Sophomore on the team and the starting center. Their brother Bob was also a starting member of the line. Ellwood City played Freeport, IL in the National Championship game. Freeport had not lost in five years and defeated Ellwood 13-7. Tragically, Tom MacMurdo suffered a severe head injury during the season and was never the same player thereafter. He had scholarship offers to the U of Minnesota and U of Pittsburgh but it is unclear whether he went to college or played football beyond High School.

Jim MacMurdo went to the University of Pittsburgh where he was an All-American Tackle in 1931. He played guard and tackle in the NFL for the Boston Braves/Redskins from 1932 - 1933 and the Philadelphia Eagles from 1934 - 1937. He was a member of the inaugural 1932 Boston Braves team that later became the Washington Redskins. Jim was second team All-Pro in 1936.

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Old 05-25-2012, 02:32 AM
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Default Day #30 - Ernie Caddel

Card #30 in the Chicle set is Ernie Caddel. It is the sixth of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set.

Earnest Wiley "Ernie" Caddel was born in 1911 in Granite, OK but moved shortly thereafter to Fresno, CA. He enrolled in Stanford in 1929 on a baseball scholarship, having never played football before. Stanford football coach Glenn "Pop" Warner noticed Caddel's athletic ability and recruited him to play on the football team as well. Caddel was a halfback on the team from 1930 - 1932 and gained national attention when he ran for two long TD's against Dartmouth in 1931. Caddel was garnering All-American support his senior year until he injured his ribs and had to finish the year playing hurt. Because his injury prevented him from playing baseball in the Spring, he lost his baseball scholarship and turned his attention to professional football after graduation.

Ernie Caddel was recruited and signed to play for the Portsmouth Spartans in 1933 and played in the NFL for six seasons. He ran for an 82 yard touchdown on the first carry of his career. The Spartans were sold after his first year and became the Detroit Lions. Caddel's rushing and receiving helped the Lions to a 10-3 record in their inaugural season in Detroit. Called the "Blond Antelope" because of his curly blond hair, Caddel was first team All-Pro in 1935 and second team All-Pro in 1936 and 1936. In his best year in 1935, he led the league in rushing TD's, yards/attempt, yards from scrimmage, and yards per touch and led the Lions to their first NFL Championship.

Caddel worked for General Motors during the off-season, first building cars before moving into sales. After retiring from football, Caddel owned and operated a car dealership in Roseville, CA for 42 years. He was best known for starring in his own TV commercials. Caddel's granddaughter is actor, singer, and performer Connie Champagne http://www.conniechampagne.com/.

Caddel is in the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.

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From the LA Times in January 1936. Caddel is carrying the ball.

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As I mentioned a few days ago, here is the original artwork I own of the Caddel card.





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Outstanding thread, Jeff. Thank you!
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As I mentioned a few days ago, here is the original artwork I own of the Caddel card.

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WOW. How many of these have you seen?

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Outstanding thread, Jeff. Thank you!
Thank you. I've learned a lot about all of these players. So many fascinating stories. It's been a labor of love.

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Default Day #31 - Nic Niccolai

Card #31 in the Chicle set is "Nic" Niccolai. It is the seventh of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set.

Armand J. "Nic" Niccolai was born in Vesta, PA in 1911. Niccolai played college ball at nearby Duquesne University under coach Elmer Layden, one of the Four Horseman of Notre Dame. Duquesne went 9 - 1 in 1933 and played in the second Palm Bowl, defeating Miami University 33 - 7. This was Elmer Layden's last game as coach of the Panthers as he moved on to coach Notre Dame the next season. The next year the Palm Bowl was renamed the Orange Bowl and remains in existence today.

Nic Niccolai played nine seasons in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Pirates / Steelers. He played guard, tackle, and end for the team but his claim to fame was his place kicking abilities. Niccolai led the team in scoring in 1935, 1936, 1939, and 1940. He led the the NFL in scoring in 1935 and 1936, being selected as a 2nd team All-Pro in both of these seasons. In 1936, Niccolai kicked seven field goals, a Steeler record that lasted for 14 years. He was the captain of the Steelers 1936 - 1940 and was voted the National Football League's top kicker in 1936.

Upon retirement, he was president of the Pittsburgh Steelers Alumni Association. His football honors include the West Penn Sports Hall of Fame, the Duquesne Sports Hall of Fame, the Charleroi High School Football Hall of Fame and the Pittsburgh Dapper Dan Hall of Fame. He was selected to the Pittsburgh Steelers Legends Team, a team of the best Steeler players before 1970.

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Default Day #32 - Swede Johnston

Card #32 in the Chicle set is "Swede" Johnston. It is the eighth of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set.

Chester "Swede" Johnston was born in Appleton, WI in 1910. Blessed with a lot of speed, it is reported that he held the unofficial world record in the 40 yard dash while still in high school. Johnston played fullback in college, attending three different universities: Elmhurst, University of Miami, and Marquette.

After graduating from Marquette in 1931, Johnston had a tryout with the Green Bay Packers but did not make the team. He played most of the next three seasons with the St. Louis Gunners, a highly successful independent football team trying to gain admittance to the NFL. The Gunners were sponsored by the 126th Field Artillery of the Missouri National Guard, hence their name. The team went 7-4-1 in 1932 and 11-2-3 in 1933 playing games against both NFL and independent pro teams. The last game of the season the Gunners tied the Chicago Bears who the week before had won the NFL championship. Swede Johnston played fullback and scored 17 TDs for the Gunners that season.

Heading into the 1934 season, it appeared the Gunners would be admitted into the NFL as they purchased the Cincinnati Reds league franchise for $20,000. As soon as the other owners approved the sale, the Gunners would be in the NFL. Unfortunately the owners were not excited about this change and voted it down. The situation in Cincinnati continued to deteriorate during the 1934 season until the owners finally approved the sale and the Gunners were admitted to the NFL, expecting to complete Cincinnati's schedule. The Gunners went 1-2 in the NFL but unfortunately could not afford to pay the NFL for the franchise and the league revoked their license. It is thought that if they had been able to play a full NFL season schedule, the gate receipts would have provided enough funds for them to pay for the franchise fee. Faced with mounting debt, the Gunners folded.

Swede Johnston was picked up by the Green Bay Packers and played fullback for them for four seasons. He played two additional season for the Pittsburgh Pirates / Steelers (who change their name after the 1939 season) before retiring from football.

Not a lot is know about Swede Johnston's post football career. He is a member of the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.

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I'm still trying to figure out what SGC doesn't like about this card. It's certainly not NM, but a G??? Someday maybe I'll get brave and crack it open.

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Default Day #33 - Ernie Smith

Card #33 in the Chicle set is Ernie Smith. It is the ninth of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set.

Ernest Frederick "Ernie" Smith was born in Spearfish, SD in 1909. He was a tackle and placekicker at the University of Southern California and helped his team win back to back National Championships in 1931 and 1932. Smith was named Consensus All-American in 1932, the first Trojan to garner this honor. He was also a member of the Spirit of Troy marching band as a trombone player.

Smith did not go directly to the NFL. Instead he spent two years coaching the USC freshman team, selling insurance, and playing semi-pro ball with the Southern California Maroons of the Pacific coast Pro Football league (PCPFL). Curly Lambeau convinced Smith to play for the Packers and he did so from 1935 - 1937 and 1939. During this time, he was a member of two NFL Championship Teams (1936 and 1939) as a tackle and place kicker. He was first team All-Pro in 1936, second team All-Pro in 1937, and made the Pro Bowl in 1939. Ernie Smith held the NFL Championship record for longest field goal (42 yards) for 12 years until Lou Groza broke it in 1951.

After playing in a few exhibition games in 1940, Smith abruptly retired from football to pursue other interests. He was a Major in the United States Air Force between 1940 and 1945, and became an insurance underwriter thereafter. He worked with the Boy Scouts, was on the Rose Bowl Committee, an officer of the Southern California Symphony, and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Smith is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Default Day #34 - Bronko Nagurski

Card #34 in the Chicle set is Bronko Nagurski. It is the 10th of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set and generally regarded as the most valuable card in the set.

Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski was born in 1908 in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada. His parents were immigrants from the Western Ukraine and moved the family to International Falls, MN when Bronko was still a boy. Nagurski attended the University of Minnesota where he played both tackle (offensive and defensive) and fullback from 1927 - 1929. In 1929, he was a consensus All-American at fullback and made numerous All-American teams as a tackle as well. The preeminent sportswriter of the day, Grantland Rice, named Bronko to his All-American team at both positions. Nagurski led the nation in rushing in 1929. U of Minnesota was 18-4-1 during his three years of play.

Nagurski played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears from 1930 - 1937 and again in 1943. He was first or second team All-Pro from 1930 - 1937 and is the only player to make All-Pro in three different non-kicking positions (FB, LB, Tackle). He was a member of three NFL Championship teams with the Bears and was named to the 1930's NFL Team of the Decade and the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. After retiring from football at the end of the 1937 season, Nagurski came back to the Bears for the 1943 season when WWII had depleted the NFL of a lot of its players.

Nagurski was also a famed Pro Wrestler who wrestled from 1933 - 1960 and won several world titles. Here is a video of one of his bouts against Jim Londos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TF7hdX37vY

After retiring from wrestling, Nagurski ran and operated a service station near International Falls, MN until 1978 when he retired. He had one son, also named Bronko, who played in the Canadian Football League.

Nagurski is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, was a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a member of the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Bronko's wrestling opponent in the above video and one of my favorite Sport Kings cards.

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Bronko's son

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The Bronk pumping gas at his station in the 60's

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I would like to add too that Bronko was a very willing signer through the mail, I received two 8 x 10s mailed to him both signed boldly.

The second was about a year before his passing and it was a bit scraggly. Same goes for Red Grange, signed everything I ever sent to him!

Long live the memory of the early football stars!!!
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Default Day #35 - Luke Johnsos

Card #35 in the Chicle set is Luke Johnsos. It is the 11th of 12 short prints in the 1935 National Chicle set.

Luke Andrew Johnsos was born in 1905 in Chicago, IL. He played baseball and football at Schurz High School in Chicago before entering Northwestern University in 1924. Johnsos earned 9 letters in basketball, baseball, and football at Northwestern where he was an All-East End on the football team and led the Big Ten in Home Runs in 1928.

Johnsos owes his successful NFL career to NU football captain and teammate, Walter Holmer, who insisted that the Chicago Bears sign his good friend Luke Johnsos while signing him. Holmer received a $5,000 signing bonus while Johnsos received $100 per game played. While Johnsos became an All-Pro end for the Bears, Holmer had an undistinguished pro career as a running back. Johnsos played with the Bears from 1929 to 1936 and was a member of two NFL Championship teams. He was first or second team All-NFL every year between 1929 - 1932. In 1935 he was named the Bears MVP. After completing his NFL career, he became a Bears assistant under George Halas. When Halas entered the Army during WWII , he turned the Bears over to assistants Johnsos and Hunk Anderson to be co-head coaches. Johnsos and Anderson ran the Bears for 3 1/2 seasons until his return. They won two Western Conference Championships and the NFL Championship in 1943. After Halas returned, Johnsos remained an assistant of the Bears into the 1960's. He was an assistant coach on the 1963 NFL Championship Team.

Johnsos also signed a baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds out of college but poor eye sight ended his hopes of playing pro baseball as well.

Luke Johnsos is a member of the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Default Day #36 - Bernie Masterson

Card #36 in the Chicle set is Bernie Masterson. It is the last card and last short print in the 1935 National Chicle set.

Bernard Edward "Bernie" Masterson was born in 1911 in Shenandoah, IA. A three sport athlete at Lincoln High in Lincoln, NE, Masterson was an all-state quarterback in football, a starter on the 1930 state championship basketball team and a track star. At the University of Nebraska, Masterson was quarterback of three straight unbeaten Big Six championship teams from 1931 - 1933. He was selected All-Big Six in 1933.

Masterson played quarterback in the NFL for the Chicago Bears from 1934 to 1940. He led the league in TD passes in 1937 and was a member of the Bears 1940 NFL Championship Team. Masterson was selected in 1936 as All-NFL and played in the 1940 Pro Bowl. During his time with the Bears, Masterson learned the "T" formation offense that Halas used to defeat the Washington Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship game.

After retiring from the NFL, Masterson became a football coach. He was brought to Stanford by head coach Clark Shaughnessy to teach the "T" formation to QB Frankie Albert. Shaughnessy inherited a Stanford squad that had gone 1-7-1 the prior year and led them to a 10-0 record and a Rose Bowl win the next season using the "T" formation. Frankie Albert was a consensus All-American under Masterson's tutelage.

After serving in the Navy during WWII, Masterson was hired by his Alma Mater to be their head football coach. Nebraska had a record of 5-13 during his tenure. After leaving Nebraska, Masterson was an assistant at both the college and professional level.

Masterson is in the University of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame and the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.

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This completes the "A Chicle a day through the end of May" thread. Thanks all for checking it out.

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Jeff- Thanks for doing this, as a PFRA member I enjoyed you spreading the football history. How about the Leafs sets?
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Jeff- Thanks for doing this, as a PFRA member I enjoyed you spreading the football history. How about the Leafs sets?
Thanks. It was fun and interesting to do. Next time I'll do my research beforehand so I'm not scrambling each day to pull it together.

The Leaf sets would be awesome! I'd love to do Mayo as well but am not sure how much info I'd readily find about some of those players.

Tell PFRA to keep up the great work!

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Jeff, Great job on the set Thanks again really enjoyed the post!
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Jeff, Great job on the set Thanks again really enjoyed the post!
Thanks! For completeness of this thread, here's my newly acquired Kostka that completes my set.

Thanks to John S and Andy B for this beautiful card.

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