Are You Ready for Some Football… cards?
September 12th, 2010 by slangon

Ahh yes. Finally we’ve arrived at the first foosball game of the season, at least for the Giants. Yes, that’s right. I’m still a Giants fan. As I sat there watching that pre-season all New York game I found myself rooting against the Jets. So I guess that answered my quandary. I’m rather relieved at the result too. I think I might’ve been a little miffed at myself if I ended up shifting allegiances. That, and I think my dad would’ve whooped my ass.

But, as usual, I digress.

I cannot begin to put into words how relieved I am that I at least have a once a week distraction from the horrible, horrible disgrace that has become the 2010 New York Mets season. Whoa. I just got really bad deja vu. Anyway, I’m psyched up for this coming football season and I’m hoping it works out better for them Giants than it did last year.

In honor of Opening Day (Do they call it Opening Day in football, or is that just a baseball thing? Is it just an Opener?) I’m going to share some old school football cards that I got way back in February and have been saving all this time for this very occasion.

1956 Topps Football #2 Gordon Soltau

First up is a 1956 Topps Gordy Soltau card. Quite honestly, I picked this card up just because I really liked the way the ’56 football set looked and this was only $0.75. I don’t really have any vested interest in the 49er’s or Gordy Soltau, although I must say that 49er’s logo is pretty bad-ass. And Gordy looks like a monster,which is pretty cool, too.

1956 Topps Football #17 Emlen Tunnell

This card also from the 1956 Topps football set, is a little nearer to my heart, obviously because it’s of a New York Giant. Again, I have to admit that at the time that I bought this card, I mainly got it 1) because it was from the ’56 set, and 2) because it was a Giant, but once I started looking into Emlen, I’m much happier that I picked this one up, paper loss and all. First of all, I didn’t realize that Emlen was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I’m pretty new to football cards, but I assume that being a Hall of Famer doesn’t affect the value of a card the way it does in baseball. I only paid a buck for this card, and something tells me that I would not be able to get a baseball Hall of Famer from 1956 for a buck, regardless of the condition. Secondly, I wasn’t aware that Mr. Tunnell was the first African American to suit up for the New York Giants. He’s like the Elston Howard of football. He was also the first African American to be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

So there you go. A couple of sweet vintage foosball cards for you to enjoy while the Giants (hopefully) pummel whoever the hell it is that they’re playing today.

One Response to “Are You Ready for Some Football… cards?”

  1. There are bargains to be had in vintage football. I posted a couple today myself.

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