NFL Opening Night is tomorrow night, so here we are with the All-NFL edition of Collector’s Corner. Let’s start here: Sadly, NFL Hall of Famer Len Dawson passed away on Aug. 24. The 1970 Super Bowl was when I first Got It™, with his red/yellow Kansas City team against the purple/yellow Minnesota Vikings. Here he is staring down the defense on the cover of his 1969 book, Throwing, Ball Handling, and the Quarterback Technique. RIP No. 16.
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• A fellow named Benny Ricardo kicked for several teams in the WFL and NFL in the 1970s and 1980s and was the first Paraguayan to play in the league. As a result, he became a suction cup action figure in 1976, the season he played for the Bills. Looks rather fierce for a kicker, no?
• Lambeau Field tailgate parties could use this 1960s 31″ Green Bay Packers folding table.
• One more for the Pack: Yes, kids, we really did wear shorts this short back in the 1970s, like this pair from Champion. We called ’em “gym shorts.”
• Check out these white (of course) 1970s Joe Namath autograph Puma cleats, done up with a decidedly non-Jets red trim.
• Here we have a multi-sleeve-striped 1970s Philadelphia Eagles No. 84 jersey from Russell Athletic. The tag at the bottom of the jersey also says “Gold Medal,” which is a new one for me. 84 was worn at the time by Keith Krepfle, whose name I could not pronounce at the time.
• This late-1960s Cleveland Browns helmet bank from Citizen Savings is in great shape.
• Settle into your recliner this Sunday with your favorite cold beverage in this 1970s IHOP NFL-NFC “Thermo-Serv” cup.
• While you’re in your recliner, you can also slip this 10-CD set into your CD player: Autumn Thunder: 40 Years of NFL Films Music. I have this set and it’s worth it!
• That would be OJ on the box cover of this (gonna say 1978 since the seller references Broncos/Cowboys) NFL Electric Football game from Tudor.
• Don’t miss this set of 1960s NFL gumball helmets, part of a Coca-Cola “Go With the Pros” set. You get “helmets, faceguards and emblems” for the seven-team Western Conference — the Colts, Packers, Lions, Bears, Rams, Vikings, and 49ers. (How did the Baltimore Colts end up in the Western Conference, anyway?)
That’ll do it for this edition of CC. See you back here next week!