Y.A. Tittle 1963 Topps football card (#14, New York Giants)

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC East

Since it’s the off-season I thought I’d start a fun project involving NFL history. So I’m going to go division by division and post football card galleries (when available) featuring all NFL players who have had their jersey numbers retired by their teams. This week it’s the four squads of the NFC East — the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins.

Previous galleries: AFC East

Dallas Cowboys (0)

The Cowboys do not officially retire jersey numbers, opting rather to induct players into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. The Ring, which began in 1975, is made up of the players listed below (as of the end of the 2012 season, in order of induction). Sorry, no cards for the Cowboys, since they insist on being so different.

#74 — Bob Lilly
#17 — Don Meredith
#43 — Don Perkins
#54 — Chuck Howley
#20 — Mel Renfro
#12 — Roger Staubach
#55 — Lee Roy Jordan
#33 — Tony Dorsett
#54 — Randy White
#22 — Bob Hayes
#43 — Cliff Harris
#70 — Rayfield Wright
#8 — Troy Aikman
#88 — Michael Irvin
#22 — Emmitt Smith
#88 — Drew Pearson
#94 — Charles Haley
#73 — Larry Allen

New York Giants (11)

#1 — Ray Flaherty

Ray Flaherty (#1, New York Giants)

Flaherty, whose #1 jersey was the first number retired in NFL history, played before the era of modern football cards.

#4 — Tuffy Leemans

Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans (#4, New York Giants)

Same goes for RB Alphonse “Tuffy” Leemans.

#7 — Mel Hein

Mel Hein 1955 Topps football card

I couldn’t find any Giants cards for Hall of Famer Mel Hein (who retired in 1945), but this 1955 Topps showing him from Washington State is very nice.

#11 — Phil Simms

Phil Simms 1989 Score football card

#14 — Y. A. Tittle

Y.A. Tittle 1963 Topps football card

#16 — Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford 1956 Topps football card

#32 — Al Blozis

New York Giants 1942 game program feat. Al Blozis (#32)

Blozis only played for two full seasons for the Giants, 1942 and 1943. After a lengthy attempt to join the U.S. Army, he was finally inducted on December 9, 1943. In January 1945 his platoon was in the Vosges Mountains of France scouting enemy lines. When two of his men failed to return from a patrol, he went in search of them alone. Blozis never returned. He was first listed as missing, but in April 1945 his death was confirmed. His jersey retirement, therefore, was a posthumous honor.

#40 — Joe Morrison

Joe Morrison 1965 Philadelphia football card

#42 — Charlie Conerly

Charlie Conerly 1959 Topps football card

#50 — Ken Strong

Ken Strong 1935 National Chicle football card

#56 — Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor 1984 Topps football card

Philadelphia Eagles (9)

#5 — Donovan McNabb

Donovan McNabb 2003 Topps football card

#15 — Steve Van Buren

Steve Van Buren 1950 Bowman football card

#20 — Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins 2005 Upper Deck football card

#40 — Tom Brookshier

Tom Brookshier 1961 Topps football card

#44 — Pete Retzlaff

Pete Retzlaff 1960 Topps football card

#60 — Chuck Bednarik

Chuck Bednarik 1958 Topps football card

#70 — Al Wistert

Al Wistert 1951 Bowman football card

#92 — Reggie White

Reggie White 1989 Pro Set football card

#99 — Jerome Brown

Jerome Brown 1990 Fleer football card

Jerome Brown played five seasons for the Eagles before his death on June 25, 1992, following an automobile accident in Brooksville, Florida. He was 27 years old.

Washington Redskins (1)

#33 — Sammy Baugh

Sammy Baugh 1948 Leaf football card

The Redskins have not officially retired any jersey numbers since Hall of Fame quarterback Slingin’ Sammy Baugh retired in 1952.

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Welcome to Cardboard America on GFS!

Greetings from South Bend, Indiana postcard

Quite a few years ago, I discovered that there was someone out there on the internet who loves old postcards even more than I do. No, not James Lileks, although he clearly does too. I’m talking about my ‘net buddy Jordan L. Smith of The Pie Shops. His collection of postcards and vintage ephemera dwarfs mine by a rather large order of magnitude.

I’ve been looking for a way to team with Jordan for some time now, and we actually have a rather exciting project in the works right now. But until that’s ready — and even after it is — he has graciously agreed to allow his fantastic Cardboard America Tumblr feed to be syndicated on this site. So every once in a while you’ll see some of the best vintage postcards the internet has to offer showcased not only on Cardboard America but on this blog as well. Bonus!

A big advance thanks is in order for Jordan, so thanks! And if you like the cards you see here, stop by his Pie Shops Facebook page and give it a Like. Tell him I sent you!

1955 Post Sugar Crisp Ad

This 1955 Post Sugar Crisp Ad Works on Two Levels

There’s a lot to love about this Post Sugar Crisp ad from 1955, not the least of which are the classic ’50s bear mascots:

1955 Post Sugar Crisp Ad

But what drew my eye was the gaggle of vintage baseball logos on the bottom. They’re actually MLB patches Post gave away with the cereal, and the legendary Ted Williams gives his smiling approval.

Here’s a closeup view of the logos, featuring the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Redlegs, New York Yankees, New York Giants, Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators/Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Cubs. That’s every MLB franchise from ’55 except for the Kansas City Athletics.

(click for a larger version)

1955 Post Sugar Crisp Ad

Jefferson Starship, Red Octopus

Album Cover of the Week: Jefferson Starship, Red Octopus

As ’70s AOR goes, Jefferson Starship’s Red Octopus is pretty good. Not fantastic, but really solid stuff. But what I really dig about it is the album cover. It comes in a few variations, which we’ll look at together.

First up is an original issue from the band’s own Grunt Records imprint (catalog number BFL1-0999). It has a sort of embossed look to it, as the material for the band and album names shimmers based on the light source. Same goes for the “red octopus,” which is a heart with eight legs.

Jefferson Starship, Red Octopus

Non-U.S. editions of the album have the same layout as the original, but ditch the gold leaf effect in favor of a straight red and yellow color scheme. Here’s a specimen from the U.K. (Grunt FTR 2002). I have to say I prefer this scheme over the fancier one. It’s a very striking arrangement  and I dig the typeface as well.

Jefferson Starship, Red Octopus

Graphic design on Red Octopus is credited to the firm of Gribbitt!, and Frank Mulvey is credited as art director. Another fine Gribbitt! entry from ’75 is Parliament’s Mothership Connection.

"Dr. Vulcan - Traitor" (King of the Rocket Men, Chap. 1) lobby card

Saturday Serials: “Dr. Vulcan – Traitor” (King of the Rocket Men, Chap. 1)

"Dr. Vulcan - Traitor" (King of the Rocket Men, Chap. 1) lobby card

And so we begin the next thrilling installment in Saturday Serials, King of the Rocket Men! Released in the summer of 1949 by Republic Pictures, the 12-part movie follows the heroic exploits of Jeff King, aka Rocket Man. King was played by Tristram Coffin.

The first chapter, “Dr. Vulcan – Traitor,” gets right down to business. No sooner do the opening credits stop rolling than we see unexplained explosions and scientists being killed off in most violent fashion. But other than the Rocket Man gimmick — which makes an appearance at last in the last four minutes — this is pretty standard action fare from the ’40s. By that I mean plenty of expositional dialogue interspersed with fisticuffs and heavies wearing fedoras. But still, lots of good, vintage fun.

This installment is split into two YouTube videos, but with a total running time of only about 20 minutes.

1970 Barclay Group ad from Billboard (May 30, 1970)

Vintage Record Labels Abound on This 1970 Barclay Group Ad

Long-time readers of this blog already know how much I love talking about and looking at vintage record label art. So imagine my delight when I stumbled on this ad from the May 30, 1970 issue of Billboard magazine. It’s part of a tribute to French record executive Eddie Barclay, known in France as le roi du microsillon (“The King of Microgroove).”

This ad is in celebration of the beginning of the third decade for the Barclay Group, founded in 1949. It shows the center ring art for the imprints his company distributed. I had to do a little cleanup, and I think the result is pretty cool. Click for a larger version.

1970 Barclay Group ad from Billboard (May 30, 1970)

Just for reference, the labels in this ad are (from left to right in descending order) Amadeo Records, Atco Records, Atlantic Records, Barclay Records, Black and Blue Records, Buddah Records, Chess Records, CNR Records, Egg, Excello Records, Disques Fleche, GRT Records, Jubilee Records, Disques Meys, Monument Records, Princess Records, Riviera Records, Stax Records, 20th Century Fox Records, Vanguard Records, Volt Records, and Young Blood Records.

Bob Griese 1968 Topps football card

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC East

Since it’s the off-season  I thought I’d start a fun project involving NFL history. So I’m going to go division by division and post football card galleries (when available) featuring all NFL players who have had their jersey numbers retired by their teams. This week it’s the four squads of the AFC East — the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets.

Buffalo Bills (1)

#12 — Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly 1990 Pro Set football card

Believe it or not, #12 is the only jersey number officially retired by the Bills. There are three other numbers that aren’t issued anymore — #32, #34, and #78 — but they have not been retired. It’s unlikely that OJ Simpson’s number ever will be at this point.

Miami Dolphins (3)

#12 — Bob Griese

Bob Griese 1968 Topps football card

#13 — Dan Marino

Dan Marino 1984 Topps football card

#39 — Larry Csonka

Larry Csonka 1970 Topps football card

New England Patriots (7)

#20 — Gino Cappelletti

Gino Cappelletti 1967 Topps football card

#40 — Mike Haynes

Mike Haynes 1977 Topps football card

#57 — Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson 1978 Topps football card

#73 — John Hannah

John Hannah 1974 Topps football card

#78 — Bruce Armstrong

Bruce Armstrong 1991 Pro Set football card

#79 — Jim Lee Hunt

Jim Lee Hunt 1970 Topps football card

#89 — Bob Dee

Bob Dee 1961 Fleer football card

New York Jets (5)

#12 — Joe Namath

Joe Namath 1968 Topps football card

#13 — Don Maynard

Don Maynard 1963 Fleer football card

#28 — Curtis Martin

Curtis Marin 2005 Upper Deck football card

#73 — Joe Klecko

Joe Klecko 1982 Topps football card

#90 — Dennis Byrd

Dennis Byrd 1990 Topps football card

1960s Hardees logo

The Evolution of Fast Food Burger Chain Logos: The Video

I just had so much gosh darn fun putting together my retrospective of fast food burger chain logos that I decided to turn it into a YouTube slideshow. Because some people just love slideshows. And as a special bonus I included audio extracts from vintage TV ads for some of the chains, like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Arby’s, Sonic, Jack in the Box, Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr., and Checkers/Rally’s.