I became a fan of the 49ers in the late 1970s with their pick up of OJ Simpson being the catalyst. I have heard the names of many of the legends but want this quest to teach me a little more about the players from this time period.
One thing I haven't decided is how to share my pick ups in this blog. I have thought that maybe I will wait until I finish a team set to keep the number of posts down and have a searchable view of each team set as my project progresses. The major downside to that approach is that it will be a while before I can share some really nice cards, particularly from the 50s and 60s as I acquire them. Being the procrastinator I am, I decided to delay that decision and show a team set from 1977 that I bought in an eBay auction.
The beauty of the checklist is the back. It shows their team leaders for the past 8 years. When you look at the meager yardage of their top passers and rushers and the low number of catches, it makes me believe the offense wasn't helping them win too many games. I know that today's numbers are inflated but these statistics pale in comparison to their contemporaries. Also they have 5 different leading passers and 3 rushers in the past 5 years.
Note the awesome deal to get the team checklist cards for only 50 cents and 1 wrapper. Wish I would have done that back when I was 6.
I decided to show these by number and group them together. 11 different scans would have been tough to make happen but the cards aren't super fancy and come out fine in this layout.
One of the exciting parts about this 49er team set quest is getting a chance to become familiar with the different designs Topps used with their football sets. I enjoy this design with the team name in a banner displayed prominently atop the card, the position being displayed in a little red football and the player name in smaller font and in all caps. It is nice to see a Niner as an All-Pro with the banner below the name block on Defensive End Tommy Hart.
Here is the second half of the team set:
In addition to Williams' 1,000 yard season, Wilbur Jackson had a solid campaign with almost 800 yards. Jackson was the first African-American football player to be offered a scholarship to attend the University of Alabama. I saw a great show that showed how a game between USC and Bama helped integrate football in the south. I remember getting cards of the Mike-Mayers when I was young and being puzzled by the hyphenated last name. That seems to be something more common today.
I have picked up some other cards that and even a couple of older team sets that I will show off soon. My goal of 100 different Vintage 49ers by year end 2015 seems very achievable if I stick to my 2015 collecting focus. This team set was a lot of fun to go through.