Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Cavalcade of Ex-Eagles


Forgive me for wanting to talk about something other than the Cardinals tonight, 19 strikeouts and 1 hit later.

Finally, we've arrived at the stack of Eagles cards in the big box of fun that Jaybarkerfan sent me earlier in the year. I'm admittedly way behind on my end of the trade, but I am amassing a weird collection of certified autos to send his way that will hopefully be something interesting to look at. I have no real ties to Philly or any football team, but I became an Eagles fan during the heyday of Randall Cunningham and Tecmo Super Bowl and have sort of supported them by default ever since. I've made exceptions, of course, like when a certain canine abusing chump was giving the keys to the offense. What a chump.


This card is actually from way before my time as an Eagles fan, but I've always been a little fascinated with these early Fleer NFL issues. These are somewhat like the unlicensed cards of today in reverse. Instead of having the rights to the players but not the teams they appeared with, apparently Fleer held the rights to the league and teams but not to any individual players. They managed to take this and put out sets year after year of horizontal team-based action photos and were (I guess?) quick to cover up or crop any photos with player names appearing. Strange.


Nick Foles is a pretty good quarterback as far as I can tell, but he was recently exiled to St. Louis in Chip Kelly's own version of this classic Kids in the Hall sketch.


Great quarterback. Don't let anyone tell you different. He seems to have graduated to Complete Moron status in his broadcasting career, however.


T.O. was hardly my favorite player, but he was the catalyst to an Eagles team that made the Super Bowl. They would ultimately lose to a team that cheats on the regular. Aren't pro sports fun?!

1 comment:

Tony L. said...

I had a few of those old Fleer cards a long time ago. I traded my football cards for someone else's baseball cards, and I'm pretty sure I traded away a Montana rookie for 1986 Topps cards....