Let’s begin this week’s edition of Collector’s Corner with this “Play NFL All Pro” contest envelope from 1966 (not 1956 as the seller claims). You could win anything from a dollar to a new Ford Mustang! The envelope apparently at one time contained “All-Pro Player Pictures,” and you could pick up a “Collection Card” at participating dealers.
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• Check out the hairstyle of Johnny Unitas in this Starting Lineup set that includes Joe Namath.
• Here we have a four-by-four-foot square of “The Turf of Champions,” from Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium circa 1981.
• The seller of this Boston Red Sox aluminum ring says “I’m guessing 1950s era. Looks barely used if at all.”
• I was a Reds fan for many years and always heard about the “Rosie Reds” but never knew what they did. Well, they were a “philanthropic and social organization focused on the Reds … founded by a group of Cincinnati women in June 1964 in response to the Reds’ then-owner Bill DeWitt’s proposal to move the team to San Diego.” San Diego? Never knew that! Anyway, here’s the Rosie Reds’ official purse.
• This bold 1960s sign says, “At work! At play! Listen to baseball on WROV Radio 1240! Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Senators.”
• Here are some 1990s Seattle Seahawks retro cling stickers. I always liked the clings, because with other types of stickers you could get a deadly air bubble in there, with no way to fix it except try to delicately pop it with a pin!
• This 1973 booklet is entitled The Language of Pro Football, from NFL Properties. They helpfully note, “The words of professional football have special meanings.” Omaha! Omaha!
• From 1964, here’s a Hiram Walker whiskey-sponsored New York Giants placemat.
• Another placemat here, this time from 1975 for the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.
That’ll do it for this edition of CC. See you back here next week!