HOF Spotlight: Gino Marchetti

07.30.2012

Gino Marchetti
Name: Gino Marchetti
Position: Defensive End
Pro Career: 1952 – 1964, 1966
Team Affiliation(s): Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts
College: San Francisco
Induction Class: 1972
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Brief Bio: If one man struck fear into the hearts of professional quarterbacks during the 1950s and early 1960s, that man would have to be Gino Marchetti. Still considered one of the greatest defensive ends of all time, Marchetti was a fierce competitor with a knack for squelching rushing plays and even greater ability to disrupt an opponent’s passing attack. Marchetti was named to a then-record 11 straight Pro Bowls, although he was forced to miss one with a broken leg, and was named to nine straight All-NFL teams. After his career ended, he still collected accolades as he was named the top defensive end of the NFL’s initial 50 seasons.

Career Stats: 161 games played; 13 fumble recoveries; 2 fumble recovery TDs; 1 receiving TD (his only professional reception); 1 safety; 1 INT

1952 Bowman #23

Featured Card: 1952 Bowman #23. Even as an unproven rookie, Gino Marchetti had the attention of the masses and was included in the now legendary 1952 Bowman set. There are surprisingly few copies listed on eBay and the average price seems to be just north of $100. For a rookie card of one of the greatest defensive ends of all time, that seems like a sweet deal to me. When looking to purchase a 1952 Bowman football card, keep in mind that there is a Large and a small set. Also, as with all vintage sets, there are lots of graded copies available along with the usually lower-priced raw cards. Decide what you like best before you start buying so you can have some focus and continuity in your collection.

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HOF Spotlight: Y.A. Tittle

01.30.2012

Y.A. Tittle
Name: Y.A. Tittle
Position: Quarterback
Pro Career: 1948 – 1964
Team Affiliation(s): Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants
College: Louisiana State
Induction Class: 1971
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Brief Bio: A model of perseverance, Y.A. Tittle played 14 years of professional football before he finally tasted the sweetness of consistent victory. Tittle compiled impressive personal statistics during his stints in Baltimore and San Francisco, yet championship caliber competition eluded him. When he was traded to the New York Giants in 1961, that all changed. Despite not winning the overall NFL championship, Tittle led the Giants to divisional titles in each of his first three seasons in New York. In all, Tittle was named the NFL’s MVP in 1961 and 1963, All-NFL in 1957, 1961, 1962, and 1963, and played in seven Pro Bowls.

Career Stats: 178 games played; 2,118 for 3,817 passing (55.5%); 28,339 passing yards; 212 passing TDs; 221 INTs; 999 rushing yards; 33 rushing TDs.

1950 Bowman #5

Featured Card: 1950 Bowman #5. Y.A. Tittle’s official rookie card coincides with his debut in the NFL as the Baltimore Colts were still in the AAFC for his first two professional seasons. This undersized (by today’s standard) set featured airbrushed colors on B&W photography. Current market prices are generally over $200 but only a few exceed $500. There is one PSA 9 listed for a staggering $40,000. One note of caution for this cards is that there have been reprints produced, so be sure you know exactly what you’re buying, especially if shopping online.

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HOF Spotlight: Art Donovan

01.26.2011

Name: Art Donovan
Position: Defensive Tackle
Pro Career: 1950 – 1961
Team Affiliation(s): Baltimore Colts, New York Yanks, Dallas Texans
College: Boston College
Induction Class: 1968

Brief Bio: Vastly overlooked in his high school and college playing days, Art Donovan became one of the greatest professional defensive linemen in history. Even as a 26-year-old rookie, due to his military service during WWII, Donovan was a pass rushing and double-team-splitting force to be reckoned with. He used that dominant on-field play and his contagious off-field morale to help transform the young and fledging Colts club into a championship-caliber franchise. During his illustrious 12-year playing career, Donovan was selected All-NFL in five consecutive seasons and played in five Pro Bowls. One of the league’s most popular players of his generation, he led the legendary Colts defensive line that won the league championship in 1958 and 1959.

Career Stats: 138 games played; 1 safety

1952 Bowman #46

Featured Card: 1952 Bowman #46. Donovan was in his third season in the NFL, his only one with the Dallas Texans, when he was featured on his own rookie card. Even as a defensive lineman, his rookie card is relatively valuable, with eBay listings ranging from $75 to a staggering $1,219.99, with an obvious grading preference. There are many various cards featuring Donovan in his much more famous Colts uniform spanning everything from vintage base cards to junk wax era HOF-specific sets to modern throwbacks and cut autographs with corresponding prices that you would expect for each type.

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