Sunday, November 3, 2019

A Football Card Experiment - Game 9 - No Ravens Either..

In an attempt to increase the size of my very small football card collection, I'm picking up and featuring one new card for each of the Patriots' 16 regular season games this year.

Week 9 sees the Patriots (8-0) taking on the formidable Baltimore Ravens (5-2) in the Sunday Night Football prime time match-up.  I'm not all that interested in modern football cards, so because the Ravens don't have the storied history of some other franchises on the Pats' 2019 schedule I had trouble finding a Ravens card that I wanted to add to my collection.  Instead, for the second consecutive week of this project, I went totally random.  Check it out!

Chuck Liebrock here is my very first card from the 1971 O-Pee-Chee Canadian Football League set.  I picked this one out for this project because it was A) dirt cheap (just 44 cents!), B) I love the glorious red design, and C) I'd never even heard of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before.  In fact, this is my first CFL card of any sort.

As for the subject, Chuck Liebrock played ten seasons in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  As for the Blue Bombers franchise itself, they were founded all the way back in 1930, and have won ten Grey Cup titles to date.  As great as the front of the card is, I was equally drawn to this one based on the card back:

Simplistic, but awesome.  The layout here is very easy on the eyes, and in typical O-Pee-Chee fashion the write-up is included in both English and French, with the customary "Printed in Canada" along the card bottom. 

The highlight of this design though is the upper half of the back, which features the essentials in white-text-black-background format, and a fantastic cartoon.  In my few minutes of research on Chuck for this post, this card back is the only place that referenced Liebrock breaking a leg while skiing!

So, there's my entry for game number nine in this series of posts.  Next week I'll take a break from this series due to the Patriots' bye week.  I'll be back on November 17th with the next football card in this project though, until then thanks for stopping by as always!


The Shlabotnik Report said...

Nice card! I kinda like the CFL and have a long term goal of collecting at least one card from each vintage CFL set. There are some interesting ones out there!

Fuji said...

Wow. 44¢ is a heck of a deal. I don't know much about the CFL... except for the fact that Raghib Ismail played for the Toronto team back in the 90's. Oh... and there was some Japanese dude that played in the CFL back in the 60's.

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