Thursday, August 5, 2010

Autograph Tales:Bob Windsor

Bob Windsor was a tight end for nine years in the NFL (five with the San Francisco 49'ers and 4 with the New England Patriots). He played in 117 games and racked up 2300 receiving yards.
Several years ago, I sent Windsor a couple cards for him to sign. He sent back the signed cards and included a hand-written note.
Windsor told the story behind his 1974 Topps card (pictured far below). Windsor said that Sam Cunningham (#39) had fumbled the ball and #57 picked up the fumble. Windsor is seen tackling #57.
Windsor goes on, explaining what happened after the picture on the card. After Windsor tackled #57, he fumbled the ball. Cunningham picked up the fumble and ran for a 40 yard touchdown.
That's a lot of story behind one football card. The story of the card doesn't end there though.
Another interesting tidbit appears in the upper right corner. There is a big sign from a fan who proclaimed Windsor to be the #1 tight end in the NFL. How cool is it that the sign is included on Windsor's card? This is certainly a first and probably the only time it ever happened on a card.
Another bit of info on that card is that it had a double card of sorts. In 1974, Parker Brothers produced a game called Pro Draft which was sort of like a roto-league game. Pro Draft included 50 real Topps 1974 football cards. The interesting part was that a few of these cards were different from their regular issued Topps 1974 counterparts.
Windsor's card is one of the different ones. One card shows the action shot described above. The other is a standard chest-up frontal pose. Just to be clear, this also isn't a case of Topps doing "in-action" cards along with regular cards.

I am not sure, but I think the horizontal card is the one from Pro Draft and the one above it is the standard issued Topps card.
That is a lot of back story on one simple football card. I love this hobby at times.
Bob Windsor's non-matching Topps 1974 football cards.

1 comment:

Bubba said...

It's always cool to get a note back from the players along with autographs. The late baseball player Cy Block did this also, if you asked him a question when you wrote to him, he would respond. I'm not sure if I still have his letter or not, but it was nice of him to take the time to write it.

-JT from The Writer's Journey (Blogger and Wordpress are still not playing nice together)