Category Archives: Pro Football HoF

Dorsett, Tony ‘TD’ (3)

Upper Deck College Legends 2011, #76

CARDS: Upper Deck College Legends 2011, Panini Contenders 2017, Topps Fire 2015
ACQUIRED: TTM 2020, 2021, C/o Home
SENT: 4/23/20 RECEIVED: 4/27/20 (4 days)
SENT: 4/16/21 RECEIVED: 4/26/21 (10 days)
Donation Enclosed

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

Topps Fire 2015, #18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks, #96

NOTES:

After he smudged one of the cards I wanted him to sign that I had previously sent to him, I waited a year and gave him another shot on two more cards. He did however return that Upper Deck College Legends in almost record time in just 4 days flat.

Topps really had come a long way over the years, and their Fire branded entry was really high end stuff. When I got this card, I knew I wanted to eventually get it signed. Tony appears in most of the Panini stuff, and I still need to possibly go back and get him on one last card or two, but who knows if he will still be signing by then as CTE has really taken its toll on the former stalwart back.

Eller, Carl ‘Moose’

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #102

Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: TTM 2021, C/o Home
Sent: 1/22 Received: 2/13 (22 days)
*Signing Fee Enclosed

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Defensive Tackle who played both ways while at college for the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1961-1963.

  • Selected in the first round of the 1964 Draft by the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and the Buffalo Bills of the AFL- but opted to sign with the Vikings where he was used at Defensive End.

  • Famed member of the Minnesota Vikings front four, “The Purple People Eaters”.

  • Had a career high 15 sacks in 1969 and 1977.

  • Had a run of 7 seasons with 10 or more sacks.

  • Finished his career in Minnesota as the franchises’ all-time leader in sacks with 130.5.

  • Played one final year in 1979 for the Seattle Seahawks, adding 3 more sacks to his career total.

  • Carl played in a total of 225 games (starting 209).

ACCOLADES:

  • NFL Pro Bowl 1968-1971, 1973, 1974

  • 1st Team All-Pro 1968-1971, 1973

  • 2nd Team All-Pro 1967, 1972

  • College Football Hall of Fame 2006
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame 2004

  • Vikings 40th Anniversary Team

  • Vikings 50th Anniversary Team

  • Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor

  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1971

  • North Carolina Sports HoF

NOTES:

Carl after football spent time as a substance abuse counselor and has worked championing human rights for people of color.

A simply beautiful card here of Carl proving there was no shortage of short supply of great sports action photography during the 70s. Instead of dropping $20-30 dollars on a certified autographed card, I opted to send directly through him instead for a fraction of the cost.

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Sanders, Charlie (1946-2015)

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #164

Card: Upper Deck Legends 1997
Acquired: EBay 2021

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Charlie played his college ball for Minnesota (66/67) recording 21 receptions for 276 yards and 2 TDs in his Senior Season.
  • 3rd round draft selection of the Detroit Lions who quickly established himself as the premier TE in the NFL.
  • Sanders recorded a career high 42 receptions for 656 yards and 2 TDs in 1969.
  • During dead ball era, he managed to put up between 400 and 600 yards in 9 of 10 seasons played, and 30 or more receptions in 7 of 10 seasons.
  • Sanders led team in receptions in 6 of his 10 seasons with franchise.

ACCOLADES:

  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2007
  • Lions All-Time Team 2008
  • M Club Hall of Fame 2013
  • Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1990
  • North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame 1997
  • Guilford County Sports HoF (NC) 2005
  • NFL All-Decade Team 1970’s
  • NFL Pro Bowl 1968-1971, 1974-1976
  • NFL All-Pro 1969-1971
  • NFL All-Time Team 100th Anniversary Finalist
  • ‘Pride of the Lions’ Ring of Honor

NOTES:

After his playing days concluded, Sanders continued to be involved with the Lions organization as a color man for local broadcasts and later as a WR coach and scout. Charlie was heavily involved in charitable activities, providing college scholarships to people in need, and started his own celebrity golf tournament.

While getting his knee replaced, a malignant tumor was discovered. Sanders passed away in 2015 after battling cancer.

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