Upper Deck Legends 1997 really was a gem of a set and continued to outdo itself with quality photography. This is an excellent shot of Too Mean. Thankfully he didn’t shorthand the autograph on this one. I patiently waited out the market on this autograph since it was exploding, and was able to snipe this one at a fair price under 10 bucks.
I had been waiting for the right cards and the right time to send to Chuck. After finding this Marquee Matchup card with him and Sims, I knew I had to get the combo card signed. -Well worth it it’s beautiful in all its glory. Chuck thanked me for writing him such a nice letter as well.
The detail in the Upper Deck Legends 97 card is exquisite. I love how nearly every person’s face is captured in this photo, even a kid and other people seated over near the sideline. Oddly it looks as though post process the referee’s face was blurred out.
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).
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
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.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.