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12-13-2007, 11:07 PM
Posted By: <b>Marty Ogelvie</b><p><P>Anyone have any insight to why Philadelphia Gum had a contract with the NFL to produce football cards from 1964-1967 and not TOPPS... Were there NFL and Philadelphia Gum buddies near the top?</P><P>There had to be some kind of connection because Philly even got permission to use the NFL Shield in 1967... </P><P>&nbsp;</P><P>&nbsp;</P><br><br>martyOgelvie<br />nyyankeecards.com

01-14-2008, 07:58 PM
Posted By: <b>Richard</b><p>From the book "Collecting Football Cards", by Mike Bonner:<br /><br />"At the same time, a startling development occurred in 1964 when Topps was pushed aside by a competitor, the Philadelphia Gum Company. Philly Gum produced it's first set of NFL cards in the fall 1964. Philly Gum outbid Topps for the NFL license, and, nowhere else to go, Topps outbid Fleer for the AFL license. This effectively shut Fleer out of the major football card market for the next 26 years."

01-15-2008, 08:38 AM
Posted By: <b>Anonymous</b><p>I would like th add that I think (from a designers standpoint) that the Philadelphia Gum football cards are the best designed football cards of the 1960's. I know the Topps are the meat and potatoes of the collectors, but those Philly cards are beautiful. <br /><br />Maybe someone could post a '64 Hornung. That's a beauty!<br /><br /><br />Matt

01-15-2008, 08:43 AM
Posted By: <b>Anonymous</b><p>oh, I found a scan of mine<br /><br /><img src="http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa313/mmyr111/64_hornung.jpg">

01-29-2008, 12:06 PM
Posted By: <b>Marty Ogelvie</b><p><P>I never cared much for Philly card designs..</P><P>When I first started collecting football cards, I had a hard time destinguishing between the years.. </P><P>My favorite 1960s football card design has to be 1962 Topps... </P><br><br>martyOgelvie<br />nyyankeecards.com