Another day, another Baltimore Colt

If someone would walk up to you on the street and say,”Quick, who was the first Colt elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?” Would your response be:

A) Johnny Unitas
B) Lenny Moore
C) Art Donovan
D) Raymond Berry
E) Listen, I have mace and I am not afraid to use it on weird people asking me football trivia questions. Go away. Be gone!

If you picked C, Art Donovan, you would be correct. If you picked E, you are wound a little bit to tight, and should take a deep breath, it is only a football question.

Anyway…

Today’s card is an Art Donovan from the 1959 Topps set. This set features a color background similar to the 1958 Topps baseball. The background does not bother me as much as others, I just wish the logo was a little bit clearer on the card, if it is going to be on there. As far as rookies, you have Giants linebacker Sam Huff, Colts lineman Jim Parker, Browns running back Bobby Mitchell and Packers running back Jim Taylor, except for the fact it isn’t him. While it isn’t shocking that Topps puts the wrong person on the card, the fact they did the same thing to Taylor the next year is just funny. While it is hard to statistically argue a case for a lineman, Donovan’s HOF case is based on his selection to five Pro Bowls and the team’s success as NFL champions in 1958 and 1959. After his career, he became a social creature, giving speeches, writing a book entitled “Fatso” (apparently he doesn’t speak political correctness) and even guest spots on David Letterman’s old talk show, before he became the establishment he hated so much. In fact, if you see the second commercial with Letterman, Oprah and the other guy, Letterman is wearing a number 70, Art Donovan retro jersey. I first heard about him in a print ad for ESPN. I did not know who he was, but the ad featured floating heads of Art with speech bubbles including “my head is the size of a quarter” and “The Carolina Panthers? Boy, I am getting old.” Why I remember that is beyond me.

The back of this card includes the statement, “As a tackler, he seldom misses.” I really wish Topps could be honest with card backs. I would pay big bucks for a card of a back up defensive player on a bad team if the card back read, “against the run, he is like Ray Charles in the Louvre, no Earthly clue.” or, “the only way he can stop a decent wide receiver is with mace.” You can’t tell me you wouldn’t pay bucks for that card too.

Enough with the funny business, here is the card.

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