1965 Philadelphia Football Cards
For the second straight year, the Philadelphia Gum Company issued a 198-card set featuring players from the NFL (Topps featured the AFL players). While they look similar to the 1964 cards in design, there is one element that stands out: for the very first time, the NFL logo was placed on the cards, giving them an official look.
Fronts featured a large player photo in a helmetless action shot. A solid-colored box at the bottom left features the player's name, position and team. Three colors were used on the text (as opposed to two in '64) and each team was given its own color scheme. The league logo appears in the bottom right, separate from the box with the player's info. Backs are printed with red, which makes them harder to read than any of the Philadelphia sets. A box at the top includes the player's name, team, position and vital stats. A red box below that contains either a line of Year/Life stats (for the impact players) or a short biography. The rest of the card features a game designed to encourage collecting the entire set. A picture of a player was designed to show up once a coin was rubbed across the card, and collectors had to find the answer of who he was on a different card. The bottom right corner has the card number inside a shield that is shaped like the one on the NFL logo.
The set is numbered according to team, with players arranged in alphabetical order by their last name. There are 14 cards for every team, with 12 players, a team photo and a play card that shows a drawing of the play as if it was on a chalkboard, the team's coach and the home stadium. The play cards are of interest to collectors for featuring Hall of Fame coaches like Don Shula, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. There are also two checklist cards, which make up the last two cards in the set.
Key rookies include Paul Warfield, Carl Eller, Charley Taylor, Paul Krause and Mel Renfro.
Key 1965 Philadelphia Football Cards:
1965 PHILADELPHIA #105 CARL ELLER HOF RC PSA 7 VIKINGS
1965 Philadelphia #12 John Unitas Colts Ex Mint
1965 Philadelphia #79 Ray Nitschke Packers Ex Mint
1965 PHILADELPHIA FOOTBALL #154 STEELERS PLAY CARD PSA 7 NM
1965 Philadelphia Football Card Checklist
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