Category Archives: NFL Hall of Fame

2014 VINTAGE CUTS: Clarence “Ace” Parker

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Card Number: VC-AP

Card Subject: Clarence “Ace” Parker

Ebay link: Cut autograph

Football Reference Link: FR Link

Player information: Living in Durham, NC, the hometown college is Duke University.  There aren’t a whole lot of football players coming out of Duke and being elected to the Hall of Fame.  However if you go back far enough (to the 1930’s) you’ll come across an amazing individual, Ace Parker.  Not only was he a great football player in the pre-passing world of football, but he also played professional baseball, and became the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Duke.  From there he became the Durham Bulls (minor league baseball) manager before his retirement.  He along with Bobby Doerr were the last living players ever to appear on the same field with the likes of Lou Gehrig and Rogers Hornsby.  He is also the only member of the Football Hall of Fame to survive to be over 100 years old.  This card was signed at an event I attended in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  The signature was easy enough to fit inside the window, the hardest part of this card was finding the logo for his old football team.  I went with the Tigers, only because I couldn’t find what the old Brooklyn Dodgers football team’s logo looked like.

What the original signature looked like:

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Image of a certified autograph:

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2014 Vintage Cuts: Yale Lary

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Card Number: VC-YL

Card Subject: Yale Lary

Ebay link: Cut autograph

Football Reference Link: FR Link

Player information: Another eBay won signature, but I do have quite a few of his signatures and I know this one to be legit.  His signature is very identifiable and since he is still alive it can be found in may products.  If you compare this to any certified signature you would agree.  Usually inscribes “HOF 79”.  The Y and L’s are always the same.  He along with most of the secondary for Detroit in the mid-late 60s were just so dominating.  Those defenses were always well represented in the Pro Bowl every year.  This signature was big and I really wanted to keep the inscription in the window.  I did have to clip part of the Y in order to get the final Y in Lary to appear.

What the original signature looked like:

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Image of a certified autograph:

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