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.
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