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#2005341 - 01/23/12 01:20 PM 70s football question...
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Other than the obvious controversy surrounding who he is...tell me why the OJ Simpson Rookie card is so iconic to most collectors!? How popular was the card itself before all the bad stuff??
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#2005342 - 01/23/12 01:23 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: K-dog]
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I paid over 150 bucks for a raw one before the event took place. Lost my tail on that one but still a cool card and he was a good running back
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#2005343 - 01/23/12 02:17 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: Blackie]
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1973 - 1st player to ever rush for more than 2000 yards.

Also had multiple commercials for Hertz and other products continually airing on TV.

Seemed like a charismatic guy.

All this combines with the increasing popularity of football back then pushed his rokie card higher and higher.
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#2005344 - 01/23/12 02:54 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: DrD]
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Also a movie star. Well, was in a couple of movies, maybe "star" is not the right word.

And he won the Heisman at USC, didn't he?

I found out a while back that "Jethro" Gibbs on NCIS, aka Mark Harmon, was a UCLA QB in the early 70's and is the son of former Michigan Heisman winner, Tom Harmon.
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#2005348 - 01/23/12 06:52 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: K-dog]
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 Originally Posted By: K-dog
Other than the obvious controversy surrounding who he is...tell me why the OJ Simpson Rookie card is so iconic to most collectors!? How popular was the card itself before all the bad stuff??


Much more popular prior to the controversy. When he retired, he was the only person in history with a 2,000 yard year (14 game season) and originally set the record for yards in a game. He was second all time to Jim Brown for career rushing yards when he retired. To this day, only Jim Brown and Barry Sanders have a better yards/carry average. Throw in USC, Heisman, Airplane and Naked Gun Movies along with Herz commercials and a gig on the NFL pregame show and he was a likeable dude.
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#2005349 - 01/23/12 06:56 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: FYS]
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Thanks for all of the feedback on this. Do you think it is still a card worth owning?
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#2005351 - 01/23/12 07:07 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: K-dog]
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 Originally Posted By: K-dog
Thanks for all of the feedback on this. Do you think it is still a card worth owning?


If you have to ask that question, then I say no. Own/buy what you love. You don't need advice for that.
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#2005353 - 01/23/12 08:12 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: K-dog]
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Only if you also collect cards of Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jack the Ripper and the three biggies: Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot.
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#2005354 - 01/23/12 08:56 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: bbo]
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I respect what he did on the field, but despise him as a human being. So for that alone, I don't think I would ever want any of his cards!
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#2005356 - 01/23/12 10:54 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: K-dog]
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From what I remember he killed a couple people
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#2005357 - 01/24/12 07:11 AM Re: 70s football question... [Re: Mintacular]
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allegedly....

"If the glove don't fit, then you must aquit"
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#2005359 - 01/24/12 10:05 AM Re: 70s football question... [Re: Mintacular]
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 Originally Posted By: Mintacular
From what I remember he killed a couple people
did he ???? do not remember him being convicted

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#2005360 - 01/24/12 10:09 AM Re: 70s football question... [Re: jivan]
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your probably right, it was actually a mexican drug cartel likely lol
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#2005372 - 01/24/12 02:54 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: Mintacular]
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.........hmm...........maybe it was just lipstick
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#2005377 - 01/24/12 04:07 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: Mintacular]
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 Originally Posted By: Mintacular
your probably right, it was actually a mexican drug cartel likely lol


I believe it was the Columbian drug cartel

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#2005378 - 01/24/12 04:09 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: Blackie]
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OJ was convicted of stealing his memrobilia. That's why he is in jail. Acquitted of killing his ex wife and her friend. Lost the civil case about those killings.
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#2005384 - 01/24/12 06:04 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: brick]
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I still have some land.
I own the London Bridge.
A wild bear _ _ _ _ _ wherever he wants to.
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#2005441 - 01/27/12 04:41 AM Re: 70s football question... [Re: bbo]
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#2005622 - 02/03/12 11:36 PM Re: 70s football question... [Re: Mintacular]
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Im assuming NFL football and its history are not your strong suit to have asked such a silly question in the first place.

Any serious discussion of the greatest backs in NFL history will certainly include O J Simpson.

In fact a strong case can be made that he was The greatest back in history.


Born: Orenthal James Simpson - July 9, 1947 - San Francisco, California
Drafted: The Buffalo Bills selected O.J. Simpson No. 1 overall in the 1969 NFL Draft.

Years Played: 1969-1979
Position Played: Running Back
Uniform Number: 32
Nickname: The Juice
Played For: Buffalo Bills (1969-77), San Francisco 49ers (1978-79)
Alma Mater: University of Southern California
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1985

Best Season
O.J. Simpson's greatest season came in 1973 when he rushed for 2,003 yards. He was the first running back to surpass the 2,000-yard mark and the only one to do it in a 14-game season.

College Highlights
• Two-Time All-America
• AP and UPI College Athlete of the Year (1968)
• Heisman Trophy winner (1968)
• Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1983)

Career NFL stats
• Rushing - 2,404 Carries for 11,236 Yards and 61 Touchdowns
• Receiving - 203 Receptions for 2,142 Yards and 14 Touchdowns

NFL Highlights
• NFL Most Valuable Player (1973)
• First player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season (1973)
• Unanimous All-Pro
• Won Four NFL Rushing Titles (1972,73,75,76)
• Named All-Pro Five Straight Years (1972-76)
• Named to Six Pro Bowls
• Pro Bowl Player of the Game (1973)
• Inducted into the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame (1991)

Acting Career:
Even before his playing days ended, Simpson was laying the groundwork for a career in acting by making an appearance in the television mini-series Roots. He also played roles in numerous movies, including The Towering Inferno, the Naked Gun trilogy, and The Cassandra Crossing.
He also landed many endorsement deals, the most memorable being a series of commercials promoting Hertz rental car company along side golfing great Arnold Palmer. Simpson also worked as a commentator for Monday Night Football and was also a part of The NFL on NBC.

O.J. Simpson became a household name and reached a celebrity Status no other player since has achived.

Regardless of one's personal feeling about Simpson's legal plight and downfall in later life, the fact remains that he was certainly the Greatest back of the seventies(if not all time)

His 1970 Rookie card will always be the key card of that set. I believe in time it could see a spike in popularity as people outside the sports world may find an interest in it just for the historical "Murder trial" asspect.



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#2005640 - 02/04/12 11:50 AM Re: 70s football question... [Re: BigRedOne]
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I consider myself a casual follower of the NFL to be honest. These days I will watch parts of whatever games happen to be on TV during the season and playoffs, but I don't schedule my life around any of them or pretend to be a hardcore NFL guy. I knew that OJ was an outstanding player and in the Hall of Fame, but really never realized that he would even be included in a "greatest ever" type of discussion! It makes more sense to me now though why the card is so important to a lot of collectors! Thanks for the info! \:\)
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