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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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