NYC's Met museum shows off football trading cards

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 8:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of vintage football trading cards. It opens Jan. 24 and runs through Feb. 10.

The 150 cards, beginning with a series from 1894, are part of some 600 football cards from the museum's collection of 300,000 trading cards. They were donated to the Met by the late card collector Jefferson Burdick.

All predate the founding of the national football league in 1920 and the first Super Bowl in 1967.

The cards — which feature football greats, lesser-known collegiate players, owners and teams — were inserted into such products as candy, gum and tobacco.

The rarest card in the exhibition is of John Dunlop from Harvard. He's the only player in the series whose name and school affiliation were inexplicably omitted.

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