1962 Vikings: Expanding Quickly
The NFL originally had no plans for expansion after adding the Dallas Cowboys in 1960. But the new American Football League granted a team in the Twin Cities so the NFL jumped in and offered team ownership the chance to join the NFL instead. The newly named "Vikings" jumped at the chance and hired newly retired quarterback Norm Van Brocklin as its coach. An expansion draft was held and the Vikings surprised everyone by destroying the mighty Chicago Bears in their first regular season game. In that game, starting quarterback George Shaw gave way to scrabbling sensation Fran Tarkenton who threw for four touchdowns and ran for one more!
This 20-card team set is a continuation of the expansive 1962 RetroCards set and features: head coach Norm Van Brocklin, Bill Brown, Bob Denton, Ed Sharockman, Jim Marshall, George Shaw, Oscar Donahue, Grady Alderman, Mick Tinglehoff, Clancy Osborne, Lebron Shields, Cliff Livingston, Mike Rabold, Doug Mayberry, Paul Dickson, Jerry Huth, Bill Butler, Dean Derby, a Vikings Highlight card, and a card of Metropolitan Stadium. Order it here.