NYC's Met museum shows off football trading cards
NEW YORK - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of vintage football trading cards, opening Jan. 24 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 is of John Dunlop, from Harvard. He's the only player in the series whose name and school affiliation were inexplicably omitted.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; till 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Recommended admission $25 adults, $17 seniors, $12 students, under 12 free. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.