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Bone Daddy’s NFL 1969 Oakland Raiders Collection Pieces

                                                                       DOG ASIDE:

One of Bone Daddy’s all time favorite NFL team was the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978….for many reasons….like just the members of the NFL Hall of Fame on the 1969 Raiders roster….including WR Fred Bilitnikoff, QB George Blanda, C Jim Otto, OT Art Shell, OG Gene Upshaw, Punter Ray Guy, Coach John Madden, Executive Ron Wolf and Owner Al Davis.

NFL - 1967 Oakland Raiders Autographed Team Ball - Ben Davidson, Gene Upshaw, Billy Cannon, Ike Lassiter
NFL – 1967 Oakland Raiders Autographed Team Ball – Ben Davidson, Gene Upshaw, Billy Cannon, Ike Lassiter et al

Folks, that’s 9 Hall of Famers that were integral parts of a really great football team and franchise. You then throw into the mix characters like…..TE Billy Cannon (Heisman Trophy Winner at LSU as halfback, fullback & tight end in 1959)….and DE Ben Davidson (who played for the opposing team in the M*A*S*H movie football game)….and Safety George Atkinson….and you can see why Bone Daddy loves his autograph 1969 Oakland Raiders Team Ball….cuz all those guys and more….all signed his ball with original signatures.

The 1969 Oakland Raiders season was the team’s tenth in both Oakland and the American Football League. The campaign saw the team attempt to improve upon its 12–2 record from 1968….as the season is notable for being the Raiders’ last in the AFL….for they would, along with all the other AFL teams…join the NFL in 1970.

NFL - 1967 Oakland Raiders Autograph Team Ball - WR Fred Bilitnekoff, C Jim Otto, OT Art Shell, QB George Blanda
NFL – 1967 Oakland Raiders Autograph Team Ball – WR Fred Bilitnekoff, C Jim Otto, OT Art Shell, QB George Blanda et al

 The Raiders stormed to a 12–1–1 record in 1969….leading the league in wins for a third consecutive season….in doing so….they posted a staggering 37–4–1 record over their final three years of AFL play. The season would end with an upset loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the 1969 AFL Championship Game.  Additionally, the season marked the debut of Hall-of-Fame head coach John Madden….who would lead the Raiders to seven division titles….seven AFL/AFC Championship Games….and a Super Bowl championship before leaving in 1978. He would post a 112–39–7 regular season record over this span….which was nothing compared with what he did after coaching football.  Can you say KING OF VIDEO GAMES!?!

NFL - 1967 Oakland Raiders Autographed Team Ball - Ben Davidson, Gene Upshaw, Billy Cannon, Ike Lassiter
NFL – 1969 Oakland Raiders Autographed Team Ball – Ben Davidson, Gene Upshaw, Billy Cannon, Ike Lassiter et al

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