1976 Scanlens VFL #120 — Graham Melrose

1976 Scanlens VFL MelroseInternational cards continue to fascinate me. I’ve won a few auctions on ebay and plan to post about various cards and sets as they trickle in from around the world.

The Australian card company Scanlens–which I wrote about a couple posts ago–produced cricket, VFL, rugby, and non-sports cards back in the sixties and seventies. As I also mentioned, most of these featured designs they licensed from Topps. However, some, such as the 1976 set to the right, seem to have an original look. Graham plays for the North Melbourne Kangaroos, one of the oldest teams in the then VFL, now AFL. (After the league expanded out of Victoria in the early-nineties, they changed the name to the Australian Football League. Great team name, great colors.) Although an uninspired (to say the least) photo I do appreciate the backdrop and the old Adidas soccer cleats. And, if I’m not mistaken, this is Melrose’s rookie card. Nevertheless, he helped the Kangaroos reach the Grand Final in 1975 where they lost to Hawthorn.

I don’t know much else about Australian Rules Football. When I was growing up, NESN used to show Australian Rules Football games during the morning after SportsDesk, their version of SportsCenter. I remember having no clue how the game was played and laughing at their umpires (refs?) because they alway wore white sport coats and white fedoras but I can’t find any evidence on the internet so maybe I’m making this up? A false memory?

Oh yeah, and the back of the card is blank.

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10 thoughts on “1976 Scanlens VFL #120 — Graham Melrose

  1. Actually that back is not blank – its part of large puzzle and just happens to showing a grassy patch as part of a large action (game) picture. The front design is quite like the 1968 Topps football. Here’s a great site for some comparisoms of designs – http://www.cardtraderweb.com – scroll down to “Design of the Times”

  2. Also, in the 60s and 70s most of the photos of players are at night – because they were amateurs and semi-professionals who all held day jobs, and the photographer could only shoot them either before or after their 2-a-weeknight practice sessions!

    • Ah, a puzzle. I’d love to see what the whole thing looks like. Love your site, too! I did notice the night photography, it’s a nice look. A lot of NFL players had day jobs here in the States back in the fifties. I can’t imagine watching a game one day and then having them be my cashier at the hardware store the next.

      Thanks for the info!

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