By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Former NFL Pro-Bowler Chuck Muncie died on Monday. He was 60.
Muncie played for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers. He found his greatest successes for San Diego’s “Air Coryell” offense, scoring 19 touchdowns in 1981.
Muncie battled drug addiction during his career, but later turned his life around – and became a mentor and counselor.
Muncie doesn’t have many cards – just 39 in the Beckett database – but a new release is bringing renewed interest to his career. Muncie is part of 2013 Topps Archives football. His card #237 is a short-print, but he also has an autograph in the set.
The signed card is just his second autograph release, according to the Beckett database. His only other autograph card appeared in 1997 Upper Deck Legends.
Only one autograph from Archives had appeared on eBay this morning (granted this is the official release date). That card is already up to $27 with about three hours to go.
The Archives checklist doesn’t feature many superstar autographs, but that’s not why the set was made. It includes autographs of players that were fan favorites and maybe those who didn’t get their due over the years.
The Muncie card is just one example, a chance for fans to collect his final autograph card.