As we approach the Christmas season, it is always good to remember all of those great presents you got as a kid. Being a crazy sports fan as a kid, I was always looking through the old Sears catalog to see what the newest sports gifts were for that Christmas. I've written before about the classic Sears catalog and all of the great stuff it had in it each season.
As I was searching through some old things I came across something that was one of my all-time favorite Christmas gifts. I got these classic NFL action figures for Christmas in probably 1979 or 1980. The figures were from my two favorite teams at the time, the Bengals and the Vikings. Each figure came with a set of stick-on numbers so you could personalize them with your favorite NFL player's number. The Vikings figure wears the number of my favorite Viking of all-time, Fran Tarkenton. The Bengals figure currently has the #80 on it. Originally I had decorated the figure with the number 14, of Ken Anderson fame. I remember switching the numbers over to 80 during the Bengals Super Bowl season to celebrate Cris Collinsworth. Obviously I wasn't a real uniform detail junkie back then, because Collinsworth never wore the Bengals' simple classic uniform and helmet set.
I also remember another great Sears catalog gift I got at the same time. That Christmas I also received a set of NFL player figures of the Vikings, Bears, Packers and Saints to go along with my Bengals/Browns set for my old electric football game. Ahhh, good times. There is nothing better than looking back on some of those great sports gifts from Christmases past!
Jon over at the Fleer Sticker Project passed along this image of these classic pieces of NFL childhood gold that shows them as they appeared in the Sears catalog. There is a great article over there about the Sears catalog and all of the great things that were available. Check it out here.