He’s got his own football cards in the early 1990s Pro Line and Pro Set issues when he strolled the sidelines in his first head coaching gig with the Cleveland Browns. For a guy who will likely wind up in the Hall of Fame, that’s a little odd. Trading card companies just don’t make coaches cards these days.
However, Bill Belichick is more interested in the deeper history of the game. A rare football book collection started by his father was donated to the Naval Academy back in 2006. He also has a strong respect for the guys he coached with and at least at one time, was a bit of a football card collector.
It’s hard enough to get Joe Schmoe from Kokomo to return e-mails when you’re a buyer or seller on eBay, but the often cranky coach once was happy to exchange electronic pleasantries with a seller of classic football cards.
It was before his migration to New England–when a listing for a certain 1959 Topps subject caught the coach’s eye–and gave one writer a chance to see him in a different light.