Topps released its 2013 Archives Football product this week and the product contains autographed cards from the late Chuck Muncie. The former Saints and Chargers running back, who overcame a drug problem, died Monday of a heart attack at age 60.
Muncie appears on an Archives card designed in the style of 1981 Topps. His regular issue card, #237, is a short print. It’s not yet known how many cards Muncie signed as part of the Fan Favorites checklist.
The third overall pick in the 1976 draft, Muncie was a punishing runner who ran for over 6,700 yards and also caught passes out of the backfield, accumulating remarkable statistics despite drug problems. He helped lead the Chargers to the second and third of the team’s three consecutive AFC West titles from 1979-81.
His rookie card is the 1977 Topps #467.
Destitute, he wound up out of football seven years later and was in prison by the late 1980s, but turned his life around and dedicated his post-football activities to youth and community service.
Always popular with teammates and fans, he established the Chuck Muncie Youth Foundation, which offers youth mentoring, camps, tattoo removal, immunization for the uninsured, job training and other programs.