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Don Joyce 1961 Topps #83 Minnesota Vikings Autographed Signed Football Card DECEASED

Autographed football card of former "Original" 1961 Minnesota Viking...Don Joyce.

Signed with a blue Sharpie.

This is a nice looking autographed football card, which I had in my own personal collection.  Over the past 30 years, I have accumulated a number of autographed baseball and football cards and now I am beginning to part with a few duplicates.

We have acquired these autographed cards either in person, thru the mail or as part of large autograph collection purchases. 

In most cases the autographed cards that we have are in excellent condition.  If for some reason, you purchase an autographed card and are not satisfied with the condition, you can return it in the same original condition for a full refund.

We are putting together our own autographed card sets for our personal collection and these in inventory are duplicates.  We intend on someday obtaining the other cards that we don't have in our own personal collection.  The sale of any of these autographed cards will go back into financing our own autographed set collections.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...

Don Joyce (October 8, 1929 – February 26, 2012) was an American football defensive end and professional wrestler.[1]

Early life

Joyce was born in Steubenville, Ohio, to James and Frances Joyce. He attended Steubenville High School and Tulane University. At Tulane, he lettered in both 1949 and 1950 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.[1]

American Football career

In the 1951 National Football League Draft, Joyce was picked 18th overall by the Chicago Cardinals. He played with the Cardinals until being transferred to the Baltimore Colts three years later in 1954. During his career with the Colts, the team won the NFL championship in 1958 and 1959. Joyce was named to the Pro Bowl following the 1958 season. For the 1961 season, Joyce transferred to the Minnesota Vikings. The following year, Joyce played for the American Football League's Denver Broncos. He played only six games for the Broncos, and retired after the 1962 season.

Professional wrestling career

Joyce was a professional wrestler during the football off-season. Debuting in 1956, he worked mainly in and around the Baltimore, Maryland area for Vince McMahon, Sr. He wrestled exclusively as a face ("good guy") character, owing to his NFL contract which stated he could not work as a heel ("bad guy").[1] He sometime teamed with Gene Lipscomb.[2]

Personal life

Joyce was married and had three children.[1] After retiring from football and professional wrestling, Joyce worked as a football coach at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis for five years.[3] He was also a football scout for thirty years, including seven years as the head scout for the Colts until 1995.[1] In 1983, Joyce was shot twice following a robbery in a hotel room in Sikeston, Missouri, and required surgery to remove a bullet from his shoulder. His wife suffered a head injury after being pistol-whipped, but both made a full recovery.[4]

Joyce died on February 26, 2012, in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, and was buried on March 2.[1]

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