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    1961 Mike Ditka Original Photograph Used for 1962 Topps Rookie Card, PSA/DNA Type 1. Da coach had the look of da rookie when this image was taken during his rookie season of 1961. Sporting a crew cut, the pride and joy of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Mike Ditka added an entirely new dimension to the tight end position in the NFL. Before Ditka, tight ends were used primarily for blocking purposes and rarely had an impact on the offensive game plan. That changed when Ditka hauled in 12 touchdowns and amassed over 1,000 yards as a rookie. This 8x10" is the image which Topps used on Ditka's 1962 rookie card. The youngster is gazing into the future. The reverse has multiple newspaper images tape affixed with the first date stamp reading "Oct 9 1961." Numerous other date stamps and notations appear on back. Light surface wear on front. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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