Jan 25, 2016

Buffalo Bills Football Programs, 1961-63

Get ready for the Super Bowl with this vintage collection of Buffalo Bills football programs from the old American Football League. In the old, pre-AFL-NFL merger days, each team had bespoke programs, often illustrated by a local cartoonist or artist, and filled with hometown flavor. Thanks to the Buffalo Sports Museum, we’ve got a collection of Buffalo Bills football programs from 1961-63, all illustrated by hometown art hero Kevin Weil. You don’t have to be a sports fan (or from Western New York) to appreciate the brilliant design and illustration of these collected covers. These programs are all for games in Buffalo’s rugged War Memorial Stadium, and Newmanology was in attendance at almost every one of them!

There’s an almost complete online collection of AFL football programs for every season from 1960-69 at Sports Paper.

(Above): Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Texans, December 2, 1962. Buffalo won 23-14.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland Raiders, October 20, 1962. Buffalo won 14-6.

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Buffalo Bills vs. N.Y. Titans, September 17, 1961. Buffalo won 41-31.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Oilers, September 9, 1962. Houston won 28-23.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos, September 10, 1961. Denver won 22-10.

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Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers, October 13, 1962. Buffalo won 35-10.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Boston Patriots, December 28, 1963. In the league’s first divisional playoff game, the Patriots defeated Buffalo 26-8.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos, November 9, 1963. Buffalo won 27-17.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos, September 15, 1962. Denver won 23-20.

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Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers, November 17, 1963. San Diego won 23-13.