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The picture shows a top and bottom view of all (3) Old Sprite Soda Lift Top Bottle Caps With Football Players in this lot. These are not dated but they are believed to be from the early to mid 1960s. We do not know how many caps are in this set. These ''Lift -Top'' caps are in the shape of a baseball cap or hat. They are lithographed tin in green, blue, and white. They picture a football on the top and inside, under a coating (of rubber ?) is an imprint of a football player. The top and edge of these caps are marked as follows:

SPRITE
TRADE MARK ®
1/20 OF 1% BENZOATE OF SODA AS A PRESERVATIVE
BOTTLED BY COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY OF BOSTON
LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS
PAT. PENDING
U.S.O.
LIFT-TOP

The inside of these have the following football players:

PATRIOTS TOM ADDISON C6 LB
AFL ALL STARS JACK KEMP C45 QB
PATRIOTS JIM HUNT C19 DT

Counting the lift flap on these, they each measure about 1-1/8'' x 1-5/8''. They appear to be in excellent used condition with some wear as pictured. Below here, for reference, is the football career of each player and the political career of Jack Kemp as well:

Tom Addison
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tom Addison

Date of birth: April 12, 1936
Place of birth: Lancaster, South Carolina
Position: Linebacker
College: South Carolina
Jersey Number: 53

Career highlights
TSN All-AFL: 1960, 1963, 1964
AFL All-Star: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
Honors: Boston Patriots All-Time AFL Team
Teams: 1960 - 1967 AFL Boston Patriots

Tom Addison (born April 12, 1936, Lancaster, S.C.) is a professional American football linebacker (1960 - 1967) and sports labor leader, and is a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Playing career

Addison attended the University of South Carolina and was drafted by the National Football League Baltimore Colts and the Canadian Football League Ottawa Rough Riders, but chose to sign in 1960 with the Boston Patriots of the newly formed American Football League, playing his entire pro career with the Patriots.

Considered a leader of the newly formed team, Addison was selected as team captain, and was named to the AFL All-Star team for five straight years (1960 - 1964), as well as being one of the first players ever selected to be a Patriot All League player (in 1960). He was also a Sporting News' All League player in 1963 and 1964, and an AFL Eastern Division All Star in 1961 and 1962. With 16 career interceptions (returning one for a touchdown), he was considered by many to be the best AFL linebacker against the run in the mid 1960s.

He played in every Patriots' game from 1961 to 1966 (84 games), and was adding to this total when he sustained what proved to be a career ending knee injury. On June 18, 1968, he was released by the Patriots after team doctors stated that he would risk further damage by playing after having undergone two knee operations. Addison was selected by a Patriot fan vote in 1971 as a member of the Patriots' All 1960s (AFL) Team.

Labor leadership

On January 14, 1964, players in the American Football League formed the AFL Players Association, and Addison was elected the union's first president. In search of protection for the players, Addison put together a request package of benefits that included insurance and a player pension plan. As president, Addison had the intimidating task of meeting with the team owners to communicate the request. Upon entering the meeting room, Addison approached the long oval table, where the stern faced owners were awaiting. With Southern charm, he looked up at the owners, smiled, and said ''Well, I'm not trying to be the next Jimmy Hoffa!'' This broke the tension, and started a period of perhaps the most positive relationship between owners and players in team sports history.

With a players association in place, players newly drafted by American Football League teams in the ''war between the leagues'' could be assured that they would have representation and protection in the AFL that was the equal of that in the older league. Addison's work was an important element in the survival of the league, and helped the AFL to be able compete for top talent, and to establish itself as the future of professional football.

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Jack Kemp
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jack Kemp, Jr.

9th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office: February 13, 1989 - January 19, 1993
President: George H. W. Bush
Preceded by: Samuel Pierce
Succeeded by: Henry Cisneros

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st district
In office: January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1989
Preceded by: Donald J. Mitchell
Succeeded by: Bill Paxon

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 38th district
In office: January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1983
Preceded by: James F. Hastings
Succeeded by: District 38 eliminated

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 39th district
In office: January 3, 1971 - January 3, 1973
Preceded by: Richard D. McCarthy
Succeeded by: James F. Hastings

Born: July 13, 1935 in Los Angeles, California
Political party: Republican
Spouse: Joanne Kemp
Children: Jeff, Jennifer, Judith, Jimmy
Alma mater: Occidental College
Profession: Professional American football player; Politician
Religion: Presbyterian
Military service: United States Army
Years of service: 1958 - 1962
Rank: Private
Unit: Reserves

Jack French Kemp, Jr. (born July 13, 1935) is an American politician and former professional football player. In the 1996 election, he was Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole's running mate for Vice President. He had previously contended for the presidential nomination in the 1988 Republican primaries. Kemp began his political career with nine terms as a Congressman for Western New York, from 1971 to 1989, and subsequently served as Housing Secretary in the George H. W. Bush administration. As an economic conservative, Kemp advocates low taxes and supply-side policies. His positions span the social spectrum, ranging from his conservative opposition to abortion to his more liberal stances advocating immigration reform. As a proponent of both Chicago school and supply-side economics, he is notable as the molder of the Reagan agenda and the architect of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, which is known as the Kemp - Roth tax cut.

Before politics, Kemp was a professional quarterback for 13 years in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and American Football League (AFL). He served as captain of both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills and earned the AFL Most Valuable Player award in 1965 after leading the Bills to a second consecutive championship. He played in the AFL for all 10 years of its existence, appeared in its All Star game seven times, played in its championship game five times, and set many of the league's career passing records. Kemp also co-founded the AFL Players Association, for which he served five terms as president. During the early part of his football career, he served in the United States Army Reserve.

Since his days in political office, Kemp has remained active as a political advocate and commentator, and has served on corporate and non-profit organization boards. He has also authored, co-authored, and edited several books. He has promoted American football and advocated for retired professional football players. Kemp is the benefactor of Pepperdine University's Jack F. Kemp Institute of Political Economy. In January 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer.

College
After graduating from high school in 1953 he attended Occidental College, a founding member of the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Kemp selected Occidental because its football team used professional formations and plays, which he hoped would help him to become a professional quarterback. At 5'10'' and 175 pounds, he considered himself too small to play for the USC Trojans or UCLA Bruins, the major Southern California college football programs.

At Occidental, Kemp was a record setting javelin hurler and played several positions on the football team: quarterback, defensive back, place kicker, and punter. Although he was near sighted, Kemp was tenacious on the field. During his years as starting quarterback the team posted 6 - 2 and 3 - 6 records. Kemp was named a Little All American one year in which he threw for over 1,100 yards. He and close friend Jim Mora, who later became an NFL head coach, were members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Kemp declined to become involved in student government. After graduating from Occidental with a degree in physical education, he pursued post graduate studies in economics at Long Beach State University and California Western University, and served in the military from 1958 to 1962.

Football Career
Jack Kemp
Position: Quarterback
Jersey Number: 15
Born: July 13, 1935 in Los Angeles, California
Career Information: Year(s): 1957 - 1969
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 17 / Pick: 203
College: Occidental

Professional Teams:
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers (1957)
CFL Calgary Stampeders (1959)
AFL L.A./San Diego Chargers (1960–1962)
AFL Buffalo Bills (1962–1969)

Career Stats
TD - INT: 114 - 183
Yards: 21,218
QB Rating: 57.3

Career Highlights and Awards
7x AFL All Star (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969)
5x TSN All-AFL (1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966)
AFL Champion (1964, 1965)
Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame
AFL MVP (AP, 1965)
AFL Championship Game MVP (1965)

Records and Leaderships
AFL career regular season passing attempts
AFL career regular season passing completions
AFL career regular season passing yards
AFL career championship game passing attempts
AFL career championship game passing completions
AFL career championship game passing yards
AFL yards per attempt (1960, 1964)

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Jim Lee Hunt
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jim Lee Hunt

Date of birth: October 5, 1938
Place of birth: Atlanta, Texas
Position(s): DE/DT
College: Prairie View
AFL Draft: 1960 / Round : Free Agent
Jersey Number: 79

Career highlights
AFL All-Star: 1961, 1966, 1967, 1969
Honors: Boston Patriots Hall of Fame
Boston Patriots 1960s All Decade Team
Retired Number: 79

Teams
1960 - 1969, 1970
AFL Boston Patriots
NFL Boston Patriots

Jim Lee Hunt was an American college and professional football player from Prairie View A&M University who played defensive tackle for the American Football League's Boston Patriots from 1960 through 1969, and for the NFL' Boston Patriots in 1970. He was a four time AFL All Star, and was one of only twenty men to play the entire ten years of the AFL. He was used as a defensive end occasionally.

He returned a kickoff 8 yards in the Patriots 24 - 10 loss to the Houston Oilers at BU Field on 11-25-60. He recovered an onside kick by Gino Cappelletti in the Patriots 26-10 win over the New York Jets at Boston College Alumni Stadium on 09-27-64.

Jim returned a fumble by Cotton Davidson 11 yards and on the next play Butch Songin threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Jim Colclough in the Patriots 42 - 14 rout of the Dallas Texans at BU Field on 11-18-60. Jim recovered fumbles by Cotton Davidson, Al Dorow, Tom Flores, Mickey Slaughter, Ode Burrell,Darrell Lester, Daryle Lamonica, Steve Tensi, Bobby Burnett, Marlin Briscoe, Bob Cappadona, Robert Holmes, Don Trull and Larry Csonka. He returned a fumble by Darrell Lester 5 yards for a TD in the Patriots 17 - 10 loss to the Denver Broncos at Fenway Park on 11-06-66. Jim returned a fumble by Don Trull 51 yards in the Patriots 45 - 17 loss to the Houston Oilers at the Houston Astrodome on 12-15-68. He also recovered a bad exchange to the quarterback in the Patriots 38 - 23 victory over the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl on 11-30-69.

Jim Lee Hunt recorded 34.5 sacks and sacked 19 different QB's. He recorded sacks of Frank Tripucka, George Herring, Tom Flores, John Hadl, Jacky Lee, Len Dawson, John McCormick, Jack Kemp, Joe Namath, Don Trull, Max Chobian, Daryle Lamonica, Steve Tensi, Rick Norton, Pete Beathard, Jim LeClair, Bob Griese, Earl Morrall & James Harris. Jim Hunt tackled Jack Kemp for a safety in the Patriots 44 - 16 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Fenway Park on 12-09-67.

He holds the AFL Record for the most career fumble recoveries. His number was later retired by the team, and he is a member of the Patriots All 1960s (AFL) Team.

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