1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Football Cards
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins cards were issued by Royal Castle restaurants in the Miami area. There are 28 cards in the set: 26 players, Coach George Wilson, and a "Jr. Dolphin" card. The cards are about 4 1/4 by 3 inches, and they are printed on thin cardboard. All of the cards are scarce, and ten of them appear to be short prints, scarcer than the others. The backs of the cards say that two cards were made available each week of the season. The key card in the set is a pre-rookie card of Bob Griese.
According to an article in the Miami Herald, Royal Castle restaurants were modeled after White Castle, and at one time there were at least 185 Royal Castles in the Miami area. By 2008, the year the article was written, only one or two of the restaurants were still in operation. A message board thread on roadfood.com includes pictures of the last two Royal Castles.
The Royal Castle cards are not numbered, so I have listed the players in alphabetical order. The Jr. Dolphin card does not appear in the price guides, so I called it card #28.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||1||Joe Auer||Miami Dolphins||halfback||Georgia Tech||Short print
Auer and Frank Lasky were teammates at Coral Gables High School in Florida. See the Gallery's High School Teammates page.
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||2||Tom Beier||Miami Dolphins||defensive back||Miami Florida|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||3||Mel Branch||Miami Dolphins||defensive end||LSU||PSA 5|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||4||Jon Brittenum||Miami Dolphins||quarterback||Arkansas||PSA 5|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||5||George Chesser||Miami Dolphins||running back, punter||Delta State, Mississippi|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||6||Ed Cooke||Miami Dolphins||defensive end, linebacker||Maryland||In a ten-year career, Cooke played for six NFL and AFL teams: the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Colts, New York Titans/Jets, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins.|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||7||Frank Emanuel||Miami Dolphins||linebacker||Tennessee||College Hall of Fame 2004||Short print|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||8||Tom Erlandson||Miami Dolphins||linebacker||Washington State||Short print
Erlandson's son, Tom Erlandson Jr., played for the Buffalo Bills in 1988.
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||9||Norm Evans||Miami Dolphins||tackle||TCU||Short print|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||10||Bob Griese||Miami Dolphins||quarterback||Purdue||College Hall of Fame 1984, Dolphins Honor Roll 1990, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990||Short print
Griese won the Big Ten's MVP award, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, in 1966.
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||11||Abner Haynes||Miami Dolphins||halfback||North Texas||Chiefs Hall of Fame 1991||Short print|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||12||Jerry Hopkins||Miami Dolphins||linebacker||Texas A and M||Short print|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||13||Frank Jackson||Miami Dolphins||flanker||SMU|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||14||Billy Joe||Miami Dolphins||fullback, coach||Villanova||College Hall of Fame 2007||After he retired as a player, Joe was a college head coach for 33 seasons.||PSA 6|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||15||Wahoo McDaniel||Miami Dolphins||linebacker||Oklahoma||McDaniel was also a professional wrestler, and he appeared on a couple of wrestling cards. You can see one of them on the Gallery's Cards in Multiple Sports page.|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||16||Bob Neff||Miami Dolphins||defensive back||Stephen F. Austin||PSA 6|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||17||Bill Neighbors||Miami Dolphins||guard||Alabama||College Hall of Fame 2003||PSA 6|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||18||Rick Norton||Miami Dolphins||quarterback||Kentucky||PSA 7|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||19||Bob Petrich||Miami Dolphins||defensive end||West Texas State|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||20||Jim Riley||Miami Dolphins||defensive end||Oklahoma|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||21||John Stofa||Miami Dolphins||quarterback||Buffalo||Short print|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||22||Laverne Torczon||Miami Dolphins||defensive end||Nebraska|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||23||Howard Twilley||Miami Dolphins||end||Tulsa||College Hall of Fame 1992||On September 11, 1965, Twilley became the first football player to score in the Houston Astrodome. Twilley's team, Tulsa University, beat the University of Houston, 14-0.|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||24||Jim Warren||Miami Dolphins||defensive back||Illinois||Short print|
|1967 Royal Castle Dolphins||25||Dick Westmoreland||Miami Dolphins||defensive back||North Carolina A and T||Westmoreland had 10 interceptions in 1967. He, Tom Jancik, and Miller Farr tied for most in the AFL.|