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.

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Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Joe Auer 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 1 Joe Auer Miami Dolphins halfback Georgia Tech Short print
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Tom Beier 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 2 Tom Beier Miami Dolphins defensive back Miami Florida PSA 4
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Mel Branch 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 3 Mel Branch Miami Dolphins defensive end LSU PSA 5
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Jon Brittenum 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 4 Jon Brittenum Miami Dolphins quarterback Arkansas
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins George Chesser 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 5 George Chesser Miami Dolphins running back, punter Delta State, Mississippi
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Ed Cooke 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 6 Ed Cooke Miami Dolphins defensive end, linebacker Maryland
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
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Abner Haynes 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 Frank Jackson 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 13 Frank Jackson Miami Dolphins flanker SMU
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Billy Joe 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 14 Billy Joe Miami Dolphins fullback, coach Villanova College Hall of Fame 2007 PSA 6
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Wahoo McDaniel 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 15 Wahoo McDaniel Miami Dolphins linebacker Oklahoma McDaniel was a professional wrestler during the off-season and after leaving football. See his profile on the Online World of Wrestling web site.
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Bob Neff 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 16 Bob Neff Miami Dolphins defensive back Stephen F. Austin PSA 6
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Bill Neighbors 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 17 Bill Neighbors Miami Dolphins guard Alabama College Hall of Fame 2003 PSA 6
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Rick Norton 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 18 Rick Norton Miami Dolphins quarterback Kentucky PSA 7
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Bob Petrich 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 19 Bob Petrich Miami Dolphins defensive end West Texas State
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Jim Riley 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 20 Jim Riley Miami Dolphins defensive end Oklahoma
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins John Stofa 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 21 John Stofa Miami Dolphins quarterback Buffalo Short print
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Laverne Torczon 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 22 Laverne Torczon Miami Dolphins defensive end Nebraska PSA 5
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Howard Twilley 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 23 Howard Twilley Miami Dolphins end Tulsa College Hall of Fame 1992 Twilley finished second to Mike Garrett in voting for the 1965 Heisman Trophy.
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 24 Jim Warren Miami Dolphins defensive back Illinois Short print
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Dick Westmoreland 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 25 Dick Westmoreland Miami Dolphins defensive back North Carolina A and T
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Maxie Williams 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 26 Maxie Williams Miami Dolphins guard, tackle Southeastern Louisiana
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins George Wilson Sr. 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 27 George Wilson Sr. Miami Dolphins end, coach Northwestern Short print
1967 Royal Castle Dolphins Jr. Dolphin 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins 28 Jr. Dolphin Miami Dolphins Short print

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