1976 Coke Bears Discs
There are 22 discs in the set of 1976 Coke Bears Discs, plus two variations. The discs are similar to 1976 Crane Discs and 1976 Buckmans Discs, except that they have tabs attached. The tabs have holes in them, such that the discs could be hung on Coke bottles. The tabs can be detached from the discs along a perforation. The discs are not numbered, so I have listed the players in alphabetical order. I believe that the players were intended to represent the Bears' starting lineup, because they nearly match the team's 1976 starters listed at pro-football-reference.com.
As with most regional team sets, the set contains a few players who never appeared on regular issue football cards. Don Rives, Jeff Sevy, and Roger Stillwell might have been included in other obscure issues, but they did not appear on Topps cards during their careers.
The Bears finished 7-7 in 1976, a distant second to the 11-2-1 Vikings in the NFC Central.
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|Picture||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Est. Retail Value (?)||Grades available at nearmintcards.com|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||1||Lionel Antoine||Chicago Bears||tackle||Southern Illinois|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||2||Bob Avellini||Chicago Bears||quarterback||Maryland|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||3||Waymond Bryant||Chicago Bears||linebacker||Tennessee State|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||4||Doug Buffone||Chicago Bears||linebacker||Louisville|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||5||Wally Chambers||Chicago Bears||defensive tackle, defensive end||Eastern Kentucky|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||6O||Craig Clemons||Chicago Bears||defensive back||Iowa||Variation with orange border.|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||6Y||Craig Clemons||Chicago Bears||defensive back||Iowa||Variation with yellow border.|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||7||Allan Ellis||Chicago Bears||defensive back||UCLA|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||8||Roland Harper||Chicago Bears||running back||Louisiana Tech|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||9||Mike Hartenstine||Chicago Bears||defensive end||Penn State|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||10||Noah Jackson||Chicago Bears||guard||Tampa|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||11||Virgil Livers||Chicago Bears||defensive back||Western Kentucky|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||12||Jim Osborne||Chicago Bears||defensive tackle||Southern||Osborne played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Bears.|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||13||Bob Parsons||Chicago Bears||punter, tight end||Penn State|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||14||Walter Payton||Chicago Bears||running back||Jackson State||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1993, College Hall of Fame 1996|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||15||Dan Peiffer||Chicago Bears||center||Southest Missouri State|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||16G||Doug Plank||Chicago Bears||defensive back||Ohio State||Variation with green border.|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||16Y||Doug Plank||Chicago Bears||defensive back||Ohio State||Variation with yellow border.|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||17||Bo Rather||Chicago Bears||wide receiver||Michigan|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||18||Don Rives||Chicago Bears||linebacker||Texas Tech||Rives played six seasons for the Bears, but he never appeared on a regular issue football card.|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||19||Jeff Sevy||Chicago Bears||tackle||California||Sevy played four seasons for the Bears and two for the Seahawks. He did not appear on a regular issue football card.|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||20||Ron Shanklin||Chicago Bears||wide receiver||North Texas|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||21||Revie Sorey||Chicago Bears||guard||Illinois|
|1976 Coke Bears Discs||22||Roger Stillwell||Chicago Bears||defensive tackle, defensive end||Stanford||Stillwell played three seasons for the Bears. He did not appear on a regular issue football card.|
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