Found a way to make it work - sent the email to yahoo account, which showed the vcard info as inline attachment, copied that to simple text editor, saved as vcard.vcf, then used that file to import to google. All well that ends well.
Stall - If you NEED to get a vCard of your contacts you can always do this (it's what I am currently doing)
1. In the phone app, dial " ##66623# " (Sprint) or " #*66623# " (ATT).
2. This will launch CelleBrite Export
3. Run the export function and it will create a vCard in the .temp folder of all your contacts. It does not export contact pictures however.
Note: If you rcv and error msg, check the .temp folder. The vCard file is probably there.
This tip was the best. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I imported this file to my Google account and everything is golden.