Thursday, December 13, 2018

1976 Raiders Finally Taste A Championship

1977 Topps Football cards


After having lost three straight AFC Championship games from 1973-1975, the Raiders put it all together in 1976 with their first NFL championship in Super Bowl XI.  Their 13–1 record was quite a feat after beating arch rival the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in week one with an impressive come from behind victory.  This was followed by a brutal 5-game road trip in which they went 4–1, the only loss coming in a 48–17 drubbing from the New England Patriots.  From that point on, they didn’t lose again, getting revenge on the Patriots in round one of the playoffs, then beating the Steelers again, and culminating with their Victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl.

The 1977 football card set is a collector’s favorite although many of the top Raider stars are included, several top-notch players and secondary players that were important to the team’s success were missed. As per usual, RetroCards fills in those gaps and more.

This set includes: George Atkinson, Pete Banaszak, Rodrigo Barnes, Morris Bradshaw, Willie Brown, Neal Colzie, Carl Garrett, Ted Hendricks, Ted Kwalick, Errol Mann, Charles Phillips, Charles Philyaw, Mike Rae, Dave Rowe, Mike Siani, Jack Tatum, Skip Thomas, John Madden, a Super Bowl highlight of Fred Biletnikoff, and another Super Bowl highlight of Ken Stabler with ultra-fan James Garner on the sideline. Order your set here!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

1969 Jets: Guaranteed To Please

Topps, Super Bowl III, Colts, Jets


The 1968 Jets were the powerhouse of the AFL, beating the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship Game. But history was made when Joe Namath, sick of the reporters hounding him, predicted the impossible – that the Jets would beat the Colts of the mighty NFL. 

One of the most colorful sets ever designed, the 1969 football set combined both NFL and AFL teams into one set.  But because of this, there were fewer players per team. The Jets had a mere seven player cards in the regular set, missing several key players and team stars that helped them win Super Bowl III.

RetroCards more than makes up for the paultry seven cards in the original set by adding 25 more cards! Included are: Al Atkinson, Bill Baird, Verlon Biggs, Emerson Boozer, Earl Christy, Paul Crane, John Dockery, John Elliot, Larry Grantham, Dave Herman, Winston Hill, Jim Hudson, Billy Joe, Pete Lammons, Bill Mathis, Carl McAdams, Babe Parilli, Bill Radenmaker, Jeff Richardson, Paul Rochseer, Johnny Sample, John Schmidt, Mark Smolinski, head coach Weeb Ewbanks, and an “Aerial Attack” card featuring Joe Namath, Don Maynard, and George Sauer. Order your set here!

Friday, November 30, 2018

1966 Philadelphia 140-card Update Set


Retrocards introduces our first full custom NFL set. Picking up where the original 1966 Philadelphia set ends, this 140-card set includes eight new players for each of the 15 NFL teams, along with a Team Leaders and four post season Highlight cards. Nearly half (45%) of the cards feature players that either never had a card, or were never issued a card with the team they are pictured with in this set.  

If you prefer to order team sets only, there are some available so click here to order!

ATLANTA FALCONS: 199 Alex Hawkins, 200 Jerry Jones, 201 Frank Marchlewski , 202 Bill Martin, 203 Nick Rassas, 204 Steve Sloan, 205 Don Talbert, 206 Bob Whitlow, 207 Falcons TL

BALTIMORE COLTS: 208 Ordell Brasse, 209 Gary Cuozzo, 210 Jerry Hill, 211 Willie Richardson 
212 Don Shinnick, 213 Billy Ray Smith, 214 Steve Stonebreaker , 215 Butch Wilson, 216 Colts TL

CHICAGO BEARS:  217 Duane Allen , 218 Charlie Bivins, 219 Bob Kilcullen, 220 Joe Marconi, 221 Ed O’Bradovich, 222 Brian Piccolo, 223 Larry Rakestraw, 224 Dave Whitsell, 225 Bears TL

CLEVELAND BROWNS: 226 Galen Fiss, 227 Lou Groza, 228 Clifton McNeil, 229 Jim Ninowski, 230 Frank Parker, 231 Bernie Parrish, 232 Nick Pietrosante, 233 Paul Warfield, 234 Browns TL

DALLAS COWBOYS: 235 Jim Colvin, 236 Mike Gaechter , 237 Walt Garrison , 238 Pete Gent, 239 Jethro Pugh, 240 Jerry Rhome , 241 Les Shy, 242 Willie Townes , 243 Cowboys TL

DETROIT LIONS: 244 Wally Hilgenberg, 245 George Izo, 246 Jim Kearney, 247 Bob Kowalkowski, 248 Ron Kramer, 249 Bill Malinchak, 250 Darris McCord, 251 Bobby Thompson, 252 Lions TL

GREEN BAY PACKERS: 253 Lionel Aldridge, 254 Bill Anderson, 255 Zeke Bratkowski, 256 Paul Hornung, 257 Jerry Kramer, 258 Bob Long, 259 Max McGee, 260 Dave Robinson, 261 Packers TL

LOS ANGELES RAMS: 262 Ken Iman, 263 Les Josephson, 264 Chuck Lamson, 265 Tom Moore, 266 Myron Pottios, 267 Jack Snow, 268 Billy Truax, 269 Clancy Williams, 270 Rams TL

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 271 Karl Kassulke, 272 Phil King, 273 Gary Larsen, 274 Red Phillips, 275 Lance Rentzel, 276 Ron Vander Kelen, 277 Roy Winston, 278 Jim Young, 279 Vikings TL

NEW YORK GIANTS: 280 Bookie Bolin, 281Pete Case, 282 Darrell Dess, 283 Pete Gogolak, 284 Jim Katcavage, 285 Ernie Koy, 286 Earl Morrall, 287 Del Shofner, 288 Giants TL 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 289 King Hill, 290 Lane Howell, 291 Don Hultz, 292 Ollie Matson, 293 Mike Morgan, 294 Jim Skaggs, 295 Fred Whittingham, 296 Tom Woodeshick, 297 Eagles TL

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 298 John Baker, 299 Charlie Bradshaw, 300 John Campbell, 301 Bob Hohn, 302 Brady Keys, 303 Ken Kortas, 304 Ray Mansfield, 305 Bill Saul, 306 Steelers TL

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: 307 Monk Bailey, 308 Bill Koman, 309 Ernie McMillan, 310 Dave Meggyesy, 311 Terry Nofsinger, 312 Johnny Roland, 313 Larry Stallings, 314 Abe Woodson, 315 Cardinals TL

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers: 316 Bob Harrison, 317 Jim Jackson, 318 Charlie Kreuger, 319 Dave McCormick, 320 George Mira, 321 Len Rhode, 322 Monte Stickles, 323 Dick Witcher, 324 49ers TL

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 325 Charlie Gogolak, 326 Len Hauss, 327 Pat Hodgson, 328 Sam Huff, 329 Jake Kupp, 330 Joe Don Looney, 331 Dick Shiner, 332 Ron Snidow, 333 Redskins TL

1965 POST SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: 334 1965 Pro Bowl, 335 1965 Playoffs Colts/Cowboys 336, 1965 Playoffs Packers/Colts 337, 1965 NFL Championship Game, 338 Check List #3

Friday, November 23, 2018

Spotlight On: Harthorne Wingo

Topps basketball cards


In my 1970s basketball card collecting days, one player stood out because I thought he had the coolest name – Harthorne Wingo of the New York Knicks. Before making it with the Knicks, Harthorne played in the Harlem Rucker league then the Allentown Jets, a minor league team in the Eastern Professional Basketball League, which later to become the CBA.  The Jets had an arrangement with the Knicks where they sent players to Allentown for playing time and won 2 championships during Wingo’s time there (1970 and 1973).  At a pickup game in Greenwich Village, Wingo was discovered by a show-team called the Harlem Wizards, and toured locally with them until he got his break with the Knicks.

He joined the Knicks as was a valuable role player during his 4 years there, a time when the Knicks won their last championship in 1973.  He built a reputation as a great rebounder and defender at the power forward position.  However, when the Knicks acquired Haywood Spencer, he knew his days with the Knicks were numbered.

After the NBA, he played four years in Italy, then a year each in Switzerland and Argentina.  Though he had success overseas, a period of drug abuse and alcoholism followed his career and he was at loose ends.  "When I got out, I had nowhere to go," Wingo said. "They helped me when I was in there, but after I left, it was like nobody cared."  Teammate Dean Meminger refuted Wingo's charge. "We reached out for Wingy, and we sent him to rehab," he said. "But from there, it was his obligation to reach out and help himself, and to stay in touch with people like me, people who consider themselves his friends." “Wingy,” as he was called, never felt on the same level as his Knick teammates, all who were better players with college educations to fall back on.  Which is why he didn’t call on them when he needed help. 

Still a big Knicks fan, he occasionally sees ex-teammates and keeps a low profile, staying away from his old haunts that were bad influences on him. RetroCards has designed new custom cards to add to Hawthorne Wingo’s lone card of 1975. All are from forthcoming sets except a 1976 card available in a Knicks team set. Check it out here!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

1975 Cowboys: Young Talent Pays Off


After a disappointing 1974 season, where the Cowboys missed the playoffs, rebuilding seemed to be in order. The 1975 rookie class saw 12 hopefuls make the team in what was billed the "dirty dozen." Bob Lilly, Bob Hayes, Walt Garrison, Craig Morton, Cornell Green, and Dave Manders were all gone and new players such as Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Randy White, Thomas Henderson, Pat Donovan arrived. Other key additions were Preston Pearson and Danny White, who battled Jim Zorn and Clint Longley for the back up quarterback position to Roger Staubach.

The 1975 football card designs are the second year in a row to feature the color scheme of pink and avocado green, which matched perfectly with the Cowboys uniforms! But it was the 1970s, so at the time, it looked perfectly normal.

Included in this 18-card set are: Jim Arenson, Jean Fugett, Efren Hererra, Calvin Hill, Mitch Hoopes, Bill Houston, Ron Howard, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Clint Longley, Harvey Martin, Dennis Morgan, Robert Newhouse, Preston Pearson, Jethro Pugh, Pat Toomay, Danny White, Jim Zorn, and a highlight card of Clint Longley's dramatic comeback performance over the Redskins on Thanksgiving. Get your set here!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Waltons: No Longer Playing “Hard To Get”

Topps 1972 1973 1974

Looking back on the 1970s, it amazes me how many different TV shows and TV personalities had board games, record albums, lunch boxes, and bubblegum cards.  Wasn’t our economy a bit shaky then?  If so, you would never know it judging on the consumption of the aforementioned pop cultures artifacts. Charlie’s Angels, The Partridge Family, Welcome Back, Kotter, The Bionic Woman, Good Times and many other shows are well-represented on bubblegum cards but other shows didn’t get that privilege.

One of the decade’s bigger TV drama hits was the Waltons, a depression-era and World War II family that lived in rural Virginia on Walton’s Mountain. A top-20 show in its first six seasons, the Waltons got the usual 1970s pop culture treatment with a lunchbox, board game, record album, and was the subject of a Norman Rockwell painting. A bubblegum card set was piloted and proofs of the 55-card set were released but it never got past that stage. Those cards today cost in the hundreds of dollars per card and are highly sought after. The attractive pink-bordered cards are reminiscent of the designs of the time and features the Walton’s large cast.

RetroCards has created their own set based on the original design, changing the hot pink borders to light blue.  This 18-card set features characters and episodes from the first two seasons as well as a wrapper card of the original test set. Fiscally challenged collectors will now be able to afford to get the John-Boy rookie card in this attractive new set. Familiar faces include the Walton family, the Baldwin Sisters, Ike Godsey, a young John Ritter as the Reverand, a wrapper card (from the original test set) and more! Get yours here!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Cowboys Get A "Hockey Makeover"

Topps 1971-72 hockey, NHL

From the mid 1960s through 1970, the Dallas Cowboys were the team that couldn’t win the big one. They finally did it following the 1971 season with Roger Staubach leading them to victory in Super Bowl VI. In a recent NFL Films episode from The Timeline, Staubach referred to this team as “Don Meredith’s team,” owing to the long journey of building the Cowboys into a winner from their humble beginnings as a 0–11–1 expansion team in 1960.

Key veterans were added for the Super Bowl run like Mike Ditka, Herb Adderley, Lance Alworth, Forrest Gregg, Gloster Richardson, and Lee Roy Caffey. The veterans added to a team of stars and strong role players that put the team over the top.

This special RetroCards design utilizes the 1971-72 Hockey design which has always been one of the more attractive and colorful designs of that decade. The bubble-like lettering and bright colors were designed to appeal to kids and all these years later they are reminders of a more innocent time. This Cowboys RetroCards 24-card set features: Herb Adderley, Lance Alworth, George Andrie, Mike Clark, Larry Cole, Mike Ditka, Walt Garrison, Cornell Green, Bob Hayes, Calvin Hill, Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan, Bob Lilly, Dave Manders, Craig Morton, Ralph Neely, John Niland, Blaine Nye, Jethro Pugh, Mel Renfro, Roger Staubach, Duane Thomas, Ron Widby, and Rayfield Wright. Order here!