Thursday, May 25, 2017

1971-72 Floridians: More Than Ballgirls

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The American Basketball Association has blessed us with a treasure trove of fun stories – one more unlikely than the next.  One of the better ones is that of the Miami Floridians franchise. The Floridians began their existence in Minnesota in 1967 as the Minnesota Muskies and although they had success, attendance was atrocious and the team relocated to Miami.  Unfortunately, the attendance in Florida wasn’t much better despite numerous promotions, the most memorable being the tantalizing Ballgirls, a group of cheerleaders clad only in bikinis and go-go boots.

Playing some home games in an airplane hanger, the Floridians’ players often time had to alter their shots to compensate for the ocean breezes passing through the hot building.  Some of the fans that did show up saw fit to complain that the Ballgirls, who for Halloween were dressed in a full bodied black leotard and witches hats, weren’t wearing their customary white bikinis!

Following the 1969-70 season new owner Ned Doyle “fired” the entire team and started new with a fresh roster.  They made the playoffs that season but lost in the first round to the Kentucky Colonels.  By the 1971-72 season, the Ballgirls were the main attraction and a double header in New York was offered to the Floridians ONLY if they brought the Ballgirls with them.  Fans wanted the Ballgirls but home attendance was still dreadful – even in the playoffs, and after losing 4-0 to the Virginia Squires, Doyle disbanded the team in the summer of 1972.

RetroCards pays tribute to the groovy Miami Floridians with a 14-card set featuring players that didn’t have a card that year.  Most importantly RetroCards includes a special card dedicated to the lovely Ballgirls…. Oh, and the players included are: Warren Jabali, Carl Fuller, Charles Beasley, Denny Stewart, Rick Niemann, George Tinsley, Craig Raymond, Tom Washington, Willie Long, Ron Nelson, Fran O’Hanlon, Al Tucker, and a logo card.  Order here!



Thursday, May 18, 2017

1969 Vikings: Eating Up The NFL

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After only eight seasons in the NFL, the lowly Minnesota Vikings all of a sudden didn’t look so low.  Compiling an 8-6 record in 1968 and making their first playoff appearance, the Vikes were primed for 1969.  Finishing with an NFL best 12 wins, the Vikings advanced in the playoffs by beating the Rams and Browns on their way to the Super Bowl.

Led by a defense dubbed the Purple People Eaters, the Vikings intimidated the league with sacks, interceptions, and hard tackles.  Stumpy quarterback Joe Kapp led the offense with fierce leadership and Dave Osborn piled up yardage on the ground.

The original football card set from 1969 really did a disservice to the Viking team by excluding 1968 Pro Bowlers Jim Marshall, Carl Eller, Alan Page and other stars such as Paul Krause, Gene Washington, and Gary Larsen.  The original set even used a Canadian Football Card photo from the early 60s for Joe Kapp!  All of these issues have been corrected with the new 1969 Vikings RetroCards set that includes the aforementioned players plus: Karl Kassulke, Ed Sharockman, Ron Yary, Bob Lee, Wally Hilgenberg, Ed White, Gary Cuozzo, Clint Jones, Dave Osborn, a special Purple People Eaters card, plus a team card and head coach card of Bud Grant.  Order here!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

1966 Cowboys: The First Winning Season

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The Cowboys 1965 season had a disastrous start with a 5-game losing streak in the first seven games.  They won their last five out of seven however and things looked bright for 1966.  Sure enough, 1966 gave the franchise an impressive 10–3–1 season and their first winning season in the franchise's short history.  In fact they were good enough to host the previous year's champions the Green Bay Packers in the 1966 NFL Championship and got one play away from the first Super Bowl.  It would take Tom Landry five more seasons to win the big one but 1966 was the start.

RetroCards showcases some neglected and cardboard-challenged players like Pete Gent, Mike Gaechter, Jerry Rhome, Jim Colvin, Les Shy, A.D. Whitfield, Malcolm Walker, Leon Donohue, Dave Edwards, Jim Boeke, plus some popular players like Dan Reeves, Walt Garrison, John Niland, Don Bishop, Jethro Pugh, Tony Liscio, Pettis Norman, and "little O" Obert Logan.  Get your set here.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

1982 Celtics: Building Around Bird

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The 1981-82 Boston Celtics finished with a league's best record (63-19) but were upstaged by the surging Philadelphia 76ers in a best of seven series in the Eastern Conference Finals.  The Celtics would win Championships in 1984 and 1986 with the Larry Bird-led team.  In a different time period, this team would have won more but the NBA was blessed with several strong teams that didn't allow the Celtics to run wild like they did in the 1960s.

Centered around the "big three," Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale, the Celtics fielded a team of stars and great role players that played fundamental basketball to a tee.  Since there were no NBA cards during the 1982-83 season, RetroCards has begun to fill this enormous gap with team sets.  Up next are the Celtics featuring: Larry Bird, Nate Archibald, Danny Ainge, M.L. Carr, Eric Fernsten, Chris Ford, Gerald Henderson, Cedric Maxwell, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Rick Roby, coach Bill Fitch, plus In-Action cards of Bird AND Red Auerbach.  Finally, there are cards depicting each playoff series and an attractive team cards and checklist.

Collectors no longer will be denied our favorite players from NBA's golden era! Get it right here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1969 Packers: Closing The Decade With Color

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The end of the 1960s was a troubled time for America as the country struggled with war, assassinations, and a volatile youth culture.  The NFL, however, began to take off, and with the complete merger of the NFL and AFL on the horizon, the future looked bright.  Not so for the Green Bay Packers, who enjoyed the most success of any NFL team in the decade.  By 1968, the Super Bowl and Championship years were behind them, the players were aging, and the new players were not able to replace the former All-Pros.

Phil Bengston had the very difficult job of following Vince Lombardi and took over a team that was past its prime.  The results were a losing season in 1968 (6–7–1) but things did briefly turnaround in 1969 with an 8–6 record, and for a while it appeared as if the new, younger Packers may make a run of their own. Unfortunately, many losing seasons were ahead of the franchise in the 1970s through the early 1990s.

RetroCards has a new set of Packers who never had cards in 1969.  This design is a fan favorite with all the bright colors and sharp photography.  These new 18 cards feature: Jerry Kramer, Bucky Pope, Willie Davis, Gordon Rule, Don Horn, Billy Stevens, Bill Hayhoe, Dick Himes, Gale Gillingham, Ken Bowman, Marv Fleming, Lionel Aldridge, Chuck Mercein, Fred Carr, John Rowser, Doug Hart, Hank Jordan, and Phil Bengston.  Get it now!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Match Game - Leaving Nothing Blank

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RetroCards continues its assault on nostalgic collectors with more 1970s TV frivolity:  Introducing the all-new, star-studded, big-money Match Game set!  This daring and provocative collection of cards focuses on what many believe to be the best game show in television history.  The 1970s version of the show is full of colorful characters, orange shag carpeting, and wide ties that will cause that funky theme song to play in your head for the first time in ages.  The show was a revamped version of the black and white 60’s version of the show, but this time around, the new Match Game ’73 had a distinct nod to risqué humor and subtle double entendres.  The loose atmosphere and great chemistry between host Gene Rayburn and the celebrities quickly made it the most watched show on daytime television by 1974.

This RetroCards set focuses on the show’s celebrities and includes “stats” of total show appearances and years active on the show.  Where else but RetroCards can one obtain the Charles Nelson Reilly rookie card?  The 18-card sets includes all the show’s regulars and recurring guests such as Gene Rayburn, Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty White, Fanny Flagg, Joyce Bulifant, Patty Deutch, and Marcia Wallace. Other featured stars included in this set are: Nipsy Russell, Elaine Joyce, Lee Merriweather, Debralee Scott, Gary Burghoff, Orson Bean, Jo Ann Pflug, Barbara Rhodes, Mary Ann Mobley, Bert Convy, Bill Daily, Dick Martin, and announcer Johnny Olsen. Get it here!

Friday, April 7, 2017

1978 Cowboys: Nothing But Net

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The Cowboys came very close to repeating as NFL Champions in 1978 but couldn’t overcome the Steelers in Super Bowl XIII. Memories of this edition of America’s team had to last a long time as the Cowboys would not return to the Super Bowl until two decades later.  Fortunately, this team was memorable and had some of the most exciting players in the NFL at the time.

This attractive NBA design from 1978-79 is the basis for another RetroCards Cowboys set.  With a game action shot and closeup head shot, this familiar design was perfect for a football set.  In this series one, you will find Golden Richards, Roger Staubach, Randy Hughes, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Thomas Henderson, Preston Pearson, Charlie Waters, Benny Barnes, Butch Johnson, Bob Breunig, Randy White, John Fitzgerald, Tony Hill, Rayfield Wright, Scott Laidlaw, D.D. Lewis, Tony Dorsett, and a Tom Landry team card.  Order here.

Look for new NBA cards from RetroCards featuring this great design featuring the players we grew up with.