Thursday, April 30, 2015

Raider Deep Threat Served In Vietnam

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Although Fred Biletnikoff got more recognition, Warren Wells was a fantastic receiver who, from 1968-1970, was one of the top receivers in either the AFL or the NFL. While with the Raiders, with mostly Daryle Lamonica as his quarterback, he was one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the league, finishing with over 20 yards per catch in all four seasons. In 1969, he led the AFL in yards received (1260), yards per catch (a whopping 26.8), and touchdowns (14). He also led the AFL in touchdowns in 1968 (11), as well as finishing 4th in yards received (1137). He was an AFL All-Star  in 1968 and an AFC-NFC All-Pro in 1970. Wells held the career NFL record in yards per catch (23.1) up to the date of a change in NFL guidelines, currently a minimum 200 career receptions,Wells falling short at 158.

Even more impressive was his time served in Vietnam which caused him to miss the 1965 and 1966 seasons with his first team the Detroit Lions.  Wells is listed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio, as one of 29 NFL players who served in the military during the Vietnam War. The HOF recognition of Wells can be seen at the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.  RetroCards is proud to offer 2 "cards that never were" for Warren Wells – 1968 and 1969 design.  Coming Soon!   





Friday, April 24, 2015

Brewer Collectors Get Their Cards For 1970!

Topps, skip lockwood, dave may, tommy harper, mike hegan, don mincher, dave bristol, floyd wicker, ken sanders, marty pattinWhen the Milwaukee Brewers were acquired by Bud Selig’s ownership team in 1970, they purchased the Seattle Pilots out of bankruptcy court.  Selig named the club the Milwaukee Brewers after the minor league team of the same name he had watched in his youth, which existed until the arrival of the Braves in Milwaukee in 1953.

Since the move to Milwaukee received final approval less than a week before the start of the 1970 MLB season, there was no time to order new uniforms. Selig was forced to simply remove the Seattle markings from the Pilots' blue-and-gold uniforms and sew "BREWERS" on the front.  As a result of this last minute city change, the Brewer fans of Milwaukee had to resort to collecting Seattle Pilot cards in 1970.

RetroCards has created an extensive inaugural 1970 Brewers set featuring a wonderful mix of up-and-coming players, cast offs, and hopefuls.  Series one includes: Tommy Harper, Dave May, Phil Roof, Skip Lockwood, Mike Hegan, Mary Pattin, Roberto Pena, Floyd Wicker, Russ Snyder, John Gelnar, John O’Donoghue, Bob Humphreys, Ted Savage, Ray Peters, Don Mincher, Ken Sanders, manager Dave Bristol, and a team card/checklist.  Get your set here!

Look for the second series for this unique set.

Monday, April 20, 2015

RetroCards Sweetens Walter's Card History

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RetroCards commemorates the great Walter Payton with this 9-card set.  Although the main RetroCard mission has been to give players that have not been well represented on sports cards the recognition many fans feel they deserve, RetroCards also recognizes some of the biggest stars and events with custom cards that never were.

This set is book ended by a 1975 pre-rookie card and an 1988 post-retirement regular card (he only had a highlight card in 1988), plus it fills in a couple of league leader cards that were never issued.  The remaining cards are various records, awards, a Pro Bowl Card with Eric Dickerson, and a special “raspberry” card punking the 1985 Bears Super Bowl Shuffle.  Coming soon!

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Eddie LeBaron, an undersize quarterback who was a college Hall of Famer, became a Marine Corps hero during the Korean War and then played in the National Football League for 11 seasons, died on Wednesday in Stockton, Calif. He was 85. His death was confirmed by the University of the Pacific, where he led the football team to an undefeated season in 1949.

In a position where players are now routinely 6 feet 3 inches or taller, LeBaron was 5-foot-7, and his weight never reached 170 pounds. But he had no fear of scrambling. Grantland Rice, the celebrated sportswriter, called him the most mystifying T-formation quarterback he had ever seen. In 1955, Frank M. Blunk of The New York Times called him “daring, resourceful, mercurial.”

From 1946 through 1949, LeBaron played for the College (now University) of the Pacific under Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. As a 16-year-old freshman, LeBaron was a quarterback, a safety, a punter and a deceptive ballhandler. In his senior season, his team finished with an 11-0 record, led the nation in total offense (502.9 yards a game) and set an N.C.A.A. single-season record of 575 points. He was a three-time all-American and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980. In 1950, Time magazine described his popularity as a college athlete: “To show how they felt, admirers showered him with gifts: a new Studebaker, a $1,000 diamond ring, two suits of clothes, matched luggage, a television set, a 12-gauge shotgun and a year’s supply of ammunition.”

The Washington Redskins of the N.F.L. drafted him in 1950, but before he began his professional career, he served in the Marine Corps as a lieutenant. He was wounded twice in Korea and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor — even though, John Nolan wrote in his 2006 book, “The Run-Up to the Punch Bowl: A Memoir of the Korean War, 1951,” LeBaron “may have been the first Marine officer to go into combat without ever having fired a rifle on a range.” He joined the Redskins in 1952 and was named the N.F.L. rookie of the year that season. In 1954, he moved to Calgary of the Canadian Football League because his college coach, Larry Siemering, had been named the team’s head coach and because LeBaron was upset with the Redskins’ coach, Curly Lambeau, who had criticized his play-calling.  In 1955, with Lambeau retired and replaced by Joe Kuharich, LeBaron returned to the Redskins. He studied law at George Washington University in the off-seasons and earned a law degree in 1959.

He retired after the 1959 season to work full time as a lawyer in Texas. (“It’s time I gave my wife and children some permanent roots and a more normal home life,” he said at the time.) But the Dallas Cowboys, preparing for their first season, talked him out of it, traded for him and signed him for $20,000, arranging a partnership in a Dallas law firm. In 1960, against the Redskins, LeBaron set an N.F.L. record for the shortest completed pass: two inches, for a touchdown. He played four years for the Cowboys before turning his job over to Don Meredith.  In 11 N.F.L. seasons, LeBaron passed for 13,399 yards and 104 touchdowns. He was chosen for the Pro Bowl four times.

Edward Wayne LeBaron Jr. was born on Jan. 7, 1930, in San Rafael, Calif., and attended high school in Oakdale, Calif. Between his retirements from football in 1963 and law in 1997, he was an Atlanta Falcons executive, a television analyst, a manager of a brokerage firm and a land developer, as well as a consultant to the N.F.L. during negotiations with its players’ union.  He is survived by his wife, Doralee; his sons, Edward III, Richard and William; and five grandchildren.  LeBaron said that overcoming his lack of height was not that difficult.
“I came over the top, and I got very, very few balls knocked down,” he once told an interviewer. “The big thing was the ability to move. If you have the ability to move and the intelligence to know how to read the defenses, you can find the lanes.”