Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Baby Bull in Royal Blue

Kansas City Royals


The much heralded career of Orlando Cepeda saw him win Rookie of the Year, MVP in 1967, a World Series Championship in 1967, the Outstanding Designated Hitter 1973, and finally induction into Baseball's Hall Of Fame.  Like so many athletes, the great ones seldom go out on top and in the case of Cepeda, he finished up his final season playing a mere 33 games with the Kansas City Royals in 1974.

His final baseball card during his career was as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1974.  Though he signed with the Kansas City Royals in 1974, a "Traded" card might have worked that year but since he technically wasn't traded (he signed with the Royals as a free agent) that wasn't ideal.  So RetroCards did a Royals card for Cepeda in a 1974 and 1975 design. Get the one you feel he should've had (or just get both!)  Coming soon.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

1963 Baltimore Colts Looking Sharper Than Ever!

Ordell Braase, George Preas, Joe Perry, Lamar McHan, Tom Gilburg, Alex Hawkins, Jackie Burkett, Palmer Pyle, Wiley Feagin, Don Thompson, Butch Wilson, John Diehl, Bob Clemens, Willie Richardson, Jim Colvin, Dan Sullivan, Wendell Harris, Bill Saul
After winning championships in 1958 and 1959, the Baltimore Colts were going into some lean seasons for the franchise in the early 1960’s.  Coming off a 7-7 season, the team was starting to rebuild.  Many old hands were still around, but some future stars had joined the team and were starting to emerge.

Retrocards presents our extension of the Colts portion of the attractive and popular 1963 football set with a new 18-card set.   Some familiar old hands are featured here, such as Ordell Braase, George Preas, Joe Perry and Lamar McHan. Some younger, but established players are also included, such as Tom Gilburg, Alex Hawkins, Jackie Burkett and Palmer Pyle.

This set also includes players not yet to be featured on a bubblegum card, such as Wiley Feagin, Don Thompson, Butch Wilson, John Diehl and Bob Clemens. Still, the highlights of this set just may be the would-be rookie cards of future Colts stars Willie Richardson and Dan Sullivan, among others.  A great set for Colts fans, as well as anyone who loved the look of the 1963 football set.  Order yours now!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

More Monsters From RetroCards: 1960 Chicago Bears

Fred Williams, Joe Fortunato, Larry Strickland, Bob Kilcullen, J.C. Caroline Johnny Morris, Angelo Coia, Roger Davis, Charlie Sumner, John Aveni John Mellekas, Bill Bishop, Justin Rowland, Jack Johnson, John Adams, Willard Dewveal, Zeke Bratkowski
After a heart-breaking second place finish in the NFL’s Western Division in 1959, the Chicago Bears were ready to make a run for the Championship in 1960.  Although that did not come to be, the Bears still had one of the most feared defenses in the game.

RetroCards is now making available our earliest Bears team set, featuring many of those great “Monsters of the Midway” players.   Pro-Bowl competitors Fred Williams, Joe Fortunato, Larry Strickland, Bob Kilcullen and J.C. Caroline are the main features of this set.   Other popular players among Bears fans also include Johnny Morris, Angelo Coia, Roger Davis, Charlie Sumner and John Aveni.

The special treat for Bears historians is the several players not before featured on a card.   Among them are John Mellekas, Bill Bishop, Justin Rowland, Jack Johnson and the namesake of our Nation’s second president, John Adams.   Furthermore, early cards of Willard Dewveall, who would achieve notoriety in the AFL, and future Packers super-sub quarterback Zeke Bratkowski are also included.   This is a great set, not only for loyal Bears fans, but for any students of the game.  Order your set here!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bill Pellington, Dick Szymanski, Don Shinnick, Ordell Braase, George Preas,  Don Joyce,Ray Brown, Jackie Simpson, Billy Pricer, Art DeCarlo, Cotton Davidson, Sherman Plunkett, Johnny Sample
The 1958 NFL Championship between The Baltimore Colts and New York Giants is considered by many to be the “greatest football game ever played.”  Many recall the Colts winning in overtime, 23-17, on a short-yardage plunge by Alan Ameche, ending the game that put pro football into the national spotlight.   Many also remember the brilliant play of their young field general Johnny Unitas, or lineman Gino Marchetti watching the end of the game from the sidelines with a broken leg.

However, not many remember the great supporting cast around these superstars that put pro football on the map.   Now, RetroCards presents a history lesson on this iconic team of NFL Championship history, giving their due to popular Colts stars of the day, such as Bill Pellington, Dick Szymanski, Don Shinnick, Ordell Braase, George Preas, and Don Joyce.

Young role players are also featured in this attractive 18-card set, such as Ray Brown, Jackie Simpson, Billy Pricer, and Art DeCarlo, among others.  Players who would later become established stars in the AFL, but got their starts in Baltimore, include Cotton Davidson, Sherman Plunkett, and Johnny Sample, who would come back to help the Jets beat the Colts in Super Bowl III.   Make this set a great supplement to the attractive and popular 1958 football set.  Order yours now!