Friday, November 27, 2015

RetroCards First Non-Sport Set Is Heavenly

Farrah Fawcett Majors, kate jackson, jaclyn smith, David doyle, david ogden stiers, john forsythe, cheryl ladd


For those of us growing up in the 1970s, card collecting was a boon.   All those fun designs and great players added to the quaintness of  the world we lived in.  The latest RetroCards set is from this period and is neither a football, baseball, basketball, nor hockey set.  It is a Charlie’s Angels set with everyone’s favorite Angels: Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith.  In 1977,  four series of Charlie’s Angels cards (253 total cards) were produced of this pop culture phenomenon.  I’ve never seen statistics but aside from the bubble gum cards from the first Star Wars movie (1977), there probably wasn’t a better selling non-sport set than Charlie’s Angels.  The original cards came with stickers and the the majority of the card backs when assembled create a puzzle.  Non-sport cards, though they weren’t given the same attention that their sport card counterpart had, had plenty of charm too. 

This new Charlie's Angels "Series V" (numbered 254-271) showcases the first season, which unfortunately for many fans, was the only season featuring Farrah Fawcett as a regular.  Sharp photos show the Angels in action, solving crimes, on the set, or relaxing off camera.  There is even a group shot from the pilot movie that features another male working at Townsend And Associates, Scott Woodville, played by David Ogden-Stiers, whose role was written out by the first episode.  Charlie is finally "revealed" featuring you-know-who.  Be sure to look for other non-sport cards from this era in the future only from RetroCards!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A "Bad" Year For The Packers In 1964

Lionel Aldridge, Ken Bowman, Zeke Bratkowski, Lee Roy Caffey, Boyd Dowler, Bill Forester, Bob Jeter, Ron Kostelnik, Ron Kramer, Max McGee, Ray Nitschke, Elijah Pitts, Dave Robinson, Bob Skoronski, Fuzzy Thurston, Lloyd Voss, Vince Lombardi, Dan Currie
The 1963 Packer season was another outstanding display of football excellence but their two losses to the Champion Bears showed that the loss of Paul Hornung (suspended for gambling) was indeed crippling.  The Packers 11-2-1 record didn't earn them a playoff berth but was a sign that there was plenty of talent for years to come.  Surprisingly, the 1964 season proved to be a step backwards before the Packers got it together to win three championships in a row from 1965-1967.  Their 8-5-1 record was only good for second place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL's Western Conference.

This new RetroCards sets add 18 more players in that familiar Philadelphia card design from 1964.  Players include:  Lionel Aldridge, Ken Bowman, Zeke Bratkowski, Lee Roy Caffey, Boyd Dowler, Bill Forester, Bob Jeter, Ron Kostelnik, Ron Kramer, Max McGee, Ray Nitschke, Elijah Pitts, Dave Robinson, Bob Skoronski, Fuzzy Thurston, and Lloyd Voss.  There is also a special linebacker card featuring Dan Currie, Dave Robinson, Ray Nitschke, and Lee Roy Caffey PLUS a Vince Lombardi card.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Cookie Factory Welcomed the Braves In Style

hank aaron, mel roach, bob thorpe, harry hanebrink, welcome braves arrive milwaukee

The Johnston Cookie Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin treated baseball fans to more than delicious cookies in 1953.  They debuted a 25-card baseball set in 1953, the Braves first year in Milwaukee after their move west from Boston.  It was to be the first of three sets of Braves cards (the other two sets came out in 1954 & 1955) and fans ate them up.  Spahn, Mathews, Burdette, Crandell, Logan, and Adcock were a few of the player cards that made up the original set.

RetroCards adds a few more players as well as some some of the events involving Milwaukee fans welcoming the Braves to town.  Featured are Sam Jethroe, Bob Thorpe, Mel Roach, Joey Jay, Harry Hanebrink, and an up-and-coming Henry Aaron.  Some of the special cards show a packed Milwaukee County Stadium in 1953, a spring training team card, a welcome parade for the team in downtown Milwaukee, and a card showing the Braves players arriving in a Milwaukee Road train car!  Order yours here.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Dallas Texans, The AFL's Forgotten Team


Sherrill Headrick,  Tony Romeo, Ray Collins, Paul Rochester, Jerry Cornelison, Jon Gilliam, E.J. Holub, Doyle Nix, Frank Jackson, Duane Wood, Dave WEbster, Al Reynolds, Curley Johnson, Dave Grayson, Hank Stramm, Smokey Stover, and Jerry Mays.


The AFL got off to a surprisingly strong start in 1960.  Several of the owners had been refused NFL expansion franchises or had minor ownership of NFL teams and saw the potential to expand pro football beyond the NFL’s meager 12 markets in 1959.  The AFL started by signing 75% of the NFL’s first-round draft choices in 1960 and began a competitive run through the first few years of the new league’s existence.  Though the AFL had ups and down, it only took six years before talks of a merger with the NFL became realistic.

One of the leaders of the upstart league was Lamar Hunt.  Wealthy from his father’s oil inheritance, Hunt applied for a NFL franchise in Dallas but was turned down.  He also attempted to purchase and move the Chicago Cardinals to Dallas with no luck.  He was successful founding the Dallas Texans who immediately fielded a competitive team, going 8-6 in their inaugural season. 

This AFL RetroCards set features 18 cards based on the 1961 classic design and features a team card and Hank Stramm.  You’ll find Sherrill Headrick,  Tony Romeo, Ray Collins, Paul Rochester, Jerry Cornelison, Jon Gilliam, E.J. Holub, Doyle Nix, Frank Jackson, Duane Wood, Dave Webster, Al Reynolds, Curley Johnson, Dave Grayson, Smokey Stover, and Jerry Mays.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The 1976 Knicks Almost Got Their Doctor

Harthorne Wingo, Bob McAdoo, Dean Meminger, Julius Erving, Lonnie Shelton, Mel Davis, Dr. J Hawthorne


What would the 1976 New York Knicks team have been like if they signed Julius Erving?  They would have been an instant contender.  But sports history is one "what if" after another.  The Knicks actually had the inside track on signing Dr. J but in the end, they couldn't see the value in signing him and they let Erving slip through their fingers.

RetroCards, in a moment of extreme fantasy, created a 1976-77 Julius Erving Knicks card depicting the botched pursuit of the ABA's biggest star.  Other players are Bob McAdoo, Mel Davis, Dean "the dream" Meminger, Lonnie Shelton, fan favorite Harthorne Wingo, and a team card checklist.