Thursday, January 21, 2016

TV-time for the NFL in 1966

Bob Lilly, Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Frank Ryan, John Unitas, Lenny Moore, Alex Karras, Roman Gabriel, Les Josephson, Willie Davis, Sonny Jurgenson, Don Meredith, Pete Retzlaff, 1965 NFL Championship, Vince Lombardi & George Halas, Bob Hayes, Fran Tarkenton, Dick Butkus, Spider Lockhart, Gale Sayers, Paul Hornung, Jim Brown, Jim Parker, Bart Starr


1965 signified a turning point in the growth of the NFL.  It was the last season the NFL and AFL played their respective championships.  By mid-1966, an NFL-AFL merger had been agreed upon but both leagues would continue to maintain separate regular season schedules until the 1970 season.  1966 would be the first meeting of the NFL-AFL Championship, the game that would eventually be called the Super Bowl.

In 1966, two companies produced football cards, one licensed to make NFL cards, the other to do the AFL cards.  This new RetroCards set is an All-Pro set featuring NFL stars in the original AFL card design. 

As the game got faster, more strategic, and the dollars kept getting bigger, older players like Paul Hornung, Jim Brown, Jim Parker, and Bart Starr were winding down their Hall Of Fame careers.  New players stepped into the spotlight like Bob Hayes, Fran Tarkenton, Dick Butkus, Spider Lockhart, and Gale Sayers and this set is essentially an overview of the NFL’s biggest stars of that time.  In addition to the players mentioned above, this set also includes: Bob Lilly, Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Frank Ryan, John Unitas, Lenny Moore, Alex Karras, Roman Gabriel, Les Josephson, Willie Davis, Sonny Jurgenson, Don Meredith, Pete Retzlaff, 1965 NFL Championship, and a special Vince Lombardi & George Halas card. 

Look for team sets in this design coming soon.

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