Saturday, July 22, 2017

1967 Cowboys: Beautiful In Blue

1967 Topps football cards, Dallas Cowboys. RetroCards, custom football cards

The Dallas Cowboys officially arrived in 1966 with a 10-3-1 record and won the Eastern Conference by a 1.5 game margin.  Coinciding with their rise in stature and popularity was their first Thanksgiving Day game in 1966.  Every other franchise was uninterested and the shrewd Tex Schramm jumped at the opportunity to foist his young franchise in the TV-friendly world of pro football. Though the Cowboys lost the NFL Championship to the Packers, the Cowboys were the exciting team on the rise.

This somewhat familiar 1967 design was used for a full set of your favorite Cowboys stars.  You may recognize this design that was initially used for AFL players (while the NFL players were contractually obligated to appear on the Philadelphia Gum cards), this design still looks fresh and here the Cowboys are sporting their sharp blue away uniforms.

The 1967 RetroCards set features:  Don Meredith, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Bob Hayes, Tony Liscio, Willie Townes, Ralph Neely, Pettis Norman, Leon Donohue, Obert Logan, Lee Roy Jordan, Mike Gaechter, Jim Colvin, Dickie Daniels, Walt Garrison, John Niland, Cornell Green, and Craig Morton.  Coming soon!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kidney Donor Match Told With Custom Card

A woman from Knoxville, Tenn., is being called the perfect catch after using a baseball card to tell her husband she is a kidney donor match.  Steve Winfree goes through a pack of baseball cards before coming across his own customized baseball card. He burst into tears after learning he would be a "rookie recipient at Vanderbilt Transplant Center" and his wife would be the donor.  Video Link

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Autograph Alley: Earl Campbell

Topps 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, football cards

Many RetroCard collectors use their new custom cards for autographs.  As you saw in a blog post last month, a former player (Amos Bullocks) received a RetroCard of himself for Father's Day from his daughter.  We have been in contact with many players who still supplement their income by signing autographs and RetroCards aids many players in the autograph industry.

RetroCards has many team sets (along with a few player sets like the Earl Campbell set you see here) available.  Some single cards are offered so make sure to ask about availability.  We like hearing from you so send us your feedback. Contact

More great cards are on the way check back often and browse the many custom RetroCards here.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

1962 Packers Series Two!

Topps football cards, 1962 custom cards

If you liked the 1962 Packer RetroCards set, you'll love this addition to an already nice set.  This completes the 1962 Packers in more way than one.  You'll see more players that were not in the first set and you'll get some highlight cards that focus on the Packers 1961 Championship victory.  A special Paul Hornung card honor NFL players that served military duty during the playing season back in 1961.

Players include: Dan Currie, Bill Quinlan, Tom Bettis, Lee Folkins, Dave Hanner, Gary Knafelc, Hank Gremminger, Ben Davidson, Lew Carpenter, and Nelson Toburen.  Other cards include the Packers Play - Sweep, three Championship cards vs. Giants, Packers Win, Paul Hornung Military Service, and a handy Checklist. Coming soon!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

1962 Packers: The Next 18 Cards

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Those small football sets of the 1960s just left collectors wanting more.  This special Packer set gives sports fans and additional 18 cards that were not in the original 1962 set.  This set is considered one of the finest sets of the 60's with it's sharp black borders, colored posed shot, and black and white action photos. 

Players included are: Herb Adderley, Gary Barnes, Ed Blaine, Willie Davis, Ken Iman, Ron Kostelnik, Jerry Kramer, Ron Kramer, Norm Masters, Ray Nitschke, Elijah Pitts, John Roach, Bob Skoronski, John Symank, Emlen Tunnell, Jesse Whittenton, Willie Wood,  and coach Vince Lombardi are all featured in this set. You can get your set here.  

This set turned out so well, RetroCards has begun production on a 1962 Packers series II with an additional 18 cards!  That's a total of 36 more cards you can add to your collection.  Coming soon!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Spotlight On: Amos Bullocks

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Early Cowboys fans probably remember a 20th round draft pick in 1962 from Southern Illinois named Amos Bullocks.  He gained almost 2,500 yards rushing and scored 32 touchdowns in three collegiate seasons.  He was also named All-Illinois Intercollegiate Conference three times and back of the year in 1960.  Drafted simultaneously by the Buffalo Bills of the AFL, he chose signing with the Cowboys, adding depth at the halfback position behind Don Perkins.  Bullocks' size and speed made him a valuable player running the ball, catching passes out of the backfield, and returning kick offs.

One of the many joys of  making custom RetroCards is the feedback we get from customers.  One very special one was Krista Weaver, daughter of Amos Bullocks.  She had contacted us about acquiring some cards of her dad, since he never had a card.  We had a couple of his cards in some Cowboys team sets and we gladly furnished her with a stack.  She presented them to her Dad on Fathers Day and she received a great big smile from her Dad.

Amos Bullocks had his best years in the NFL with the Cowboys from 1962-1964 where he piled up 537 yards rushing, 116 yards receiving, and 737 yards on kick off returns. In a strange occurrence, the Cowboys traded Bullocks to the Canadian Football's British Columbia Lions because the Cowboys had drafted a guy named Bill Frank, who happened to be under contract in the CFL.  Bullocks' 1965 season ended with a broken ankle after rushing for 215 yards.  After a brief signing with the Montreal Alouettes, he returned to the NFL for a final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1966.  A back injury in 1967 spelled the end of his playing career, but in 1981 he was honored by being inducted into the Southern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame.

RetroCards honors Fathers on this Fathers Day, 2017 with a special tribute to Amos Bullocks.  Check back for more Spotlight Features and the best custom cards being made today!

Monday, June 12, 2017

1962 Browns: Filling Major Gaps W/new Set

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The 1961 Cleveland Browns season was lucrative and exciting but their 8–5–1 record was only good enough for third place in the NFL Eastern Division and they missed the playoffs.  Offensively they cruised behind leading rusher Jim Brown and leading passer Milt Plum.  Of note was the sale of the team to group led by Art Modell in March of 1961.  1962 would garner another mediocre season  (7–6–1) as the Browns would trade away star runner/receiver Bobby Mitchell for newly drafted Ernie Davis, who would die of leukemia before every playing a down in the NFL.

Nonetheless, the Browns fielded a formidable team with the likes of key offensive linemen John Wooten, John Brown, and Mike Mccormack, who helped Jim Brown become the greatest in the game.  These and others are the subject of this RetroCards set. Rookies Mike Lucci, Gary Collins, and Fred Cox are included plus Galen Fiss, Mike McCormack, Gene Hickerson, Leon, Clarke, Walt Michaels, Frank Ryan, Bobby Mitchell, Don Fleming, and Len Dawson. There is even a card of newly drafted John Havlicek who opted for the world of basketball after attending the Browns training camp in 1962.  Like other 1962 sets by RetroCards, a team stadium card is included, a highlight card of Jim Brown welcoming rookie Ernie Davis,  as well as a coach card for Hall of Famer Paul Brown. Coming Soon!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Spotlight: The Johnstone-Monday Connection

Topps 1973, 1974, 1980, 1977, 1982, baseball cards

Two old school baseball players from the 70s and 80s that I grew up admiring were Rick Monday and Jay Johnstone.  Neither played for my hometown team but as I collected baseball cards, those two players always stood out to me.  When the Los Angeles Dodgers made their World Series run in 1981 I had fun watching Monday and Johnstone make big contributions on the road to the Dodgers World Series victory.   I’ve always been partial to role players and Johnstone and Monday were unlikely heroes on a team chock full of stars and great players.  That Dodger team seemed to be having fun and didn’t take things too seriously and Johnstone in particular, added humor along the way with his many pranks in the clubhouse. 

Both players seemed like brothers and I was surprised that they had some interesting things in common: 
• they were born on the same day (November 20th)
• both served in the Marine Corps Reserve
• both bath left
• they each played for the A’s, Cubs, and Dodgers
• started MLB careers in 1966
• their pro baseball-playing careers lasted 2 decades
• they had similar career batting averages (Johnstone: .267, Monday: .264)

1981 Game Winning Efforts
Rick Monday: In the deciding Game 5 of the NLCS in Montreal vs. the Expos (played on a Monday afternoon due to an earlier rain out) he smashed a 2-run homer to win the game.  This was the closest the Montreal Expos ever got to winning a pennant and to this day is known in Canada as “Blue Monday.”
Jay Johnstone: Hit a pinch-two run home run in Game Four of the 1981 World Series against the New York Yankees, the home run rallying the Dodgers from a 6–3 deficit to win 8–7. The victory also enabled the Dodgers to tie the Series at two games each; they won the next two games to win it all.

Other Notable Achievements
• Monday rescued the American flag from being burned by two fans in center field at Dodger Stadium in 1976.  He said after the game, "If you're going to burn the flag, don't do it around me. I've been to too many veterans' hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it."  Monday still has the flag he rescued from the protesters; he has been offered up to $1 million to sell it, but has declined all offers.
• While with the Angels, Johnstone preserved Clyde Wright's no-hitter against the Athletics by catching a Reggie Jackson fly ball 400 feet from straightaway center field, just in front of the wall (July 3, 1970).
• As a Phillie, Johnstone went 7-for-9 in the 1976 National League Championship Series against the Cincinnati Reds. However, the Reds swept the Series. 
• Both appeared on Solid Gold and sang their own rendition of Queen's hit, We Are the Champions with teammates Steve Yeager and Jerry Reuss.

Above are samples of cards from the forthcoming RetroCards sets.  Check back often!

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

Topps football cards, virtual cards

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

Pete Gent, Mike Gaechter, Jerry Rhome, Jim Colvin, Les Shy, A.D. Whitfield, Malcolm Walker, Leon Donohue, Dave Edwards, Jim Boeke Dan Reeves, Walt Garrison, John Niland, Don Bishop, Jethro Pugh, Tony Liscio, Pettis Norman, "little O" Obert Logan, Topps

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

Topps football baseball cards, 1969, custom cards that never were

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

Topps, Fleer, baseball cards, Star Wars, Charlie's Angels

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

Topps, custom cards that never were, NBA basketball cards

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.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

1970 Brewers Series II

Topps 1970, RetroCards, custom cards that never were, baseball cards

For Brewer fans who enjoyed the 1970 series one set will hopefully find RetroCards 1970 Milwaukee Brewers series two just as intriguing.  As most diehard fans know, the Seattle Pilots were purchased out of bankruptcy just weeks before the start of the 1970 season, so consequently, there were no Brewer cards produced that first season.  That is until now! 

Series II brings the total Brewer cards for 1970 up to 36 cards which feature all the key players, the up and comers, and the soon to be forgotten.  Series two has a couple special cards including a Bud Selig Highlight card, an Opening Day Highlight card, and a prospects card featuring long time Brewer favorites Gorman Thomas and Jim Slaton.  Other players include: Danny Walton, Max Alvis, Bob Bolin, Gene Brabender, Wayne Comer, Dick Ellsworth, Gus Gil, Steve Hovley, John Kennedy, Lew Krausse, Bob Locker, John Morris, Bernie Smith, Mike Hegan All-Star card, and an attractive checklist!  Get it here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

1970 Rams: Almost, But Not Quite

George Allen, Topps football Cards 1970, 1969 Los Angeles Rams

When George Allen arrived as head coach in 1966, the franchise immediately turned around, producing what was their first winning season since 1957.  But having double-digit winning seasons from 1967-1969 with no Championships, tempers were boiling over and Allen was fired after 1968 only to be re-hired after an outpour of support from his players.  After losing to the Vikings in the 1969 post season and missing the playoffs entirely in 1970, the Rams ownership fired Allen a second time. 

This was one of the top teams of the era but unfortunately couldn’t get to the Championship.  RetroCards honors the 1970 Rams with an 18-card supplemental set in that great beige design.  The set includes Kermit Alexander, Coy Bacon, Charlie Cowan, Pat Curran, Ken Iman, Tommy Mason, John Pergine, Jim Purnell, Jack Reynolds, Rich Saul, Joe Scibelli, Nate Shaw, Larry Smith, Pat Studstill, Karl Sweetan, Diron Talbert, Wendell Tucker, and Clancy Williams. Order now!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

1959 Packers: The Dynasty Begins

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After a 1-10-1 record in 1958, the worst in franchise history, Packer fans were disheartened, the players were dispirited, and the fans enraged.  The viability of the franchise surviving became a concern of the NFL.  Few expected the unbelievable turnaround that would ensue with the hiring of Vince Lombardi as head coach and general manager in early 1959.  Lombardi’s punishing training and expectations of complete dedication resulted in a 7-5 record for 1959.  Players began to jell and realize their potential.  Future Hall of Famers Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Jim Ringo, Forrest Gregg, Ray Nitschke, Hank Jordan, and Emlen Tunnell were on this team and poised to make a stand.  The prompt turnaround in 1959 earned Lombardi Coach of the Year honors and raised expectation for 1960.  

RetroCards has designed an 18-card supplemental set that includes: Ray Nitschke, Jim Taylor, Bob Skoronski, Ron Kramer, Timmy Brown, Fred Thurston, Forrest Gregg, Norm Masters, Emlen Tunnell, Tom Bettis, Don McIhenny, Boyd Dowler, Bill Quinlan, Gary Knafelc, Lamar McHan, Bill Howton, John Symank, and Vince Lombardi.  This set includes a card of Jim Taylor with the correct photo for a change!  Coming soon.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spotlight on Timmy Brown: Running Back, Singer, Actor

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As an actor, Timothy Brown is seldom recognized as a former star football player.  Over shadowed by other football players-turned actor like Jim Brown and Fred Williamson, “Timmy” Brown was one of the stars of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1960s.

After graduating from Ball State in Indiana in 1959, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers.  With a glut of fine running backs already on the roster, it is hard to blame Vince Lombardi for letting Timmy Brown get away.  But I will blame him anyway.  Imagine a “speed back” running behind the famous Packer sweep.  No other Packer running back that followed or backed up Taylor and Hornung ever threatened becoming an All-Pro through the decade of the 60s.   Brown was signed by the Eagles where he played eight seasons racking up Eagle team records, Pro Bowl appearances, and All-Pro honors.  With the Eagles, Brown rushed for over 3,700 yards, caught 231 passes for 3,346 yards, and amassed nearly 5,000 return yards, while scoring 63 career touchdowns.  He flirted with a music recording career releasing one 45 in the Imperial label, but settled into acting full-time after a final season with the Baltimore Colts in 1968.

Now billed officially at "Timothy Brown," he is most notable for his role in the 1970 film M*A*S*H, which led to him being cast in the TV show of the same name as Dr. Oliver Harmon “Spearchucker” Jones (a role that was eliminated upon finding out there were no black surgeons serving in Korea).  While appearing regularly in various television shows, he found a niche in Blaxploitation films of the 70s as sort of a B-version of Fred Williamson. RetroCards recognizes the multi-talented Timothy Brown with a smattering of cards filling out his fine career.  Many of these cards will be available in future sets.  Check back frequently for updates!

Timothy Brown Films:
Sweet Sugar
Black Gunn
Bonnie’s Kids
Girls Are For Loving
East Meets Watts (The Dynamite Brothers)
Zebra Force
Black Heat
Midnight Ride

Timothy Brown TV Appearances:
Wild, Wild West
Mission: Impossible
I’ve Got A Secret
Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Rookies
T.J. Hooker
Mobile One
Gimme A Break
Remington Steele
The Colbys

Saturday, March 4, 2017

1962 Colts: Aging Gracefully

Topps football cards, John Unitas, Raymond Berry

Having won consecutive Championships in 1958 and 1959, the Baltimore Colts struggled in the following years to mount successful seasons.  Despite boasting several NFL stars (John Unitas, Ray Berry, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker) and adding key veterans like Joe Perry and R.C. Owens, and moving key veterans out like Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb and Johnny Sample didn’t translate into more championships.  Having dropped to 6-6 in 1960, the Colts made strides in 1961 by going 8-6.  But with a limp running game and aging offensive line, the Colts fell back to 7-7, costing head coach Weeb Ewbank his job.

This RetroCard set features the very attractive 1962 design and has some fine stars that didn't make it into the original card set of the same year.  Players include: Jimmy Orr, R.C. Owens, Jim Parker, Lenny Lyles, Lamar McHan, Palmer Pyle, Art Donovan, Dick Syzsmanski, Tom Matte, Dee Mackey, Val Kecklin, Aubrey Linne, Marv Matuzak, George Preas, Dave Yohn, Bobby Boyd, Billy Ray Smith, coach Weeb Ewbank, a Memorial Stadium card, plus a Highlight card of the retirement of Art Donovan.  Get yours here!

Friday, February 24, 2017

1968 Bears: More Lean Years To Come

Topps 1968 football cards

The arrival of Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus in 1965 got Bears fans hopes up with their electrifying play, propelling the Bears to a 9-5 record.  Unfortunately, it was downhill from there and by 1968, the old man (George Halas) had stepped down from coaching duties and watched losing season after losing season as the Bears toiled in futility among the NFL’s worst. Fans would have to wait until 1977 for the Walter Payton-led Bears to deliver the next winning season.

1968 was a disaster for the Bears as quarterbacks Concannon (fractured collarbone) and Bukich (separated shoulder) went down with season ending injuries in the same game.  Third stringer Larry Rakestraw was yanked for rookie Virgil Carter, who led the team to four victories but broke his ankle the week after Gale Sayers tore knee ligaments.  Finishing the season 7-7 was a minor miracle.

As fans of any team, we have experienced plenty of losing years and even though our team was losing, we supported them, emulated them, and collected their trading cards.  The fact remains that those teams still bring back great memories and RetroCards feels it is important to give attention to these teams.  The 1968 Bears are the focus of this set.  Doug Buffone, Rudy Bukich, Ron Bull, Frank Cornish, Curtis Gentry, Dick Gordon, Willie Holman, Mike Hull, Bobby Jones, Doug Kriewald, Rudy Kuechenberg, Ed O’Bradovich, Mac Percival, Loyd Phillips, Brian Piccolo, Mike Pyle, Larry Rakestraw, Mike Reilly, George Seals, Rosey Taylor, Cecil Turner, Emolio Vallez, Bob Wallace, and Bob Wetoska.  Get yours now!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Preston Pearson: Original 3rd Down Back

Topps football cards, 1973, 1975, 1976 Wonder Bread, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, Super Bowl
Known as the player who defined the role of “third down back,” Preston Pearson enjoyed a long NFL career, and despite limited but unique physical abilities, he became a crucial team member and adjusted his skills to what the team required.  As a student of the game and rigorous trainer, he was able to outsmart – and consequently outplay – several of his defensive opponents.

Most known for his time with the Cowboys, he created what amounted to a new position on offense – the third down back – a pass receiver whose role it was to work underneath the defense and make the first down as an outlet receiver.  The Cowboys offense during his 6 seasons there was arguably the most complex and fanciful in the league; exploring daring formations and shifts that “hid” the running backs and confused many defenses.  Pearson, though not a big scorer, was generally able to catch a pass that moved the chains and in 1978, he made a first down on 88% of his catches.

Preston Pearson played football in high school, but was mainly a basketball star, playing center.  After writing a letter to head coach Harry Combes at the University of Illinois, be made the basketball team as a walk on at the guard position.  He has the distinction of being one of the few players to ever block a Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) “sky hook.”  Mainly a defensive specialist, he never had much of an offensive game and didn’t have a future in the NBA.  Despite never playing college football, the Baltimore Colts drafted him in the 12th round as a longshot and he responded by impressing coaches with speed, drive, and athleticism.

The Colts first tried him at defensive back where he languished on the taxi squad.  His value began to show through as he excelled on special teams and as a kick returner.  In 1968, he lead the league in kick return yardage (35.1) which included a 102-yard TD return.  He started to play running back and was named captain of the Colts special teams.  He was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970 and became a starter and by 1971 was the second leading rusher on the team with 605 yards.  An injury forced him out in 1972, allowing an opportunity for future Hall of Famer Franco Harris, a role Harris would not relinquish.

With Harris developing into a star, a natural move for Pearson was to wide receiver, but he was moved back to running back.  By 1974, he was the outspoken player representative that wore out his welcome during the 1974 strike.  He was waved at the end of training camp in 1975 and was immediately scooped up by the Cowboys.  Needing a roster spot, the Cowboys parted with young quarterback Jim Zorn, who had had a great camp but was merely a third stringer.  Now the Cowboys had a versatile veteran on offense to complement an number of proven weapons.  His biggest game that year is when he caught 7 passes for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns vs the Rams in the playoffs.  Unfortunately, the Cowboys lost the Super Bowl to Pearson’s former team the Steelers.

Tom Landry began using him as a receiver out of the backfield on 3rd downs and he was so effective, this became more important than his running back or kick return duties.  As the second leading rusher on the Cowboys in 1975, he faced the ultimate challenge from Heisman winner Tony Dorsett in 1977. Pearson had earned the starting running back role and he did everything in his power to keep it from Dorsett.  He could only hold off the future Hall of Famer for 9 games as Dorsett ran away with Rookie of the Year honors.  The Cowboys won Super Bowl XII that season and, with the arrival of Dorsett, Pearson’s future role as a receiver became more defined and vital.  He led the team in receptions in 1978 with 47 and continued catching first downs through the 1980 season at the age of 35.

He played in record five Super Bowls (III, IX, X, XII, and XIII) and is the only player to play for Don Shula, Chuck Noll, and Tom Landry.  It is notable that he also played alongside running backs Lenny Moore, Franco Harris, and Tony Dorsett as well as in the same backfield and John Unitas, Terry Bradshaw, and Roger Staubach.  Coach Landry said of him, “He’s one of the best halfback blockers I’ve seen.”  Not bad for a third down back!  Read more about Preston Pearson in his autobiography Hearing the Noise: My Life In the NFL.

Many of the cards shown above are part of exiting Cowboys team sets or are forthcoming from RetroCards.  Check the website and come back often as new cards arrive!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

1974 Steelers: The Dynasty Begins

1974 Topps football cards, Super Bowl IX

Few would have thought in the early 70s that the Pittsburgh Steelers would become the “Team Of The Decade.”  By 1974, the team really jelled, but not without some quarterback controversy.  Terry Bradshaw had been the starter since 1971 but he was not very good. He didn’t have to be because the Steelers were an outstanding running team with an absolutely stifling defense.  Nonetheless, the quarterback is positioned to be the defacto team leader, something that was lacking during the first half of the 1974 season.

Hopes were high after playoff appearances in 1972 & 1973 and because the 1974 season began with a perfect pre season record, Coach Noll started Joe Gilliam, who had out performed Bradshaw and Hanratty.  Gilliam soon found that the regular season was not as easy as pre season and he was yanked after game six and Bradshaw was reinstated.  The Steelers never looked back and the dynasty began to build.

This RetroCards set features many key Steelers: Lynn Swann, Rocky Bleier, John Kolb, Jack Lambert, Ernie Holmes, Mel Blount, John Gilliam, Jim Clack, Larry Brown, Mel Holmes, Sam Davis, Steve Furness, J.T. Thomas, Frank Lewis, Jim Allan, Ed Bradley, Chuck Noll, and a QB card featuring Gilliam, Terry Bradshaw, and Terry Hanratty.  Coming Soon.

Monday, February 6, 2017

1970 Brewers Inaugural Set, Series I

Topps, RetroCards, custom baseball cards that never were, Milwaukee, 1970

When 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!  Watch for Series II coming soon!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

1963 49ers: No Where To Go But Up

Topps, San Francisco 49ers, football cards

The 1962 season began with high hopes with coach Red Hickey calling the team the best he has ever coached.  But once the season began, injuries took an immediate toll.  Star lineman Bob St. Claire went down with an achilles tendon and star halfback Bill Kilmer broke his leg in a car accident when driving into the San Francisco Bay.  Their 6-8 record in 1962 dropped to 2-12 in 1963 as more injuries piled up, with Kilmer missing the whole year, starting QB John Brodie breaking is arm, and several defensive starters going down with knee injuries. As dissension seeped into the lock room,  coach Hickey was fired.  

It would be a long climb back but this team was not without some interesting players and future stars and RetroCards has an 18-card set to add to our expansive 1963 set.  This set includes: Kermit Alexander, Clyde Conner, Bill Cooper, Leon Donohue, Eddie Dove, Jimmy Johnson, Carl Kammerer, Roland Lakes, Kay McFarland, Jerry Mertens, Clark Miller, Walt Rock, Len Rohde, Karl Rubke, Monte Stickles, John Thomas, Jim VollenWeider, and Bob Waters.  Coming soon.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

1972 Series II: Super Bowl Winners

Topps 1972 RetroCards, custom cards that never were, Super Bowl VI

If you enjoyed the first RetroCard series on the 72 Cowboys, there is more where that came from.  In honor of the Cowboys 1971 Super Bowl victory,  RetroCards releases the 1972 Series II set.  Series II leaves few stones unturned with more key players, unsung heroes, and Hall of Famers.  The set includes: Gloster Richardson, Blaine Nye, Forrest Gregg, Rodney Wallace, Cliff Harris, Billy Truax, Charlie Waters, Billy Parks, Jack Concannon, D.D. Lewis, Tody Smith, Tony Liscio, Don Talbert, plus a Roger Staubach All-Pro card, a team champions card, and "In Action" cards of Lance Alworth and Chuck Howley.  Order here!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

1972 Dallas Cowboys Series I

Topps football, RetroCards, custom cards that never were

The Cowboys had finally won the big one in 1971 after five straight disappointing post season losses.  Tex Schramm put the crowbar in the old wallet and put together a team that couldn’t possibly lose.  Yet had it not been for Roger Staubach, they probably would have lost.  Coach Landry made the decision to start Staubach over Craig Morton and the Cowboys never looked back.

Every starter on offense consisted of and All-Pro, a Pro Bowler (at one time or another), and/or a future Hall of Famer.  Even late insurance pick up Forrest Gregg, was a shoe-in Hall of Fame player.  Backups Calvin Hill and Dan Reeves plus special teamers Ron Widby and Mike Clark even were Pro Bowlers in their respective careers. Defensively they were just as strong with two of the best linebackers in the game: Chuck Howley and Lee Roy Jordan.  Hall of Famers Mel Renfro, Herb Adderley, Bob Lilly led other stars like Cornell Green and Jethro Pugh.  New and up-and-coming players like D.D. Lewis, Cliff Harris, and Charlie waters also were big contributors.

Consequently, the original football set of 1972, though large, couldn’t possibly include all the greats so RetroCards addresses this with an 18-card set full of Cowboy stars you’ll love: Mike Ditka, Ralph Neely, Ron Widby, Dan Reeves, Dave Manders, Craig Morton, Mel Renfro, Cornell Green, George Andrie, Larry Cole, Jethro Pugh, Dave Edwards, Lee Roy Jordan, Chuck Howley, Ike Thomas, Tom Stincic, Tom Landry, plus an In Action card of Ike Thomas. Get series one here.

Watch for series II coming soon!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Reggie Harding: Baddest Of The Bad Boys

Fleer, Topps, NBA, American Basketball Association

The history of 1960s pro basketball shows a sport at the beginning of a big rise.  The pro game began to develop as more athletic and physical players arrived on the scene.  The new American Basketball Association challenged the old guard NBA and a flood of new players that never would have had a chance in pro ball, found spots on rosters.

History has shown that any 7-foot basketball player – no matter what their skill level is – is always in demand.  “Maybe we can hone his skills.  Maybe we can control him.  Maybe we can design a role for him that helps our team.”  That makes three “maybes.”  Maybe that’s what the Detroit Pistons were thinking when they drafted the first non-college-playing player in Reggie Harding in 1962. 

A Detroit native, Harding was selected in the 4th round of the 1962 draft from Eastern High School.  He was drafted a second time in 1963 (6th round) and made the Pistons roster, beginning a turbulent 6-year career that culminated with him being shot dead in the streets of Detroit at the age of 30 in 1972.

Not age-eligible out of high school, Harding played for a Nashville prep school for two seasons and then in the professional Midwest league in Toledo and Holland, MI. When he joined the Pistons, he was considered a project.  However he became a quick and solid contributor averaging 27 minutes in 191 games, and averaging 9.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his tenure with the Pistons.  He was fun-loving but loved street life and surrounded himself with the sketchiest of characters – none of whom helped keep him on the straight and narrow. Clubs, drugs, crime, guns, and alcohol became his focus as he became increasingly undependable as his career progressed. He was suspended for the entire 1965-1966 season for what is believe to be a weapons charge and promptly wore out his welcome the following season.

Nonetheless, a big man is always in demand and the struggling Chicago Bulls (whose fan support rivaled many ABA teams with one reported home attendance figure in 1967-68 as a measly 891 fans) took a gamble on him.  The Bulls traded for him prior to the 1967-68 season and he lasted a mere 14 games.  After a brief stop to play for the CBA’s  Trenton Colonials, he wound up in the ABA with the Indiana Pacers, who were desperate for a big man.  By this time Harding was at his most maniacal,  waking up roommate Jim Rayl at gunpoint and threatening to kill Pacer GM Mike Storen in a TV interview!  He lasted with the Pacers only 25 games and tt the end of the season he owed the Pacers $00 for being fined so much.

By 1968, his reputation and antics had caught up with him and he never played pro ball again.  Perhaps most disturbing were stories of him holding up the same gas station 3 times and raping a pre-Supremes Florence Ballard in 1960.  “A lot of people were very emotional about Reggie,” Piston forward Ray Scott says. “Some people viewed his story as a fault of society. Society did fail him, but we were never able to get him off the street. In my opinion, Reggie was where he wanted to be.”  For a more comprehensive account of Reggie Harding’s plight, check out this SlamOnline article written by Michael Bradley.

Watch for the RetroCards 1968 Indiana Pacers set coming soon!