Tuesday, June 27, 2017

1962 Packers: The Next 18 Cards

RetroCards, custom cards that never were, Topps, Green Bay Packers

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!