Monday, June 12, 2017
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!