Cowboys management was anticipating the strike and kept close tabs with players who were the final cuts of the preseason. The always shrewd GM Tex Schramm inserted clauses into several veteran’s contracts stating if players missed a game or practice due to something other than a football injury, players would lose a large annuity built into their pay structure. This caused veterans like All-Pro Randy White to cross the picket line, starting a rift between White and the rest of the striking players. Tony Dorsett referred to him as “Captain Scab,” only to pathetically join White across the picket line when Schramm reminded him of his soon-to-be lost annuities (Dorsett was referred to as "Captain Stab").
RetroCards gives focus to this strange season with two Cowboy 18-card sets. The first (pictured above) contains players that did not have a card in 1987: Gordon Banks, Vince Albritton, Nate Newton, Garth Jax, Reggie Collier, Gene Lockhart, Ray Alexander, Doug Cosbie, Johnny Holloway, Roger Ruzek, Ron Francis, Danny Noonan, Mark Tuinei, Ron Burton, Everson Walls, and Todd Fowler. There is also a team card and a yellow bordered “box bottom” card of Herschel Walker.