Thursday, November 16, 2017

1965 Philadelphia Style: Series II

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Continuing our focus on 1965, RetroCards releases another batch of top NFL players that did not have cards in the original 1965 set.  Series Two includes:

Y.A. Tittle, Joe Schmidt, Gino Marchetti, Ollie Matson, Gene Hickerson, Bill George, Frank Gifford, Billy Ray Smith, Andy Robustelli, Lou Groza, Dave Kopay, Alvin Haymond, John Reger, Roy Jefferson, Walt Rock, Jackie Smith, Jack Pardee, John Wooten, Karl Kassulke, Joe Scarpati, Brian Piccolo, Joe Don Looney, and Bob Toneff.

The next set in this series focuses on AFL All-Stars and fan favorites.  Coming soon!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

1965: Adding To An Already Great Set

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By 1965 the NFL had begun to fully realize the product they had.  Unlike baseball, football was the perfect sport for television.  Seeing the broadcast ratings increasing for both the NFL and AFL, the NFL approved expansion for a team in Atlanta for 1966.  A merger with the AFL began to make sense, if only to drive down the out-of-control salaries that had escalated in the war between the two leagues.

Two NFL league founders, Jack Mira (Giants) and Curly Lambeau (Packers) had passed away during 1965 but an exciting crop of rookies like Gale Sayers, Bob Hayes, and Dick Butkus pointed the league in new and exciting directions. The Packers were still the class of the NFL and recent expansion teams like the Cowboys and Vikings began filling stadiums, while the AFL made football even more compelling with their pass-first philosophy.

As most collectors know, in the mid 60s two different companies handled the release of football cards and for a short period, the Philadelphia Gum Company made classy looking cards exclusively for the NFL.  RetroCards plans for seven series (24 cards each) that will add to the already sharp-looking 1965 set that originally had a mere 198 cards.  Series on fills in the gaps with great players like:

Sonny Randle, Gale Sayers, Lenny Lyles, Leroy Kelly, Dave Wilcox, Ordell Braase, Paul Martha, Del Shofner, Pat Richter, King Hill, Dick "Night Train" Lane, Bucky Pope, John Mackey, Dick Butkus, Ernie McMillan, Milt Plum, R.C. Owens, Tommy Wade, Ron Vander Kellen, commissioner Pete Rozelle, plus card featuring the NFL Championship, Pro Bowl, and Playoff Bowl games, and a wrapper card.

Series two will feature another 24 NFL stars and fan favorites, while series three and four will feature AFL All-stars. Coming soon!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Cardinals Of 1963: Earning Respect

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The Cardinals had moved from Chicago to St. Louis in 1960 after years of failure and losing money.  1962 was a down season for the Cards and they posted 4-9-1 record after going 7-7 in 1961.  Despite the losing record, Sonny Randle caught 16 passes for 256 yards in a single game and John David Crow scored 17 touchdowns. Rising stars like Larry Wilson, Jackie Smith, and Bobby Joe Conrad turn some heads.  

A new stadium was in the works for St. Louis and Cards finished with a strong 9-5 record in 1963. Injuries to backs Crow and Prentice Gautt forced veteran Joe Childress into the starting lineup along with converted defensive back Bill Triplett. The Cards found a solid quarterback in Charley Johnson who led the team to a 9–5 record, nearly making the playoffs, earning them some much needed respect.

This RetroCards set features 18 players that didn’t have cards in 1963: Dale Meinert, Ken Gray, Mike McGee, John Symank, Luke Owens, Ken Panfil, Jackie Smith, Buddy Humphrey, Larry Stallings, Jerry Stovall, Joe Robb, Bill Thornton, Bill Triplett, Jimmy Burson, Ed Henke, Mal Hammack, and Bill Stacy. Get your custom set here.