Friday, December 1, 2017

1965 Philadelphia Design Adds The AFL!

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Continuing with the extensive 1965 supplemental sets, RetroCards unveils series three.  What makes this unique when compared with the Philadelphia football cards of the 1960s is that series 3 & 4 feature AFL stars.  Each series offers 24 cards of 1965's greatest American Football League stars along with a few fan favorites.  Most are All-Stars and some even became Pro Football Hall of Famers.

Players in series three include: Joe Namath, Butch Byrd, Tom Flores, Johnny Robinson, Ernie Ladd, Charley, Hennigan, Bobby Bell, Gino Cappeletti, Jack Kemp, Cookie Gilchrist, Lance Alworth, Lionel Taylor, Len Dawson, Ron Mix, Abner, Haynes, Don Maynard, Jim Otto, Winston Hill, Nick Buoniconti, Keith Lincoln, and Fred "the hammer" Williamson.  Also included are a Championship card as well as an AFL All-Star Game card.

The 1964 AFL All-Star Game is notable for the player boycott that took place after New Orleans hotels wouldn't admit black players.  Other black players were stranded at the airport or where given cab rides miles from their destinations.  In a show of solidarity, white players supported the black players in a boycott and the game was hastily moved to Houston where 15,000+ enjoyed the AFL's finest.  Get it here.

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