Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018: Those We've Lost, Part Two

Topps, Fleer

RetroCards' tribute to those we have lost in 2018 continues with Part Two. Some of these cards you see here have already been released in team sets, while others are yet to come.  Here are the honorees for part two: 

Sports figures we lost in 2018: Frank Clarke, Bob Bailey, Hal Greer, Jim Taylor, Tito Francona, Keith Christiansen, Bennie Cunningham, Robert Holmes, Dee Hardison, Tim Bassett, Grady Alderman, George Andrie, Jerry Moses, Brian Kinsella, Bill Brown, Chuck Taylor, Tony Cline, Al Gallagher, James, McAllister, Billy Cannon, Frank Varrichione, John Schella, Keith Fahnhorst, Grady Alderman, Dave Nelson, Walt Kowalczyk. TV & Pop Culture figures we lost in 2018: Roy Clark, Penny Marshall, Bill Daily, Margot Kidder.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

2018: Those We've Lost, Part One

Topps football, baseball, hockey, basketball, RetroCards, custom cards that never were

RetroCards shines one last spotlight on some of the sports figures and pop culture personalities that we lost in 2018. I think it's safe to say many of these people have made life more fun and enjoyable. Some of the cards you see here have already been released in team sets, while others are yet to come. Since we lost so many in 2018, I am splitting this entry into multiple posts. Here are the honorees for part one: 

Sports figures we lost in 2018: Ben Agajanian, Rusty Staub, Fred Dugan, Lonnie Shelton, Jo Jo White, Andy Rice, Rob Picciolo, David Humm, Sammy Stewart, Fred Carr, Tommy McDonald, Len Chappel, Bruce Maher, Ken Houston, Bill Rademacher, Ron Johnson, Steve Kline, Bruce Kison, Red Schoedienst, and Dick Modzelewski. TV & Pop Culture figures we lost in 2018: Jerry Van Dyke, Bradford Dillman, Mickey Jones, Charlotte Rae, artist Robert Indiana, Burt Reynolds, and David Odgen Stiers. 

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

1976 Raiders Finally Taste A Championship

1977 Topps Football cards

After having lost three straight AFC Championship games from 1973-1975, the Raiders put it all together in 1976 with their first NFL championship in Super Bowl XI.  Their 13–1 record was quite a feat after beating arch rival the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in week one with an impressive come from behind victory.  This was followed by a brutal 5-game road trip in which they went 4–1, the only loss coming in a 48–17 drubbing from the New England Patriots.  From that point on, they didn’t lose again, getting revenge on the Patriots in round one of the playoffs, then beating the Steelers again, and culminating with their Victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl.

The 1977 football card set is a collector’s favorite although many of the top Raider stars are included, several top-notch players and secondary players that were important to the team’s success were missed. As per usual, RetroCards fills in those gaps and more.

This set includes: George Atkinson, Pete Banaszak, Rodrigo Barnes, Morris Bradshaw, Willie Brown, Neal Colzie, Carl Garrett, Ted Hendricks, Ted Kwalick, Errol Mann, Charles Phillips, Charles Philyaw, Mike Rae, Dave Rowe, Mike Siani, Jack Tatum, Skip Thomas, John Madden, a Super Bowl highlight of Fred Biletnikoff, and another Super Bowl highlight of Ken Stabler with ultra-fan James Garner on the sideline. Order your set here!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

1969 Jets: Guaranteed To Please

Topps, Super Bowl III, Colts, Jets

The 1968 Jets were the powerhouse of the AFL, beating the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship Game. But history was made when Joe Namath, sick of the reporters hounding him, predicted the impossible – that the Jets would beat the Colts of the mighty NFL. 

One of the most colorful sets ever designed, the 1969 football set combined both NFL and AFL teams into one set.  But because of this, there were fewer players per team. The Jets had a mere seven player cards in the regular set, missing several key players and team stars that helped them win Super Bowl III.

RetroCards more than makes up for the paultry seven cards in the original set by adding 25 more cards! Included are: Al Atkinson, Bill Baird, Verlon Biggs, Emerson Boozer, Earl Christy, Paul Crane, John Dockery, John Elliot, Larry Grantham, Dave Herman, Winston Hill, Jim Hudson, Billy Joe, Pete Lammons, Bill Mathis, Carl McAdams, Babe Parilli, Bill Radenmaker, Jeff Richardson, Paul Rochseer, Johnny Sample, John Schmidt, Mark Smolinski, head coach Weeb Ewbanks, and an “Aerial Attack” card featuring Joe Namath, Don Maynard, and George Sauer. Order your set here!