Friday, October 30, 2015

Love Them Cowboy Blues

Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Robert Newhouse, Pat Donovan, Preston Pearson, Butch Johnson, Billy Joe Dupree, Drew Pearson, Danny White, Jethro Pugh, Bob Breunig, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Aaron Kyle, Harvey Martin, Cliff Harris, Thomas Henderson, Rafael Septien, Tom Landry


The 1978 Cowboys were a dominating team that had speed, strength, and finesse.  Their final Super Bowl appearance of the decade ended in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and 1979 would be Roger Staubach’s last season.  That team was packed with big contributors, fan favorites, and characters who spent many years with the Cowboys. RetroCards has several sets honoring that mid-late 70s Cowboy team with NHL, MLB, and NBA card designs.  This one, a great design from a 1979 Hockey set, showcases the Cowboys in their blue away jersey’s, which seldom happened with their cards during this era.

Players include: Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Robert Newhouse, Pat Donovan, Preston Pearson, Butch Johnson, Billy Joe Dupree, Drew Pearson, Danny White, Jethro Pugh, Bob Breunig, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Aaron Kyle, Harvey Martin, Cliff Harris, Thomas Henderson, Rafael Septien, and Tom Landry.  Get them here.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers Only World Series Team Honored

Don Sutton, Sal Bando, Pete Ladd, Doc Medich, Doug Jones, Kevin Bass, Mike Parrott, Bob Skube., Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Bill Bucker, Rollie Fingers, Harvey Kuenn, Buck Rodgers, Ted Simmons, Gorman Thomas
Since 1970 the Milwaukee Brewers have entertained the baseball town of Milwaukee to various degrees, but none was more thrilling than 1982 when they won the American League pennant.  It was strange year as the Brewers underachieved during the first half of the season which led to the firing of Manager Buck Rodgers in favor of long-time coach Harvey Kuenn.  That lit a spark and the team finished strong to win their first A.L. Pennant.

This RetroCards set contains: Don Sutton, Sal Bando, Pete Ladd, Doc Medich, Doug Jones, Kevin Bass, Mike Parrott, Bob Skube.  High-energy In Action cards of Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Robin Yount, and Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker in his broadcast booth.  RetroCards fills in gaps with a league leaders card of Cecil Cooper & Bill Bucker, who led each respective league in doubles, MVP and Cy Young cards featuring Rollie Fingers, highlights of the Brewers first playoff appearance in 1981and a "Kuenn Replaces Rodgers" card, three All-Star cards (Fingers, Ted Simmons, Gorman Thomas),  a checklist, and finally a special commemorative card of Rickey Henderson breaking Lou Brock's single season base stealing record in Milwaukee that season.  Order here!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

1967 Bears, Better Than Their Record?

Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Doug Atkins, Joe Fortunato, Ed O’Bradovich, Roosevelt Taylor, Joe Taylor, Larry Rakestraw, Bill Wade, Austin Denney, Dick Evey, Randy Jackson, Bob Wetoska, Curtis Gentry, Charlie Bivins, Bobby Joe Green, Brian Piccolo, Jack Concannon, Don Croftcheck, Randy Jackson, Bob Jones, Ralph Kurek, Loyd Phillips, Mike Rabold, Mike Reilly, Rosey Taylor

Another Bears set comes your way as RetroCards has created an extension to the popular and attractive 1967 football set.   The 1960’s were lean years for the Windy City, and the 1967 Bears team was coming off a disappointing 5-7-2 record the year before.   However, they still had a solid defense, and their two great future Hall-of-Famers Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus were in the prime of their careers.

The Bears roster was much more than just these two great players, though.  RetroCards presents many of those players known to Bears fans, and students of pro football history.   Two more future Hall-of-Famers, veterans Doug Atkins and Joe Fortunato represent the “Monsters of the Midway” in this set.  Other integral members of the Bears defense include Ed O’Bradovich, Roosevelt Taylor and Joe Taylor.

Veteran quarterback Bill Wade rounds out his career in this set, while his heir apparent Larry Rakestraw is also featured.   Other veterans and youngsters include Austin Denney, Dick Evey, Randy Jackson, Bob Wetoska, Curtis Gentry, Charlie Bivins, and Bobby Joe Green among others.   Lastly, the highlight of this set is Brian Piccolo, the subject of the poignant film “Brian’s Song”, the Bears halfback who died of cancer in 1970.  If you are a rabid fan of the Bears, or just liked the look and style of the 1967 bubblegum cards, this set will be a great addition to your collection.  Order yours here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cowboy Underdog Shares Secret To Success

Robert Steele Dallas Cowboys
Former athletes often time become more successful after their playing days are over.  They get into business, become motivational speakers, invest well, etc… Such is the case of long-shot wide receiver Robert Steele who elbowed his way onto arguably the most talented NFL roster in 1978, the Dallas Cowboys.  His book, Steele Here: An Underdog’s Secret To Success (Brown Books Publisher Group, 2011) depicts his unlikely road to playing on a Super Bowl team as well as his success after football. 

His former receiver coach Mike Ditka said of him, “The best thing I remember about him is that he practiced as hard as he played.  Robert would catch any ball thrown his way, run as many routes for our quarterbacks as their arms would throw, and sacrifice his body on special teams.”  After his time on the Cowboys, he moved on to the Minnesota Vikings and briefly, the Denver Broncos. 

Steele Here outlines his experiences in making it in the NFL and the journey after his playing days which led to an even greater success.  The book includes comments by Roger Staubach, Dan Reeves among others.  Check out the 5-star ratings on Amazon

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The 1966 Packers On Their Way To Three In A Row

Donny Anderson, Ken Bowman, Tom Brown, Tommy Crutcher, Carroll Dale, Marv Fleming, Gale Gillingham, Jim Grabowski, Doug Hart, Hank Jordan, Ron Kostelnik, Red Mack, Elijah Pitts, Bob Skoronski, Fuzzy Thurston, Phil Vandersea, Jim Weatherwax, Steve Wright.
The last Championship to be played in the NFL before the advent of the Super Bowl was the Green Bay Packer vs. the Cleveland Browns, January 2, 1966.  It was played in the mud at Lambeau Field in Green Bay after several inches of snow had fallen.  The Packer defense, who always had Jim Brown's number, held the NFL's leading rusher to 50 yards in a 23-12 victory, the 9th title for the Green Bay Packers.

Perhaps more interesting was the prior playoff game, the Western Conference Tie-breaker of the Packers vs. the Baltimore Colts.  The Packers narrowly beat the Colts, who were playing without John Unitas or Gary Cuozzo and had to settle for a running back, Tom Matte, to play quarterback.  Packer backup Zeke Bratkowski played most of the game when the Colts forced Bart Starr to the sidelines with an injury. A questionable field goal by Don Chandler that some say sailed wide right, was kicked so high above the upright that the league lengthened the height of the goal post as a result!

This 1966 set supplements the existing 1966 Philadelphia Gum card set with 18 more players: Donny Anderson, Ken Bowman, Tom Brown, Tommy Crutcher, Carroll Dale, Marv Fleming, Gale Gillingham, Jim Grabowski, Doug Hart, Hank Jordan, Ron Kostelnik, Red Mack, Elijah Pitts, Bob Skoronski, Fuzzy Thurston, Phil Vandersea, Jim Weatherwax, and Steve Wright.  Coming Soon.