Monthly: November 2015

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A “Bad” Year For The Packers In 1964

Lionel Aldridge, Ken Bowman, Zeke Bratkowski, Lee Roy Caffey, Boyd Dowler, Bill Forester, Bob Jeter, Ron Kostelnik, Ron Kramer, Max McGee, Ray Nitschke, Elijah Pitts, Dave Robinson, Bob Skoronski, Fuzzy Thurston, Lloyd Voss, Vince Lombardi, Dan Currie

The 1963 Packer season was another outstanding display of football excellence but their two losses to the Champion Bears showed that the loss of Paul Hornung (suspended for gambling) was indeed crippling.  The Packers 11-2-1 record didn’t earn them a playoff berth but was a sign that there was plenty of talent for years to come.  Surprisingly, the 1964 season proved to be a step backwards before the Packers got it together to win three championships in a row from 1965-1967.  Their 8-5-1 record was only good for second place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL’s Western Conference.

This new RetroCards sets add 18 more players in that familiar Philadelphia card design from 1964.  Players include:  Lionel Aldridge, Ken Bowman, Zeke Bratkowski, Lee Roy Caffey, Boyd Dowler, Bill Forester, Bob Jeter, Ron Kostelnik, Ron Kramer, Max McGee, Ray Nitschke, Elijah Pitts, Dave Robinson, Bob Skoronski, Fuzzy Thurston, and Lloyd Voss.  There is also a special linebacker card featuring Dan Currie, Dave Robinson, Ray Nitschke, and Lee Roy Caffey PLUS a Vince Lombardi card. Get your set here.

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A Cookie Factory Welcomed the Braves In Style

hank aaron, mel roach, bob thorpe, harry hanebrink, welcome braves arrive milwaukee

The Johnston Cookie Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin treated baseball fans to more than delicious cookies in 1953.  They debuted a 25-card baseball set in 1953, the Braves first year in Milwaukee after their move west from Boston.  It was to be the first of three sets of Braves cards (the other two sets came out in 1954 & 1955) and fans ate them up.  Spahn, Mathews, Burdette, Crandell, Logan, and Adcock were a few of the player cards that made up the original set.

RetroCards adds a few more players as well as some some of the events involving Milwaukee fans welcoming the Braves to town.  Featured are Sam Jethroe, Bob Thorpe, Mel Roach, Joey Jay, Harry Hanebrink, and an up-and-coming Henry Aaron.  Some of the special cards show a packed Milwaukee County Stadium in 1953, a spring training team card, a welcome parade for the team in downtown Milwaukee, and a card showing the Braves players arriving in a Milwaukee Road train car!  Order yours here.

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The Dallas Texans, The AFL’s Forgotten Team

Sherrill Headrick, Tony Romeo, Ray Collins, Paul Rochester, Jerry Cornelison, Jon Gilliam, E.J. Holub, Doyle Nix, Frank Jackson, Duane Wood, Dave WEbster, Al Reynolds, Curley Johnson, Dave Grayson, Hank Stramm, Smokey Stover, and Jerry Mays.

 

The AFL got off to a surprisingly strong start in 1960.  Several of the owners had been refused NFL expansion franchises or had minor ownership of NFL teams and saw the potential to expand pro football beyond the NFL’s meager 12 markets in 1959.  The AFL started by signing 75% of the NFL’s first-round draft choices in 1960 and began a competitive run through the first few years of the new league’s existence.  Though the AFL had ups and down, it only took six years before talks of a merger with the NFL became realistic.

One of the leaders of the upstart league was Lamar Hunt.  Wealthy from his father’s oil inheritance, Hunt applied for a NFL franchise in Dallas but was turned down.  He also attempted to purchase and move the Chicago Cardinals to Dallas with no luck.  He was successful founding the Dallas Texans who immediately fielded a competitive team, going 8-6 in their inaugural season.

This AFL RetroCards set features 18 cards based on the 1961 classic design and features a team card and Hank Stramm.  You’ll find Sherrill Headrick,  Tony Romeo, Ray Collins, Paul Rochester, Jerry Cornelison, Jon Gilliam, E.J. Holub, Doyle Nix, Frank Jackson, Duane Wood, Dave Webster, Al Reynolds, Curley Johnson, Dave Grayson, Smokey Stover, and Jerry Mays. Get your set here.