Monthly: April 2016

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1963 Giants: Always The Bridesmaid

Topps, Frank Gifford, Andy Robustelli, Hugh McElhenny, Dick Modzelewski, Roosevelt “Rosey” Brown, Greg Larson, Jerry Hillebrand, Joe Morrison, Tom Scott, Dick Lynch, Joe Walton, Bookie Bolin, Don Chandler, Johnny Counts, Ralph Guglielmi, Glynn Griffing, Dick Pesonen, & Bill Winter

The 1962 season was one of great success for the New York Giants as they finished 12-2 and appeared in the NFL Championship Game for the fifth time in the past seven seasons.   It was also one of great disappointment, as they lost their fourth straight championship game, this time being a 16-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers, in a blustery and bitterly cold game at Yankee Stadium.  The 1963 season would also be one of great success, as they would, again, return to the NFL Championship Game following an 11-3 record.  However, disappointment would again befall the franchise, with a heartbreaking 14-10 loss to the Chicago Bears.

RetroCards, always expanding the attractive 1963 set, offers this supplement to the Giants collection.   Truly a glory era for the New York franchise, superstars and Hall-of-Famers are featured, such as Frank Gifford, Andy Robustelli, Hugh McElhenny, Dick Modzelewski and Roosevelt “Rosey” Brown.  Other great role players, in various stages of their careers with the Giants, include Greg Larson, Jerry Hillebrand, Joe Morrison, Tom Scott, Don Chandler, Dick Lynch and Joe Walton, among others.

The New York Giants are a team with a truly rich history. This set will be a great addition to the collection of any Giants fan that chronicals this great history.  So, if you are an avid fan of the G-Men, a historian of the gridiron, or just a true collector who loves the style and look of the 1963 football set, this set is just for you.

The 18-card set includes: Frank Gifford, Andy Robustelli, Hugh McElhenny, Dick Modzelewski, Roosevelt “Rosey” Brown,  Greg Larson, Jerry Hillebrand, Joe Morrison, Tom Scott, Dick Lynch, Joe Walton, Bookie Bolin, Don Chandler, Johnny Counts, Ralph Guglielmi, Glynn Griffing, Dick Pesonen, & Bill Winter. Order this set here.

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Spotlight On: The White Shadow, Ken Howard

Topps Basketball 1978-79 Carver high school

Ken Howard’s 40-year acting career came to a close with his passing on March 23, 2016.  His 40+ years in acting include career highlights such as being a Tony winner (Child’s Play, 1970), Emmy winner (Grey Gardens, 2009), and the President of Screen Actor’s Guild.  But he may be best remembered as Coach Reeves in the critically-acclaimed late-70s show The White Shadow.

Howard’s television work included a starring role opposite Blythe Danner in the short-lived Adam’s Rib (1973), the Quinn Martin show The Man Hunter (1974-75),  Dynasty, and The Colbys.  He guest starred on numerous shows over 30 years and had a vibrant theater and film career as well.

The White Shadow was appreciated for the hard-hitting subjects it covered but more so for the realistic basketball action and skills of the actors.  The show was based on Howard’s own experiences as a high school basketball player at Manhasset High School on Long Island where he was nicknamed The White Shadow because he was one of the few white players and the only white starter.  The humor in the TV show was based on many of Howard’s high school teammates.  A member of the National Honor Society in high school, Howard turned down several offers of basketball scholarships in favor of a more focused academic education. He was a graduate of Amherst College where he served as captain of the basketball team. He was also a member of the a cappella singing group, “The Zumbyes.” He attended Yale School of Drama but left to make his Broadway debut before completing his master’s degree.

With one of the  funkiest theme songs ever, it pulled this writer in instantly.  One of RetroCards’ pet projects is 70s TV so the White Shadow covers that category as well as obscure sports figures.