Monthly: July 2020

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The Match Game – Leaving Nothing Blank

RetroCards continues its assault on nostalgic collectors with more 1970s TV frivolity:  Introducing the all-new, star-studded, big-money Match Game set!  This daring and provocative collection of cards focuses on what many believe to be the best game show in television history.  The 1970s version of the show is full of colorful characters, orange shag carpeting, and wide ties that will cause that funky theme song to play in your head for the first time in ages.  The show was a revamped version of the black and white 60’s version of the show, but this time around, the new Match Game ’73 had a distinct nod to risqué humor and subtle double entendres.  The loose atmosphere and great chemistry between host Gene Rayburn and the celebrities quickly made it the most watched show on daytime television by 1974.

This RetroCards set focuses on the show’s celebrities and includes “stats” of total show appearances and years active on the show.  Where else but RetroCards can one obtain the Charles Nelson Reilly rookie card?  The 18-card sets includes all the show’s regulars and recurring guests such as Gene Rayburn, Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty White, Fanny Flagg, Joyce Bulifant, Patty Deutch, and Marcia Wallace. Other featured stars included in this set are: Nipsy Russell, Elaine Joyce, Lee Merriweather, Debralee Scott, Gary Burghoff, Orson Bean, Jo Ann Pflug, Barbara Rhodes, Mary Ann Mobley, Bert Convy, Bill Daily, Dick Martin, and announcer Johnny Olsen. Get it here!

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Spotlight on Timmy Brown: Running Back, Singer, Actor

As an actor, Timothy Brown is seldom recognized as a former star football player.  Over shadowed by other football players-turned actor like Jim Brown and Fred Williamson, “Timmy” Brown was one of the stars of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1960s.

After graduating from Ball State in Indiana in 1959, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers.  With a glut of fine running backs already on the roster, it is hard to blame Vince Lombardi for letting Timmy Brown get away.  But I will blame him anyway.  Imagine a “speed back” running behind the famous Packer sweep.  No other Packer running back that followed or backed up Taylor and Hornung ever threatened becoming an All-Pro through the decade of the 60s.   Brown was signed by the Eagles where he played eight seasons racking up Eagle team records, Pro Bowl appearances, and All-Pro honors.  With the Eagles, Brown rushed for over 3,700 yards, caught 231 passes for 3,346 yards, and amassed nearly 5,000 return yards, while scoring 63 career touchdowns.  He flirted with a music recording career releasing one 45 in the Imperial label, but settled into acting full-time after a final season with the Baltimore Colts in 1968.

Now billed officially at “Timothy Brown,” he is most notable for his role in the 1970 film M*A*S*H, which led to him being cast in the TV show of the same name as Dr. Oliver Harmon “Spearchucker” Jones (a role that was eliminated upon finding out there were no black surgeons serving in Korea).  While appearing regularly in various television shows, he found a niche in Blaxploitation films of the 70s as sort of a B-version of Fred Williamson. RetroCards recognizes the multi-talented Timothy Brown with a smattering of cards filling out his fine career.  Many of these cards will be available in future sets.  Check back frequently for updates!

Timothy Brown Films:
M*A*S*H
Sweet Sugar
Black Gunn
Bonnie’s Kids
Girls Are For Loving
East Meets Watts (The Dynamite Brothers)
Nashville
Zebra Force
Black Heat
Gus
Midnight Ride

Timothy Brown TV Appearances:
Wild, Wild West
M*A*S*H
Mission: Impossible
I’ve Got A Secret
Adam–12
Mary Tyler Moore Show
S.W.A.T.
Cannon
The Rookies
T.J. Hooker
Mobile One
Benson
Gimme A Break
Remington Steele
The Colbys

 

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1958 Packers: Lombardi’s Inheritance

The 1958 season was definitely a low point in the storied history of the Green Bay Packers.   After a disappointing 3-9 season, and a sixth
place finish in the NFL’s Western Division in 1957, head coach Lisle Blackbourn resigned after four seasons.   Enter Raymond “Scooter”
McLean, who had been a Packers interim coach for two games in 1953, to take over the mantle of command for the 1958 season.   Although hope
springs eternal, the Packers would sink even deeper with a 1-10-1 record and a last place finish.

As the saying goes, “it is always darkest before the dawn.”   Despite the dismal season of 1958, a look at the roster would reveal a number of highly recognizable names.   In fact, it included those of six future Hall-of-Famers, and numerous other future All-Pros and gridiron greats of Packers lore.   The seeds of a championship franchise were waiting for the coming of a great leader who would arrive the following year.

RetroCards presents a new 18-card set featuring many of those “recognizable names.”  Would-be rookie cards, and second year cards of
Packers superstars include Forrest Gregg, Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, Jerry Kramer, Max McGee, Ray Nitschke, and Ron Kramer. Other stars and notable
names “before Vince” include Tom Bettis, Bob Skoronski, Dave Hanner, Norm Masters, John Symank, and Fred Cone.  Lesser known players like John Petibone, Sam Palumbo, Fred Cone, Jim Temp, and Even Scooter himself gets his due in this set.  Order here!