1983T Michigan Panthers – USFL’s First Champ

The upstart USFL was determined not to embarrass themselves as the mid-1970s World Football League did. Deeper pockets and wider vision were at the foundation of the USFL and the first 12 teams provided excitement and plenty of star power.

The Panthers started slow and then opened the checkbook and signed key offensive lineman in midseason. This proved to be the key that gave them the strength to win it all after a disappointing 1–4 start. New superstars emerged like Bobby Hebert, Anthony Carter, and John Corker and the cast of supporting players were also solid. This set features: John Banaszak, Bono Bojovic, Anthony Carter, Clarence Chapman, Mike Cobb, Will Cokeley, John Corker, Thom Dornbrook, Bobby Hebert, Derek Holloway, Ken Lacy, Fred Logan, Tyrone McGriff, Cleo Miller, Terry Miller, Ray Pinney, Wayne Radloff, Dave Tipton, John Williams, and head coach Jim Stanley.


1960 NFL Series Two!

By the late 1980s, it was understood that the modern football era began in 1960. This made some sense because in the 80s we had the hindsight to recognize that 1960 was the beginning of pro football’s main expansion with the advent of the newly formed American Football League and the beginning of Pete Rozelle’s 30-year reign as NFL Commissioner. Looking back from the 21st century, 1960s football seems charming if not ancient. But the decade of the 1960s was the first real growth period in football’s modern era.

There were two football card sets in 1960, one taking the NFL players and the other dealing exclusively with the new AFL. This RetroCards set adds another 20 cards of NFL players. Designed as the first of two series, the 1960T RetroCards set includes the players from the Baltimore Colts, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Detroit Lions: Andy Nelson, Sherman Plunkett, Ernie Barnes, Gino Marchetti, Ken Panfil, Jerry Norton, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Bill Stacy,  Jimmy Orr, John Reger, Buddy Dial, Fred Williamson, Roger Brown, Gail Cogdill, John Gordy, Harley Sewall, and Alex Karras. This set also includes a wrapper card and Championship card of the 1959 classic between the Colts and the Giants.

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  • Also check out other 1960RetroCards team sets of the Giants, Cowboys, Bears, and Packers.
  • The forthcoming 1960T series two with include players from the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and San Francisco 49ers.

1983 Oakland Invaders: Who Needs the Raiders?

We Don’t Want the Raiders – We Want the Invaders! so the slogan went, hailing the coming of the new USFL’s Bay Area team in Oakland. The Invaders had the fortuitous situation of being in the right place at the right time, filling the vacuum left by the NFL’s Raiders, whose owner Al Davis always like to keep on the move.  Once the dust settled, the Invaders seemed that they had put together on of the best teams in the USFL.

With Raider veterans Ray Chester, Arthur Whittington and Cedrick Hardman to helping to sell tickets, the Invaders put together a formidable offense with former NFL castoff Fred Besana leading the way at quarterback.  Whittington ran for over 1,000 yards and Chester made All-Pro with 68 catches for 951 yards. With an average attendance of 31,211 per game the Invaders thrilled fans, making a strong 5–3 finish to end their inaugural season at 9–9. This was good enough for a playoff berth but they lost in the first round to the Michigan Panthers.

This set honors the first season of the Oakland Invaders. The 18 cards feature: Gordon Banks, Monte Bennett, Fred Besana, Leo Biedermann, Ray Chester, Frank Duncan, Cedrick Hardman, Jeff Harper, Wyatt Henderson, Marc Lewis, Frank Manumaleuga, Derrick Martin, Marcus Quinn, Kevin Shea, Stan Talley, Ted Torosian, Arthur Whittington, and head coach John Ralston. Coming soon!


1972 Miami Dolphins: Perfection

The Dolphins burst out with a 10–3–1 record in 1971, losing to the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl. Their strong running game of Csonka, Kiick, and Morris were the best combination of running backs in the AFC, while rising star Bob Greise threw to a reliable fleet of receivers in Paul Warfield, Otto Stowe, Howard Twilley, and Marv Fleming. By 1972, the Dolphin defense matched the strength of the offense with a solid line containing Manny Fernandez, Bob Heinz, and Bill Stanfill, while the linebackers were led by veteran Nick Buoniconti. The defensive backfield boasted two All-Pro safeties in Dick Anderson and Jake Scott, adding to a balanced team that went undefeated in 1972. A Super Bowl victory over the Washington Redskins gave them a perfect 17–0 season.

This RetroCards set features 18 great players from that 1971 and 1972 team including: Marlin Briscoe, Nick Buoniconti, mike Colen, Norm Evans, Bob Heinz, Bob Kuechenberg, Jim Langer, Jim Mandich, George Mira, Lloyd Mumphord, Jim Riley, Jake Scott All Pro, Larry Seiple, Bob Stanfill, Otto Stowe, Doug Swift, Howard Twilley, and head coach Don Shula. Coming soon!


1969 Oakland Raiders

1968 saw the Raiders compile an impressive 12–2 record despite a rash of injuries to their defense including Tom Keating, Bill Laskey, and Kent McCloughan. Luckily, key rookies like George Atkinson stepped up to compensate. New stars were emerging like Warren Wells, Gene Upshaw, and Art Shell and in 1969, young coach John Madden took over and improved their 1968 to 12–1–1 in 1969. The Kansas City Chiefs proved to be too much for the Raiders in 1969, beating them 17–7 in the AFL Championship Game, but the Raiders had built a tradition of winning and that would carry them through the next decade.

This 18-card set features: George Atkinson, Dan Birdwell, Willie Brown, Dan Conners, Cotton Davidson, Eldridge Dickey, Dave Grayson, Wayne Hawkins, Ike Lassiter, Carleton Oats, Gus Otto, Art Shell, Charlie Smith, Rob Svihus, Gene Upshaw, Warren Wells, Howie Williams,  and John Madden. Order your set here.


Those We’ve Lost in 2020: Part Three

This part three post of the many sports and pop culture figures we have lost in 2020.

Paul Crane, Helen Reddy, Jay Johnstone, Mike Tilleman, Tom Yewcic, Dick Nemelka, Charlie Pride, Matt Blair, Larry Wilson, David Lander, Whitey Ford, Ron Perranoski, Jake Scott, Gale Sayers, Bill Mathis, Alex Trebek, K.C. Jones, Joe Morgan, Milt Sunde, Ray Perkins, Phil Niekro, Gord Brooks, Bird Averitt, Ron Widby, Derland Moore, Bob Whitlow, Jimmy Orr, Tom Dempsey, Fred Dean, Loyd Phillips, and Louis Carter.

Thank you for checking out this special series of Those We’ve Lost.