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In 1962, the Detroit Lions had their best season since winning the NFL Championship in 1957. Coming within a hair of winning the NFL Western Division, with an 11-3 record and a second place finish, they were known for handing the champion Green Bay Packers their only loss, a 26-14 shellacking on Thanksgiving Day (Lions fans STILL talk about that game). Moreover, they lost in a heartbreaker to the same Packers team earlier in the season (9-7), a game which, had they won, would have given them the division. That game was the subject of Vince Lombardi’s well-known autobiography Run...
In 1967, the Green Bay Packers represented the NFL as the first ever defending Super Bowl Champions. After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL Championship Game, as it was initially called, they embarked on a quest to win that game a second time. As the team was rapidly aging at the time, few believed that they would. However, as history knows it, they did, defeating the Oakland Raiders 33-14 in January of 1968. That would give the franchise five pro football championships in seven years. The solid yellow-bordered 1967 football cards featured superstars of the NFL,...
RetroCards prides itself on recognizing special players that were big contributors that didn’t receive much recognition, players that had unique moments in the sports arena, and characters of the game. Dock Ellis qualifies in all three categories and is often overlooked because of the high numbers of ace pitchers during his time. Dock Ellis was a loose cannon who played the game tough, without compromising his style on the field or off. He was one of the most intimidating pitchers of his day and didn’t hesitate to hit a star player in the face if he felt he was ever...
The Cleveland Browns are one of the iconic franchises in all of professional sports. The name itself conjures images of black-and-white films, games in the snow and cold, rabid fans in the “dawg pound”, and Jim Brown running over defenders. The 1950’s were the golden era for the Browns, as they appeared in six straight NFL championship games, winning three. By 1962 their championship level had faded, as their 7-6-1 record indicated. However, 1963 would be a year of return to their championship form as they put together a 10-4 record and a second place finish in the East. They...
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