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1983 Chicago Blitz: RetroCards Goes USFL
The United States Football League of the early to mid 1980s was probably the most successful failure in late 20th century sports. Filling a need for spring football and luring top notch college stars and NFL veterans and has beens, the USFL had more stability and deeper pockets that the mid-70s WFL, which last a season and a half. The USFL was classier and as predicted by some, started a bidding war for players, driving salaries up, up, up. Generally, the league garnered positive reviews from critics and fans and though attendance varied from market to market, the league...
Eddie LeBaron Tribute: Little Eddie Stands Tall
Eddie LeBaron was well represented on several Football cards, but some were missed. An early Cowboy card from 1961 showed him in a Redskin uniform so that was corrected on the above 1961 card. Some of these samples will be future releases to check back frequently! By FRANK LITSKY APRIL 2, 2015 New York Times Eddie LeBaron, an undersize quarterback who was a college Hall of Famer, became a Marine Corps hero during the Korean War and then played in the National Football League for 11 seasons, died on Wednesday in Stockton, Calif. He was 85. His death was confirmed...
King Corcoran: A Poor Man's Joe Namath
Since the dawn of athletic competition, the sports world has been littered with fallen, but colorful figures. Some make a name for themselves with stellar athletic ability while others teeter between the brink of stardom and the halls of obscurity. The somewhat unknown Jim “King” Corcoran belongs to the latter category and was one of the more gaudy sports figures that few have ever heard of. Once called a “poor man’s Joe Namath,” Corcoran spent most of his pro football career tearing up the semi-pro Atlantic Coast Football League. He also found success in the World Football league but only...
1959 Packers: The Dynasty Begins
After a 1-10-1 record in 1958, the worst in franchise history, Packer fans were disheartened, the players were dispirited, and the fans enraged. The viability of the franchise surviving became a concern of the NFL. Few expected the unbelievable turnaround that would ensue with the hiring of Vince Lombardi as head coach and general manager in early 1959. Lombardi’s punishing training and expectations of complete dedication resulted in a 7-5 record for 1959. Players began to jell and realize their potential. Future Hall of Famers Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Jim Ringo, Forrest Gregg, Ray Nitschke, Hank Jordan, and...
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