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2019 August -

What will happen to the hobby of sports card collecting when the baby boomers pass on? Will Gen-Xers inherit their father's expensive baseball card collection and then sell them? Will Generation Y care about a card that doesn't have a jersey swatch in it? Is the reason there is no more gum in packs of cards due to Millennials' parents demanding all that sugar be removed? Sports card collecting is entering a new phase. After the crash of the baseball card market in the mid 1990s, where parents were investing in cards on spec hoping to put their children through...

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2019 August -

I always find it interesting to see how athletes touch lives beyond the playing field. RetroCards features former pro football player Ernie Barnes in this entry. Though the average sports fan may not know him for his athletic contribution, they may have seen his work in television shows, in films, or on album covers. Ernie Barnes played seven years of professional football, mainly in the old AFL, but became more known as a serious artist, dipicting African-American life in many of his paintings. The most famous of his paintings was called “Sugar Shack,” which featured prominently the 70s sitcom Good Times as well as...

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2019 July -

The 1973 Pittsburgh Steelers were still building and they stumbled slightly from the previous season where they went 11–3. Injuries to Franco Harris, French Fuqua, and quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Terry Hanratty slowed down the Pittsburgh offense as they managed only a second-place 10–4 record in 1973. The defense offered several All-Pros, making them still one stingy unit. This may have been a disappointing season in the eyes of the fans not having moved closer to a championship, but in hindsight, 1973 was merely a stepping stone bigger things to come in 1974. This 20-card set includes Warren Bankston, Rocky...

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2019 June -

The Packers showed the football world that they were the real deal in 1960, advancing to the NFL Championship game in Vince Lombardi’s second season as coach. People forget that the Packers went 1-10-1 in 1958, the worst record in franchise history. By 1961, Lombardi had tweaked the existing team, reaching the Championship in 1961 which would be the first of five Championships in seven seasons. A relentless running game and brutal defense were the result of good blocking and good tackling making the Packers the most physical team in the NFL. This set includes: Ken Beck, Tom Bettis, Lew...

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2019 June -

Few athletes – no matter what sport – reach the level of esteem, adoration, and honor as Bart Starr has. He captained one of the greatest teams in American sports and in his retirement, was an ambassador of sorts to the league that he help make famous. After a long series of illness and strokes, Bart Starr passed away on May 26, 2019. His rise to being one of the best NFL quarterbacks started with humble beginnings. In college, Bart Starr entered his sophomore year as Alabama's starting quarterback, safety, and punter. His punting average of 41.4 yards per kick ranked second in the nation...

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2019 May -

One of the pleasures of making custom cards is the occasional athlete that contacts us ands asks to have cards made for him. Often times they use them for autographing, to give to their kids or grandchildren, or just to finally be immortalized on a piece of cardboard. One sweet moment came when the daughter of a former player had cards made for her Dad, and presented them to him on Father’s Day. Ray Peters was a former major league baseball player who never had a baseball card. He played in two games, 1 inning each, and that was the...

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2019 April -

The 1978-79 Basketball set was always a favorite, with the vertical team name and two photos per card - an action shot and a head shot - a sharp looking design. The Milwaukee Buck took second place in the Midwest Division in 1977-78 and had built a fine team under Don Nelson – a team that would take first place in their division every year from 1980-1986. This Milwaukee Bucks team set features a couple up-and-coming players like Alex English, Lloyd Walton, Ernie Grunfeld, and Kent Benson plus some older roll players such as Norm Van Lier and Jim Eakins....

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2019 March -

The 1967 Baltimore Colts team is one that is often forgotten and one of the best "hard luck" teams of the 60s. Coached by Don Shula, the Baltimore Colts posted an 11–1–2 record, which was substantially better than the 9–4–1 Packers or the 9-5 Cowboys – the two 1967 Championship contestants. Despite their record, the Colts missed the playoffs because the Rams, who also had an 11–1–2 record, owned the tie breaker. The following year the Colts had a league-best 13–1 record but were upset by the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. This 22-card RetroCards sets pays homage...

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