Thursday, April 18, 2013

1976 Pepsi Los Angeles Skyhawks

Looking at my blog stats, it seems that most people are coming here via Google to look up these obscure soccer sets. It makes sense, because so little has been published regarding these regional, oddball gems. While I am far from an authority on anything soccer, I have had the fortune of slowly adding several of these type sets to my collection over the years. Anyone with additional info is very welcome to comment!

The 1976 L.A. Skyhawks set was sponsored by Pepsi. Card fronts feature red borders and black and white player photos. An advertising slogan is featured at the bottom left/center ("Join the Pepsi People feelin' free!"), while the Pepsi Logo is located next to it at the bottom right. Card backs feature player biographies and the team logo. 

A complete set consists of 15 cards, which are not numbered except for player uniform numbers. Legendary Hall of Fame coach Ron Newman is included in the set, as well as Liverpool mainstay Ron Yeats.

It is difficult to give a value to this scarcely-traded set, but common singles might sell in the $3 to $5 each range.

(1) Brian Parkinson, Goalkeeper
(4) Mickey Cave, Midfield
(5) Ron Yeats, Defense
(6) Steve Ralbovsky, Midfield
(7) Jim Rolland, Forward
(8) Abraham Cohen, Midfield
(9) Jim Hinch, Forward
(10) Ane Mihailovich, Forward
(11) Tony Whelan, Forward
(12) Benny Binshtock, Defense
(13) Leif Werneid, Midfield
(14) Steve Cacciatore, Forward
(16) Marine Cano, Goalkeeper
(17) Javier Loza, Defense
Ron Newman, Head Coach

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