Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Police

If these don't seem to be the cards you're searching for, check out our post on the 1984 Buccaneers Police Set. The 1984 cards do NOT have Coca-Cola or Paradyne logos on the backs.

The 1980 Bucs police set was released in two versions -- one has Coke advertising on the back, while the other has an ad from the Paradyne Corporation. Both versions are complete at 56 cards, and the card fronts are similar for both. This set is considered to be the scarcest NFL police issue of the decade (regardless of the sponsor), but since the "Paradyne" version is much scarcer than the "Coke" one, the 1980 Bucs Paradyne police set is without a doubt the toughest football safety set of the 1980s to find. There are 44 players represented in the set, as well as several cheerleaders (Swash-Buc-Lers), the head coach, owner and mascot. Card backs feature "Tips from the Buccaneers" and list the sponsors; Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Law Enforcement Council, local law enforcement agencies, and either Coca-Cola or Paradyne. Many players in the set are featured on their only NFL card, including USFL standouts Mike Hawkins (Gamblers) and Chuck Fusina (Stars).

A complete set of Coke backs should be worth no less than $50, while the Paradyne backs should be worth at least $100 to the right buyer.

In the "Coke" version of the 1980 Bucs police set, 28 cards have the "Enjoy Coca-Cola" logo on the backs, while the other 28 have the "Have a Coke and a smile." campaign. Card backs are printed in red.

The "Paradyne" version of the 1980 Bucs police set is the scarcest NFL police issue of the decade. Backs were printed in a maroon hue, whereas the "Coke" version was printed in red. It is estimated that only 20% to 30% of the 1908 Bucs police cards were printed with the Paradyne backs.

(1) Ricky Bell, RB
(2) Rick Berns, RB
(3) Tom Blanchard, P
(4) Scott Brantley, LB
(5) Aaron Brown, LB
(6) Cedric Brown, DB
(7) Mark Cotney, DB
(8) Randy Crowder, DL
(9) Gary Davis, RB
(10) Johnny Davis, RB
(11) Tony Davis, RB
(12) Jerry Eckwood, RB
(13) Chuck Fusina, QB
(14) Jimmie Giles, TE
(15) Isaac Hagins, WR
(16) Charley Hannah, OT
(17) Andy Hawkins, LB
(18) Kevin House, WR
(19) Cecil Johnson, LB
(20) Gordon Jones, WR
(21) Curtis Jordan, DB
(22) Bill Kollar, DL
(23) Jim Leonard, C
(24) David Lewis, LB
(25) Reggie Lewis, DL
(26) David Logan, DL
(27) Larry Mucker, WR
(28) Jim O'Bradovich, TE
(29) Mike Rae, QB
(30) Dave Reavis, OT
(31) Danny Reece, DB
(32) Greg Roberts, OG
(33) Gene Sanders, OL
(34) Dewey Selmon, LB
(35) Lee Roy Selmon, DE
(36) Ray Snell, OG
(37) Dave Stalls, DE
(38) Norris Thomas, DB
(39) Mike Washington, DB
(40) Doug Williams, QB
(41) Steve Wilson, C
(42) Richard Wood, LB
(43) George Yarno, OG
(44) Garo Yepremian, PK
(45) 1980 T.B. Buccaneers (Team Photo)
(46) T.B. Buccaneers Logo Card
(47) Hugh Culverhouse, Owner
(48) John McKay, Head Coach
(49) Captain Crush, Mascot
(50) Swash-Buc-Lers (Group Photo)
(51) Swash-Buc-Ler (Buzz)
(52) Swash-Buc-Ler (Check with me)
(53) Swash-Buc-Ler (Gap-2)
(54) Swash-Buc-Ler (Gas)
(55) Swash-Buc-Ler (Pass Protection)
(56) Swash-Buc-Ler (Post Pattern)

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