50 Years Of Tudor NFL Electric Football Games And Teams

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Can it really be 50 years since Tudor’s NFL games and teams first started showing up in toy stores around the country? Was 1967 really 50 years ago…has it really been that long?

The answer is a giant affirmative YES!

It was 1967 — yes, 50 years ago — when Norman Sas and Lee Payne first unloaded the NFL line onto unsuspecting young boys throughout the country. The impact was immense…that’s the reason so many of us still carry the game with us today.

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Can you imagine being in a toy store on the first day Tudor’s NFL No. 620 and No. 510 hit the shelves? Any boy looking at the box lids would have had a conversation with himself that went something like this.

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The fall of 1967, a 10-year-old boy is looking at shiny stack of a brand new Tudor NFL No. 620 game, and slides the top box out to get a better look.

BOY

(to himself)

“That’s not what’s really inside. I mean sure, the box says ‘NFL’ on it, complete with the official NFL league logo. But come on, the Giants and Browns aren’t really in the game – are they?”

He slides the 620 box back onto the shelf and then slides out a box for a Tudor NFL No. 510 game, which sits right next to the 620 models.

BOY

(to himself)

“And look at this box — the Packers and Colts aren’t really in this game. These miniature teams don’t exist. They just don’t. But then again, the box says ‘Colts & Packers Inside’ and also ‘all 16 NFL teams available.’ Plus it says ‘2 NFL teams in official uniforms!'”

Silent for a moment, speechless really, while continuing to look hard at the box.

BOY

(to himself)

“But I know the field won’t really say NFL in the end zones. Because it’s just not possible. Nobody has ever done anything like this before.”

Continues to study the box, then looks at the end for a price tag. Slides the box back onto the shelf and begins walking up the aisle toward the front of the store.

BOY

“Mom? Mom? Can I get an advance on my allowance?”

— Fade To Black —

A Change Of Expectations

All of us had our Electric Football expectations changed the first time we saw a Tudor NFL game. It didn’t matter what model it was, as soon as we saw the “N-F-L” on the game and the NFL teams, life was different. And it was even more different once we actually got a game and set it up. And life changed again once we saw all the different teams lined up in the Rule Book.

Perhaps the coolest thing about it all, is that 50 years later Tudor Games is still in business and still selling NFL teams! It’s a remarkable run that few toys can match. And that is something to really celebrate!

 

Earl, Roddy, & MK

 

Pressman Vibro-Power Football – A Rarity From 1963

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The very rare and ultra cool Pressman Vibro-Power Football game from 1963.

The Find – Pressman Vibro-Power Electric Football

Pressman Vibro-Power Football is a true find. Even after decades of collecting Electric Football, it’s a piece that excites us. That’s because we know how rare and special the game is.

It was made for just a single year — 1963. The only paper record of the game comes from page 100 of the 1963 Sears Christmas Wishbook (a page that you’ll find in our upcoming Electric Football Wishbook).

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In 2012 we featured the game on the Buzz blog. Battery powered with a plastic field, it’s still one of the mosts unusual games in all of Electric Football. Not to mention that it was actually THE first Electric Football game I ever owned.

So it was was super exciting to receive an email from someone who found a Pressman Vibro-Power game during a clean out. It turns out that they are the original owners of the game, and it also turns out that the game is complete and in amazing shape. Even the battery compartment is in like new condition.

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It’s really a thrill to see the game “live” in the photos. This is by far the best Vibro-Power model we’ve ever seen. In addition, this game will be up for grabs on eBay in the not to distant future. What a great addition to someone’s collection this game will be!

Thanks Erik for sharing the game with us, and good luck with the auction!

Earl

Our New Electric Football Wishbook!!

We’re excited to tell you about our latest project — the Electric Football Wishbook!!

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So..What Is The Electric Football Wishbook?

— It’s the first-ever book of Electric Football and sports game Christmas Catalog pages

— Featuring over 70 full page and full color Christmas catalog images from the years 1955 to 1988 

— That create a colorful and comprehensive chronicle of Electric Football’s Golden Age 

— And make the Wishbook the Ultimate Christmas Catalog “Dream Catcher”

Scheduled for publication in the early days of the 2017 NFL season

We’ll keep you posted on all the details over the coming weeks. What a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tudor Games’ NFL line of games and teams.

Click here to learn more about the Wishbook!

And stay tuned!!

 

Earl, Roddy, & MK

 

Let’s Put Electric Football In The Toy Hall of Fame!

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We’re not sure what the true process is for the Toy Hall of Fame. But we’re convinced that it’s not based on voting alone.

We’re pretty sure there’s some behind-the-scenes toy industry jockeying for each year’s slots. And as just “regular people” filling out nomination forms…we’re on the outside of what truly needs to be done to get a toy into the Hall of Fame. It would take a lot to convince us otherwise.

But with that being said, this IS the 50th anniversary of the Tudor’s groundbreaking NFL Electric Football line of games and teams. To mark that momentous anniversary it seems like the right thing to do is make another push for the Toy Hall Of Fame in 2017.

Electric Football Was Totally Skunked In Previous Years

Because of the frustrations from being skunked in 2013, 2014, and 2015, we sat on the sidelines last year. To see the other toys that got in during that period — Rubber Duck, Bubbles, and Puppet — was…disheartening. That is the most polite way to put it.

And it was totally demoralizing to have Electric Football not even make the first cut in any of those years, which makes it very hard to take the Hall Of Fame process seriously.

But somehow in 2017 filling out a nomination form seems like the right thing to do.

The nomination process ends on July 31, so there is time. But there’s really no time like the present. Electric Football deserves to take its place among the greatest toys of All Time. We think our upcoming Electric Football Wishbook will make that case with every turn of the page. Not that our previous books The Unforgettable Buzz and Full Color Electric Football didn’t do that already.

The button below will take you to the Official Nomination Form on the Toy Hall Of Fame web site. We hope you’ll take a few minutes and let them know you feel about America’s most iconic sports toy!!

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Thanks for your time and support. Hopefully the 5th time is a charm!

 

Earl, Roddy, & MK

 

Remembering Norman Sas in 2017

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Five Years Since The Passing Of Norman Sas

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since Electric Football inventor and former Tudor President Norman Sas passed away. The memory of the day is still incredibly fresh, even five years on.

This was the “before” time for us. We didn’t have a web page, or any social media presence at all. In addition, we didn’t have a book. The Unforgettable Buzz was just a “hope” for us. Something we hoped to accomplish. That we actually would get the book published in way that was accessible…it was just a dream.

But we knew that Norman believed in us, and in our vision for the project. Not only had he passed on to us a closet load of Tudor materials, he repeated his belief in our work when we finally had the opportunity to meet him in 2010 — a meeting that still seems like yesterday.

Unassuming and direct, Norman passed on some of the most amazing Electric Football and NFL stories we’d ever heard. Many were hilarious, with the knockout punchlines amplified by Norman’s wholly droll delivery. We couldn’t squeeze all of these stories into The Buzz, but we like to think that in having them passed on to us, we did squeeze them in there somewhere. Perhaps between the lines.

One thing we do know for sure — Norman’s spirit is present throughout the thousands of words that make up The Buzz. And it’s present in every one of us who love the game of Electric Football.  

 

Earl & Roddy 

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Earl Shores, Norman Sas, and Roddy Garcia, Florida 2010.

The Unforgettable Buzz Book – Four Years And Counting

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Four Years And Counting For The Unforgettable Buzz

It’s stunning that four years have gone by since The Unforgettable Buzz was published. Not that it seems like yesterday, it’s just that many of the events surrounding the book’s release are etched deep into memories.

The excitement, of course, of finally publishing something we’d spent a large chunk of our lives working on. But there was also the stress, more stress than we ever figured  on, in the final months and weeks leading up to publication.

The design of The Unforgettable Buzz was complex with lots of images. In addition, there were lots of pages – 652 to be exact. So there were lots of places for things to be not quite right. A centimeter here, a centimeter there – it was an exacting process to finalize. And we suffered through a very brief period with a corrupted interior file.

We knew it wasn’t right, but we were told that it was “just fine.” Finally, we took it into our own hands to chance a re-upload of the interior file. That was the answer and we were on our way to places we never even dreamed of, including an NFL web site!

Announcing Our Latest Book Project!

And four years out seems like the perfect time tell you about our latest project – the Electric Football™ Wishbook. It’s the first ever compilation of Electric Football and sports game Christmas catalog pages. Our early proofs look amazing – we’ll keep you in on all the details throughout the summer. Be sure to keep an eye on our Buzz Facebook Page.

So thanks for being along for the ride over these last four years!!

 

Earl, Roddy, & MK

 

Early 1960’s Sears “Mysto” Gotham G-890 Game

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1964 Sears Catalog (left) and the 1964 Gotham NFL G-890S in the flesh!

One of the things we love about Electric Football is finding new information about games from the past. A more accurate assessment would be confirmation of games from the past.

Throughout the long history of Electric Football games that weren’t necessarily “standard issue” appeared in many Christmas catalogs. And unless you got that specific game one Christmas, it was difficult to know whether the catalog games were actual Sears or Ward models…or  shall we say, just “enthusiastic” imaging from the retailer.

In other words, was it just a fancy looking prototype that didn’t actually exist?

Throughout the 1960’s Sears featured small Gotham Pressed Steel models with grandstands. This was not the way Gotham’s standard G-880 or G-890 games were outfitted in those days. If you found one on a store shelf it did not come with a grandstand.

In the Christmas catalogs of the early 1960’s small Gotham games had grandstands that were simply the end zone pieces of Gotham’s flagship NFL G-1500. But by the mid-1960’s the small games had special grandstands that were not just hand-me-downs from big brother.

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1965 Gotham NFL G-890S in Full Color Electric Football

We featured the 1965-66 Sears NFL G-890S on page 22 of our Full Color Electric Football book, which has a unique crowd scene with dials for down and yardage (notice there is no scoreboard).  But the 1964 version is pictured in the Sears Christmas Book with a grandstand we’d never ever seen…until very recently.

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1964 Sears-specific Gotham NFL G-890S

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Game box with G-890S on the bottom corner

An inquiry came in through The Buzz web page for us to ID a game, and to our delight, it was in fact a 1964 Sears-exclusive G-890. The owner even had the box, which turned out to be the ultimate piece of ID info, as on the box. So all these years later we finally have confirmation that a mysto catalog games actually does exist. Never too old to learn!

Keep those questions coming!!

2017 Electric Football World Championships and Convention

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The biggest Electric Football event of the year is the probably biggest Tudor Electric Football event ever. We’re talking about the one and only 2017 World Football Championships and Convention in Dallas, TX on July 28-30. Being held at the Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport Hotela Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” winner — it promises to be an event of historic proportions. One not to be missed and one that will be long remembered.

Four different competitions will be held to cover the entire competitive spectrum of Electric Football. First, there’s the Youth Electric Football Olympics for kids 12 and under. Youth events are always the most fun and uplifting because they welcome the next generation of Electric Football player and fan to the game. There’s nothing better than passing on the “gift” of Electric Football.

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EF Coach Ray Fanara overseeing the Youth Electric Football Division at Tudor Con 2014. Nothing better than passing on the game.

Then there’s Tudor’s all-new Electric Football OPEN, an event that is open to players of all skill levels with an innovative base swapping format to level the playing field between the novice and expert coach. Each of the 64 coaches in the tournament will tweak a full set of bases, give half of that set away, then receive a replacement half set of bases from a fellow coach (a random drawing will be held to “reassign” the bases). So the novice or intermediate level player could end up with bases from an Electric Football champ — talk about an exciting opportunity!

Aimed at the intermediate player is the Electric Football League Invitational, and finally there is the true expert, elite, and Crown Jewel event of the weekend, the MFCA Tournament Of Champions. The winner of this competition will be Electric Football’s 2017 World Champion.

Of course, an Electric Football Convention is alway about the people. Renewing old friendships and creating new ones…there really is nothing quite like it. You just never know who you’ll meet or who you’ll run into. Always someone who will add to your Electric Football experience.

And in addition to all the great play and great people, the Tudor Games Store will be at the event and open to fill all your NFL Electric Football needs. Games, teams, bases, accessories — the best Electric Football shopping experience on the planet!

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The Tudor Store at Tudor Con 2014.

All the info you need is on the Tudor Games web site. Be sure to make your reservations early!!

Electric Football at Toy Fair 2017

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The entire Tudor NFL line on display across the front of the Tudor Games booth.

It’s Toy Fair Time of Year Again!!

It’s amazing that another New York City Toy Fair has come and gone. This mark’s the 5th year in a row that I’ve been a guest in the Tudor Games booth at the Fair, with host and Tudor President Doug Strohm magnanimously listing “Historian” on my Toy Fair badge.

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The 2017 event again saw Tudor Games move forward in terms of visibility and prestige, with a large and attractive booth that was positioned on a main corridor just steps off the escalator. This meant that one of the first things you saw when entering the lower level of the massive Javitz Center was Electric Football. It was a primo location that guaranteed lots of foot traffic and attention. And there was lots of Electric Football to see, as this was the first year that Tudor Games had it’s entire NFL line displayed across the front of the booth. A far cry from the cramped three tables and off-the-beaten-path location that Tudor Games occupied back in 2013.

Tudor has a lot planned for 2017, and Doug was generous enough to share his vision for the coming year during several extended conversations at Toy Fair. We’ll be highlighting what’s new at Tudor in a series of upcoming blog post here on The Buzz page.

I’ll end by saying that Tudor’s new metal Electric Football games are the REAL deal. They work amazingly well and are so fun to play with. Good, good stuff!!

Earl

Electric Football Thanksgiving Day Matchup – Haiti Redskins vs. Haiti Cowboys

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Electric football and Thanksgiving Day go together in many ways, but the most interesting way was the “looking forward” part of the holiday. What we mean is, Thanksgiving Day always signaled the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It was time to get serious about “being good” to make sure that coveted electric football game would show up on Christmas morning.

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1974 Electric Football Thanksgiving Day Ad

It was also the time when you started thinking seriously about the game you wanted. You would actually let your thoughts drift to what it would be like on Christmas morning, setting up your teams, and then flicking the switch for the first time. It would be a moment like no other…and one that a lot us still remember today. But this fixation and anticipation would usually start on the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Helping stoke that anticipation was the once rare Thursday NFL game. For a couple of years in the late 1960’s we even had the choice of two NFL games and two AFL games to watch on Thanksgiving Day.

The DuMont Network aired the first nationally televised Thanksgiving Day NFL contest in 1951 (a coaxial cable connecting television stations on the East and West Coast had just come online in September). It was a matchup between the Lions and Packers, a Thanksgiving pairing that would stay together until 1964. Then things loosened up a bit, although the Lions remained the featured home team. The Cowboys got their Thanksgiving Day spot in 1966, and both teams have held their Thursday holiday places ever since.

Clint Longley breaking Redskins’ fans hearts in 1974. Clint who?

We’re going with Cowboys-Redskins this weekend. The on-field matchup is intriguing and has playoff consequences for both teams. So it should be an intense battle – and this is even before adding on the traditional Cowboys-Redskins historical baggage.

And in electric football we’ve got two nicely painted Haiti teams to give the matchup some real detailed shine. Also the Haiti teams harken back to the era when second-string rookie QB Clint Longley rallied the Cowboys for a 24-23 comeback over the Redskins. So it’s all pretty fitting. Hopefully the real game will be half as riveting as that long ago Cowboys-Redskins contest.

From all of us at The Unforgettable Buzz we wish you a very enjoyable and safe holiday.

Earl, Roddy, and Michael

Uni Watch.com Reviews The Unforgettable Buzz!

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We are big fans of the web site Uni Watch, which, as its name implies, keeps a watch on sports uniforms both old and new. Their subtitle, “The Obsessive Study Of Athletic Aesthetics,” means they sweat the details of what makes a good or bad look in sports uniforms and sports memorabilia.

They’ve also featured our books The Unforgettable Buzz and Full Color Electric Football in previous web posts, giving both positive feedback and much welcomed visibility. We really feel like Uni Watch is a perfect audience for the historical aspects of Electric Football.

So we’re proud and blown away by this wonderful review of The Unforgettable Buzz posted on Uni Watch last month. It was written by Collector’s Corner columnist Brinke Guthrie, who not only read the entire book —the Kindle version — he clearly “got” and thoroughly understood the amazing story we’re trying to tell.

Electric Football history has so many layers, and few of the game’s major events or inventions took place in a vacuum. There were reasons, either external or internal, for why things happened in Electric Football. That’s what makes the history of game so incredibly fascinating. (For example, Tudor’s success with the No. 500 model in the early 1950’s enticed Gotham into making their own version of Electric Football in 1954.)

Mr. Guthrie even offered up the best one line summation of The Unforgettable Buzz we’re ever heard — “Timing is everything.”

With that in mind, please take the time to go over to Uni Watch and read the entire review. It is worth it. Thanks so much Uni Watch!!

 

The Halloween Connection – the NFL, Electric Football, and Monday Night Football

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Inspired by Halloween – the 1967 Sears exclusive Tudor NFL No. 613 model with the Cardinals and the Bears.

On Halloween night in 1966 the Cardinals hosted the Bears in the newly opened Busch Stadium. The game was nationally televised, and the Cardinals prevailed over the Bears 24 -17. The significance of this game was that it happened on a Monday night.

The game was an important and calculated part of NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s campaign to convince the major television networks that regularly scheduled Monday night NFL football games could draw viewers and be profitable. (Thanks to Rozelle’s efforts, this “crazy idea” became a reality in 1970 with ABC’s Monday Night Football.) 

For 1967, Tudor Director of Product Development and Electric Football-designer extraordinaire Lee Payne recreated the Cardinals-Bears Monday night Halloween game in the form of the Sears’ NFL 613 model. It’s still one of the most striking games that Tudor ever made. And it’s not only a part of Electric Football history, it’s part of NFL history too. History that was made long ago on a Halloween night.

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Page 64 from Full Color Electric Football

We capture all of that history in our book The Unforgettable Buzz:The History of Electric Football and Tudor Games. We also capture the Tudor NFL No. 613 model, in color, in our Full Color Electric Football book.

 

Earl & Roddy

The Unforgettable Buzz Book on Uni Watch.com

We are proud and pleased to have our The Unforgettable Buzz book featured on Uni Watch.com.

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Uni Watch web site Collectors Corner Electric Football and the unforgettable buzz.

Uni Watch is such a great site, and not just because this isn’t the first time they’ve featured us there. The way they follow the “fashion of sport” is something that’s right up our alley of sensibilities. As you know, we love great looking uniforms. That’s one of the major appeals of electric football. The amazing NFL uniforms that Tudor painted through the years.

So we are long time fans, with our fandom dating back to the earliest days of our The Unforgettable Buzz web page. And of course we became even bigger fans after our Full Color Electric Football book came in at No. 3 on the Uni Watch/ESPN 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. What an unexpected gift that was!

This current feature talks about the new e-book version of The Unforgettable Buzz, which just came out over the summer. It was nice to have the new format mentioned. Certainly they type advertising we can’t buy. And to an audience that is perfect for both of our books.

So once again, our helmets are off to Uni Watch. Thank you for all the support of Electric Football!

 

2016 Hall Of Fame Game and Tudor’s No. 510

Set to square off in this Sunday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio are the Colts and the Packers. These NFL teams are obvious choices because of the Hall Of Fame inductions of Brett Favre, as well as former Colts’ player Marvin Harrison. In addition, former Colts’ coach Tony Dungy is also a 2016 inductee.

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The new NFL No. 510 in the 1967 Tudor sales catalog.

This Hall Of Fame Game pairing contains so much NFL history. In the 1960’s these teams were bitter rivals who played some epic games. One of those games is the 1965 Western Conference Championship, which we feature in our Full Color Electric Football book.

And this rivalry is why Tudor put the Colts and Packers on their new NFL No. 510 Electric Football game in 1967. They were two of the best teams in the NFL, and would help sell Tudor’s brand new line of NFL games. Lee Payne’s careful photography also would help sell games (see photo).

The Tudor NFL No. 510 model is a first ballot Electric Football Hall Of Famer

Just like Favre, the Tudor NFL No. 510 is a first ballot inductee into the Hall of Electric Football games. It was a top seller for Tudor, and in addition to the NFL No. 620 game, helped make NFL Electric Football a “featured toy” in the Christmas catalogs of Sears, Montgomery Ward, and JC Penney.

Because the Tudor No. 510 is one of the most noteworthy games in all of Electric Football, we didn’t hesitate to put it on the cover of The Unforgettable Buzz in 2013.

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It’s truly an Electric Football Hall Of Fame Game.

Not just for 2016, but for all-time!

Remembering Electric Football Inventor Norman Sas

It was four years ago today that Electric Football Inventor Norman Sas passed away. Were were truly saddened, but we knew that Norman had not been well for some time. So his passing wasn’t completely unexpected. What we didn’t know was that the Sas family would put both of our names and the tentative title of our still unpublished book into Norman’s obituary. It was an honor that we’ll always treasure, and it sent us on our way to getting The Unforgettable Buzz into print in 2013. Here’s a video we put together back in 2013 remembering the amazing things Norman accomplished Electric Football.

 

Earl & Roddy

The Unforgettable Buzz Now in e-Book Format!!

Welcome to our new e-book version of The Unforgettable Buzz!

Welcome to the new e-book version of The Unforgettable Buzz!

Electric Football has a new landmark — the first ever Electric Football e-book!

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the release of The Unforgettable Buzz we’ve put together an e-book version that is now available for pre-order on Amazon (see the Amazon button below – if you can’t see the button, please pause your ad-blocking software). By ordering now, an e-book version of The Unforgettable Buzz will automatically be downloaded to the reading device of your choice on Tuesday, June 21, the official release day.

You don’t need to own a Kindle to read the e-book version of The Buzz. All you need is a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Amazon has a Kindle Reader for Windows, MacAndroid tablets and phones,  iPad and iPhones. All you need to do is download the correct reader for your device (versions are also in Apple App Store and in Google Play). The readers are free!

 

e-Books let readers essentially create their own formatting, so things will look a little different in the e-Buzz. But every single word is there — in a version that’s searchable and a lot easier to carry around than the print version.

We hope you enjoy this latest and groundbreaking edition of The Unforgettable Buzz. Thanks for your support over the last three years!

 

Earl, Roddy, & MK

Tudor Games Blog = The Unforgettable Buzz!

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We are absolutely thrilled to have Tudor Games — the home of NFL Electric Football — using our The Unforgettable Buzz web page as the Tudor Games Blog page! Anytime your on the Tudor Games web page and want to visit The Unforgettable Buzz, just go to the “News” tab, and then click on “Blog.”

And there we are! What a fantastic combination — we are totally honored!!

Thank you Doug Strohm!!

Toy Fair 2016 Recap

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Tudor Games Toy Fair Booth 2016

Going to Toy Fair in New York City is always exciting. As we documented in The Unforgettable Buzz, so much Electric Football history was made at Toy Fair, that anytime you can be part of the event…it’s special. And we’re happy to report that Electric Football history continues to be made at Toy Fair by Tudor Games.

For 2016 Tudor Games had it’s biggest booth and it’s most prestigious location since Doug Strohm took over the company in 2012. And it’s more than just having a “big” booth. The 2016 Tudor Games booth was not only spacious, it was polished and inviting. Just flat out impressive. It just had the “look” of a company you wanted to do business with. This was a much upgraded presentation from the cramped three tables and off-the-beaten-path location that Tudor Games occupied just three short years ago in 2013.

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An honor to have both of our books on display at Toy Fair 2016.

Toy Fair is really all about “business,” and business was excellent for Tudor, with the booth being busy pretty much from opening to closing throughout the four day event. All the major retailers stopped by. Without a doubt this will be the most visible year for Electric Football in a long, long time. Having the NFL back in Electric Football makes a huge difference in how toy buyers view the game. And speaking of viewing, the new Tudor NFL teams look fantastic. Great looking pieces that will be fun to play with, and likely to stand the test of time in the decades to come.

So the future of Electric Football continues to look very bright. Doug Strohm seems determined to keep the game evolving and moving forward. It’s something that was obvious to everyone who took the time to stop by the Tudor Games Toy Fair booth in 2016.

 

Earl & Roddy

Electric Football 20 Year Landmark — 1996 Miggle Convention

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The Buzz display at the 1996 Electric Football Convention in Chicago.

It was 20 years ago today that the first national Electric Football convention took place in Chicago. The event was hosted by Miggle Toys, who had bought the Tudor Games Electric Football line in a bankruptcy sale in late 1991. (See the “Beyond Brooklyn” chapter in our book The Unforgettable Buzz.) It had taken Miggle a number of years to get Electric Football up and running, and to re-secure the NFL license. After holding a four person Super Bowl tournament in Michael Jordan’s restaurant in 1995, Miggle decided to have a full-blown convention in 1996.

The 1996 event took place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago, truly a grand venue for Electric Football’s “rebirth.” For those of us lucky enough to have journeyed to this first meeting of the Electric Football nation, it’s something we will never forget. Our perspective from behind our table of vintage games — which we ended up auctioning off late in the afternoon — was a blur of conversations about games and teams, and yes, even that book we were going to write.

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Part of our display in 1996

It was all so new, from the stories we heard about reposing players with a hot butter knife, to being shown some of the “secrets” of the game with regards to passing and player positioning. There were so many layers, so many details, so many stories to share — you have to remember that 20 years ago the internet was in its infancy. This was a time of dial-up modems and five-hour a month online access plans. So the “sharing” of the game, at least beyond the exchange of letters and phone calls was just beginning. Miggle’s “Plugged In” newsletter WAS the voice of the hobby.

In looking back, it’s clear now that the Chicago Hyatt Ballroom on January 20, 1996, was the “ground zero” of modern Electric Football  The big scattered mysterious world of Electric Football gathered on that day (and the following day!) and got to know itself a whole lot better.

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The Unforgettable Buzz author Earl Shores working his tables at the 1996 Miggle Convention.

We forged friendships in Chicago that still remain special to us in 2016. That so many of us would still be at this Electric Football “thing” 20 years later…nobody was thinking that far ahead. We were all in the moment enjoying all the moments that unfolded during those two days. A common feeling among attendees was that this might be the ONLY Electric Football convention ever held. It was a certainly a motivation that drove many of us to Chicago on a below-zero weekend.

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The Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Tribune both covered the event, as did Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and even The Baltimore Sun gave it a mention. We were quoted by all of these publications — identified as writing a book on Electric Football history. We’re glad that, 20 years on, we were actually able to fulfill that ambition. (Twice!)

Here’s to all of the friends we made in Chicago and on this two decade Electric Football odyssey!

 

Earl & Roddy

The Unforgettable Buzz Looks Back on 2015

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Things were very busy in the Electric Football world at the end of 2015. In fact, things got so busy that we didn’t get around to our annual end of the year round up.

Of course, the event at the top of our 2015 list….

  • Full Color Electric Football was published! We’re so proud to get our 2nd book out to everyone. It was a true labor of love and took some intense weeks to get things fully finalized and ready for publication. Michael’s design work had been blowing us away since the earliest pages, so we were eager to get it out. How cool is that Electric Football timeline?

Box of Full Color Electric Football Books

uni hol 4 copy 2

    • The Unforgettable Buzz went to college! It was beyond our wildest dreams to ever think that a book about Electric Football history would ever be considered “academic.” But there we were, being toted to a classroom at the University of Central Florida during the Spring semester!
Pages 82 and 138 from The Unforgettable Buzz as they appeared the ESPN Electric Football documentary.

Pages 82 and 138 as they appeared the ESPN Electric Football documentary.

Web site banner for Full Color Electric Football

The 1967 Tudor NFL No. 613 Electric Football game

      • Celebrated the 3rd Birthday of The Unforgettable Buzz blog in July 2015. This might not seem like much, but most blogs don’t last 6 months. (Right now there are more than 280 post on this site!) We might not be the smartest, or the most SEO savvy people to ever run a blog, but we are one thing — determined. Otherwise we would have never published one book, let alone a second one.

So, a BIG “thank you” to everyone out there who has been along for ride, and who have helped keep this amazing 3.5 year Electric Football ride just keep going and going and going…We are humbled by your continued support.

Here’s to a memorable 2016!

 

Earl, Roddy, & MK