Christmas Catalog Page Top 10 — No. 9

No. 9 1967 Ward

No. 9 – the 1967 Ward Christmas Catalog

Our Electric Football Christmas Catalog Page Countdown continues! Coming in at No. 9 is page 275 of the 1967 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog. 1967 was Tudor’s first year with the NFL license, and this is the FIRST catalog appearance of the company’s brand new NFL No. 620 game with the Browns and Giants. This wasn’t the standard issue No. 620, as the Ward version came with an exclusive accordion-like grandstand (existence confirmed by Electric Football archeologist extraordinaire Brian Nixon).

Another interesting part of the Ward page is a Tudor No. 500 photo that’s labeled “Super Bowl electric football.” This was two years before the first Sears’ Tudor Super Bowl appeared, so for years we chalked this up to ambitious advertising on Ward’s part. But then at TudorCON 14 René Smith showed up with this little beauty.

René Smith with his 1968 Otasco Tudor No. 500 Super Bowl - a game the we didn't know existed!

René Smith with his 1968 Otasco Tudor No. 500 Super Bowl – a game the we didn’t know existed!

So maybe Ward did have a small generic Super Bowl No. 500 in 1967. One of the reasons we love Electric Football. You just never know what will turn up.

No matter the variation of the No. 620 that showed up under your tree in 1967, you were completely captivated by Tudor’s miniature NFL. And Tudor was off to a decade of NFL Electric Football heights that would change the toy, and how it was perceived, forever.

More to come from our Countdown — it’s already December!

Full Color Friday – Tudor QB Brass Master


Electric Football production pieces of any kind are exceedingly rare. That’s because they weren’t viewed as anything “special” at the time they were created. Their purpose was simple — to be part of the industrial process of making a toy. Or in the case of the page from Full Color Electric Football we’re previewing today, the process of creating an Electric Football player. And these production pieces didn’t create just a single item or player. The brass master in our photo spawned tens of millions of Electric Football players.

So…can something really be “special” when millions of items are produced from it?

Yes, because of what happened when a production line ceased. Pieces like this quarterback were not only discarded, they were destroyed. Melted down. Just visualize this master being dumped into a blazing furnace…Electric Football history disappearing right before your eyes.

So we’re proud in Full Color Electric Football to be able to feature — in color — this Tudor brass master. It was from him that Tudor created their NFL Quarterback Electric Football sets in the early 1980’s. It was also from him that Tudor created the short-lived “Quarterbacks of the NFL” line in 1983.

As one of the few Electric Football production pieces to survive into the modern era, he’s now like a prized dinosaur fossil in a museum display. His “bones” help explain Electric Football’s past to future generations. Another special part of this QB’s legacy is that he spent his post-production days in Brooklyn sitting on the desk of Electric Football inventory and Tudor Games President Norman Sas. How’s that for a priceless pedigree?

We’re pleased to finally give this Tudor player the exposure he deserves — in full color. 


Earl, Roddy, & MK


Christmas Catalog Page Top 10 Countdown – No. 10

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Page 344 from the 1962 Sears Christmas Catalog comes in at No. 10 on our Countdown.

Welcome to our Electric Football Christmas Page Catalog Top 10 Countdown! This is the first installment, featuring the Electric Football catalog page that came in at No. 10 on our countdown.

Page 344 from 1962 Sears Christmas Catalog was the first time the Gotham NFL G-1500 appeared in color. It marked the “big time” for Electric Football, with the 36″ x 21″ game – the first big Electric Football game – taking up the top-third of the page. This was the most elaborate presentation Electric Football had ever been given by a major mail-order retailer.

And Sears at this point in time was no ordinary mail-order retailer. They were, in fact, the world’s largest toy retailer. This 1962 page was Sears’ official endorsement of Electric Football as a “featured” toy, as status the game would carry for the next two-plus decades.

This page was a landmark Electric Football history. It shaped how kids (and especially parents!) viewed Electric Football, and turned the burner up to “high” in the Electric Football competition between Tudor and Gotham.

(Both of the Gotham Electric Football games on this page, the NFL G-1500 and smaller G-940, can be found in our new Full Color Electric Football book.)


Full Color Friday – Tudor’s “Big” 1967 AFL

Pages 70 and 71 from Full Color Electric Football Big Tudor AFL players in Full Color Electric Football

Full Color Electric Football™ was a labor love. It was all about putting together Electric Football images that we love, images that were inspired by our memories of that first Tudor NFL (or AFL) Electric Football game; our first sighting of a Tudor Super Bowl in a Sears Christmas Wish Book; that first peak at a lineup of NFL and AFL teams in a Lee Payne-designed color Rule Book insert.

These are all moments that, decades later, we still cherish. They link to some of the best moments of our childhood, combining the wonder and innocence of a time when things were simple. When a new NFL team came in the mail, or a new Electric Football game showed up under the Christmas tree…life was good. Very good. You had everything you needed. Period.

That’s how we felt when got the first copies of Full Color Electric Football. Leafing through the pages, especially pages like the beautiful AFL spread included in this post, it was a dream come true. We felt like a giant box containing every Tudor NFL team had been delivered to our doorstep.

And we sincerely hope you’ll share our dream when you have a chance to check out Full Color Electric Football. It’s totally from the heart. We tried to honor this wonderful game as it deserves to be honored – in full color.


Earl, Roddy, & MK


1967 Tudor color Rule Book insert - we matched the team order in Full Color Electric Football 1967 Tudor color Rule Book insert – we duplicated the team order for Full Color Electric Football

Full Color Electric Football™ Is Published!

Box of Full Color Electric Football Books

We are pleased and proud to announce the official publication of our new book Full Color Electric Football™. It’s been quite the “drive” to get this thing into the end zone, including a few tricky “third-and-long” conversions.

Our hopes were high for Full Color Electric Football, and we have to say, those hopes were exceeded. Even after living with this material for almost two years, we found ourselves floored when flipping through the pages of our advance copies.

This book is a dream come true. From the very beginning we “saw” a color Electric Football book. So this marks the culmination of all that we’ve done over the last 20 years. It’s the writing, the research, the photography, and the collecting, all rolled into 124 beautiful pages.

Michael Kronenberg’s design work is…well, you’ll be able to see for yourselves. Masterful, brilliant, visionary — Lee Payne would be proud. And the photography, as Norman Sas and Lee always strived for with Tudor images, puts you right in the game. The appeal of Electric Football is obvious to see, as the NFL comes to life right before our eyes.

We hope that all of you will find a cherished piece of your childhood in Full Color Electric Football.

We encourage you to purchase Full Color Electric Football from our Official e-Store. The e-Store lets you order the book directly from the printer, cutting out the middle man for you, and for us. 

To further encourage you we’re offering a Special Discount on all e-Store sales until November 30, 2015. Enter the code below in the “Apply Discount” box of your shopping cart and get a $1.50 off each copy you buy.


You will have to create an ID and password for Create Space, the company that oversees the e-store. We’ve been working with Create Space since 2013 (they also print The Unforgettable Buzz) and have purchased hundreds of books from them. They operate on a secure server and are a thoroughly professional online company. Click on the button below to navigate to the e-Store. And don’t forget your discount code!

For those of you not comfortable with the e-Store format, not wanting to hassle with a new ID/Password, or wanting to take full advantage of your Amazon Prime benefits, we understand. Here’s the link to our Amazon page:




New Tudor Games Web Site

Tudor Web SS copy

Tudor Games has just unveiled an updated web site to go along with its new sets of NFL Electric Football teams. The new layout looks fantastic and is easy to use. A lot of thought and work went into creating “clean” pages that offer up everything an Electric Football fan might need in just a few clicks. Tudor Games President Doug Strohm put a lot of time into the new layout and he should be proud of how well things turned out.

That we still have Tudor Games still around in 2015 selling NFL games and teams is pretty miraculous. It was a monumental feat on Doug’s part to get the NFL back, showing a commitment to Electric Football that’s nothing short of “full on.”

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Part of The Buzz image slide show on the redesigned Tudor Games web site.

That’s why we at The Unforgettable Buzz are proud to have contributed to Tudor’s new Electric Football History page. There you will find a concise description of Tudor history as well as a “Greatest Hits” slide show of Unforgettable Buzz images (see above). Be sure to check out the History page after you’ve picked up some of Tudor’s new NFL team sets. The teams look great. We need to support Tudor Games and make sure they stay around for a long, long time!


Earl & Roddy

An Electric Football Afternoon

Bernard Williams and Corey Johnson draw a crow at King of Prussia Mall (PA).

Bernard Williams and Corey Johnson draw a crowd at King of Prussia Mall (PA).

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon watching Electric Football being played at the highest level. The event — a “Demo Day” and mini-tournament organized by Philadelphia Electric Football all-pros Corey “National” Johnson and Ed “Smokestack” Scott — was held at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall in suburban Philadelphia. Also on hand was base-tweaking wizard James Harris, along with his delightful wife Tee. Coming down all the way from New York to be part of the event were Bernard Williams and Edwin Hinton.

James Harris' Seahawks and Ed Scott's Vikings.

James Harris’ Seahawks and Ed Scott’s Vikings on Ed’s board.

It was eye-opening to see the game played on a “professional” size field, with complex adjustments and rule implementations being done at speed to make the play as realistic as possible. The quickness and precision of James Harris’ “looping” rushers had to be seen to be believed. And actually I saw it, but it’s still hard to believe.

There were nice crowds throughout the day, with many staying for long periods, totally fascinated by what they were seeing. Corey, an MFCA National Champion and Hall of Famer, took time to talk about Electric Football with every single person who stopped by, earning full all-pro honors for his promotional skills. Ed Scott also spent at least 15 minutes working with a young couple (in their 20’s) on the finer points of the Tudor QB figure. Ed made sure they actually got the QB in their hands for a full-on kicking and passing “tryout.”

Corey introduces Electric Football to a boy whose never seen the game before.

Corey introduces Electric Football to a boy whose never seen the game before.

Most of the kids, teens, and college age spectators who stopped by had never seen an Electric Football game before. For them, watching the game being played seemed to be a major revelation. You could see it no their faces. The youngest, of course, were totally taken by the entire miniature NFL player concept (yes, Corey had brought along Eagles).

James and Edwin made it to the championship game, with James’ stingy Seahawks’ defense keeping Edwin’s Jets in check until the final play. On 4th down Edwin’s running back burst through a small hole in the line and seemed on his way to touchdown…until he hooked arms with one of his own teammates. They spin began and the play was over. James was the day’s winner.

It was a true Electric Football day right down to the core. A great group of guys showing off the game that they love. And passing it on. The future of Electric Football is bright indeed.



Chiefs and Packers Monday Night Football Photo Series


Some Electric Football team combination are just classic. We were only looking for one photo to use out of this series, but so many of them turned out so well that we couldn’t help but share them. Especially with the Chiefs and Packers headlining Monday Night Football tonight. These are big/large Packers from 1967 and Chiefs from the early 1970’s. Enjoy!!!



Electric Football As A Christmas Catalog “Featured Toy”

1969 Montgomery Ward Christmas Book

1969 Montgomery Ward Christmas Book

There are so many points in Electric Football history where a change occurred and the path of the game was forever altered. One of the truly momentous changes happened when Electric Football began appearing the in the Christmas catalogs of major mail order retailers in the mid-1950’s.

Electric Football in the 1955 Montgomery Ward Christms Catalog

Electric Football in the 1955 Montgomery Ward Christms Catalog.

It was 1955 when Electric Football showed up in the Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog (above), the Sears Christmas Catalog, and also the Spiegel Christmas Catalog. Sears and Ward were both featuring a Gotham Electric Football game.

This happened because of the extensive connections that Gotham Vice President Eddie Gluck had in the toy world. One of his other connections was that he happened to be a former Tudor employee.

Spiegel had the Tudor Tru-Action No. 500 in a tiny yet full color illustration. This was the first time Electric Football appeared in color.

The Tudor No. 5000 in the 1955 Spiegel Christmas Catalog

The Tudor No. 5000 in the 1955 Spiegel Christmas Catalog

Looking at the Ward page from 1955 — it’s really hard on the eye. The Gotham G-880 game in the top right corner seems to blend right into the page. But it wouldn’t be long before Electric Football was promoted to “Featured Toy” status. By the early 1960’s major mail-order retailers like Sears, Ward, and JC Penney were all displaying Electric Football prominently on full-color pages (see main image).

Electric Football would remain a Featured Toy in Christmas catalogs for most of the next two decades. By that time, of course, the onslaught of electronic games relegated it — and most all other toys — to the category of “ordinary.”

Thankfully in 2015 we still have Electric Football, and it’s even still appearing in Christmas catalogs! For those of us who know it best, it has never ceased to be a Featured Toy. And we’re going feature the best of the game throughout our upcoming Full Color Electric Football book.


Earl & Roddy


Electric Football’s Golden 50-Yard Line

By now we’ve all noticed the gold 50-yard line numbers being used by the NFL. The league is doing this to honor the upcoming 50th Super Bowl game, since 50 years, at least in marriage terms, is known as the “Golden Anniversary.” That got us to thinking…does any Electric Football game have a golden 50-yard line?

The first game that comes to mind is Tudor’s 1968-69 AFL No. 520 model. It has orange yard lines lithographed on its field, including an orange 50-yard line. That’s close, but not quite right.

AFL Photo 2

An orange 50-yard line on the Tudor AFL No. 520 game.

Next we thought of the 1970-72 Tudor AFC No. 610 model. This game used an orange and red theme to designate the AFC, and had gold field numbers that were outlined in red. A nice look, but again, that’s not quite it. (The photo below is our Ward No. 627 — it used the same field as the No. 610.)

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But there is one Electric Football game that does have a gold 50-yard line. The numbering is actually white, but the “50” is outlined in gold. And only the 50-yard line outlined in gold. The other numbers on the field alternate between blue outlined even numbers, and red outlined odd numbers. Sound familiar? As a hint, this game finished at No. 3 on our Top 20 Countdown.

It’s the 1970 Sears Tudor Super Bowl.

1970 SB Koff

EF Gold 50

Does Electric Football ever cease to be amazing? We’ll have more previews from our Full Color Electric Football™ book on Friday. In the meantime, stay tuned…


Earl, Roddy, and MK


Web site banner for Full Color Electric Football

Banner image for our new Full Color Electric Football website.

We are thrilled to announce that is now “live” and online! This new website is the official home of our upcoming Full Color Electric Football™ book.

The site has been in the works for some time, and will hopefully be the main landing spot when people search online for Full Color Electric Football™. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting up sample pages, and of course the publication date for the book. We’re getting ever closer to the big day.

We’ll not be abandoning The Unforgettable Buzz website. It will continue to be where the bulk of our Electric Football writing and ruminating takes place. We’ve already installed a live feed of Buzz posts on (check the right hand menu).

So please go on over to and check it out. We felt that our new book was worthy of its own online presence. We hope you’ll agree.


Earl, Roddy, & MK



Hong Kong Electric Football Painters “Greatest Hits”

Lineup of 1967 Tudor Electric Football players

In last week’s post we talked about Tudor’s Electric Football painters in Hong Kong. The job they did getting all those tiny NFL teams painted and ready for Tudor was amazing. It was hard work, but they were rewarded well because at the time there many American toy makers with paint “shops” in Hong Kong. After training up a painter the last thing Albert Sung wanted to do was lose them to a competitor. Sung’s deadlines were tight. He always needed the best painters he could get.

So this week we’re going to take a look at Hong Kong’s “Greatest Hits” — that is, the best work done by Tudor’s painters. And the work is truly special when you recall our photo from last week showing the stacks of player pallets sitting at each painter’s station. That the painters could impart this much detail to the players…it’s was a major factor in Tudor earning the top-sellers spot at NFL Properties from 1967-76.

We — us kids, that is — had never seen anything like this:

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Cleveland Browns triple-sleeve stripe.

Atlanta Falcons sock stripes.

Electric Football New Orleans Saints sleeve stripes

Saints triple-sleeve stripe.

Electric Football Los Angeles Rams player with helmet horn

Rams’ helmet horn.

1967 Philadelphia Eagles Electric Football player

Four sleeve-stripe pattern of the Eagles.

Electric Football Green Bay Packer with sleeve and helmets stripes.

Packers sleeve and helmets stripes.

Oilers sleeve stripes.

Oilers sleeve stripes.

Chiefs' helmet arrow.

Chiefs’ helmet arrow.

The best Tudor and Gotham had done before 1967 was this…

Lee Payne's 1964 Electric Football "Fab Five"

Lee Payne’s 1964 Electric Football “Fab Five”

Or this…

A 1961 G-1500 from our display. The toy career of Tudor's James Baum was already well underway when this game first appeared in the Sears Christmas catalog.

1961 Gotham NFL G-1500

What Tudor’s Hong Kong painters gave us were major upgrades to the Electric Football experience. It took the vision of Lee Payne and Norman Sas, the practical nuts-and-bolts genius of Albert Sung, as well as the very determined and talented hands of unnamed artisans in Hong Kong to create the painted NFL player.

It’s a concept that we’ll never forget, and one that will be on full display in our upcoming Full Color Electric Football book. Keep that finger on the switch!


Earl, Roddy, & MK



NFL Electric Football Player Painting in the 1960’s

NFL Electric Football Players being painted in Hong Kong

Revealed for the first time – a color photo of Tudor’s NFL teams being painted in Hong Kong during the late 1960’s. Each pallet contained over 200 players.

The “toy men” of Electric Football — Norman Sas, Lee Payne, Eddie Gluck, Joe Modica, Brian Clarke, and Don Munro —all have Hall of Fame credentials. But there’s another person who belongs on that list. He had a major impact on every single Tudor NFL Electric Football game and team that was produced throughout the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. That would be Albert Sung.

Photo of Albert Sung

Albert Sung

Mr. Sung worked on the other side of the world in Hong Kong. He was responsible for the molding of Tudor’s players, and also the much bigger job of getting all the NFL teams painted. During the peak season he had 300 workers painting millions of miniature Tudor NFL players (see photo above). Each painter would have stacks of player pallets containing upwards of 200 Electric Football players. What a daunting task it must have been to sit down in the morning and look at perhaps 1,000 tiny players stacked up at your painting station.

The day’s assignment was to paint each of these players identically…as quickly as possible. There was no time to carefully strive for “perfection.” We’ve been told that a truly accomplished painter could hold three brushes at a time in their non-painting hand, quickly pulling the brush and color they needed — for stripes, helmets, and “grass”— from between their fingers. The best could finish an entire player within minutes.

The Table of Contents from our upcoming Full Color Electric Football™book.

Some of the amazing early work done by Albert Sung and Tudor’s Hong Kong painters

Super Bowl teams, which Norman Sas had to make a “best guess” at by the end of December, always had priority. They were painted during the month of January and shipped by the end of the month so Tudor could get their Super Bowl games ready for Sears. Then Sung and his painting crew moved onto the rest of the NFL teams, with a delivery schedule that stretched from March to September. Mr. Sung recounted that it usually took a month for the teams to simply clear U.S. Customs.

Beyond the actual physical act of painting, Mr. Sung had to order all the paints in the right quantity, and make sure the colors matched those specified by NFL Properties. These were all massive issues, especially with the NFL mandating that all paint be dumped when it was a year old.

1966 Sung Card

Player painting was a monumental task — we think the painters in Hong Kong have NEVER gotten the credit they truly deserve. Even in the years when the painting was less than perfect, it was still an incredibly difficult job. Yet the painted teams were such a critical piece to Electric Football’s greatness, and a major reason why we still have such great memories of playing the game.

There’s much more about the Hong Kong “process” and Albert Sung’s many contributions to Electric Football in our book The Unforgettable Buzz. Many, many thanks to all of you who have already showed your support for our work.


Earl, Roddy, & MK

Electric Football’s Biggest Weekend Ever? Richmond 2015

  The countdown is underway for the biggest Electric Football weekend of 2015. On July 31-August 2 Tudor Games and the Miniature Football Coaches Association are co-hosting the Electric Football World Championship and Convention in Richmond, Virginia. The event is being … Continue reading

Toy Hall Of Fame — The Answer is “YES!”

Electric Football Browns and Giants on the scrimmage line

The Electric Football community has spoken, and the consensus is clear — yes, an effort should be made in 2015 to get Electric Football into the Toy Hall of Fame. That was the reaction to our blog post last week.

So…ok, here’s the link to the Toy Hall of Fame nomination form:

The nomination period ends on July 31 — that gives us two weeks to make our voices heard. Everybody get typing!

Like we suggested last week, maybe there can be a “Nomination Hour” on the 31st at the Tudor/MFCA Convention in Richmond. Everybody can Check in, Log in, and Nominate Electric Football. How hard could that be?

We’ll be putting up Toy Hall of Fame reminders on all of our Social Media platforms during the next two weeks. And we’re going start working on our own nomination forms. Guess it won’t hurt to try again…


Earl, Roddy & MK



Electric Football Anniversary — 3 Years Of The Buzz Blog

Lineup of 1967 Tudor NFL Electric Football teamsIt’s hard to believe that we’ve been writing about Electric Football for over THREE years now on The Unforgettable Buzz web page. As we mentioned last year, we just didn’t think there was that much to say!

But how wrong we were. In fact, this is blog post No. 264! And without question, this past year was full of unforgettable happenings:

1) The Unforgettable Buzz and Electric Football landed on an official NFL team web page thanks to the New York Jets.

The New York Jets web page and The Unforgettable Buzz

2) The Unforgettable Buzz became a college textbook in course No. 3823/The Role of Business Entrepreneurship in Sport and Entertainment at the University of Central Florida.

3) Information and pages from The Unforgettable Buzz were used extensively by Academy Award winning director Errol Morris in his entertaining ESPN documentary The Subterranean Stadium.

Pages 82 and 138 from The Unforgettable Buzz as they appeared the ESPN Electric Football documentary.

Pages 82 and 138 from The Unforgettable Buzz as they appeared the ESPN Electric Football documentary.

4) Another Toy Fair visit in NYC getting an up close and personal view of the Tudor Games NFL line for 2015.

The Tudor Games booth at the 2015 Toy Fair

5) In January we completed our Top 20 All-Time Electric Football Games Countdown.

The 1969 Sears Tudor Super Bowl Game with Jets and Colts

At No. 2 on the Countdown – the 1969 Sears Tudor Super Bowl game.

6) And falling into the category of “upcoming,” our second book Full Color Electric Football™ will be published this fall.

The full cover of the book Full Color Electric Football

Full Color Electric Football™

There’s still plenty to write about and celebrate in this endlessly amazing hobby. Thanks for all of your support over the last three years — we wouldn’t be here without you!


Earl, Roddy, & MK

Toy Hall of Fame…Worth The Effort in 2015?

Tudor 1973 NFL Rule Book Electric Football

Tudor’s 1973 Electric Football NFL Rule Book

Electric Football, despite the concerted efforts of the entire Electric Football community over the last two years, is still not part of the Toy Hall of Fame. And where in past years we here at The Unforgettable Buzz entered the month of July and the final weeks of the Hall of Fame nominating process with childlike enthusiasm, this year we’re full of world-weary adult cynicism.

We wish with all our hearts that Electric Football would get in the Hall and gain the recognition it truly deserves. Yet it seems that our favorite game has become the Jim Marshall of the toy world. A deserving and worthy Hall of Fame contender that gets completely overlooked year after year.

Vikings Jim Marshall chasing the Rams Roman Gabriel

Is Electric Football the Jim Marshall of the toy world?

A major part of our frustration is…how many 66-year-old toys have a current modern manufacturer, not to mention a passionate and fully active community behind it? Were people really writing impassioned pleas last year about little green army men…including details down to the exact Christmas morning the miniature infantry showed up? (Let’s make it clear that we DO think little green army men belong in the Hall.)

And don’t get us started on “bubbles.” Well, since we did start, let’s finish. Bubbles are fun for about 10 minutes on a warm summer day. Then you put the container away (or mom stashed it) and you forgot about it until the next year — by which point the bubble fluid had completely dried up. This you did until you turned eight. Then you never gave bubbles another thought. Nobody, absolutely nobody, remembers their first bottle of bubbles. And NOBODY in the world can recite an address where bubbles were made. How many of us can still quote from memory Tudor’s “176 Johnson Street, Brooklyn, New York?”

As you can tell, we’re feeling pretty jaded about this whole Toy Hall of Fame thing. We think that Electric Football is being intentionally overlooked. We also think that there’s more to the nominating process than simply emailing stories about your favorite toy. If the process were that…shall we say, transparent, it’s hard to believe that everybody’s efforts last year wouldn’t have landed Electric Football into the top 12 Finalist. Perhaps if Electric Football had a corporate sponsor it would have a better chance? (Or any chance?)

So is it worth ramping up another Toy Hall of Fame campaign in July of 2015? Can we really go about doing the exact same thing as in previous years and honestly expect a different outcome?

What do you think?

Maybe the first thing everyone does after arriving in Richmond for the Electric Football Convention on July 31 is submit a Toy Hall of Fame nomination? It will be the final day of the process. Perfect timing for late and conclusive push? The third time is a charm?

Just thinking out loud and looking for a little karma. We sure could use it.


Earl & Roddy


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Happy 2nd Anniversary For The Unforgettable Buzz!

The Table of Contents from our upcoming Full Color Electric Football™book.

The Table of Contents from our upcoming Full Color Electric Football™ book.

It was two years ago today that our Electric Football history book The Unforgettable Buzz was published. The long odyssey to getting published was one thing, and the odyssey we’ve been on since June 26, 2013 and been something else entirely. A humongous “thank you” to all of you have out there who bought the book and supported this web page, our Facebook page, and our other social media sites. We are grateful to each and every one of you. We sold more books than ever imagined was possible.

What we’ve experienced over the last two years has been amazingly positive. Yes, we’ve run into our share of Spinal Tap moments, but they’ve been few and far between. And we’re not finished yet. In the not too distant future we’ll be publishing our second book Full Color Electric Football.  To help celebrate the second anniversary of The Unforgettable Buzz we’re posting a Michael Kronenberg-designed sample page from Full Color Electric Football™.

We’re really excited with how the new project has all come together. We can’t wait to get it out. Just like an original Tudor NFL Giants-Browns No. 620 game, it’s going to be a Christmas present you’ll never forget!


Earl, Roddy & Michael

Living Electric Football History Part II — the Coleco and Munro Sites

The former Coleco factory in Montreal. Most of the companies’ Electric Football parts were made here.

Electric Football history in the “here and now” was our blog topic last week, and we continue today with the Electric Football makers that were headquartered outside of New York City. And what’s unique about toy makers Coleco and Munro Games is that they had manufacturing sites in both the U.S. and Canada.

Coleco's former corporate headquarters in Hartford, CT.

Coleco’s former corporate headquarters in Hartford, CT.

Coleco came into Electric Football in 1970 with a corporate address in Hartford, CT (945 Asylum Avenue). But most of the manufacturing of Coleco’s Electric Football games and parts took place in Montreal at 4000 St. Ambroise Street. It was there in a former textile mill that Coleco used Eagle Toys table hockey design expertise to bring its “World of Sports” to life in 1970. This stunning building along the St. Lawrence River still stands today as an upscale commercial real estate development called the Chateau St-Ambroise.

The front of the impressive Chateau St-Ambroise building in Montreal.

The front of the impressive Chateau St-Ambroise building in Montreal. Coleco once had 800 employees working here.

Canadian table hockey giant Munro Games, who actually spent a short spell making Electric Football from 1960-61, had manufacturing capabilities on both sides of the border when they reentered the Electric Football market in 1971. Their original Canadian factory was at 2442 Fairview Avenue in Burlington, Ontario. This address, once the home to the inventor of table hockey, is now the site of a Swiss Chalet restaurant. 

Site of the Munro Games factory

The original Munro Games factory once stood at this site in Ontario.

In the U.S., Munro Games was partnered with Servotronics, Inc., a company that was headquartered in Buffalo, NY at 3901 Union Avenue (technically Cheektowaga, NY). This was the address that you ordered Munro Electric Football teams and parts from. Today it’s a strip mall with a Harbor Freight Tool store and a Mexican restaurant.

Where Munro Games was once headquartered in the U.S.

Where Munro Games was once headquartered in the U.S.

The actual Munro factory that produced the famous Day/Nite Football game was on New York Route 98 in nearby Arcade, NY. This nondescript building still stands, it’s impact on Electric Football and the toy world a nearly vanished distant memory.

The former Munro Games factory in Arcade, NY.

The former Munro Games factory in Arcade, NY. The Munro Day/Nite Electric Football game was made at this site.

The legacy of all of the sites we’ve talked about over the last two weeks, and the people who once worked there, should not be underestimated. These factories were all major employers where people could make a living working in toys. When these companies shut their doors — Munro being the earliest in the mid-1970’s, Tudor and Coleco being the last in the late 1980’s — they left a major economic hole in their communities. And in terms of manufacturing none of these buildings have equaled the economic output they had during the glory years of Electric Football. It was a unique time — one we’ll not see again.

Munro's Day/Nite game

Munro’s Day/Nite game…its lights and our dreams fully turned on.

It’s a time that’s really even hard to imagine now. Electric Football was once so popular that four different toymakers were trying to outdo each other in a “features” race that brought us giant grandstands, painted NFL players, Command Control, TTC bases, and even lights. What a time it was…


Earl & Roddy


Living Electric Football History — the Gotham Factory Sites

An 1940 Playthings ad for Gotham's new factory

Gotham advertising their new factory to the toy world in 1940.

Electric Football history can still be found in the “here and now,” being scattered across a few anonymous sites in the U.S. and Canada. The skeletons of the game, or at least where the games were conceived and produced, are there to be found…if you know where to look.

The former Tudor factory in Brooklyn.

Tudor’s former 176 Johnson Street site is now a condo building called The Toy Factory.

We know that in Brooklyn, where the game was born in 1949, the old Tudor factory still stands at 176 Johnson Street. And in what seems a fitting tribute to Tudor’s long and storied history, the building has become “The Toy Factory,” an upscale condo development that helped spur the revitalization of the neighborhood.

Gotham’s former factory in the Bronx. The company  was at this site in the 1930’s, and from 1960 to 1973.

Not far away in the Bronx, two different old Gotham Pressed Steel factories still stand. One is a large building that takes up almost an entire block of Wales Avenue at East 144 Street. Gotham used this site during the 1930’s, and then moved back to the building in 1960. While it’s really remarkable that the structure is still standing, its fate seems quite the opposite of Tudor’s Brooklyn building. Having been converted into a chemical plant after Gotham was absorbed by Munro Games in 1973, the building now has a real state sign on it. It remains to be seen whether any manufacturer would find the site attractive in 2015, or whether the owner is waiting for this part of the Bronx to become the next Brooklyn in terms of revitalization.

A photo of Gotham's former factory

Another Gotham factory site in the Bronx. Gotham occupied this building from 1940-60.

Gotham’s other factory site is at East 133rd and Cypress Avenue. This is actually where Gotham was located when they entered into Electric Football in 1954 and became Tudor’s main competitor. Gotham operated in this building from 1940 until 1960. At one point in last decade this was home to an auto repair business, but the area appears pretty quiet in 2015. A far cry from the toy world bustle this building witnessed in the past.

So for anyone who wants to view the living fossils of Electric Football, they are still out there. And you don’t have to risk going to Jurassic Park to find them.


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