The Danny White era had officially begun in 1980 after the somewhat unexpected retirement of Roger Staubach after the 1979 season. With a balanced roster of talent, seasoned veterans, and young and rising stars, the Cowboys had every reason to feel they were a Super Bowl contender. White led a potent offense, directing the Cowboys to a 12–4 record, good for second place in the Eastern Division. Although they were number one in the NFL on offense and number 13 on defense, the Cowboys could not overcome the superior defense of the Philadelphia Eagles, losing 20–7 on the road in the NFC Championship Game.
This 18-card RetroCards set features players that did not appear on a regular card in 1981. The set includes: Bruce Thornton, Tim Newsome, Larry Bethea, John Fitzgerald, Robert Shaw, Doug Cosbie, Steve Wilson, Dennis Thurman, Gary Hogeboom, Tom Rafferty, Aaron Mitchell, Glenn Carano, Wade Manning, a team card featuring Tom Landry, an In-Action card of Danny White, and a “teammates” card featuring Harvey Martin and Ed “Too Tall” Jones. Also included are playoff cards of the NFC Wild Card vs. Rams and the NFC Divisional Game vs. Falcons.