The first one was produced when James Lofton and John Jefferson were catching passes from Lynn Dickey, Jan Stenerud was doing the kicking and Bart Starr was coaching.
Law enforcement agencies in northeastern Wisconsin haven’t stopped producing an annual set of Green Bay Packers trading cards since that 1983 season.
The 2019 Packers police set is now out with cops across the region handing out a few cards at a time, usually to youngsters, or just dishing out all 20 in the set. For the first time, the design is horizontal in nature with a player photo on the front and a short bio and safety message sharing the back.
The 37th annual edition includes Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, Kenny Clark, David Bakhtiari and other top players on the team. Production apparently started early as none of the team’s free agent acquisitions or rookies are included. However, new coach Matt LaFleur gets a card.
While “police” or “safety” sets were common from the late 70s to early 90s, only a few police agencies partner with pro sports teams for trading card sets these days and none match the Packers’ long partnership with law enforcement agencies. The cards are popular with adults, too, and significant quantities usually make their way into the marketplace. You can find complete sets for under $10 on eBay by clicking here.
The checklist is as follows:
Equanimeous St Brown
GM Brian Gutekunst
Coach Matt LaFleur