Lively Tales About Dead Teams


one comment

The springtime United States Football League published terrific game programs under the banner KICKOFF Magazine for all three years of its existence from 1983 through 1985. Each program contained 60 or more pages of nationally syndicated content about the USFL, plus a center insert of 20 or so pages about the local team and that day’s matchup.

We believe there to be 36 unique editions of KICKOFF that were published. Cover subjects include future Hall-of-Famers Jim Kelly (Houston Gamblers) and Steve Young (Los Angeles Express), along with other notable young stars who chose to begin their careers in the USFL instead of the NFL. This includes a trio of Heisman winners from 1983 to 1985 in Herschel Walker (New Jersey Generals), Mike Rozier (Pittsburgh Maulers) and Doug Flutie (Generals).

Copies of KICKOFF are pretty easy to find – there are a few dozen on e-Bay at any given moment. Even the three Championship Game Programs are pretty easy to get – ignore the sellers demanding $75 to $100 for these. The truly difficult editions here are the playoff quarterfinal and semi-final programs for the 1983, 1984 and 1985 seasons. These show up rather infrequently and fetch $30 to $50 each from collectors looking to complete their runs.


Craig James Washington Federals

USFL Programs

Herschel Walker New Jersey Generals

USFL Kickoff

USFL Programs

Kelvin Bryant Philadelphia Stars

USFL Kickoff

1983 Michigan Panthers Program

Chuck Fusina Philadelphia Stars

Ken Lacy Michigan Panthers

1983 USFL Championship Game

1983 Michigan Panthers Yearbook

1983 Philadelphia Stars Yearbook

USFL Programs

Herschel Walker New Jersey Generals

USFL Kickoff

Joe Cribbs Birmingham Stallions

Mike Rozier Pittsburgh Maulers

Steve Young Los Angeles Express

Larry Csonka Jacksonville Bulls

Willie Collier Philadelphia Stars

USFL Programs

1984 USFL Program

Kelvin Bryant Philadephia Stars

USFL Programs

Tampa Bay Bandits Program

Doug Flutie New Jersey Generals

1985 Tampa Bay Bandits Program

Kelvin Bryant Baltimore Stars

Herschel Walker USFL

1985 Baltimore Stars Program

Kit Lathrop Arizona Outlaws

Anthony Carter Oakland Invaders

1985 Oakland Invaders Program

1985 USFL Championship Game Program

Written by AC

April 5th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Posted in

One Response to 'Programs'

Subscribe to comments with RSS or TrackBack to 'Programs'.

  1. Thanks for posting these covers! I love the original ones from 1983 which have the illustrated covers. I never saw the Craig James one previously.


    17 May 13 at 10:39 pm

Leave a Reply


Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: