LANCERS CARD SET TYPICAL OF UNDER FUNDED TEAM
The Rochester Lancers 1980 card set, produced in conjunction with Wendy's and Pepsi are fairly typical of the under-financed North American Soccer League team, and are
perhaps among the worst looking cards ever produced.

 
Card # Player, First Player, Last
1 Enzo DiPede
2 Laszlo Harsanyi
3 Craig Reynolds
4 Dusan Lukic
5 Ruben Giacobetti
6 Renato Cila
7 Mike Stojanovic
9 Fred Grgurev
11 Ibraim Silva
12 Jim Pollihan
13 Gene Strenicer
14 Pablo Centrone
15 Pat Ercoli
16 Jim McLoughlin
19 Dennis Mepham
20 Branko Segota
21 Val Tuksa
22 Damir Sutevski
24 Emanuel Schwartz
26 Andy Sobolewski

The photos are dark and grainy, most of them are posed, and look like they were taken by a photographer standing on a bench. Long, dark shadows are easily visible behind the players.

Yet the set, which contains 20 known cards is significant for several reasons. First, it really highlights the disparity among franchises in the NASL in the early eighties, and second it depicts many of the great indoor players of the era.

While the Lancers failed to make the NASL playoffs in 1980, going 12-20, the core of the team also played indoors during the winter and made up the bulk of the power house New York Arrows lineup that won four straight Major Indoor Soccer League titles.

Among the players in the set are Enzo DiPede, Renato Cila, Fred Grgurev, Jim Pollihan (now an executive with the Harrisburg Heat, and the first goal scorer in MISL history) and Branko Segota.