Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Oddball Brands From My Youth

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Oddball Brands From My Youth

As a player collector, I am always on the prowl to add new cards of my favorite players into the collections that I am building for them.

Sometimes that goal is easy, and sometimes it is very difficult.  With modern sets, and the number of parallel versions of cards issued in nearly all sets, the goal is easy.  But with vintage issues, it is a bit tougher – so I turn to the oddball sets.

So, before I show off my ‘Top Ten Oddball Sets’, let me explain my definition of an oddball set.  For me, the set must truly be odd – like, why on earth would company X be issuing baseball cards. And the more that the pairing of said company and baseball cards is, the more oddball, and the more that I likey.

With all of that being said, I have provided my ‘Top Ten’ list below.  And I took it a step further by researching how these cards were obtainable (I was able to find the facts on 9/10).

And now it is time – sit back and relax and enjoy ‘Top Ten Oddball Brands From My Youth’:

Honorable Mention – MooTown Snackers, K-Mart, McDonald’s, Ralston Purina, Nestle, Starting Line-Up, Denny’s, King-B, and Post Cereal.

10 – True Value – 30 card set that could be bought at True Value hardware stores with any $5 purchase

9 – KayBee Toys – box set sold exclusively through Kay-Bee toy stores

8 – Jimmy Dean – could not find any info on how these were distributed

7 – Duracell – 48 card set was available through a mail-in process that required Duracell proof of purchase UPC codes

6 – M&M’s – 24 card set that was inserted into large M&M packages

5 – Jumbo Sunflower Seeds – 3 cards were randomly inserted into special packages of Jumbo Sunflower Seeds

4 – Cap’n Crunch Cereal – 24 card set in which two cards and a stick of gum were inserted into specially marked boxes of Cap’n Crunch cereal

3 – Hostess – 32 card set that was inserted into boxes of Twinkies and Hostess cupcakes

2 – Drakes – 33 card sets inserted into Drake’s bakery treats

1 – Kellogg’s – single cards were inserted into Kellogg’s cereal boxes and the entire set was available through a mail-in order process

Wow, that really took me back to my youth.  I have a decent amount of these kinds of cards in my collection today.  They cards are such a nice extension to the collections that I have put together that would normally only feature the major brands.

Did I miss any sets that you like?  Which oddball brands do you  have memories of as a kid?  Which one is your favorite?

Let me hear it.

Trio Of Jim Palmer 2005 Playoff ‘Tools Of The Trade’ Baseball Cards

Trio Of Jim Palmer 2005 Playoff ‘Tools Of The Trade’ Baseball Cards

The ‘Tools Of Trade’ sets issued in 2004 and 2005 have never let me down.  I love the design, and I am a fan of the challenge of trying to nab as many of the multi-colored variations as I can.

I have a pretty healthy handful of the Andre Dawson cards from these sets, so I thought I would try scooping up a few of another player that I collect with passion – James Alvin Palmer.

I was able to bring home three of the cards from the 2005 set.  And I have to say, I am off to a pretty solid start with these three additions.

Have a look:

What you see above are the Black, Red, and Blue versions of the card.  Each is serial numbered and they all look great.

One of the things that I enjoy most about this set is that no matter which colored variation that you pick up, they all are very appealing to look at.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, they are all serial numbered.  Here is a breakdown of the three that are now mine:

Black – 94/100
Blue – 109/150
Red – 246/250

Gotta Love It!!!

AWFUL ALERT – Johnny Bench 2001 Upper Deck Legends – ‘The Fiorentino Collection’

Johnny Bench 2001 Upper Deck Legends – ‘The Fiorentino Collection’

Look, Johnny Bench is a favorite at ’30-YOC’.  I collect his cards.  I love his team.  And I firmly believe that he is the greatest catcher of the last 60 years (with Yogi Berra being his lone competition for the all-time spot).

With all of that being said, this card is just plain awful.

Come see, but you have been warned…

Told ya. 

Let’s move on, shall we?

Rod Carew 2012 Topps Archives – 1968 Topps Design w/All-Star Rookie Trophy!!!

Rod Carew 2012 Topps Archives – 1968 Topps Design w/All-Star Rookie Trophy!!!

I had picked up one of these 2012 Archives of Rod Carew in a pack of Archives when the product was released a few months ago.  I quickly sent it to a loyal Twins fan and reader of ’30-YOC’ but I knew that I was going to want one for my collection as well.

So, during a recent shopping spree on www.sportlots.com, I scooped up one for myself.  And I paid just eighteen cents too!

Here is the card:

I really like Carew, and I am in the process of putting together a collection of cards that feature him that were issued during his playing days.

But every once in a while, I feel the urge to grab a modern card of him too.  And this time out, I think I struck gold!!  The card is gorgeous, and I have always been a fan of the Topps All-Star Rookie trophy.


Mike Schmidt 1988 Donruss

Mike Schmidt 1988 Donruss

It looks like Mike Schmidt is looking at the dugout trying to get ‘the sign’ of what the manager wants him to do in this at-bat.

Have a peek:

Don’t be surprised if the skipper put the ‘Hit the hell out of the ball’ signal in play…