’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.