Saturday, November 17, 2012

1985 Wichita Eagle-Beacon bubblegumless Cards

This is the last year the newspaper put out cards ending a 3 year run of them.  As previous years they were issued in strips of 3 every week.

It is very rare set as not a large circulation and sometimes odd subject matter it would be a monumental task to complete this set from 83-85.

This 1985 checklist was compiled by Kevin O'Conner at he got the microfilm from Wichita and went through and cataloged each one.

Strip of 3 -

Checklist in PDF form -

 1985 Wichita Eagle-Beacon bubblegumless Cards

Saturday, November 10, 2012

1968 Uniroyal Keds Reds

This set is partially cataloged and I can add a few more pieces to it but I still need some holes filled in it.  I was a promotion by Uniroyal Keds a tire manufacturer similar to a Goodyear tire store today.  They lightly advertised free scrapbook and strip of cards if you come to their store.  I say lightly because looking at past newspapers their ad appeared just 3 times over a month period not exactly front page either.

Now when you went in you got strip 1 which contained 5 players and and end tab where you had to cut off and bring to Crosley Field on certain days to get the other 3 strips.

This strip contains most of the cards known to the set with Pete Rose and Lee May being the other 2 known cards.  Recently I found a lot and can add a few more to the mix.
This set was issued on very thin paper and not hard to imagine if missed first strip you'd never get the others plus getting to the ball park on certain days with the coupon for next strip seemed difficult then to add to that had to make it through a game with the strip intact seems to add to the extreme rarity of this set.

I believe the other strips only contained 4 players to the strip which means total set should contain 17  I also think the layout of the strips goes as following based solely on the cut lines when I line them backup - It is interesting to note that the Johnny Bench is from his rookie year and issued before his topps late series card.  Anyone with complete strip scans or other cards would like to see them and add/refine the list below.

Jim Maloney strip 1
Dave Bristol
Vada Pinson
Bob Johnson
Bob Lee

strip 2

Lee May

strip 3
Pete Rose

Tony Cloninger
Chico Ruiz
Fred Whitefield

strip 4
Leo Cardenas
Billy McCool
Alex Johnson
Johnny Bench