Monday, October 18, 2010

1981 FBI Disc

Just an add-on to this checklist I have verified the Pete Rose and found 1 more complete box Gary Templeton, Larry Hisle.

Monday, August 30, 2010

1968 Jamesway

Jamesway trucking was the trucking company for Partridge Meats hence this set looks very similar to their partridge cousins.  It appears that this set was distributed to the business execs of the company and estimated between 25-50 sets made although the Pete Rose is by far much more prevalent than the others could be just the fact he was more popular player hence it was saved more so more survive to today.  Only Rose is in fact listed for the set but there exists 3 more 1 more Red and 2 more Pittsburgh players so also possible the Pittsburgh players were distributed to Pittsburgh execs and the Cincinnati players in the Cincy area.  The checklist may not be complete if anyone has more to add let me know.

Checklist -

Pete Rose
Johnny Bench
Willie Stargell
Terry Hanratty - Football

Friday, August 27, 2010

1981 FBI MSA Disc

I'm working on tracking down this set but it is uber rare issued in Canada on the bottom of FBI (Fanta Beverage Inc.) flavored drinks.  Very similar to the 82 set but rarer and since the 82 set is also one that is almost unknown makes this release almost in the test release range.  Most likely due to geographical distribution and not a very popular drink to start with and lack of baseball following pretty much doomed both sets from becoming popular.

Anyone with any additions to this set please email me.

Known examples -

Reggie Jackson
Nolan Ryan
Rick Bosetti
Steve Garvey
Warren Cromartie

Believed exists but unverifired -
Pete Rose

1978 Reading Remembers

Sorry for the lapse of posts but real life sometimes takes over hobby life.

This 23-card set measures 3" by 4". The fronts feature brown and white tinted player action and posted photos.  The backs carry the player's name, jersey number, position, biography, statistics, and other player facts.  The cards are unnumbered and checklisted below in alphabetical order. This set was issued in three-card strips.  This set was available upon release for $4 postpaid from the producers.

Card Description
Tommy Brown
Doug Clemens
Dom Dallessandro
George Eyrich
Carl Furillo
Dick Gernert
Randy Gumpert
Bob Katz
Betz Klopp
Whitey Kurowski
Lauer's Park
Jesse Levan
Carl Mathias
Roger Maris
Lenny Moore
Robin Roberts
Harry Schaeffer
Herb Score
Ty Stofflet
John Updike
Charlie Wagner
Stan Wentzel
Vic Wertz

Monday, June 14, 2010

1968 Reds Picture Pack

Very similar to previous years these sport non-glossy photos on thin paper.  This year is notable for the rookie of Johnny Bench.  It also carries the same photos from previous years so only true way to date them is by complete set.  The 1968 set is unique in that Alex Johnson makes his only appearance.

complete set in envelope - 

Pete Rose
Tommy Helms

Leo Cardenas
Mel Queen
Jim Maloney
Lee May
Tony Perez
Alex Johnson
Vada Pinson
Milt Pappas
Johnny Bench
Manager Dave Bristol

Friday, May 28, 2010

1963 Reds Picture Pack Photos

For many years the Reds would issue 12 player picture packs to fans who would ask for them and send in a small amount for postage and also these black and white 5 x 7 photos were sold at Ballpark souvenir stands. Most photos can be dated to various years, as they often used the same photo for multiple years. A player photo with a specific pose might have been issued one year, and used to fill team sets for the following years. From 1958 -1961 for example, additional poses of the player might have been made during this time, and used as well. This makes it difficult to date a specific photo to one year. A set can be identified by using a team rooster. 

I'll focus on the 1963 set as it contains the Rose rookie photo it is very similar to the 65-68 photo pack issue but having them side by side the 63 is cropped just hair closer at the bottom and the left side.  It is easiest to verify the years by complete set as certain players only played certain years so the 63 set is unique in that it contains Eddie Kasko whom only played with the Reds till 1963.

complete set in envelope - 

Pete Rose
Bob Purkey
Gordy Coleman
Frank Robinson
Eddie Kasko
Leo Cardenas
Joey Jay
Jim O’Toole
Vada Pinson
John Edwards
Jim Maloney
Manager Fred Hutchinson

Friday, May 21, 2010

1980-81 Philadelphia Phillies Bulletin insert

Using the same photos as 81 Phillies sketch cards these were inserted into Philadelphia The Bulletin TV Guide once a week from Nov 1980 - Aug 1981 and covered football, baseball, hockey, and basketball of the philly area stars.

Current checklist missing a few days so any info on completing them is appreciated.

Week Ending

1-Nov-80 1

8-Nov-80 2  Tug McGraw  Baseball
15-Nov-80 3

22-Nov-80 4  Wilbert Montgomery  Football
29-Nov-80 5  Bill Bergey  Football
6-Dec-80 6

13-Dec-80 7  Harold Carmichael  Football
20-Dec-80 8  Claude Humphrey  Football
27-Dec-80 9  Jerry Sisemore  Football
3-Jan-81 10
10-Jan-81 11  Stan Walters  Football
17-Jan-81 12  Keith Krepfle  Football
24-Jan-81 13  John Bunting  Football
31-Jan-81 14  Frank LeMaster  Football
7-Feb-81 15  Guy Morriss  Football
14-Feb-81 16  Bobby BK Jones  Basketball
21-Feb-81 17  Rick MacLeish  Hockey
28-Feb-81 18  Darryl Dawkins  Basketball
7-Mar-81 19  Bobby Clarke  Hockey
14-Mar-81 20  Julius Erving Basketball
21-Mar-81 21  Pat Quinn  Hockey
28-Mar-81 22  Billy Cunningham Basketball
4-Apr-81 23  Mel Bridgman  Hockey
11-Apr-81 24  Maurice Cheeks  Basketball
18-Apr-81 25  Kenny Linseman  Hockey
25-Apr-81 26  Steve Mix Basketball
2-May-81 27  Caldwell Jones  Basketball
9-May-81 28  Pete Rose Baseball
16-May-81 29  Steve Carlton Baseball
23-May-81 30  Marty Bystrom Baseball
30-May-81 31  Bob Boone Baseball
6-Jun-81 32  Larry Bowa Baseball
13-Jun-81 33  Keith Moreland Baseball
20-Jun-81 34  Arnold Palmer  Golfer
27-Jun-81 35  Gary Matthews  Baseball
4-Jul-81 36  Garry Maddox  Baseball
11-Jul-81 37  Bake McBride  Baseball
18-Jul-81 38  Manny Trillo  Baseball
25-Jul-81 39  Dallas Green  Baseball
1-Aug-81 40  Dick Ruthven  Baseball
8-Aug-81 41  Lonnie Smith  Baseball
15-Aug-81 42  Larry Christenson  Baseball
22-Aug-81 43  Del Unser  Baseball

Friday, May 7, 2010

1984 Cincinnati Enquirer Reds Scrapbook

Like the 60's reds enquirer set these newspaper "clippings" were distributed each day, a different member of the 1984 Reds was featured with some biographical information, his statistics as well as a brief biography.  They measure about 2 1/2" by 4 1/4" when cut from the Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper.

Complete checklist

Monday, April 19, 2010

1979 Penn Emblem Patches

This set features multi-color, three dimensional embroidered portraits of 100 of baseball's favorites displayed on patches approximately 2 5/8 x 3 1/4". The patches could be ordered by mail for $2.50 each from Penn Emblem Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The patches are unnumbered and checklisted below in alphabetical order.  One interesting note the Pete Rose patch can be found in 3 varieties normal red outline about 97%, blue outline about 3%, and a black only 1 known black has been seen might be more but extremely rare so most likely a proof of some type most likely caused by his move from the reds to phillies.

Complete Checklist in pdf format

Rose red

Rose Blue

Rose Black

Saturday, April 17, 2010

1980 Philadelphia Phillies Team Issue Drawings

This 10-card set of the Philadelphia Phillies was issued in a clear front envelope and was likely sold at the stadium. The set measures approximately 8 3/4" by 11 5/8" and features art work by Todd Alan Gold. Each card displays two action drawings and a portrait of the same player. The backs are blank. The cards are unnumbered and checklisted below in alphabetical order.

Checklist -

Rich Ashburn
Bob Boone
Larry Bowa
Greg Luzinski
Garry Maddox
Bake McBride
Robin Roberts
Pete Rose
Mike Schmidt
Manny Trillo

1991 Legends Sports Memorabilia Magazine

Continuing the trend the 1991 set was issued 9 cards in uncut format with silver foil around the outside.  The postcards remained basically the same with no foil and the backs indicating series 2.  Beginning with the national sports convention issue/program they started issue 2 version of the cards 1 with silver foil and the scarcer gold foil.

Very hard to scan/photo the silver/gold difference but I assure you it's obvious in hand.

Cover Silver trim top-

Cover Gold trim top-

Uncut Silver -

Uncut Gold -

Complete Checklist in PDF

Thursday, April 15, 2010

1977 Karp, H. Ad Booklet Baseball Card Album

This little, 4-page booklet has a red silhouette of players on the front cover and ordering information on the inside and back cover.  Issued in Baltimore, MD by H. Karp collectors could send in $5-$12 and get an album with 2 checklist and vinyl pages to store the cards in although the cards were not included.  The little booklet had the checklist of cards known at the time.

More of an advanced item for player collectors  still an interesting history item.


1 Brooks Robinson
2 Carl Yastrzemski
3 Johnny Bench
4 Mike Schmidt - Greg Luzinski
5 Thurman Munson
6 Hank Aaron
7 Mickey mantle
8 Tom Seaver
9 Steve Garvey - Ron Cey
10 Willie Mays
11 Harmon Killebrew
12 Reggie Jackson
13 t-205
14 t-206
15 t-207
16 Roberto Clemente
17 Pete Rose
18 Lou Brock

Picture front / Back and Inside

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

1977-1984 Renata Galasso Glossy Greats

The Renata Galasso Glossy Greats baseball cards were first issued in 1977 as a 45 card set. Produced by TCMA for Renata Galasso, the cards were used as a promotion. Customers who bought a complete set of baseball cards received the 45 card set for free. Through 1984 Renata Galasso would issue 5 more series of cards, to bring the total number of the set to 270. Renata Galasso, "the Largest card dealer in the world" at the time, issued these great Black & white cards in the style of the 1960 Leaf set.



Complete Set in PDF.

Monday, April 12, 2010

1988-1990 Legends Sports Memorabilia Magazine

These magazines ran from 1988-2001 and have in my opinion some of the best artwork for sports figure out there.  They came from 2 main artist Christopher Paluso, Michael Taylor.  They started to insert uncut sheets of 9 cards from various sports into the magazine summer of 1990 issue.  And then starting in the winter issue of 1990 issued both 9 card sheets and 3 card postcards.  Which continued for years.

This entry I'm going to focus on the first years and the most difficult to track down 1988-1990

For 1988-1990 there was just a great magazine here are the covers along with the print run of the magazine

Year Edition Vol-No Cover
Postcards Print Run
1988  Fall 1 -1 Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle

1989  Spring 2 - 1 Koufax, Garvey, Hershiser

1989  Summer 2 -2 Carl Yastrzemski, Johnny Bench

1989  Fall 2 - 3 Lou Gehrig

1989  Winter 2 - 4 Tony Gwynn


Nolan Ryan

1990  Spring 3 - 1 Mays, McCovey, Mitchell


then with the Summer issue they started with cards at first they were issued 6 to a panel and 3 to a panel

Fall Issue -

Winter Issue -

Cards -

Complete Checklist in PDF form.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

1996 Panini Stickers

This 246-sticker set was distributed as a complete set in a cellophane wrapper with a suggested retail price of $8. A 60-page album to hold the stickers was included with the set. Stickers to finish ones set were available from the Panini Missing Sticker Club at a cost of $4 for 20 different stickers or $4 for 30 stickers as long as 10 wrappers were sent as well.

Distributed by Fleer/Skybox in Europe and South America mainly in Venezuela.  Includes subsets of League Leaders (with name at top) - #'s 115-126 and FOIL Rookies - #'s 239-246. Several players have trade/updated info on the fronts, such as, Dennis Eckersley - Traded to St Louis.

Pictures -

Complete Checklist in PDF

Monday, April 5, 2010

1995 Panini Stickers

This 156-sticker set measures approximately 1 15/16" by 3" and was distributed by Fleer.  The fronts feature color action player photos framed in different colors on a white background the player's name and team logo appear in a bar at the bottom. The backs carry the sponsor logos. The set closes with team logos (129-156).

Images -

Display Box -

Complete Checklist

Saturday, April 3, 2010

1998 Panini Sticker Venezuelan

Something a little newer released only in Venezuela  consist of a sticker album and 300 stickers including team logo stickers.

Here's the Album -

And what the inside pages look like -

Regular Sticker -

Rookie and Award Winner Sticker -

Complete checklist in pdf form.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

1970-1971 Dayton Daily News

I know most of you are saying this set is cataloged.  But in reality it is only partially cataloged I spent a few days going through microfilm at the library and re cataloged this entire set all 357 cards.  I just love when a small project explodes into a larger one.

The set runs from Apr 5, 1970 to May 26,1971 and covers baseball, football, basketball, and even some golfers and boxers, then finishes with more baseball players.  The real interesting part is the 1971 baseball players they used the same numbers on the repeated players but changed the stats and the picture hence we get the Tony Perez white hat / dark hat variation already listed.  The set numbers run to 324 but with the extra 1971s there are 357 cards in a master set.  Really doubt anyone has ever tried or really wants to put a master set of these together but to each their own which is probably why the variations have never really come to light they are incredibly rare to start with and only player collectors seem to go after them so doubtful once you get one you’d still look for another.

Only missing number is 196 the library did not have the microfilm for 11/30/1970 so that one will be a mystery until someone can track that one down. 

The player lines with multiple days are repeated players they reissued so a few are double even triple printed.  And the easiest way to tell a 70 from a 71 is the 1970 had stats listed as 1969 then the stats while the 1971 had the stats listed as 1970 then the stats.

The set is too large to list here so here's a link to the checklist in pdf format.  The pictures show Rose 3 variations the first card introducing the set the second is his official card (double printed) and the last his 1971 card. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

1962 Reds Postcards

I'll continue on the Reds postcards of the 60s theme and list the 1962 set.  They are almost identical to the 61 set and future 63-66 sets for that matter.  They will not have the rubber stamp autographs on them as the 61s do and to tell them from the future reds set they seem to have Cincinnati Reds centered justified below the name as opposed to future sets will be more left justified.  They do have standard postcard backs.


Don Blasingame
Jim Brosnan
Leo Cardenas
Gordy Coleman
Otis Douglas
Moe Drabowsky
John Edwards
Sammy Ellis
Hank Foiles
Gene Freese
Joe Gaines
Bill Henry
Ken Hunt
Fred Hutchinson MGR
Joey Jay
Eddie Kasko
Marty Keough
Johnny Klippstein
Jerry Lynch
Howie Nunn
Reggie Otero Coach
Jim O'Toole
Don Pavletich
Vada Pinson
Bob Purkey
Dr. Richard Rohde
Cookie Rojas
Ray Shore
Dave Sisler
Dick Sisler
Jim Turner Coach
Pete Whisenant
Ted Wills
Jerry Zimmerman

Thursday, March 11, 2010

1961 Reds Postcards

These postcards feature members of the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds. Their backs are standard postcard type on the top says Photo Postcard.  Many of these cards have stamped blue or black signatures which appear to be the only year this approach was used.

Here's picture of the back with real autograph on top and the stamp below it.

Checklist below

Name Variation
Gus Bell
Don Blasingame
Marshall Bridges
Jim Brosnan
Leo Cardenas
Elio Chacon
Gordy Coleman
Otis Douglas
John Edwards
Gene Freese
Dick Gernert
Bill Henry
Ken Hunt
Fred Hutchinson MGR Black Background
Fred Hutchinson MGR Smiling
Joey Jay
Ken Johnson
Sherman Jones
Eddie Kasko
Jerry Lynch Dark Background
Jerry Lynch number 4 on back
Jim Maloney
Howie Nunn
Reggie Otero
Jim O'Toole
Vada Pinson
Wally Post
Bob Purkey
Frank Robinson
Dick Sisler
Bob Schmidt
Jim Turner CO
Pete Whisenant
Jerry Zimmerman

Friday, March 5, 2010

1979 Signature Miniatures Statues and Cards

Not too much is know about this issue but the company seems to have gone into bankruptcy and ceased production late into the run so some of the statues are extremely scarce and may not exist at all.  Manufactored by Metallic Creations they issued pewter statue in an original box (name stamped on side) with an enclosed card.  Statues are approx  3”-3 1/2" tall depending on the pose.  Card is approx 3.5" x 4.75" each player also has a facsimile autograph on the front the back has career statistics on them. The cards are unnumbered and have sequenced them in alphabetical order. The statues and the cards were available for $7.95 upon release. The players listed as SP's were produced late in the run and are available in lesser quantities than the other players listed in our checklist.

Checklist believed to be complete at 24

Hank Aaron
George Brett   SP
Rod Carew
Cesar Cedeno SP
Roberto Clemente   SP
Ty Cobb
Steve Garvey
Lou Gehrig
Ron Guidy
Roger Hornsby
Walter Johnson
Ralph Kiner
Sandy Koufax SP
Davey Lopes  
Christy Mathewson
Willie Mays
Willie McCovey
Thurman Munson SP
Mel Ott
Pete Rose SP
Babe Ruth
Nolan Ryan SP
Tris Speaker  
Honus Wagner

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

1978 MSA Wiffle Ball Display boxes

As kind of a side note to this issue there are display boxes that the actual wiffle ball boxes went in that displayed players these if cut off the display piece are on thicker cardboard, blank back, the side panels are yellow and have a solid border around instead of dashed.

here is the know display boxes -

Junior Box - Thurman Munson Image
Carl Yastrzemski
Steve Garvey
Mark Fidrych
Lou Brock

Box 1 - Thurman Munson Image
Rod Carew
Jim Palmer
Mike Schmidt
Frank Tanana

Box 2 - Thurman Munson Image
Greg Luzinski
Joe Morgan
Jim Rice
Tom Seaver

Regulation Box - Thurman Munson Image
Johnny Bench
Carlton Fisk
Reggie Jackson
Pete Rose
Richie Zisk

Sunday, February 28, 2010

1978 MSA Wiffle Ball

Not to be confused with the 77 issue this one came in 2 formats 5 players to a wiffle ball box 3 on the outside and 2 on the inside.  Plus some were 2 on the cardboard packaging for the bats those are generally come with 2 folds on them.

The balls were issued in Regular, Softball and Junior size one could surmise that less popular sizes of products might lead to some lesser quantities of certain cards. That's why it is important to understand how these cards were distributed.  As of now 12 cards are unknown how distributed most likely 2 boxes and 1 bat still exist.

Here is a 77 vs 78 just to tell them apart the backs are different.

Here is the current checklist

Ball Size Player card facing

Junior Outside –  Bert Campaneris Dave Lopes Mark Fidrych
Inside –  Rennie Stennett Dave Kingman

Baseball Outside –  Wayne Garland Frank Tanana Tony Perez
Inside –  Larry Hisle Jim Rice

Baseball Outside –  Randy Moffitt Gary Maddox Ted Simmons
Inside –  John Mayberry Ellie Rodriguez

Baseball Outside-  Lou Brock Dave Concepcion Mike Schmidt
Inside –  Fred Lynn Dave Parker

Baseball Outside-  Bert Blyleven Richie Zisk Lee May
Inside –  Von Joshua Ralph Garr

Baseball Outside-  Buddy Bell Willie Stargell Gene Tenace
Inside –  Manny Sanguillen Greg Luzinski

Baseball Outside-  Tom Seaver Craig Nettles Jon Matlack
Inside –  Manny Trillo Sixto Lezcano

Baseball Outside-  Jorge Orta Vida Blue John Montefusco
Inside –  Pete Rose Carlton Fisk

Baseball Outside-  Thurman Munson Steve Garvey Joe Rudi
Inside –  Jose Cardenal Jim Spencer

Softball Outside-  Sal Bando Jeff Burroughs Bob Watson
Inside –  Jim Hunter Gary Matthews

Softball Outside-  Luis Tiant Cesar Cedeno Jerry Koosman
Inside –  Butch Wynegar Bill North

Softball Outside-  George Bett Dave Cash Ray Burris
Inside –  John Candelaria Ron LeFlore

Bat/Ball  Andy Messersmith Al Oliver

Bat/Ball  Chris Chambliss Gaylord Perry

Bat/Ball  Dennis Eckersley Bill Buckner

Bat/Ball  Reggie Jackson Tug McGraw

Bat/Ball  Rollie Fingers George Foster

Bat/Ball  Steve Carlton Reggie Smith

Bat/Ball  Nolan Ryan Ron Cey

Bat/Ball  Joe Morgan Hal McRae

Unidentified Packaging

Johnny Bench

Bobby Bonds

Rod Carew

Don Gullett

Al Hrabosky

Randy Jones

Ed Kranepool

Bake McBride

Jim Palmer

Steve Rogers

Rusty Staub

Carl Yastrzemski