Flashback Product of the Week: 1997 Denny’s

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I’ve never eaten at Denny’s.  Perkins has always been a bit more my speed when it comes to going out for breakfast.  There is also a local restaurant around here called Country Cupboard that has a really good breakfast buffet.  I’ve always gotten the impression that Denny’s was dirty for some reason.  It all depends on your location I guess.  If you pour enough maple syrup on something, it always tastes better.

In 1997, Denny’s distributed their final baseball card set.  Between 1991 and 1995 Upper Deck printed up the cards for Denny’s.  Pinnacle got the job for the last two years in 1996 and 1997.  Holograms were a huge part when it came to these cards.  However, they decided to go a different route in 1997.

There are (30) total cards when it comes to the 1997 Denny’s set.  You’ll find a star player from each MLB team.  Card backs carry the classic holograms made popular from previous issues.  On the front they went with lenticular 3-D pictures.

The last two cards commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the desegregation of baseball.  One of them is of Jackie Robinson #29, which was distributed along with all the other cards.  The other is of Larry Doby.  His card was only available in Cleveland, which at the time made it more difficult to obtain.  If you look at the card number on Larry Doby it says “Denny’s 1 of 1”.  Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking this is a true one-of-one.  There are plenty to go around.

You simply couldn’t walk in and just get one of these cards for free though.  Customers who bought a meal and beverage had the opportunity to purchase a card for $0.59.  None of the Denny’s cards hold much value.  Not even the Larry Doby card.  They just printed too many.


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