Card of the Day: Randy Jones 1974 Topps #173

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Card of the Day: Fair Hooker 1974 Topps #185

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Card of the Day: Steve Spurrier 1974 Topps #215

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Card of the Day: Ted Kwalick 1974 Wonder Bread #13

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: American Sports Card Collectors Association Show 9/74 Pin

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Depending on where you live, card shows might be a weekly thing at your local flea market.  Then again some collectors haven’t seen one in years.  Its all regional.  Sports card shows started in the late 1960’s when people began to realize that their memorabilia carried some value.  Organizations like the American Sports Card Collectors Association (ASCCA) were formed to help put together shows.  It wasn’t uncommon for them to take place in a hotel and have a former athlete come to sign autographs.

Even in the early years of sports card shows, promos were around.  The American Sports Card Collectors Association would give out promotional pins to many early collectors that were attending a show.  Most of these pins would feature the likeness of Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Connie Mack, Lou Gehrig, and Christy Mathewson.  Sometimes they would feature a picture of the autograph signer.  There always seems to be a handful of these pins up for sale, but rarely do any of them sell.  If they do sell, its not for very much.  But they’re fun to look at and see the history behind some of the hobby’s earliest shows.

Card of the Day: David Clyde 1974 Topps #133

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1974 Nabisco Sugar Daddy

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You had to take a second look before biting into that Sugar Daddy or Sugar Mamma candy bar back in the mid 70’s.  If you didn’t, there was a good chance that you’d be eating one of these animated cards.  The 1974 Nabisco Sugar Daddy set consists of 25 cards and includes pro athletes from football, hockey, and basketball.  Each card features an over-sized photo of the player’s head on top of a caricature body.  These cards are tiny, measuring in at 1 1/16″ x 2 3/4″, as they were designed to be placed on a poster that you needed to send away for through a mail-in offer to Nabisco.  There are actually two versions of this set since they were printed at a few different times.  One set will have a 1973 date on the back (for those cards released in early 1974) and others won’t have a date at all.  Condition is everything and high-grade examples can sell for hundreds of dollars, but outside of that these aren’t in major demand.  The centering is terrible on some of these cards.  Complete sets can go for around $80.00.  Nabisco made a handful of different Sugar Daddy sets throughout the 70’s covering all types of sports.  They were produced in mass quantities, but are a nice throwback to the days when candy included cards.