Product Highlight: 1982 Chicago Cubs Red Lobster

Thought you had this set but can’t find it? Then you’re a lost claws. Get it? That’s a lobster joke.

On August 20, 1982 baseball fans attending the Chicago Cubs game received a promotional set of cards. The Chicago Cubs and local Red Lobster restaurants came together to make this set possible.

About 15,000 sets were produced. The cards are numbered in order of the player’s jersey number, and contain a facsimile autograph.

Ryne Sandberg’s card is the most desirable. Most collectors see Sandberg’s cards made by Topps, Fleer, and Donruss in 1983 as his true rookies. The Sandberg card included within this set predates all of them. Its his first card to feature him in a Cubs uniform. His other cards prior to 1983 have him in a minor league uniform.

28-card Checklist:

  • Doug Bird
  • Larry Bowa
  • Bill Buckner
  • Bill Campbell
  • Jody Davis
  • Leon Durham
  • Lee Elia – Manager
  • Steve Henderson
  • Willie Hernandez
  • Fergie Jenkins
  • Jay Johnstone
  • Junior Kennedy
  • Ken Kravec
  • Randy Martz
  • Bob Molinaro
  • Jerry Morales
  • Keith Moreland
  • Dickie Noles
  • Mike Proly
  • Al Ripley
  • Ryne Sandberg
  • Lee Smith
  • Scot Thompson
  • Dick Tidrow
  • Bump Wills
  • Gary Woods
  • John Vukovich / Gordy MacKenzie / Billy Williams / Billy Connors / Tom Harmon – Coaches
  • Team Picture

Card of the Day: 1982 Topps E.T. – All Bundled Up! #61

Card of the Day: Eric Davis 1982 TCMA Cedar Rapids Reds #20

Card of the Day: Ellis Valentine 1982 Donruss #605

Under The Tree: 1982 Corgi Baseball Trading Cars

Precision Made. Check. Moving Parts. Check. Safety Tested. Check. One Year Money Back Warranty. Check. Non-Toxic Paints. Hang on just a second. I don’t know about you. But I prefer my toys to have a certain amount of lead in them. They just don’t taste the same.

Corgi made die-cast toy vehicles for decades. From Batman to James Bond. There is an entire collectors market for them.

Released in 1982, Corgi introduced their line of Baseball Trading Cars. (26) MLB cars make up the set. The body of a Ford Mustang Cobra was used for each car. Cars have the team name on the roof, and team logo on the hood.

In 1983 collectors saw another set of (26) Baseball Trading Cars. This time the body of a Pontiac Firebird was used. A poster offer also came with the 1983 line of cars. Corgi even made a Baseball Trading Cars carrying case to protect your cars once they were removed from their package.

Card of the Day: Ronald MacDonald 1982 TCMA #1226

Card of the Day: Walter Payton 1982 Topps #303

Card of the Day: Don Sutton 1982 Topps #305

Card of the Day: Pete & Re-Pete 1982 Fleer #640

Card of the Day: Cal Ripken Jr. 1982 Topps Traded #98T