Flashback Product of the Week: 1972 Donruss Vote For Bubble Gum Stickers

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The act of voting is probably the most boring concept to build a product around, but Donruss actually pulled it off with 1972 Vote For Bubble Gum Stickers.  This 33-sticker set features an American flag like image on each sticker encouraging you to vote.  Some stickers tell you to vote for specific things such as peace or peanut butter.  Boxes contain 23 packs and can be picked up for $200.00 today.  This is one of those vintage products that if your lucky enough to purchase a box sealed, you leave it that way.  The individual stickers outside of the packs are barely worth a nickel.

Card of the Day: Howard Mudd 1967 Philadelphia Gum #175

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1941 Gum, Inc. Uncle Sam/Home Defense

Gum Inc.’s 1941 Uncle Sam/Home Defense set consists of 144 cards.  #1-96 contain images of the main branches throughout the military, and #97-144 illustrate what it might have been like if WWII action had taken place within the United States.

These cards can be found relatively cheap.  They depict some great artwork.  I thought this would be appropriate for Memorial Day.

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#66 – Machine Gun Practice

Card of the Day: 1933 Indian Chewing Gum Omaha Tribe #16

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Speaking of things Omaha, throughout the month of August, Omaha Steaks is running a “Hole in One” promotion, challenging all golf enthusiasts to hit a hole in one to win a FREE package of 4 Omaha Steaks Filet Mignons.  Anyone located in the US that achieves an ace on a hole of at least 150-yards may submit their hole in one certificate to Omaha Steaks via Facebook, email, or by mail to receive four (6 oz.) Omaha Steaks filet mignons.  In support of this exciting initiative, we will be giving away weekly prizes on Facebook and Twitter for our Hole in One Trivia Contest, which will run every Friday throughout the month of August.  In addition, if you check in on foursquare at a local golf course, tweet your check-in to @OmahaSteaks, and mention that you are golfing for Omaha Steaks, you will be entered into a weekly drawing for a chance to win other delicious Omaha Steaks prizes.

Be sure to check out Omaha Steaks on Facebook and Twitter.  Don’t forget to tweet @OmahaSteaks to let them know your golfing for Omaha Steaks!!!

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Card of the Day: Bobby Jones 1933 Sport Kings Gum #38

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Don’t Forget To Vote!

Don’t forget to vote for the 2009 Gummie Awards.  The voting will end on January 7th at 11:59 p.m.  Sports Card Info is actually nominated in the Best Hobby News Source category (Wax Heaven will win).  Let everyone know what you thought was the best and the worst in The Hobby for 2009.

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Should Press Pass Go Retro?

Retro sets are the popular thing in today’s hobby.  Just take one look at the product release calendar and you’ll see old brands becoming new again.  Products like Allen & Ginter, Goodwin Champions, Obak, Philadelphia, and Magic have been popular with collectors.  One company that really hasn’t jumped on the retro bandwagon is Press Pass.  In fact the only real attempt they have made at a retro set would be the tobacco sized mini’s that can be found in ’09 Press Pass Series 2.  That got me thinking.  Should Press Pass do a retro themed set too?  Press Pass being a company that is the main supplier of racing cards to The Hobby, would have to do some digging to find an old set they could use for racing cards.  When trading cards became popular, the last thing any company thought of doing was putting a race car driver’s image on a card.  They stuck with what was popular, baseball and football.  If Press Pass wanted to make a retro set, they might want to go with the Adventure set design.  Back in 1956, Gum, Inc made a 100-card hand painted set featuring Adventurers like skiing mail men, sailors, military people, and race car drivers.  The design is simple and is typical of what a painted set would look like 50 years ago.  I’d like to see Press Pass make a set that would look like this.  Insert a few sketch cards, relics, and autographs, and you’d have a nice looking product.

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The Original Card Backs

The back of a card is one of the most informative places to learn more about an athlete.  When athletes first started appearing on those small pieces of cardboard in the late 1800’s, the reverse side would yield nothing more than a blank space.  As card collecting became more and more popular, manufacturers thought it would be a good idea not only to place an advertisment on the back, but also statistics on the player and a description about their history.  One of the best sets to not only describe the athlete, but to bring the sport alive in the collector’s eye would have to be 1933 Sport Kings Gum.  This 48 card set features some of the best athletes of the time.  Not only are the front of the cards great to look at, but the backs contain some of the best descriptions of the sport.  Lets take billiards great Willie Hoppe #36 for example.  Here is what the card’s back reads:

Shakespeare tells us that Cleopatra played billiards during the days of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, but probably one of the best known billiardists of all time is Willie Hoppe, who is still actively interested in the game.  He travels about the country demonstrating his marvelous ability in the interests of the game’s advancement.  Billiards are divided into several games, the most prominent being pocket billiards, 18.1 and 18.2 balk-line and three cushion billiards.  Hoppe excelled in all of these, winning the 18.1 balk-line championship in 1907, 1908, and 1910, and 18.2 championship from 1910-1920 and again 1922-1924.  He had a high run of 20 in three- cushion billiards in 1928 in American League Tournament and made a high run of 25 in an exhibition in California in 1925.

 As you can see, not only do they clearly describe the athlete, but they also touch on the history of the sport.  This isn’t something that you would normally read on the back of a modern day sports card, and is something that I’d like to see done more.  Many cards today might give you a few sentences about the player and a couple of statistics, but there aren’t too many manufacturers today that take the time to write like this.  What really surprises me is that the higher-end products contain less and less detail on the backs versus lower-end products.  I guess that will happen in an industry that loves to get “hits” and would rather read the company’s COA.

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Catching Those 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth Counterfeits

KSA is a Canadian grading company, and on their website they have a small section that gives you tips on spotting fake cards.  They have some great tips on how to spot fake Babe Ruth 1933 Goudey baseball cards.  These tips can be used for all Ruth Goudey’s.

  • Look for a glossy finish on the front surface
  • The green text on the back of the card should be solid
  • If under magnification, the text looks dotted, you are probably looking at a reprint
  • Be very careful when buying or trading for these cards as they have been artificially aged  to look real

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Goudey – The first sneaky card company

The Goudey Gum Company produced some of the best, and most valuable cards that the world has seen.  Back in the 1930’s the Goudey Gum Company was mostly known for their gum and not their sports cards that were included in each pack of gum.  During the early 30’s, America was in a depression and companies were losing a lot of money.  The Goudey Gum Company had a great idea on how to make some more money and stay in business.  They created a set of cards for their packs of gum.  This set included 240 cards of some of baseball’s best players.  In my opinion, the Goudey Gum Company was the first sneaky card manufacturer.  This is because in 1933 they purposely left out card number 106 in the set.  They did this so more and more people would buy their packs of gum.  Since more people bought the gum, trying to find card number 106 to complete their set, Goudey made more money.  About a year later, they came out and said they left out card number 106 on purpose.  In 1934 Goudey made card number 106 so people could complete their set.  Card number 106 was of Nap Lajoie who played many years before this set was even made.  This is a great example of how American history can be connected with the card industry.