Flashback Product of the Week: 1982 Chicago Cubs Red Lobster

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Red Lobster!!!  Freakin Red Lobster got into the card business?

Yes they did.  In 1982, the Chicago Cubs and local Chicago based Red Lobster restaurants came together to create a 28-card set.  These cards were given away to Cubs fans on August 20th, 1982.  About 15,000 were produced.  The cards are numbered in order of the player’s jersey number and contain a facsimile autograph.  Of all the cards, Ryne Sandberg is the most desirable.  In general, collectors see Sandberg’s cards made by Topps, Fleer, and Donruss in 1983 as his true rookies.  But the Sandberg included within this set predates all of them.  This is considered to be his first card to feature him in a Cubs uniform.  Most of his other cards before 1983 have him in a minor league outfit.  Sandberg’s card alone is worth about $40.00 to $50.00.  Some examples have been known to sell well into the hundreds.  The second most popular card would be the Lee Smith.  Finding sealed sets are a little difficult.