Flashback Product of the Week: 1896 H818 Spalding Die-Cut Advertising Stand-Ups

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This is one of those very obscure sets that even the most experienced collectors may not have heard about.  Koerner & Hayes out of Buffalo, New York printed these up for Spalding back in 1896.  The official name of the set is 1896 H818 Spalding Die-Cut Advertising Stand-Ups.  It certainly isn’t the largest set in the world.  Only (5) cards make up the complete set.  I find it interesting as the cards aren’t of any specific athletes.  All you’ll find are generic people.  Try doing that in today’s hobby.

Like I said before, there are only (5) cards to the set.  Each one covers a different sport – baseball, football, cycling, golf, and tennis.  Spalding had these made up as a way to help promote their sporting goods.  Depending on the card, you’ll find a brief summary of the sport along with a basic outline of how that specific game is played.  The write-up on the cycling card however is basically just trying to sell you a bicycle.  According to the back of the card, a bike from Spalding would run you about $75.00.  That’s a lot of money in 1896.

Baseball Hall of Famer Henry Chadwick did the write-up on the baseball card.  The “Father of American Football”, Walter Camp, wrote the summary for the football one.  Sets like this really have a niche market.  The fact that there are no specific players is a main reason why it doesn’t appeal to many collectors.  But don’t let that fool you.  This set does have some value.  Complete sets have sold for $500.00.  That’s about $100.00 per card.  You’re obviously going to get more or less based on the condition.

Who wouldn’t want to see today’s football players dress like this?  I better not speak too loudly.  Panini might pull something like that.  We all know how much they like to dress up people for their studio shot photos.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 Topps Superstar Stand-Ups

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Topps has tried a lot of crazy products in it’s day.  Pairing sports figures with candy seems like a great idea, but it hasn’t always been received well by collectors.  In 1991 Topps decided to try it again with their Superstar Stand-Ups.

The 1991 Superstar Stand-Ups set consists of 36 candy containers.  Every box has 36 blind packs each with 1 container inside.  On the front of each container is a baseball player.  Green containers indicate the National League and red for the American League.  Clear versions can also be found for each player.  The clear containers hold the most value.  Although that may not mean much because everything from this set is very affordable considering it was a test issue.  Sealed boxes can be picked-up for $10.00.  I wouldn’t suggest eating the candy either.  It probably wasn’t that good to begin with, but who knows.  Maybe sitting around for 23 years has helped improve the flavor.

It would’ve been nice if Topps included rookies within this product.  Instead they stuck with veterans.  Having Chipper Jones in this product would have made for an interesting rookie.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 Topps Superstar Stand-Ups


Maybe this is what the hobby needs.  Forget autographs, relics, inserts, parallels, and fancy gimmicks.  Lets brings back collectible candy containers.  THAT WOULD FIX EVERYTHING!!!  🙂

The 1991 Topps Superstar Stand-Ups set was another gimmicky test issue by The Topps Company.  The set consists of 36 candy containers that came 1 per package.  The National League players are in green and American League in red.  You will also find clear versions which are a little more difficult to find, but the price won’t be all that more.  The candy inside tasted like sweet-tarts.  I’m sure if you tried it today, it wouldn’t taste all that good.

Despite being a test issue, these can easily be found for a few dollars each.