Sunday, July 30, 2017

Orioles All Orange Uniform Finally Appears on a Topps Card!

46 years after the Orioles first wore them, Topps has finally created a card showing the all orange uniform that was worn briefly in 1971 and 1972:

The 2017 Topps Stadium Club card of Brooks Robinson shows him in the all orange uniform.  Here is a look at the uncropped photo:

Here are the other photos that were taken that day: 


Its great to finally see the all orange uniform make an appearance on a Topps card.  

Topps - great work showing this rarely seen uniform.  If you are reading this, please consider using this photo for one of your next Brooks Robinson cards so that we can also have a card showing the 1968 - 1969 Orioles vests:


Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Photos of the 1971-1972 Orioles All Orange Uniforms

A couple of new pictures have turned up showing the rarely seen all orange alternative uniforms the Orioles briefly wore  in 1971 and 1972.

First we have Brooks Robinson

whose sporting goods company supplied the uniforms:

And we have 2 shots of Merv Rettenmund:

I believe these shots are from the April 22, 1972 game in Cleveland.  Hopefully a few more color pictures will surface from this game.  We have shots of almost the entire lineup from this game, but unfortunately most of the shots are in B&W.  

Sunday, April 23, 2017

You Can Judge a Book by its Cover

Judging by the awesome cover of this 1962 Sporting News publication,

I would have to agree that this book is "dope". 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Greatest Single 45 Picture Sleeve of All Time

I came across this Spanish 45 picture sleeve for the Rolling Stones, and loved how they have pictured the band as actual stones, complete with their names, and Mick asking the rest of the band "have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow?":

Perhaps the Spanish record label was not fond of the Stones in drag, so they decided on a safer cover than this:

After all, the Spanish record company thought this was a better cover for Sticky Fingers

 than the iconic Andy Warhol cover:

Monday, July 25, 2016

More Rarely Seen 1968 - 1969 Baltimore Orioles Vests

I've recently come across some more pictures of the Orioles in their rarely seen vests which they wore occasionally during the 1968 and 1969 seasons.

The first set of pictures are from May 21, 1969 when the Orioles played the Twins at Memorial Stadium:

We can see from the scoreboard that the Orioles won 4-3 as Davey Johnson, Boog Powell, Pete Richert, and Andy Etchebarren are walking off the field.

Here is a shot of Davey Johnson running to first as Harmon Killebrew is waiting for the throw:

 And here is Paul Blair trying to lay down a bunt:

The second set of pictures was taken a few days later when the Orioles played the A's on May 24, 1969, in which both teams were wearing vests:

We have a nice shot of the back of Brooks Robinson's jersey as Dick Green is about to be tagged out at 3rd.

We get to see Earl Weaver wearing the vest while discussing a call with the ump:

While I've posted this picture of Mike Cuellar before, it is from the same game which the Orioles went on to win 2 to 1 as seen on the scoreboard as he is wrapping up his complete game (which only took 1 hour and 49 minutes!):

All of these pictures were taken by the great photographer Neil Leifer and can be found on Getty Images.

Finally, here are 2 other pictures for which I don't have a date, but which show Davey Johnson:

If you are interested in seeing other pictures of the Orioles wearing the vests, please see my previous post.

How I would love to see the Orioles bring back this look for one of their alternate jerseys next season.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

1971 Topps Greatest Moments Confusion

I just came across an auction that ended on ebay for what was listed as a 1971 Topps Greatest Moments card I had never seen before:  a Baseball Coin Rub Game card:

I have never read anything about the Greatest Moments cards coming with a Coin Rub Game card, but this sure looks like it would have come with this set.  Here is the picture from the auction, which included the Sal Bando card as well:

The cards are the same size with black borders.  The winning bid for this auction was $1,275, so that should give an idea of how rare this card is.

Here is a look at the back.   

It does have a similar color scheme as the back of the Greatest Moments cards, but does have a different card stock:

Information on how this set was distributed is very limited. Fortunately a wrapper has surfaced, and recently sold at auction for $3,287.

However, the wrapper does not mention a game card

 nor does the box:

However, in searching for images of Topps coin rub cards, I came across this picture:

This picture comes from an post from The Topps Archives about the Topps Action Emblems from 1973 - 1974.  The wrapper for this test set does mention a baseball rub off game card in each pack, and the size of the wrapper does seem to match the size of the game card:

So with a little research, it turns out that the game card actually was part of the Action Emblems test, not the Greatest Moments set.  I just hope the winning bidder realized that they were buying a test card from the Action Emblems test, and didn't think they were picking up a previously unknown Greatest Moments card.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2016 Topps Baseball Wacky Packages Promo Stickers

I was just looking at ebay to see the 2016 Topps Baseball cards that have just been released, and discovered that Topps is including promo stickers for an upcoming Wacky Packages set devoted completely to baseball.

Here is a look at the 6 promo stickers available in 2016 Topps Baseball packs:

According to the back, the Baseball Wacky Packages series will be going on sale in March:

Here is a look at the Cubs sticker which is not one of the promos

And here is a link to the flyer.

What a great idea combining two of my favorite collectibles - Wackys and Baseball.  I can't wait for these to come out next month!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

1966 Coke NFL Eagles Promotion Poster

Saw this poster yesterday at an antiques shop. Its a poster for the promotion Coke did with the NFL back in 1966.

One of the prizes from the promotion was a team poster with Dave Boss artwork, which is shown on this poster.   In return for collecting a full set of bottle caps, you could earn a couple of different prizes.  Here is a look at the Coke Saver Sheet for the Chicago Bears:

Here is a closer look at the prizes:

And here are the details on claiming your prize:

Interesting that you could hand draw substitutes for the caps you couldn't find with the help of a sheet from your local Coca-Cola Bottler, and also interesting that you could redeem the prize at Sears.  

Just as they did with Major League Baseball, there were a few other promotions that Coke did with the NFL for other sets of prizes that I will cover in future posts.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

1970 All Star Game Program

With the All Star Game set to take place next week in Cincinnati, I thought it would be a great time to take a look back at one of my favorite baseball programs from one of the more famous All Star Games that happened to also take place in Cincinnati - the 1970 All Star Game Program:

I really like the fact that the program features the logos of all 24 teams, and that the colorful team logos really stand out against the all white background.  For the most part, these are the logos that these teams would use throughout the '70's, which is when I first became a baseball fan.

One of the interesting things on the cover is the Major League Baseball logo, which was only used occasionally during the 1970's.  This logo makes its first appearance on this program, and the program includes information about the creation and the meaning of what they call Baseball's "Bannermark":


Other than the cover of this program, the only place I recall seeing this logo is on All Star trophies from the 1970's, such as the 1971 All Star Game trophy that went to Hank Aaron for being the top vote getter

and the All Star Game MVP trophies, like this shot of Dave Parker from 1979:

One nice feature of the program is a year by year summary of each All Star game, including the box scores as well as a description of the game, such as this example from the 1955 game:

As Riverfront Stadium had just opened, the program welcomes you to the "Magnificent" ballpark, which had just opened earlier that year:

In an interesting case of foreshadowing, we also have an ad featuring future Reds owner Marge Schott, who  "really cares":

Of course, the reason this All Star Game remains so memorable is because of the play that ended the game in extra innings:

This fantastic custom card from Cards That Never Were would have been a great addition to the 1971 Topps set!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Avon NBA Decanters

As I mentioned in my last post about the Avon NFL Decanters, Avon also produced a set NBA Decanters.  Here is a look at the set of all 22 teams that were in the league at the time (1976 - 1977):


Just as with the NFL Decanters, the NBA Decanters contained Wild Country After Shave:

The box has information about the history of the NBA and instructions for applying the embossed team label

As with the NFL Decanters, the team emblem was packaged separately in an envelope with the team logo on the front as seen in this example: 

The embossed metal team logos make a nice collectible by themselves.  Here is a near set of all the labels:

Based on scanning ebay for pictures of the different teams, it looks like you can still find these Decanters without too much difficulty as I was able to find auctions for just about every team.

Unfortunately Avon did not produce an MLB set.  I would have enjoyed trying to collect a set of the MLB embossed labels.