Saturday, February 18, 2012

How a box of Post Rice Krinkles answered my questions about the 1963 Post Cereal Baseball Pennants

When I first reviewed these early 1960's mini baseball pennants

I wasn't sure whether or not they had been issued by Post Cereal. Nowhere on the front or back

is there any indication that this was a Post Cereal promotion. I had not been able to find a Post cereal box that contained any information about the pennants to confirm that these were offered by Post until Greg sent me some pictures showing a Post Rice Krinkles box with the pennant offer on the front:

and a picture of the RedSox pennant and information about the pennants on the back:

The box indicates there are 19 team pennants, which confirms that there was no pennant made for the Houston Colt .45s. In fact the box even says "Except Houston" right under the information about the stickers and just above Tom Cheney's card. For some reason, it looks like the National League pennant was issued in its place (which brings the set to 20 pennants). That would explain why there appears to be no corresponding AL pennant.

The Post Cereal cards have stats from the 1962 season, so this confirms that this would have been a 1963 release.

I'd like to say thanks to Greg for this fantastic find! This box answers all of the questions I had not been able to previously answer.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

NFL Football Pennant Sticker Mystery

I recently received an e-mail from Pete asking if I had any information about some NFL Football Pennant stickers that he was trying to research:

My first thought was that these were the Leaf Football Pennants that were released in the early 1980's, but comparing them to known Leaf stickers, I found that they are not the same:

As the picture above shows, the Leaf pennants were cut in the shape of a pennant instead of a rectangle, and if you look at the Bills pennant, you can see that there is a difference in the color of the face mask as well as a difference in the red stripe running down the left side of the pennant.

The stickers in question certainly look very similar to the Leaf set, but do not appear to be the same. I'd almost be inclined to say that the rectangular stickers might possibly be cut from a proof sheet of Leaf pennants stickers except for the fact that the backs have instructions for affixing the stickers to some sort of box:

Looking at the die cut on the picture above, if these were going to be cut into the pennant shapes that were used for the Leaf set, part of the instructions would have been cut off, so I'm almost positive these are not a Leaf release.

Besides, the Leaf pennant stickers were meant to be stuck in the Leaf Pennant Fever Pennant Collector Book, not on a box:

Pete sent a few other pictures showing a nearly complete collection of stickers for all the teams in the league at the time:

If anyone remembers these pennant stickers or happens to know anything about them, Pete and I would greatly appreciate knowing more about them. I'm particularly curious about the "box" that you were supposed to decorate with the pennants if anyone happens to remember what that might be.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Football & Pizza - The 1986 Jeno's Pizza Rolls NFL Stickers

As we approach Super Sunday, I wanted to take a look at a set that combines the two elements that make the day so special - food and great football action! In 1986 Jeno's ran a promotion where they included NFL team action stickers inside their boxes of Pizza Rolls:

A number of the stickers feature great action shots from previous Super Bowls, such as Joe Namath leading the Jets over the Colts in Super Bowl III:

Thankfully Jeno's put their logo on the back of the sticker instead of the front so that we get a very nice clean uncluttered photo, that just happens to look exactly like the 1966 Philadelphia Football play cards:

Each team had 2 stickers, which means a full set consists of 56 stickers. Here is a look at the full set:

What I really like about the stickers is that the photos are not closely cropped shots just of a single player, but are a wider shot that allows more of the action surrounding the play to be seen, just like the Fleer Team Action cards of the 1970's & 1980's.

The backs have a writeup that describes the action on the sticker:

There was also an offer for "Terry Bradshaw's Action Play Book" on the box which was just a fancy title for "Sticker Album":

The album pages appear to include the same text that was on the back of the stickers, which was nice so that you didn't have to save the backing if you decided to put your stickers in the album:

Its too bad that with sports card licensing being so restricted nowadays that we don't see very many food sets like this any more. It really would be fun to open up a few boxes of pizza rolls this Sunday and get a few football stickers as a bonus.