Month: June 2017

How Dan Driessen and Burger Chef Built a Lifetime Cardboard Obsession

(This is Day 25 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) Everyone knows about McDonald’s Happy Meals and how they changed the fast food dining experience for children — and parents — forever when they debuted in 1979. But children of the 1970s and baseball cards collectors from that era know the truth: the Happy Meal is little more than a knockoff of the Funmeal that the now dearly departed Burger Chef introduced in 1973. What’s more, the Funmeal was arguably a lot more “Fun” than the Happy Meal...

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1968 Topps 3-D Curt Flood Was a Baseball and Hobby Crystal Ball

(This is Day 24 of our response to Tony L.’s 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge. See all our posts in this series here.) When it comes to picking a favorite oddball card from the 1960s, there is plenty of interesting fodder to consider. From the 1963 Fleer set that probably shouldn’t have existed to the 1964 Topps coins that bring “rust” into the condition conversation to the 1968 Topps posters that make you feel like a teenage girl, you could spend years and fortunes collecting the best out-of-the-norm issues the decade has to offer. But for me, one oddball set from...

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12 Great Websites Featuring the Best “Baseball Cards that Never Were”

Over the decades, there have been tens of thousands of different baseball cards issued by companies from New York to California. But even with that avalanche of cardboard bearing down on us, there are never quite enough cards, are there? And there surely aren’t enough vintage cards, especially when it comes to players missing from our favorite sets. Or places we think Topps or Fleer or Bowman could have done better. Or the chance to get the right player in the right uniform and the right card design. Luckily for us, we live in the digital age, which means...

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Who Collected the First Regular Season Hit West of St. Louis in Major League Baseball History?

The Philadelphia Athletics moved west before the 1955 season, and the new Kansas City Athletics opened their first-ever season west of the Mississippi at home on April 12, 1955. The visiting Detroit Tigers came to bat first, but leadoff man Harvey Kuenn flied out to right field against A’s hurler Alex Kellner. Next up was second baseman Fred Hatfield, who doubled to right field to become the first man in Major League history to record a regular season hit west of the Mississippi. Although the A’s went on to win that first game, 6-2, they finished their inaugural season...

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