I don’t know how to explain it.

Maybe I’m longing for some time at the ballpark with my favorite franks, or maybe I’m looking forward to the culinary pleasures of football season.

Whatever the case, I couldn’t keep my attention off the various delectable food issues that filled my browser as I browsed through eBay this week.

So, I had little choice, really …

Here are five droolworthy baseball card lots available on eBay right now, all of them offering up food issues.

Bon appétit!

(Note that this post contains affiliate links, which means if you click over to eBay and buy something, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.)

1953 Glendale Meats Detroit Tigers Complete Set

1953 Glendale Meats Detroit Tigers Complete Set

Nothing says “ballpark” much better than a good old hot dog, right?

That’s part of what makes those old Kahn’s sets so cool, and it’s also part of what made this listing jump out at me — the 1953 Glendale cards were issued with packs of wieners.

Also, these cards are 65 years old, complete at 28 cards of the Detroit Tigers, and fully PSA-graded (1s and 2s!).

Plus, there are plenty of great pictures of these vintage pasteboards in the listing, including Matt Batts.

Any Matt Batts sighting is worth a second look, don’t you think?

I do.

Even at a Buy-It-Now price of $6499.

Here is the eBay listing (affiliate link).

1954 Red Man Tobacco Gil Hodges (PSA 9)

1954 Red Man Tobacco Gil Hodges

I have this irrational love of Gil Hodges, in a hero-worship sense, and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Irrational because his numbers say he’s not a Hall of Famer, but I think he belongs in Cooperstown.

Maybe it’s because he was a Hoosier (like me).

Maybe it’s because the stories I’ve heard of him paint him in an almost saintly glow.

Maybe it’s because he looks so darn good smiling in Brooklyn Dodgers Blue.

Or maybe it’s because of the triumphant homecoming he made in taking the 1969 New York Mets to a World Series title. Amazing!


Part of me also believes those stories about Hodges’ concocting the modern bullpen.

Hodges cards are hard to resist, especially when they’re of the stunning Red Man Tobacco variety (not technically a food issue, though I suppose if your gut could handle it …).

This beauty is sitting there just waiting for the next $2000 to float by.

Here is the eBay listing (affiliate link).

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams (PSA 5)

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams

Back to the Hot Dog brigade we go for a pretty sweet Ted Williams card issued in 1954 by Wilson Franks.

Inserted in packages of hot dogs (sound familiar?), there were 20 cards in the set, including some of the biggest names in the game.

They didn’t come much bigger than Teddy Ballgame, of course, and his status combines with the relative scarcity of the card (136 total copies graded by PSA, 22 that scored a 5) to make the $12,500 price tag seem reasonable.

Well, at least not totally unbelievable. After all, PriceRealized shows a PSA 7 selling for $33,500 in April 2018 and a PSA 5 fetching $5700 nearly a year ago.

Hot dog!

Here is the eBay listing (affiliate link).

1974 O-Pee-Chee Frank White Rookie Card (PSA 10)

1974 O-Pee-Chee Frank White Rookie Card

You may not think of O-Pee-Chee cards as food issues, but Wikipedia lists O-Pee-Chee as a “confectionery company.”

Close enough for me!

Besides, Frank White is one of those really good 1970s and 1980s players who don’t get remembered and celebrated as often as they should. He was an absolutely vital member of all those great Kansas City Royals teams, so … Go, Frank!

Besides besides, we get to see Andre Thornton as Andy, and he was pretty darn good, too.

And my heart pitter-patters anytime I get to see a Hughes on a real-live baseball card. Good on you, Terry Hughes.

And … this thing is from the Dmitri Young collection … and graded PSA 10.

Holy Moises Alou!

Is $3500 too much for a one-of-a-kind?

Here is the eBay listing (affiliate link).

1971 Kellogg’s Football Unopened Envelopes – Complete Set (60)

1971 Kellogg's Football Unopened Envelopes

So this is another cheat, right?

Kellogg’s is definitely a food issue, but football is definitely not baseball.

But the Hall of Fame Game was this week, and that means the NFL is ready to ramp up again. Hard not to get in the football spirit this time of year, even with MLB pennant races just heating up.

Besides, how many times have you seen even one unopened Kellogg’s pack from 1971, let alone the whole set?

That would be zero on both counts for me.

Seeing those blue borders peeking out through the cloudy white envelopes in this listing is an almost magical experience, let me tell you.

Or better yet, click over for yourself and see what kind of magic $3601 can buy you.

Here is the eBay listing (affiliate link).

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