So I'm at a card show today........
I'll be honest, I have been out of the card collecting scene for more than 15 years. The defining moment for me came when I saw a Ryan Klesko rookie card selling for $5.00 before he had played his first major league game. Since then, I moved away from cards and went to autographs, publications, phantom World Series tickets, anything but cards, really.
That's not to say I haven't gone to card shows as I have. In fact, I enjoy them. But they are not what they used to be. I typically bring my son as he gets a pack or two and there is a guy that sells the 2009 cards for a dime a piece and he loads up on all the current guys.
Imagine my surprise when I walk by a vendor today and see this card looking back at me:
Five bucks later and I have the whole set. All 33 cards of them. I had no idea these even existed. I certainly don't remember them. Then again, our family was more McDonald's than Burger King. Maybe it was that there were no Tigers in the set. Whatever the reason, this was a major, yet pleasant, surprise.
Burger King and Topps had been a sponsor of the Pitch, Hit and Run competition for kids, a baseball version of the popular Pass, Punt and Kick NFL version. Fred Lynn is one of several of the cards with a different picture than their regular 1980 issue.
These were printed later than the 1980 base set and I assume these were given over the counter at BK or at the competition. The backs are red instead of blue (see below)
As we go forward, I will include the Burger King version of a player card as we get there. I'll also post more about the day's card show finds soon.
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