Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ODDBALL ROLL CALL: 1984 TOPPS R/P ROD CAREW

HAD A HARD TIME PICTURING HIM AS A FIRST BASEMAN.



THE BACKS ARE NICELY DONE.


WHY I LIKE IT

  • A simple and clean design with sharp color reproduction.
  • A seldom-seen Rod Carew card. 
  • An oddball card that features the team logo. 

WHAT'S THE STORY?

  • Despite what the back says, these particular cards were not packaged in nutritious Ralston breakfast cereals like Cookie-Crisp and Donkey Kong, according to the No. 23 Beckett Baseball Card Price Guide. They were only available to card dealers for direct distribution into the hobby.
  • The only difference between these and the '84 cereal cards is the Ralston Purina logo.
  • Many years later, the Surgeon General reported that kids eating large quantities of Ralston cereals experienced stunted growth, developed juvenile diabetes and a severe stutter.
  • Until 1986, Ralston was the breakfast cereal arm of the company, Purina the animal food wing. Wonder if any of the brands ever got mixed up.
  • I don't know, would seem easy for Donkey Kong cereal to be switched with Donkey Chow feed and vice versa. I guess Ralston Purina had measures in place to make sure that never happened. Then again, how would you tell?

HOW I ACQUIRED IT

  • Had it thrown into a deal with some other cards at a garage sale.
  • Interesting that someone thought enough about this card to get it graded.

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