These cards were inserted into cases of Pepsi in 1977, and given that they were produced by Ohio’s local bottler of Pepsi and other fine beverages, the set is stacked with Reds and Indians. I’ve got two of these, this one and Reds pitcher Gary Nolan.
If you’re at all familiar with Seventies oddballs, you’ll recognize these as being produced by MSA (Mike Schechter Associates). The “ball” part is punched out so that you can remove it from the rest of the “card”.
If you look closer at the back of the card, there’s an offer to redeem Pepsi capliners (the little plastic thingies in the top of a bottle cap) for 4 “Personalized Superstar Shirts”, each one featuring a different Reds and Indians star: Pete Rose, Rico Carty, Joe Morgan and Rick Manning. I find it interesting that they offered adult sizes… I wonder how many adults there were walking around with a shirt that said “To My Buddy Joe, Best Wishes, Rico Carty”.
…and how many of you wish you could travel back 36 years and get a t-shirt?
I got these two cards close to thirty years ago; I was hanging out in a card shop, BSing with the owner, and he asked me to help him move a small display case. Nolan and Geronimo were my reward for the use of my “muscle” (used very facetiously).