Night Owl recently wrote about a copy of Baseball Cards magazine he has, and that issue had an article about “regional issues”… a.k.a. oddballs. One of the sets featured in the article was the 1982 Cracker Jack set put out by Topps.
I own this set – which is actually 2 uncut sheets of 9 cards each – and had scanned the sheets over a year ago, but never got around to posting them. I figured that Night Owl’s post is a sign to get off my lazy butt and do something.
This set was produced to promote a Cracker Jack-sponsored “Old-Timers’ Classic” baseball game played in RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
I got these in 1982 through a mail-in offer involving proofs-of-purchase from boxes of Cracker Jack. Regardless of what I might sing during the 7th inning stretch, I’m not a fan of Cracker Jack, so buying and eating a number of boxes was something of a sacrifice for me. Don’t buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, you can just buy me a brat and a Coke, thanks so much!
…Yes, a hot dog will do just fine.
The design of the set borrowed as much from prior Topps designs as Upper Deck Vintage did! Check it out… You’ve got the script team name borrowed from the 1978 set, the little pennant-y box that the name and position go in are lifted directly from 1979 Topps. Hey, they paid good money for those designs, they’re gonna recycle them!
Many of the photos used appeared on other cards, like the 1953 Ralph Kiner and Bob Feller, and the 1958 Larry Doby.
For a better look at the design of the cards, I cropped the image to highlight just the Brooks Robinson card. The photo used here is the same one used in the 1969 Deckle Edge set (except that one was in black & white, of course).
Brooks Robinson is wearing the only Orioles home uniform which didn’t feature “Orioles” in script… This style was worn from 1963 to 1965.
…and since I got my inspiration from Night Owl, the least I can do is feature the Duke Snider card from the sheet.
Now that I look at it closely for the first time in a bunch of years, it’s kind of odd that they airbrushed a Brooklyn Dodgers cap on him. I didn’t think too much about it at the time, but now I wonder if the photo is from Duke’s time with the Mets. I’d also considered if it might be from when he was a coach with the Expos, but I think he had some 70’s sideburns when he was in Montreal.