First up is a poster of the famous Sports Illustrated cover picture. I’m not sure when this is from exactly but it has compliments of Home Federal Savings in the lower right hand corner. Christopher Paluso was the artist and upon doing a Google search I find out that he did a bunch of those amazing Legends Sports Memorabilia magazine covers that I still have from when I was a kid. The guy does absolutely amazing work, lives in San Diego and has actually even done some of the plaques in the San Diego Hall of Champions.
This 1977 Hostess card (#26) isn’t exactly in the best of shape. But when cards were packaged with Twinkies, Ding Dongs & HoHos, cards in pristine shape were pretty hard to come by.
In 1988 Grenada released a set of baseball stamps. Once again my stupid scanner cut it off and I really don’t have the patience to scan things twice. The only other Padres that I can see in the set were Tony Gwynn and Benito Santiago…but 3 Padres in a set of 81 superstars and Hall of Famers ain’t half bad really.
In 1999 Fleer gave Sports Illustrated a set that was titled Greats of the Game. RJ scored 3 cards in this set with this one (#35) being the base card. I’m still working on acquiring the other 2 cards though.
When I posted the “Leather” version of this card (which made sense), I brought up the fact of how weird it was for a pitcher to get a “Lumber” card. Oh well, here it is the 2005 Leather & Lumber “Lumber” card (#LC-34)….for a pitcher.
Since I’m posting the other half of the Leather & Lumber cards I might as well post the other half of the RC Cola cans. This one is from the first series in 1977 and unlike the 1978 version, does not have a number.
Because I’m sure you’re sick of all the “disc” cards, I’ll shoot off the rest of the ’78 disc’s that I own. Like I said before, the majority of the disc cards use the same front with the rare instance that the sponsor put their name at the top. This is one of those instances as Holiday Inn slapped their name on the front instead of 4 stars….like these 3 cards.
I have no clue what Saga is, but it looks like some sort of either vitamin or health supply store/company. We all obviously know what Wendy’s & Holiday Inn are. And last we have Zip’z. Apparently they are still around in the New York/New Jersey area. It’s a place where, like the card says, you “make your own sundae!”
I somehow fell a bit behind in my RJ a day. So here are 6 items to now give you 28 RJ’s in 28 days. First up is the 1993 Upper Deck Sheet to commemorate 25 years of Padres baseball. I’m not sure if it was a stadium giveaway or not. RJ, Graig Nettles, Steve Garvey, Dick Williams & Nate Colbert are shown. I’m not really sure why Nettles was represented over Tony Gwynn but maybe they didn’t want to list any active players.
Next up is a 1976/1978 Wiffle Ball disc. Here’s the thing regarding the year….it says 1976 on the disc but in listings there is no 1976 Wiffle Ball set but there is a 1978 set. So I’m not really sure what to list it as. Unlike the other ’76 discs that are 3 3/8″ around, this one is a much smaller 2 3/8″ and instead of a pink front it is yellow.
Speaking of the “other ’76 discs” here is a 1976 Crane Disc. For the most part it’s the same as the other ’76 discs….except it actually says Crane on the top of the front instead of having 4 stars. The Crane Potato Chip is no longer around. The quick research I did shows that they were bought out by Borden Foods in 1988. Borden Foods was then shut down in 2001.
Another out of business company is Burger Chef. The last one closed down in 1996 but they still gave us this awesome 1977 Burger Chef Disc with the “Where Wolf” character on the back. Apparently at their peak they were 2nd to McDonalds and are actually the creators of the first kids meal.
This card was a part of the 2003 Padres Carl’s Jr. stadium giveaway set. Fans voted on the All-Time team earlier in the season and then they made this set to giveaway to fans on August 10th, 2003. The others in the set were…Manager Bruce Bochy, SP Kevin Brown & Gaylord Perry, RP Trevor Hoffman, C Benito Santiago, 1B Steve Garvey, 2B Roberto Alomar, SS Ozzie Smith, 3B Ken Caminiti, OF Dave Winfield, Steve Finley & Tony Gwynn.
Lastly we have a deck of RJ Playing cards. I honestly don’t know when these were made nor do I know what the story is behind them. But it’s a full on playing deck of cards. I remember getting these at a card show at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley back in the 80’s though. Man those shows were fun to go to, but I haven’t been to one since probably middle school.
Kelloggs mixed things up a bit and instead of doing the traditional cardboard card they decided to go with a “3-D” style card. This (#17) is perhaps one of my favorite RJ cards just because of how different it is from all the others.
I’ve been a tad busy the last few days so I missed 4 days of RJ. So to make up for it, here are 5 new RJ items(today would be the 5th…duh!).
Here is a 1974 Topps Stamp. It’s obviously not a stamp that you can put on a envelope and mail off. But it is the size of a stamp and once licked could be put in one of many stamp books to complete your baseball collection.
This is a RC Cola can from 1978 (#61). To the best of my knowledge the baseball series ran for 2 years (1977 & 1978) and then stopped. I don’t drink RC Cola but if it’s good enough for OJ Simpson perhaps I should start?
Up next is a 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber “Leather” card (#LC-34). Surprisingly in this series RJ also has a “Lumber” card (which I will post at a later date). “Surprisingly” because why would a pitcher get a Lumber card? The “Leather” card obviously makes sense being that we have a former Cy Young award winner here.
1977 Topps Cloth card (#23) is basically the same as the 1977 Topps card (minus the NL All-Star graphic) but a fabric sticker. This series ran for 1 year and unlike the 1974 stamp it had no book to put them all in and collect. According to Topps, this series wasn’t for the collector but it was just kind of a sticker to put on your bedroom door, school notebook, school locker or your bag of weed (this IS from the 70’s..right?). Kind of like free promotion for Topps I guess.
Finally last but not least is a 1976 Isalys Disc card. Like I told you with the 1977 Chilly Willee card the majority of the “disc” cards used the same fronts. The 1977 disc cards are mainly with blue fronts while the 1976 disc cards used pink. I’m not sure about all the other players but the RJ cards even used the same photo. On the card you can see that the Isaly’s restaurant had 155 locations. There are now 3. Perhaps they shouldn’t have sold the rights to their finest invention ever…the Klondike bar.
I just want to get this out of the way right now. There are many “disc” cards from 1976 and 1977 that have the same exact front, but different companies on the back side. I’m going to still post them all still but will space them out a bit, so they don’t seem to repetitive. This particular card is from Chilly Willee (not to be confused with the cartoon penguin of the same name, but spelled slightly different). It’s a frozen drink, much like a Slurpee, Icee or Slush Puppie. I faintly recall having one when I was younger, but haven’t seen one in years. The mascot has since changed from the boy pictured on this disc (apparently named Willee) with lines around his head to show that he is Chilly to a blue seal.
So I just realized despite having a massive collection of baseball cards and more importantly many Randy Jones items, I’ve only posted 1 RJ item and really only 1 baseball card. So that all changes now! I’m going to start posting an RJ a day pretty much until I run out. This card here is the inspiration for the RJ’s Fro name. Look at that mane…a lion would be jealous of that. It’s a 1977 Topps (#550). Surprisingly it makes no mention of his 1976 Cy Young Award on the back bio…but he did shut out the NL East Champ Phillies 3 times in ’76.
Note-My scanner is pretty lame so it scanned some of these cards a little wonky but you get the gist of things.