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.
This card from the 1981 Fleer (#487) set is interesting. Everything on the back is normal and for the most part everything appears to be normal on the front. But look at the patch on his sleeve and his uniform. The picture was taken 3 seasons earlier, during the 1978 season when the Padres hosted the All-Star game (hence the patch). Also, 1978 was the ONLY year they used those particular uniforms. By 1981 they were already wearing the uniforms that are now referred to by all the fans as the ’84 unis. So it’s kind of a retro card before they had retro cards I guess.
Here we have essentially the same card 3 times over so I won’t bore you and post them at different times. The O-Pee-Chee card (#248) is shown first and the only difference between that and the others is the brighter back and the French (by the way I told you my scanner sucks..it didn’t scan the whole card for some reason..hence the smaller size). The next is the traditional Topps card (#248). And lastly is a Topps mini (#248), which is an exact replica of the Topps card except smaller (2.25″ x 2.25″).
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.
This card is pretty interesting. Before the 1974 season the Padres original owner C. Arnholt Smith was “broke” according to GM Buzzie Bavasi and was looking to sell the team. Joe Danzansky, president of Giant Foods, supposedly bought the team and was going to relocate the team to Washington DC. With that said fans in DC were all on cloud nine, Padres fans stopped showing up to games & even Topps got in on the action by producing these cards with Washington in the upper left corner (instead of San Diego) and “Nat’l Lea.” (instead of Padres) in the lower right corner since there was no team name just yet. Thankfully the city informed the buyers that they had to pay off the remainder of the San Diego Stadium lease (15 years) even if they moved the team. Not wanting to pay 2 stadium leases and buy a team, the new owners backed out of the deal. Being that he was broke, Smith was willing to just give up the team to MLB. But before that happened Ray Kroc swooped in and the rest is history. This card (#173 B) is a reminder of how things could have been. If things went through there would be no Mr. Padre, no Petco Park and most importantly no Padres. Be thankful San Diego fans.