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The Post War Cards Newsletter #47
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🖊️ 1992 Score Baseball 1991 Rookie Of The Year Chuck Knoblauch Autograph
In 1992, Score really committed to the autograph insert game, trying to distinguish themselves from Upper Deck’s Heroes Series and Donruss’ Signature Series. They introduced two awesome sets in 1992: the Joe DiMaggio Yankee Clipper Autographs in Series 1 and what many consider the GOAT among junk wax series autographed inserts - The Franchise Autographs in Series 2, after a great exclusive autograph in their Series 2 packs the year before, with Mickey Mantle.
The Yankee Clipper and Franchise autos apparently weren’t enough for Score. They doubled down on the popularity of Chuck Knoblauch, the 1991 AL Rookie of the Year, who had a popular 1990 Score rookie card and used it as a buyback autographed insert in their 1992 Series 2 product.
Knoblauch signed 3000 copies of his 1990 Score rookie card, and Score inserted 2989 in packs and made 11 available via sweepstakes. The big difference on the back of legit inserts is the special serial-numbered sticker.
Score highlighted the Knoblauch autographed rookie cards and The Franchise Autos on wax boxes.
You can pick up raw copies of the Knoblauch for between $20 and $30; PSA-graded copies are starting to push $100.
🗞️ In The News
COMC Official Blog: PSA Grading Now Available on COMC!
The Wall Street Journal: Trading Card Wars Escalate With Antitrust Lawsuit Against Fanatics or Front Office Sports: Panini Files Antitrust Suit Against Fanatics as Collectible Wars Heat Up or Sports Collectors Daily: Panini vs. Fanatics lawsuit: What it means for sports collectibles hobby or ESPN: Panini America alleges Fanatics has created monopoly in card industry or Reuters: Fanatics accuses rival sports card platform Panini of ‘unfair tactics’ in lawsuit or Sports Collectors Digest: Fanatics files countersuit against Panini, reveals negotiations to acquire sports card licenses
🌭 1961 Peters Wieners Minnesota Twins Advertisement
I recently picked up a copy of the Minnesota Twins 1961 Yearbook for the hobby library for a specific reason. You see, while Chevy made the iconic "Baseball, Hot Dogs & Apple Pie" jingle in 1974, the first two—baseball and hot dogs—have been connected for a long time. A TON of oddball sports card sets were distributed with hot dogs!
One such example was the 1961 Peters Meats Minnesota Twins baseball card set that I highlighted in great detail over on the Oddball Archive. Anyway, on one of the last pages of the Yearbook, there's an ad for "Peters Delicious Wieners," which the Twins sold at every refreshment stand in the stadium.
The ad highlights the 26-card set they distributed with Peters' skinless wiener and porkettes packages.
⌨️ On The PostWarCards Blog
July 24th, 2023: The 1992 Score Joe DiMaggio Yankee Clipper Autographs
August 1st, 2023: This Month on PostWarCards – August 2023
August 7th, 2023: Exploring the Four 1978 Topps Burger King Sets: A Unique Collaboration
📦 A 1958 Topps Baseball 1-Cent Box
While not as pricey or rare as the 1954 Topps Baseball unopened box with 36 packs that Nat Turner shared from The National the other week, there was another interesting unopened sale a few weeks ago. This empty 1958 Topps Baseball 1-cent box sold for $297.88 on eBay on July 22nd, 2023. While not as headline-grabbing, they don’t come up for sale that often and show that there’s a piece of the vintage unopened market accessible to a lot more collectors. Just remember, if you’re going to buy a vintage product, it can be tough to authenticate them solely from eBay images.