Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1970-71 Action Cartridge Super-8 Baseball #5, "The Double Play" (Don Kessinger, Glenn Beckert)

I like to think any #5 is welcome in the type collection, but have to stretch the definition of "card" for today's set, as its Super-8mm film cartridges and 3/4" boxes would never fit between album pages without help from a steamroller.


That numbering in the lower-right corner (look close for No. 10-11-05) means this is #5 in baseball's film series, just one sport under Action Cartridge's umbrella of cartridges for golf, basketball, football, and hockey (full baseball checklist).


Each cartridge includes a Coaching Guide booklet with tips about the skill shown in the film, like "turning the double play" or "bunting." (I assume the film clip's just a video highlight without additional commentary, hence inclusion of the Guide.)

#11 Willie Davis

Some films come shrink-wrapped, others with cardboard backing, and still others in a pack with the camera and other films.


Action Cartridge produced several cameras during this product's life, including one with a backlight that required AA batteries. All used the hand-crank and viewing lens, but several had a foot that allowed watching from a table top or in-hand (as shown on the box).


Controlling film playback (forward, backward, slow-motion) with the hand crank felt pretty cool, I bet. The rarest model, supposedly issued only with hockey films, has a pistol-grip handle and image focusing wheel (the small black dial).


Value: This sealed #5 cartridge sold on eBay for $28 in November 2013. Films with superstars like Pete Rose, Reggie Jackson, or Tom Seaver might cost $50+ in high-grade. Unnumbered player "cards" (trimmed box panels) would be easier to store in pages, but sell for significantly less than intact packages. (The films aren't well-known or popular within the hobby, so sellers might wait quite a while before finding a buyer.)

Fakes / reprints: It'd be tough to fake a product this intricate and seems too obscure to make reprinting box panels worthwhile.

One thing I can't find is any digitized versions of their films. Until those surface, enjoy this Super-8 home movie of the Cubs and Mets (Seaver's win on July 22, 1971), which includes Don Kessinger--IN ACTION!

3 comments:

gcrl said...

for a second there i thought i needed to track one down for my double play collection!

Jahirul Islam said...

If you have 8mm or Super 8 films lying around the house, it is never too early to have them transferred to a video. Each time they are projected, they become more scratched and damaged. In digital video form, the content can be preserved in the current state. 8mm Film transfer to DVD

daisycutter606 said...

I've just bought a 1975 corgie hand crank super8 camera with a few super8 cassettes ,Im a Beatles collector and I'm thinking of either opening up a cassette or making using a 3d printer and replacing the movie inside with Beatles footage :-)