Friday, March 19, 2010

1970 Rold Gold Baseball #5, George Sisler

For me, middle school included bizarre amounts of snack food and ice cream. "Home cooking" meant recipes like this tasty dish.
4 slices toast
4 Tb butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tb cinnamon
1 paper bag
Butter both sides of toast slices and cut each into 3x3 grid. Pour sugar and cinnamon in bag and then add toast pieces. Shake until all pieces coated.

Another extremely common snack? Rold Gold pretzels. My group of friends ate so many, we still appear in sodium impact studies.

The blue border and stadium behind Mr. Sisler look weird because of their simulated 3-D printing process. The XOGRAPH company combined 2 slightly different photos to create the appearance of depth on a flat plastic card, a look Kellogg's (in the 70s) and Sportsflics (in the 80s) both became known for in baseball circles.

Rold Gold used XOGRAPH 3D for their only release, this 15-card set of "All-Time Baseball Greats." Kellogg's republished it through cereal boxes in 1972, using an identical design save for the copyright date (1970 vs. 1972). Topps test-printed 3D cards of their own in 1968, but the set never saw wide release.

Value: XOGRAPH cards don't cost much, so this HOF #5 ran less than $5. (More pricing details at an interest article on completing the whole set.)

Fakes / Reprints: Someone might try to fake one of the extremely rare (and valuable) 1968 Topps 3D cards, but I've never seen a reprinted Kellogg's or Rold Gold card.

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