King Hill is one terrific sports name and befitting of both a career signal-caller and key member of its first pro players union. (Learn more about his labor contributions at King's Wikipedia page.)
As with the recently-profiled Peggy Popcorn baseball, collectors could redeem Mayrose cards for prizes like footballs and game tickets. (See the scan for contest details and prizes, including a trip on the team plane!)
Thanks to OldBaseball.com trading friend Steve for Mr. Hill's type card, one of these rare sets that came plastic-wrapped to protect itself from food stains. Mayrose wasn't alone, though--the blog's already covered three similar meat-packed baseball sets.
- 1957 Swift Meats #5, Ed Bailey
- 1962 Sugardale Meats Baseball #5, Jim Perry
- 1963 Sugardale Meats Baseball #5, Jim Perry
The NFL lagged far behind baseball in 1960s attendance and it'd be 20+ years until the two sports stood shoulder-to-shoulder in fan support. Many argue football holds the 21st-century popularity throne; I credit bacon.
Value: Based on completed eBay auctions, low-grade singles cost $5 or less. Its checklist lacks stars, so collectors should be able to build a set affordably.
Fakes / reprints: It'd be hard to fake a plastic-coated card like this one, let alone make a profit at it. You'd do better just selling the bacon.