Sunday, March 25, 2018

Recent Acquisitions: 3 from Ziploc

One of the best things about the 80s and 90s is that if there was a product you used or chain you frequented, they may well have run a baseball card promotion at some point.  These are some of my favorite cards from that time: Post, Kellogg's, Hostess, Burger King, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Chef Boyardee, M&M's, Drake's, Kraft, and many more.  Now that internet commerce, and COMC in particular, is a thing, I can find cards like this that I missed the first time around.  I decided to pass on the Fruit of the Loom cards I found, but I went for these three 1992 Ziploc cards.
Hank Aaron.
Card back.
Unlike most of these promotions, Ziploc opted for cards of a nostalgic bent, featuring some of the all-time greats.  The set only has 11 cards total, and I picked out three of my favorites.  Who doesn't love Hank Aaron cards?  To me, he's the legitimate home run king.  I have a few Topps cards from his playing days, and am working on getting a few more.  In the meantime, I am delighted to add this less-expensive alternative to my binder.
Willie McCovey.
Card back.
Similarly, I'm always happy to add more Willie McCovey cards.  Part of growing up in a place where Mike Schmidt was every kid's hero was appreciating the 500 home run club of the day, I think.  McCovey moved to tenth on the list when Schmidt passed him.  McCovey of course is tied with Ted Williams with 521 career home runs; Schmidt ended up in 7th place when he retired, with Mickey Mantle and Jimmie Foxx between him and McCovey/Williams.
Brooks Robinson.
Card back.
Still on the Schmidt theme, there were a couple of other famous third baseman people might bring up when talking about Schmitty, including the also-local Brooks Robinson (also local because we lived halfway between Baltimore and Philly).  While people still talked about Brooks Robinson, he had retired well before I saw my first baseball game.  The others were Schmidt's contemporary/AL counterpart George Brett, and fellow 500-home run hitter Eddie Mathews.  Schmidt was excellent defensively, but Robinson's fielding is the stuff of baseball legend.

So, I'm glad to have these three cards with their large Ziploc logo in my binder.  Thanks for reading!


  1. I've never seen these before and I absolutely think they are the best! What a nice design and I love the checklist. I wish there were cards in food products again. The Marketplace pizza promo from 2016 was nice, but I miss the late 80s and early 90s.

    1. I agree! I do love the design, especially the unapologetic huge Ziploc in the corner.