Friday, November 27, 2009

More Baseball Cards

I have many small oddball sets in my collection. Here is one I’d like to share.

This set is called the 300/400/500 Set. Here is the Title Card.

This 30 card set was issued in 1980 and has players who either had at least 300 wins, batted 400 or better or had 500 or more home runs. The cards are square and have an outline of the base paths and are numbered inside home plate. The cards are blank backed and show the player’s body in artwork done by R. G. (Bob) Laughlin with an out of proportion head photograph.

Bob Laughlin made many small card sets in the late 1960s to the early 1980s and sold them himself for around $3.00 to $5.00. Many of the sets are highly collectible today. One of his first sets, the 1967 World Series set, was mass produced by Fleer in 1970 and 1971.

Here is one of my favorite card pictures in the set, card # 23 of Frank Robinson.

The set contains my favorite player, Mickey Mantle. Here is his card, #18 in the set.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Matchbox has issued some garbage (or refuse) trucks over the years.

Here is the first one, first issued in 1957, the #38A Karrier Refuse Truck.

The next version came along in 1963, the #15C Dennis Refuse Truck. Shown are both variations, the one on the left has a peep hole while the one one the right does not.

Finally, from 1966 is the #7C Ford Refuse Truck. Also shown is his big brother, the K-7 in the king size range.