This is a 56-card set of individual wax paper gum wrappers, similar to a Bazooka Comic. These wrappers were issued in Thirst Break Orange Gum, which was reportedly distributed in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Each of these small gum wrappers has a comic-style image of a particular great moment in sports. (M)any different sports are represented in this set. The wrappers each measure approximately 2 9/16" by 1 5/8". The wrappers are numbered in small print at the top. The backs of the wrappers are blank.
I next went to eBay and did a search. There were quite a few singles listed for $4 and up but I also saw a lot of 41 different that was up for auction. I looked through the listing and saw that not only were the Mathewson and Hubbell in the lot but there were a total of 7 I could use in different parts of my collection. I placed a bid and for $10.50 plus shipping I brought home these cards:
|One of the two I had on my checklist.|
|Here is the other on my list.|
|Hoyt is being celebrated for being on 9 teams and 1 of them was the Giants so into the Giants binder he goes.|
|OJ fits into my USC collection and I started a player collection for him back when he was only known for football, acting and broadcasting. It has been a long time since I added a new OJ card.|
|I haven't officially started a player collection for the Big O but I think it is eminent. I am keeping this one in anticipation.|
|A nice new item for the Reggie player collection.|
|Another one for the Giants binder celebrating the shortest game ever. Think the fans felt cheated?|
As you can see, this is a multisport release and the condition on these isn't great. There are dark spots on all of these which I believe are a result of being packed with sugary gum for quite some time. Some of the ones on eBay are in better condition with little staining but I am not that picky.
To be honest, getting 41 of the 56 in my lot, the set builder in me was tempted to go after the set but I decided against it as I would be back to where I started with my player/team collections needing not only the 15 to complete the set but additional copies of the 7 shown above.
I figured I would scan the rest to see if anyone out in blog land was interested in any of them. Drop me a note or a comment if so and we can work out a trade. Here they are:
While my checklist reorganization has been time consuming and somewhat tedious, finding out about this need and seeking these out has been one of the positive outcomes. I have recently posted up my the new format for my Giants Want List on the blog for the years I have complete (up through the mid-2000s). The last decade will take some time but I am happy with the look and usability of the new format.