Vintage Sports Report

In this week's Vintage Sports Report, there are two collectibles to look at and a reader's question to answer. It's all part of our weekly look at baseball collectibles.

Hi everyone. We have a lot to cover this week, so let's get right into it.

We received a request for a price on the 1976 Canada Dry tin sheets. These sheets were used to make the Canada Dry Phillies cans. The research I did came up with nothing on this item. I checked every odd-ball price guide plus the memorabilia book. There is no mention of this item. I know it exists because I have seen them. This was a regional item that may just be overlooked. So as far as pricing, it's whatever the market will bear.

The first item this week is the 1976 Broder Major Leagues - The 1950's. Veteran collector Ed Broder produced this collector's issue. Measuring about 2 X 3 inches cards have borderless black and white photos on the front with the players name for identification. The backs are blank. This set is notable in that a number of familiar players are pictured with teams not seen in their Topps or Bowman cards. The set originally sold for $2.20. Now it is valued at $100.

The Phillies in the set are Smokey Burgess, Jim Konstanty and Richie Ashburn and all are valued at $4.00 a piece.

Next, we'll check out the 1977 Burger Chef Fun Meal Discs. This is the largest of the disc sets produced by Michael Schechter Associates. It is a 216 piece issue for the Burger Chef Fast Food restaurant chain. They were issued 9 players per team on a cardboard tray accompanying a 69-cent fun meal for kids. The Phillies set is listed at $15.00 with Mike Schmidt at $6.00 and Steve Carlton at $3.50. The others in the set are Bob Boone, Larry Bowa, Jay Johnstone, Jim Kaat, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox and Tug McGraw.

Our last set for this week is the 1956 Dairy Queen Stars Statues. This set is identical in composition and manufacture as the carded figures sold as Big League Stars. The Dairy Queen versions are white while the Big League version is bronze. The statues measure about three inches tall and were evidentially sold or given away with the purchase of a Dairy Queen product. Del Ennis is the only Philly in the set of 18 and is valued at $40.

As always, if you have any questions about this article or if you have any questions or suggestions for future articles please email me at rrsports@swfla.rr.com. Or, if you are in Fort Myers, feel free to stop in at Fleamasters flea market on any weekend and chat.


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