Vintage Sports Report

You never know where collectibles will turn up. Take a stroll down memory lane and remember some vintage items that you may be able to find and collect.

Hello again sports fans. I almost missed this week's deadline because of an injury that now has me getting physical therapy during the week. This is my first time at a sports therapy location and the folks at Sports Specialty in Fort Myers are awesome. It's not just the same old therapy; it's new ideas and techniques to get you back up and running.

Onto this weeks column. Honestly, I'm starting to run out of items to write about so I will open it up to the readers and what you want me to write about. Let me know and will add it to the column. We do have a few interesting things to look at this week.

First off is the 1950 R-423, these tiny 5/8" x 7/8" cards are numbered roughly in alphabetical order going up to 120. They were issued in strips of 13 and were available in vending machines. The backs are mostly orange, but you will also find purple and green. The Phillies in the set were Richie Ashburn (valued at $12), Grover Cleveland Alexander (valued at $10), Del Ennis ($6), Ken Heintzelman ($6), Jim Konstanty ($6) and Lefty O'Doul ($7.50).

Sealtest Dariy came out with a 1949 and '50 sticker set. This regional Phillies issue consisted of 12 large stickers cards with peel off backs, and was also issued by Lummis Peanut Butter in the same year. The highest values in the set are Ashburn and Robin Roberts, who are both valued at $700. Curt Simmons comes in at $300 and the rest of the Phillies are $250 items.

The last item for this week are the 1950s through 1970s Spalding advisory staff photos. A promo item which debuted in the 1950s and died in the early 70s, these 8x10 photos were given to stores as display items for Spalding sporting goods which a player endorsed. They usually had the player holding or standing by the equipment he endorsed and the set included a number of Phillies. Richie Allen and Jim Bunning are both valued at $20. They also include Johnny Callison ($12), Clay Dalrymple ($12) and Dick Farrell ($25). As you can see, you do not always have to be a star to get an endorsement deal.

I have written this week about a few unusual items. I hope to hear from a few of you this week with ideas for articles that I can do or maybe you have some collectible that you're wondering about the origins of and just how much it's worth. Feel free to e-mail me at Also, if you're in the Fort Myers area, visit FleaMasters and check us out. Remember too, that we usually always have some interesting things for auction on eBay and this week is no exception. Check out our auction at rsvintagesports on eBay.

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