Vintage Sports Report

This week, there are five more interesting collectibles featured in our Vintage Sports Report. The items range from posters to 3-D cards.

Here we are again. Happy post 4th of July to all; I've heard enough bang to last me for a year, how about you? In florida, fireworks are legal and we shot off a few of them ourselves.

I look into the Phillies minor league stats everyday. If you get a chance check out Drew Naylor for Williamsport, who is having one of those great starts. His teammate Tyler Mach is hitting for power and average.

Before we get on with this week's report, remember that I am always open to ideas for items that you'd like to see spotlighted in upcoming articles. I've received plenty of e-mails, but no article suggestions.

Let's look at Sports Illustrated posters from 1968-1970. These 2' x 3' blank backed posters were borderless color action photos and included Phillies only in the 1968 set. Richie Allen is valued at $30, Johnny Callison ($15) and Chris Short ($15).

Then, there's the SSPC Baseball The Phillies Way team set. This set was produced on a tri-fold insert in the SSPC magazine, offering hitting and fielding tips and featured 27 cards. Mike Schmidt is valued at $6, Steve Carlton ($2.50), Bob Boone ($1.50). Tug McGraw and Tim McCarver are both valued at $1, while Jay Johnstone and Larry Bowa are both valued at $.65.

The 1952 Star-Cal decals type 1, were 4-1/8" x 6 1/8" decals featuring the player's name and facsimile autograph. The set included Richie Ashburn ($60), Gus Zernial ($45), Ferris Fain ($45) and Curt Simmons ($45). The Type 2, from the same year, had a double player on them and were a little smaller at 4-1/8" x 3 1/16". The Ferris Fain and Gus Zernial decal is valued at $45 and the double Richie Ashburn is valued at $75.

The 1960's Sunny Ayr Farms Johnny Callison card is 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" in size and the black and white card had a facsimile autograph on the front and the back is in red. It's valued at $100 and is the only person in the "set".

Last but not least for the week is the 1957 Swift Meats. This is one of the really different baseball card issues of the ‘50s. It's a set of 18 3-D baseball player figures which could be punched out and assembled from cards included in hot dogs. Once assembled, the prices go down dramatically. Richie Ashburn was the only Phillie in the set and is valued at $130 for the unpunched cards. Once the cards are punched, the value drops dramatically.

Feel free to send me some article ideas this week and remember, that if you have any questions on what I have written about this week or in the past, please e-mail me at and check out my auction on eBay at rsvintagesports. You may be surprised at what you find there this week. And for those of you that are in the Fort Myers, Florida area, remember to stop in at Fleamasters flea market. You will find me there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thanks for reading the column and keep collecting.

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