Vintage Sports Report

The Winter Meetings made last week a very busy week in baseball, and we've been very busy as well, moving our store at Fleamaster's. However, we found time to wrap up our series on Wheaties collectables.

This week we are continuing the Wheaties series.

1941 Wheaties: Champs of the USA, is an eight card series continued from 1940 and didn't feature any Phillies in the set.

The Wheaties series went on hiatus until 1951, but returned that year with a set of cards printed on the backs of single serving size boxes. It is a six card set with three baseball players; Bob Feller, Stan Musial, and Ted Williams.

The 1951 Wheaties Premium Photos is a very rare and very limited set. Most of the players were never issued, but those that were are featured in a 5" x 7" black and white photo. The one Philly in the set is Richie Ashburn and his card is valued at $125.

1952 Wheaties are 2" x 2 ¾" cards found on the back of the cereal boxes. It's a 20 card set with 10 players and no Phillies.

In 1952, Wheaties also offered tin trays, which were very limited and are very rare. Only four editions actually made it to production and very few ever made it to the grocery stores. They were taken by either employees or customers since they were glued to the boxes. The tin trays were 4 7/8" x 5 1/8".

The Wheaties series again went on hiatus until 1964 when they produced their last set, the 1964 Wheaties stamps. The set included 50 player stamps and a 48 page orange album called "Wheaties Major League All-Star Baseball Player Stamp Album". They were 2 ½" x 2 ¼". The two Phillies in the set were Jim Bunning (valued at $8) and Ray Culp (valued at $4).

I will be going on a holiday hiatus, but you can always contact me at RRSports1@yahoo.com. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy holiday season. It's been my pleasure writing these articles over the year and hearing your comments.



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