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Collector’s Corner for Nov. 1, 2022

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Happy November! We’re leading off this week with a 1976 Baltimore Colts piggy bank/football bank set. The maker of these banks helpfully slapped a Colts helmet on this little piggy’s backside, too — always a nice touch.

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

  • Here’s a 1970s MLB National League bat rack pen display!
  • “Support the home team!” That’s what it says on this 1950s New York Yankees license plate topper, which is a new one on me. I guess you just screwed it onto the top of your license plate?
  • From the Sears “MLB Dugout” (I don’t think they really had such a department, but it sounds like their old NFL Shop, right?), here’s a basic red jacket. Slap a simple Phillies patch on it, and presto — you have an “official” jacket!
  • Speaking of the Phillies, here’s an early-1980s “zipper wrist pouch.” This was a stadium giveaway, as it says “Milk, it’s fitness you can drink” on it. What could you possibly keep in this thing? One key at most, right? And why would you Velcro this thing to your wrist during a workout? Wouldn’t it be all sweaty underneath?
  • And equal time here for the other World Series participant: Feast your eyes on this glorious Sand-Knit Houston Astros tequila sunrise jacket.
  • What’s that on your uniform? A press pin? Yes, for the 1973 MLB All-Star Game, which was played in Kanas City.
  • Here we have a chunk of the original Tartan Turf from Texas Stadium. Notice the packaging: The word “Dallas” uses the same familiar font as “Cowboys,” which I’ve never seen before.
  • One more from America’s Team: I don’t think the term “Swizzle Stick” has ever appeared in this space. Well, let’s correct that glaring omission right now.
  • This baseball card organizer box has images of players from 1934, including Lou Gehrig, Frank Frisch, Jimmie Foxx, and Al Simmons.
  • Also from 1934, look thru this set of four Quaker Oats baseball tips booklets. How to Play the Infield, How to Play the Outfield, How to Throw the Curve and Other Pitching Secrets, and How to Knock Home Runs and Other Tips to Batters.

That’ll do it for this edition of CC. See you back here next week!

Comments (6)

    That Baltimore Colts bank set uses a helmet logo with a facemask not in circulation until the 1980s at the earliest. The seller’s claim of “1976” is questionable. Most team logo helmets used the single or double bar facemask logo during the 1970s.

    I would agree that the dating seems suspect. It happens often where people don’t know the true age of what they’re putting up for auction, but in this case there’s nothing on the set itself to indicate it’s even specific to Baltimore.

    Hey Paul,

    How come most college football teams do not wear “TV Numbers” or
    “Numbers on their shoulders/sleeves?”

    Dolphin Jim

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