12 November 2014

Winfield in the Round (Part 3)

1989 Cadaco Ellis

     This is one of those issues I used to see in the big price guides and had no idea what it was.  Then I happened across a copy of the Cadaco Ellis All-Star Baseball game in a Walden Books in the mall (yes, this was years ago).  Sadly, I was an extremely brainwashed mainstream soul in those days, so concept of playing a board game that wasn't produced by Parker Brothers or Milton Bradley was somehow foreign to me and I didn't give this game a second thought.  For most of the years the game was produced, these were just blank discs with players names on them and no pictures like this one:

     But by 1989, everyone was getting a license from MLBPA, so Cadaco Ellis added player photos to the discs, courtesy of Mike Schechter & Associates.  Here is a good website that explains the game, and apparently still creates new discs for players, even though the actual game is no longer produced.  I imagine it has a following similar to the various statistics based games like APBA.

1989 King B

    One of the new licensees in 1988 for MSA was King B Snacks.  Unlike most of the other licensees, King B got their own design each year.   Also unlike the others, King B continued to issue these discs from 1988 all the way to 2002.  Most of these discs were packaged in small, flat cans of shredded beef jerky as "King B Jerky Stuff".  Get it?  Jerky stuff, instead of snuff.  That's what passes for humor in the processed meat snack world.   In 1988, however, they were just packaged in bags as seen here in this blog post by Thorzul.  As a result, it is not uncommon to find these with massive grease stains.  King B issued discs for both baseball and football.  I couldn't find a good photo of a baseball can, but here's a good shot of a football can from 1990:

     I won't go into much detail on these 1989 MSA discs, as the information is pretty much the same as with the 1988 discs.  So just enjoy the pictures.

1989 Key Food

1989 MSA Iced Tea (Super Stars)

     Again, the generic "Super Stars" discs were used by a variety of regional grocery stores to help promote their store brand tea products.

1989 Our Own Tea

1989 Tetley

     In 1988, Tetley Tea joined the crowd of licensees to use these generically designed discs to promote their tea products. Winfield was not in the 1988 sets, so his first Tetley disc didn't turn up until 1989.

1989 Weis Winners / Weis Markets

1989 Topps Coin

     The 1987 Topps Coins set was apparently popular enough that the set continued for three more years.  For whatever reason, Dave Winfield was not included in the 1988 set (which was almost identical to the 1987 set) but was brought back for the 1989 set after having a great 1988 season.  In addition to being available in packs of 3 coins, in 1989 collectors could also purchase complete sets in a long, flat display case that could also fold up into an album.  Today these complete sets can be had for around $10, and unopened boxes of packs for around $5-8.

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