Friday, February 27, 2015

Food-Issue Friday: Orange Ya Glad...

Knock, knock.

Who's there?



Crappy banana card who?



Knock, knock.

Who's there?



Crappy banana card who?



Knock, knock.

Who's there?



Crappy banana card who?



Knock, knock.

Who's there?





Orange who?





Orange ya glad I didn't show another crappy banana card?!


I've been on an Upper Deck kick for the last couple of weeks. I don't even remember why I started looking up cards from the Carlsbad, CA company, but I did, and in the process found some pretty sweet stuff that I never knew existed.

One of those I discovered was the 2005 UD/Sunkist set produced for Little League Baseball, of which Sunkist was a sponsor. The five cards in the set were distributed in specially marked bags of Sunkist oranges and included Roberto Clemente, Bob Gibson, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Stan Musial and were used to help promote healthier food choices for the obese children of America.

To sweeten the deal, a contest was held from April 1st (when the cards first began showing up in the produce aisles) through May 16th (the last day for entries to be postmarked), in which a $5,000 home field makeover was awarded to the winner to be used for field improvements. Oh, yes, there was also that three-month supply of Sunkist oranges. Gotta promote healthy after-game treats, after all. For a chance to win, all contestants (coaches) had to do was submit photos of their Little League team showing off their 'Sunkist Smile' (smile with a wedge in your mouth).

But that wasn't all...three first-place winners were awarded $500 worth of equipment as well as- you guessed it- oranges. Probably a lot of them, too.




I have never been a big fan of black and white photos on baseball cards. There have been a few exceptions, but none as great as this set. The bright, warm orange and yellows are a perfect contrast to the dark photo.

Five a Day? I'd take ten a day if the set was large enough. And that's no joke.

3 comments:

  1. 91 Fleer was one of the most uninspiring card designs ever!A couple of color splashes In the background wouldn't have hurt one bit.

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  2. That's a nice little Clemente oddball.

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