Tuesday, July 10, 2012
2012 Rodeo Meats Wil Myers
To celebrate the inaugural season of the Kansas City Athletics, the Rodeo Meat Company of Kansas City, Missouri released a forty-seven card set, featuring thirty eighty different players and nine variation cards. The set, issued in 1955, was a regional release and inserted in wiener and Vac-Pak lunch meats. Being packaged with the meats, the cards are often found with stains-making them difficult to find in top condition. In addition to problems with stains and miscuts, the scarcity of the set has caused the cards to command a premium price, whether it be common players such as Lou Sleater or Hall of Fame members Enos Slaughter and Lou Boudreau.
The company followed the initial set with another, albeit smaller (12 cards) one, in 1956.
With this year's All-Star game being hosted in Kansas City, I thought it would be fun to make the '55 Rodeo Meats set the object of a custom card. The obvious choices would be youngsters Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, or Mike Moustakas. My first thought, however, was George Brett-whom I couldn't stand as a kid, but have grown to appreciate as time has gone by. I settled for Wil Myers, the power hitting catcher-turned-outfielder. Surprisingly, Myers hasn't gotten the call to K.C., but it's only a matter of time before the kid is cranking them out of Kauffman Stadium. He got his first taste this past weekend during the Futures Game-going 2-4 with 3 RBI.