Friday, April 25, 2014

Food-Issue Friday: Driven to Drink

"A lot of them know about my past. A few of them (players he managed) used to collect baseball cards and remember getting a couple copies of mine... A lot of them (fans) actually do (remember him). A bunch of them will sometimes pull out one of my old baseball cards." ~ Brad Komminsk, in a 2008 MiLB.com interview

The Baltimore Orioles issued a four-series team set in conjunction with Coca-Cola and Crown gas stations during the 1991 baseball season. The first three series (cards #1-360) were given out at three separate home games during the season. Each sheet (10 in each series) contained twelve perforated cards- each card measuring 2-1/2" x 3-3/16" and featuring a sepia-toned head shot. The fourth series, which contained 12 sheets of 12 cards, were available only at participating Crown stations.

1991 Crown/Coca-Cola All-Time Baltimore Orioles #246

Okay, so this card/set should really fall under the category of odd-balls or regionals, rather than Food-Issues, but I'm going to give myself a pass because of the Coca-Cola sponsorship. 

Komminsk coached and managed in the minors following his playing career was over, including many years in the Orioles organization- where he was considered a pretty good managerial prospect (he never would manage at the major league level). Oh, the irony.


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