When I was a kid there was a local snack company called Granny Goose based out of Oakland, California. My parents would always buy their plain potato chips. In fact, I can still close my eyes and picture their yellow bags and light blue lettering with the Granny Goose logo.
Back in the early 80's, they partnered up with the Oakland Athletics to produce three baseball card sets. I've written about them before, but honestly Tony over at Collecting the 1980s did a much better writeup back in 2017. If you're a fan of oddball food issues, I highly encourage you to check out the post. Go ahead and click the link. This post isn't going anywhere.
Interesting, right? Hard to imagine a regional issue once commanding triple digits, but I vaguely remember those stories.
Anyways... I've owned all three sets for quite some time now. However my 1983 set wasn't technically complete.
That year the Granny Goose included a silver scratch-off stripe at the bottom of the card as part of a instant winner giveaway with the grand prize being a trip for two to the World Series.
The set I purchased at a 2012 card show had the bottom tabs cut off:
It honestly didn't even bother me until I stumbled across a cheap set that contained the instant winner tabs on eBay a while back.
Today I figured I'd take a closer look at the most affordable of the 80's Granny Goose A's sets:
The set contains a total of 15 cards with Rickey Henderson being the lone hall of famer. There are a few other notable names like Davey Lopes, Carney Lansford, and Mike Norris.
Honestly all of these guys stand out to me, because my brother would take me to a lot of games during this era. I grew up watching Norris, Matt Keough, Steve McCatty, and Rick Langford take the mound, while Rickey, Dwayne Murphy, and Tony Armas (traded in the offseason to Boston for Lansford) patrolled the outfield.
In addition to being inserted individually into bags of chips, complete sets were handed out at one of the Oakland A's home games. According to Beckett, these didn't come with the giveaway tabs. Although I'm not exactly sure if they were specially printed without tabs or if the Oakland A's and/or Granny Goose sat around and used a paper cutter to chop off the tabs.
Beckett also states that over a million cards were produced. I wonder if they mean Granny Goose printed one million of each card or one million cards in total.
Can't imagine 15,000,000 (or even 1,000,000) singles floating around the hobby. I'll go out on a limb and say that a lot of these were damaged with grease stains and thrown away thirty-five years ago when the promotion was going on. Then again... maybe there are a few collectors who are hoarding these sets in their garages.
Whatever the case... these sets are by no means scarce. You can find plenty of sets sitting on eBay and if you're patient, you should be able to pick one up for under $10.
Personally the $4.40 (shipped) I spent on my copy was well worth the money, because it's an oddball set that has a direct connection to my childhood. Granny Goose might have packed up and left the Bay Area two decades ago, but their memory will live on forever in my collection.
Here is today's question of the day:
Outside of the super popular Kellogg's and Hostess trading cards...
What are your favorite food issue oddballs?
Hope y'all have a great week. Happy Tuesday and sayonara!