Another blast from the past... I'm not sure of the exact details... but I vaguely recall seeing the 49er sheets at my local McDonald's almost 20 years ago. Anyone remember these?
Were they given out with a qualifying purchase or did the customer have to purchase them?
Either way... I paid almost full book value for these and have zero regrets. Beckett currently lists these values for the three sheets:
Sheet A: $2.50
Sheet B: $1.00
Sheet C: $1.25
I found these on eBay for $2.50 (+$1.50 shipping) and jumped all over them. There are several things I like about these sheets:
First... I love oddball cards... and restaurant issues fits the description perfectly.
Second... These sheets were distributed regionally, which means you had to know people in the right places. Luckily... the internet was invented and now we can find these at the tips of our fingers.
Third... I'm a huge fan of oversized cards. Storage is always an issue... but they look sweet.
Fourth... These cards are beautiful.... love the color photo of the player with the black & white back ground.
And finally... It features the Green Bay Packers! The checklist includes some of my favorite players from the decade: Sterling Sharpe, Reggie White, LeRoy Butler, and of course... Brett Favre.
Okay... time to stop babbling... here's what they look like:
Oh... I also picked up a set of the NFL Pro Bowlers for an extra $2. My guess is that these were distributed in areas that didn't have a local football team. Beckett lists all three sheets for $5... a bargain in my book.
I mean c'mon... this set is loaded...eight HOFer's: Thurman Thomas, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas, Howie Long, Dan Marino, and Jerry Rice. Throw in Deion Sanders, Cortez Kennedy, and another Sterling Sharpe... and you've got sweetness!
Like I mentioned earlier... I'm not sure what I should do about the storage situation. I was thinking about framing them... but I have enough cards cluttering my office walls. Right now... I have them in some oversized top loaders.
So... did any of you collect these in the 90's? If so... how were these beauty's distributed?
Have a good evening... Sayonara!