Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fire safety cards that are worth more than a buck

You always find something cool in any envelope you get from a fellow blogger.  Whether it be cards that you agreed upon, or something that they throw in as an added bonus.

The added bonus was certainly the case when I received a package from Doug at the Sportscards from the Dollar Store blog, full of Blue Jays and Joe Sakics.

Doug also threw in the mystery card from yesterday's post asking if anyone knew what set the card came from.  Doug was kind enough to provide the answer, which in turn helped provide the impetus for this post.

There were a handful of cards in there from the 1990 Blue Jays fire safety set, which appear to have been sent to members of the Blue Jays fan club (correct me if I'm wrong Doug).

The front of the cards feature action photos, which from the cards I have all appear to have been taken at home. None of the cards I have feature the blue road uniforms.

The backs have some decent stats on them.  I found interesting that the back lists the major league service time of each player, something I don't think I've ever seen on a baseball card.

Right in the center of the back is a "fire fact", with some good tips.  The one card I didn't scan, Manny Lee, has a very good tip:

Children don't hear smoke, they hear smoke detectors. 

What also interested me about the back is the advertising.  Naturally, in the upper left corner is the logo of the Ontario fire chiefs.  The lower right features two grocery stores one above the other.  Not sure how that happened, one would think that competing grocery stores wouldn't share the same space on a card.  [Note: A little research on this later showed that Dominion had been bought out by A&P a few years earlier.  You learn something new every day]

The card stock is very thin, they almost remind me of something you would find in a Topps sticker release.  But other than that, for a free card, they are quite the collectible.

It's interesting, if you look closely in the middle, the last line in the paragraph says that these cards are not to be sold for any purpose.


Doug, thank you for the cards, they are very much appreciated!!

thanks for reading, Robert

1 comment:

  1. For the life of me, I can't remember where I got them. As I was searching through boxes looking for Jays from your wantlist, I'd come across random ones in the boxes, mixed in with cards that had nothing to do with baseball.

    The 1998ish set I also included was picked up at one of the garage sales they do at the Dome at the end of the season. I picked up several of those for a buck each.

    I don't recall any road jerseys in the batch, but there were some that were shot at spring training. An Ozzie Virgil that I didn't include was an example of that.