Monday, August 20, 2012

1996 Mother's Cookies #10

Card Review: 2.1 Not much to say here, a very basic card.  I'm assuming these came packaged with cookies, though I'm not familiar with the brand.

I've learned that these cards were Stadium Giveaways.  SGA's with a twist too.  Kids were given a pack of cards, but the packs were incomplete sets.  My understanding is they came with duplicates and the idea was to encourage kids to trade them to complete the set.  That's actually a cool idea (even if I would have just preferred to be given a set and be done with it as a kid).  Given this creative idea, it's a shame they didn't put more effort into the photo's.  For a set like this, they would have a lot more room to get creative with action shots, candid's in strange parts of the park, etc. if they had wanted to.  I get that just going with a generic press photo is easier, but given the way they were distrubuted, it's clear someone put some thought into this set.

Fun Facts: *Wallach's 57 games with the Angels in 1996, were the only games he played in the American League.  On May 17, 18 and 19th the Angels played @ Yankee Stadium.  It was the only time Wallach played in Yankee Stadium.  He played in 2 of the three games and had one hit.
*In Wallach's first game in Fenway he had 2 hits and 2 walks

Number of this card in my collection: 1
2013 update: 3
2014 update: 13
2015 update: 14


  1. The Padres had team sets of cards like these ones that were game day give aways (also by Mother's Cookies). I think they'd usually give you most of the team, but then a few dupes, so you'd have to go around and trade with others to get the complete set. I was just a kid and didn't talk to strangers, even for baseball cards, so I never completed any of the sets. I remember thinking they were lame as a kid, but now I like 'em, not very easy to come by.

  2. The Padres would have a game every year where a "team set" of cards would be passed out to attendees. There would always be a few cards missing from each set, so you'd have to walk around and trade with others. All of the cards (at least the ones that I ever got) were produced by Mother's Cookies.

    I really didn't care for these cards as a kid, but as an adult, I really like 'em.