Tuesday, February 17, 2009

1977 Burger Chef Fun Trays

In 1977, MSA teamed up with the fast food chain Burger Chef to create "Fun Trays" for kid's meals. For those way too young to know (or not in the geographic location to know), Burger Chef (at least in the recollection of my childhood) was the ugly stepchild to Mcdonald's and Burger King. The food was cheaper in every sense of the word. But, for a kid growing up outside of Pittsburgh, it was the place we would go for a 'treat' BECAUSE it was cheap.

The Burger Chef "Fun Meals" were the equivalent of "Happy Meals." They were fun, not necessarily happy.

In an effort to create some happiness for the kiddos, Burger Chef served their meals in trays that featured punchout discs with baseball players on them.

There were 24 trays in all, featuring the stars of the teams included on the tray. All tolled, there are 216 cards in the set (a list of players by team appears at the end of this post, supplied by www.teamsets4u.com).

The teams included Rangers, Astros, Cardinals, Red Sox, Orioles, Twins, Indians, Royals, White Sox, Brewers, Tigers, Giants, A's, Angels, Padres, Mets, Dodgers, Expos, Phillies, Yankees, Pirates, Cubs, Braves, and Reds.

You can find individual discs if you look, but I actually found the whole unpunched trays easier to locate.


1977 Burger Chef Discs - Angels
Bobby Bonds
Dave Chalk
Bobby Grich
Paul Hartzell
Ron Jackson
Jerry Remy
Joe Rudi
Nolan Ryan
Frank Tanana
1977 Burger Chef Discs - ASTROS
Enos Cabell
Cesar Cedeno
Jose Cruz
Joe Ferguson
Ken Forsch
Roger Metzger
J.R. Richard
Leon Roberts
Bob Watson
1977 Burger Chef Discs - A'S
Stan Bahnsen
Vida Blue
Phil Garner
Paul Lindblad
Mike Norris
Bill North
Manny Sanguillen
Mike Torrez
Claudell Washington
1977 Burger Chef Discs - BRAVES
Jeff Burroughs
Darrel Chaney
Gary Matthews
Andy Messersmith
Willie Montanez
Phil Niekro
Tom Paciorek
Jerry Royster
Dick Ruthven
1977 Burger Chef Discs - BREWERS
Jerry Augustine
Sal Bando
Von Joshua
Sixto Lezcano
Charlie Moore
Eduardo Rodriquez
Jim Slaton
Bill Travers
Robin Yount
1977 Burger Chef Discs - CARDINALS
Lou Brock
John Denny
Pete Falcone
Keith Hernandez
Al Hrabosky
Bake McBride
Ken Reitz
Ted Simmons
Mike Tyson
1977 Burger Chef Discs - CUBS
Bill Bonham
Bill Buckner
Ray Burris
Jose Cardenal
Bill Madlock
Jerry Morales
Rich Reuschel
Manny Trillo
Joe Wallis
1977 Burger Chef Discs - DODGERS
Ron Cey
Steve Garvey
Davey Lopes
Rick Monday
Doug Rau
Rick Rhoden
Reggie Smith
Don Sutton
Steve Yeager
1977 Burger Chef Discs - EXPOS
Gary Carter
Dave Cash
Tim Foli
Barry Foote
Larry Parrish
Tony Perez
Steve Rogers
Del Unser
Ellis Valentine
1977 Burger Chef Discs - GIANTS
Jim Barr
Willie Crawford
Larry Herndon
Randy Moffitt
John Montefusco
Bobby Murcer
Marty Perez
Chris Speier
Gary Thomasson
1977 Burger Chef Discs - INDIANS
Buddy Bell
Frank Duffy
Dennis Eckersley
Ray Fosse
Wayne Garland
Duane Kuiper
Dave LaRoche
Rick Manning
Rick Waits
1977 Burger Chef Discs - METS
Bud Harrelson
Dave Kingman
Jerry Koosman
Ed Kranepool
Skip Lockwood
John Matlack
Felix Millan
Tom Seaver
John Stearns
1977 Burger Chef Discs - ORIOLES
Mark Belanger
Paul Blair
Al Bumbry
Doug DeCinces
Ross Grimsley
Lee May
Jim Palmer
Brooks Robinson
Ken Singleton
1977 Burger Chef Discs - PADRES
Rollie Fingers
George Hendrick
Enzo Hernandez
Mike Ivie
Randy Jones
Butch Metzger
Doug Rader
Gene Tenace
David Winfield
1977 Burger Chef Discs - PHILLIES
Bob Boone
Larry Bowa
Steve Carlton
Jay Johnstone
Jim Kaat
Greg Luzinski
Garry Maddox
Tug McGraw
Mike Schmidt
1977 Burger Chef Discs - PIRATES
John Candelaria
Duffy Dyer
Al Oliver
Dave Parker
Jerry Reuss
Bill Robinson
Willie Stargell
Rennie Stennett
Frank Taveras
1977 Burger Chef Discs - RANGERS
Juan Beniquez
Bert Blyleven
Campy Campaneris
Tom Grieve
Mike Hargrove
Toby Harrah
Gaylord Perry
Lenny Randle
Jim Sundberg
1977 Burger Chef Discs - RED SOX
Rick Burleson
Dwight Evans
Carlton Fisk
Fergie Jenkins
Bill Lee
Fred Lynn
Jim Rice
Luis Tiant
Carl Yastrzemski
1977 Burger Chef Discs - REDS
Johnny Bench
Dave Concepcion
Dan Driessen
George Foster
Cesar Geronimo
Ken Griffey
Joe Morgan
Gary Nolan
Pete Rose
1977 Burger Chef Discs - ROYALS
Doug Bird
George Brett
Dennis Leonard
John Mayberry
Hal McRae
Amos Otis
Fred Patek
Tom Poquette
Paul Splittorff
1977 Burger Chef Discs - TIGERS
Mark Fidrych
Bill Freehan
John Hiller
Willie Horton
Ron LeFlore
Ben Oglivie
Aurelio Rodriquez
Rusty Staub
Jason Thompson
1977 Burger Chef Discs - TWINS
Lyman Bostock
Rod Carew
Mike Cubbage
Dan Ford
Dave Goltz
Larry Hisle
Tom Johnson
Bobby Randall
Butch Wynegar
1977 Burger Chef Discs - WHITE SOX
Jack Brohamer
Bucky Dent
Ralph Garr
Lamar Johnson
Bart Johnson
Chet Lemon
Jorge Orta
Jim Spencer
Richie Zisk
1977 Burger Chef Discs - YANKEES
Chris Chambliss
Don Gullett
Catfish Hunter
Reggie Jackson
Thurman Munson
Graig Nettles
Willie Randolph
Mickey Rivers
Roy White

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Things NOT Done to Cards...

As a baseball card collector, there is nothing quite like pulling a "hit" from a pack of cards. Jersey swatches, pieces of bats, autographs, or anything that brings me closer to the game is a welcome addition to my collection. Pulling one of these memorabilia cards is always a thrill for me. Heck, even when I buy a box of cards with guaranteed "hits", I still get excited when they show up.
If I had to estimate, I would say that I have opened over ten thousand packs of cards in my life. Granted, before 1990 there was not much in the way of "hits" you could pull from a pack. Nonetheless, in the last nearly twenty years I have had plenty of opportunity to pull autograph and jersey cards.

These are the backs of two of my favorite "hits":

2000 Fleer Greats of the Game - Willie Randolph

Take some time to read the back of the card...

Done? Okay check out this one:

2005 Bowman Heritage - Troy Glaus PG-TG

Did you read the back of this one? Hmmm... Not such great "hits" that a Tony Gwynn collector should call them his favorites. Well check out the fronts of these "hits"...

I posted them over on my PunkRockPaint Blog if you want to see.