Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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.
LIST OF PLAYERS BY TEAM:
1977 Burger Chef Discs - Angels
1977 Burger Chef Discs - ASTROS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - A'S
1977 Burger Chef Discs - BRAVES
1977 Burger Chef Discs - BREWERS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - CARDINALS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - CUBS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - DODGERS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - EXPOS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - GIANTS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - INDIANS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - METS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - ORIOLES
1977 Burger Chef Discs - PADRES
1977 Burger Chef Discs - PHILLIES
1977 Burger Chef Discs - PIRATES
1977 Burger Chef Discs - RANGERS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - RED SOX
1977 Burger Chef Discs - REDS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - ROYALS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - TIGERS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - TWINS
1977 Burger Chef Discs - WHITE SOX
1977 Burger Chef Discs - YANKEES
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Take some time to read the back of the card...
Done? Okay check out this one:
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.