Wednesday, December 18, 2013

1975 Hostess King Don's full box

Card Manufacturer: Hostess
Card Set: Hostess Baseball
Year: 1975
Card Number: 80
Card Type: Food Issue
Product: Full Box

One of my favorite pieces in my collection is this 1975 Hostess King Dons Full Box that features one of Robin Yount's rookie cards. It's also pretty awesome that this box was never used. There are glue stains where the glue was applied but this box never held those delicious King Dons.  

You might be saying to yourself, CB what the hell is a King Dons, those look like Ding Dongs??!!  And you are right those are Ding Dongs. Hostess changed the name of the Ding Dong to King Dons since it sounded too much like a Ring Ding which was a similar product put out by the Drake Bakeries.  And Drake also put out a few sets of baseball cards back in the early 80's.  And also in a twist of fate, Hostesses parent company once owned Drake. 

 King Dons are still produced and distributed in Canada from what I could gleem from the interwebs.  And since July 2013 we have Ding Dongs again down here, or up here if you live in Alaska like me.  

1975 was the inaugural set of Hostess cards and the 150 card set has some big names along with Younts. This also was the first time in a long time that Topps had any kind of competition and there are still some big fans of the Hostess issues.

This box has cards 79, 80, and 81 and also feature Andy Messersmith and Al Oliver

Here's a close up of the panel.

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