Continuing with our theme from yesterday, we take a look at another food related baseball treasure in today's Old School Design. These 1970's baseball classics came from the bottom of your favorite Hostess snack box in the 1970's. Each box of your favorite cream filled snack featured three cards of the tops stars from Major League Baseball.
The cards all had a thin dashed outline around them so you could cut them out and trade them with your friends. Of course, cutting them out completely ruined any collector value they had, but as a kid in the 1970's, were you really thinking about such things?
The cards were simple in design, definitely not filled with any graphic bells and whistles. Each year the designs evolved a bit but never really explored any creative innovations. The Hostess cards were a great showcase for the pre-Photoshop airbrushing skills of the time, as seen in these examples of Buddy Bell and Dennis Eckersley and the Catfish Hunter card above.
These cards were another great example of baseball card collecting in the 1970's and the crazy ways kids from that era had to use to acquire the best card collection in town. I'm sure I consumed more Hostess snack cakes than I really needed to in order to get my hands on these baseball gems.