I'd scribbled Red Baron frozen pizza on my grocery list. Reaching for my cheesy Red Baron, I noticed the Tombstone branded pizza. I almost got away without creating another cycle of over-eating. Having the myopic vision of Mr. Magoo, how I noticed the baseball card on the Tombstone box is a mystery.
Also produced by MSA (a company who
obviously has issues with my waistline) in a
30 card set. Only five pizza proof-of-purchase
logos required to complete the set, I returned to
buy four more. Done. Tombstone was a decent
frozen pizza back in the day.
When does it end???? Seriously, can't a girl have fried chicken without Church's waving their cards in my face? I eat fried chicken maybe twice a year. It quickly became the Chicken-Fried Summer of 1994. Church's Hometown Stars, a product of Pinnacle brand was issued in four card packs. Lucky me, additional packs could be purchased for .69 each. A 28 card set wasn't enough for Pinnacle. One of the four cards was gold foil stamped.
|Regular issue Gold foil issue|
I love all beef hot dogs but sometimes crave a coney from a (then local) favorite.
|Completely unhealthy but delicious Sonic Footlong Coney Dog|
1996 came and so did the 1996 Denny's Holograms. I didn't realize Denny's had issued sets since 1991. With the recent introduction of holograms to sportscards, this year's set of 28 were expected to be their most popular release. Of course, included was a ten card Grand Slam insert set - and Artists Proofs of these lovely inserts. With your meal order, two packs could be purchased.
My collecting friend and I worked nights and shared days off, so we went to Denny's around 2am twice a week for a month or so. The first night our waitress Cindy gave us a couple extra packs. We'd chatted it up with her, having planned to befriend the lucky waitstaff assigned to our table. We left a $10 tip for pancake meals and planned to return the next night. Cindy practically met us at the door. Each time she came by to check on us, she'd slip a few packs on the table. We found out a bit more about her too: single mom working two jobs to make it. Well...she may have been working us too because we left another nice tip of $20. For the next couple of weeks, she'd bring handfuls of packs to the table, dumping them from her apron. My friend and I opened easily over 100 packs of those cards. Never did we find one single insert. Lots and lots of base cards....
Those are some fun collecting memories! Pounds collected then have been shed and gained, and shed and gained. It's too bad though for today's collectors since the days of finding cards in cereal or pizza etc. are long gone. I know there are a few rarities around, such as Mother's Cookies. Still I'm better off. I clearly have serious food issues!