Last time out we took a look at the similarities between the paper baseball diamond
included with the bagged set of 1951 Topps Red Backs
, that was marketed by an anonymous third party and how it compared to a 1957 Ed-U-Cards game called Baseball
that included a very similar diamond. Well it turns out there was an earlier version of the Ed-U-Cards game called Batter Up
( and a related promotional set for Cott Beverages) that was issued in 1949 and was one of their first issues.
That game also included a diamond, although I can only show the folded front panel (for now):
Fellow blogger Mark Aubrey has thoughtfully provided a hi-res scan of the '57 diamond for comparison purposes:
There is more to the Topps and Ed-U-Cards connection-stay tuned!
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