More mix 'n match today kids! I continue to plumb the depths of my hard drive and the wilds of eBay and cool stuff continues to emerge!
First, we stop in Philadelphia, where Bowman, like their eventual purchaser Topps, offered premiums in exchange via a magically derived formula of wrappers, comics and cash. This 1949 Baseball card had a premium offer for a baseball ring:
The ring is a tough item but here it is in all its 15 cent glory (hat tip to Dan Barcomb for this elusive image):
Football and Basketball rings also were produced but they are nowhere near as nice as the Baseball version.
My recent post on the 1957 Popeye Tattoos lamented that only partial remnants of a display box had been sighted by yours truly. Well Friend o'the Archive Lonnie Cummins came up with a full box flat and it is glorious. No additonal helpful information resided on the bottom though, rats!
How about a 1959 Funny Valentines saleman sample, with sweet Jack Davis artwork?
Finally, we time trip to 1971, when Rocks O' Gum hit the candy stands. I can't ever recall seeing this product in a store but its offspring Gum Berries persisted into at least the mid 1970's so it must have had some success. Here's a Topps reference copy (yes, they folded the larger sheets and filed them away):
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