Damn Yankees started life as a 1954 novel by the appropriately-named Douglass Wallop titled The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant and centered around a phenom named Joe Hardy, who has made a Faustian bargain with one Mr. Applegate to help his beloved Senators win the AL pennant.
That is a Willard Mullin cover friends, which is always a treat. The book was turned into a successful Broadway musical starring Gwen Verdon the following year and then became a movie in 1958, starring Verdon and Tab Hunter. The movie is a pretty hokey affair but the poster is eye-catching:
You have probably heard "Whatever Lola Wants", the most famous song from the show, a few times.
Now you are probably wondering at this point what this has to do with anything concerning the Archive. Well the show was revived in 1994, did middling business and was shut about sixteen months later. It starred Bebe Neuwirth and featured as a consultant 106 year old (!) George Abbott, who had produced the original show in 1958. Still wondering? OK- a 20 card set of souvenir cards was produced by Topps and sold in the lobby gift shop in this foil pack:
Jerry Lewis joined the cast after the show had started its run and a separate card was issued of him in 1995. He serves to illustrate what the set looks like as well:
The set and Lewis card pop up on Ebay with some regularity and can be had for, dare I say it, a song. I don't want to open mine, so I'll track down a few scans and post 'em in a catch up thread, which is long overdue.