Root beer has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I remember having my very first glasses at my grandmother's house as a little kid, more than two decades ago now, and being blown away. From then on out, it was one of the go-to sodas of my childhood. I don't drink much soda at all any longer, but when I occasionally get the craving I'll go for root beer, or one of its less popular "cousins" like cream soda or birch beer. It just so happens that the home I purchased a few years ago in Rhode Island is less than a mile from a '50s style root beer stand. You know, the kind that serve their own draft root beer, along with burgers, and typical fare in a retro "lights on for service" type atmosphere. No, that did not influence my decision to buy the house, I don't love root beer that much. Point is, I enjoy the beverage.
When I recently stumbled across today's card on eBay I knew it had to be mine, since it's the perfect combination of two things I enjoy very much:
The cards had a perforated tab attached that could be mailed in for membership in the "Hires Baseball Club". Basically you'd send off ten cents and a couple of Hires bottle caps and in return you'd get a book and a "valuable" membership card. As you can imagine, the majority of these tabs were torn off. I figure many kids tore them off whether they planned to send them in or not. After all, the card was what you wanted, not some crummy promotion. As a result, cards with tab intact like this one demand more of a premium. The big name Hall of Famers go for hundreds of dollars even without the tab, but if you don't mind getting a lesser-known guy you can find one like I did here for just a hair over the cost of a blaster.
This is definitely one of the more unique additions to my Red Sox collection so far in 2013, and it's yet another reminder to myself of how much happier I generally am when I hand pick something rather than spending my money on modern wax.
How about you, are you a fan of root beer? Birch beer?
Sets in my Collection #32: 1954 Bowman US Navy Victories - This is a set that I only have one card of, and it was free! Gotta love free- even though one of the corners is literally missing and the card is so severe...