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1975 Hostess Baseball Cards

1975 Hostess Baseball Cards

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1975 Hostess Baseball cards launched one of the most popular and endearing food-issue lines of all-time. What's not to love about mixing Twinkies and baseball cards? And while nostalgia plays a big part in its lasting popularity, the set is strong in its own right thanks to its fairly comprehensive checklist, solid player selection and availability.

The 1975 Hostess Baseball set has 150 cards. This is huge for a food-issue set. However, cards were distributed as three-card panels on the backs of boxes for Twinkie, King Dons and other snacks.

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With such a large checklist, for an oddball set, it should come as no surprise that there are lots of good players. Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson and Carlton Fisk are just some of the notable stars and Hall of Famers. However, the most intriguing might be Robin Yount. While most collectors don't consider food-issue cards to be rookie cards, this Yount did come out in the same year as his Topps and O-Pee-Chee rookie cards.

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Full three-card panels measure 7 1/4" by 3 1/4". When cut down to size, single cards are 2 1/4" by 3 1/4". Because they were on the backs of boxes, many were mis-cut. However, there was space left between cards on the panel, each with a clear set of dotted lines to help the process.

Today, full panels can still be found with some regularity. These command a premium over individual cards.

Overall, 1975 Hostess Baseball card values are very reasonable. Even clean cards of top players can be found for virtually any budget. Top-level professionally graded panels can get a little high, but that's to be expected from a set from this era. Just be careful of the glow coming from the Twinkies if you come across an unopened box in your travels. But knowing Twinkies, those original cakes might still taste the same as they did when Gerald Ford was in office.

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1975 Hostess Baseball Checklist

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Originally came in three-card panels that were arranged numerically (ie first panel has #1-3, second has #4-6, etc.)

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1 Bob Tolan
2 Cookie Rojas
3 Darrell Evans
4 Sal Bando
5 Joe Morgan
6 Mickey Lolich
7 Don Sutton
8 Bill Melton
9 Tim Foli
10 Joe Lahoud
11 Burt Hooton
12 Paul Blair
13 Jim Barr
14 Toby Harrah
15 John Milner
16 Ken Holtzman
17 Cesar Cedeno
18 Dwight Evans
19 Willie McCovey
20 Tony Oliva
21 Manny Sanguillen
22 Mickey Rivers
23 Lou Brock
24 Graig Nettles
25 Jim Wynn
26 George Scott
27 Greg Luzinski
28 Bert Campaneris
29 Pete Rose
30 Buddy Bell
31 Gary Matthews
32 Freddie Patek
33 Mike Lum
34 Ellie Rodriguez
35 Milt May
36 Willie Horton
37 Dave Winfield
38 Tom Grieve
39 Barry Foote
40 Joe Rudi
41 Bake McBride
42 Mike Cuellar
43 Garry Maddox
44 Carlos May
45 Bud Harrelson
46 Dave Chalk
47 Dave Concepcion
48 Carl Yastrzemski
49 Steve Garvey
50 Amos Otis
51 Rick Reuschel
52 Rollie Fingers
53 Bob Watson
54 John Ellis
55 Bob Bailey
56 Rod Carew
57 Richie Hebner
58 Nolan Ryan
59 Reggie Smith
60 Joe Coleman
61 Ron Cey
62 Darrell Porter
63 Steve Carlton
64 Gene Tenace
65 Jose Cardenal
66 Bill Lee
67 Davey Lopes
68 Wilbur Wood
69 Steve Renko
70 Joe Torre
71 Ted Sizemore
72 Bobby Grich
73 Chris Speier
74 Bert Blyleven
75 Tom Seaver
76 Nate Colbert
77 Don Kessinger
78 Doc Medich
79 Andy Messersmith
80 Robin Yount
81 Al Oliver
82 Bill Singer
83 Johnny Bench
84 Gaylord Perry
85 Dave Kingman
86 Ed Herrmann
87 Ralph Garr
88 Reggie Jackson
89 Doug Rader
90 Elliott Maddox
91 Bill Russell
92 John Mayberry
93 Dave Cash
94 Jeff Burroughs
95 Ted Simmons
96 Joe Decker
97 Bill Buckner
98 Bobby Darwin
99 Phil Niekro
100 Jim Sundberg
101 Greg Gross
102 Luis Tiant
103 Glenn Beckert
104 Hal McRae
105 Mike Jorgensen
106 Mike Hargrove
107 Don Gullett
108 Tito Fuentes
109 Johnny Grubb
110 Jim Kaat
111 Felix Millan
112 Don Money
113 Rick Monday
114 Dick Bosman
115 Roger Metzger
116 Fergie Jenkins
117 Dusty Baker
118 Billy Champion
119 Bob Gibson
120 Bill Freehan
121 Cesar Geronimo
122 Jorge Orta
123 Cleon Jones
124 Steve Busby
125 Bill Madlock
126 Jim Palmer
127 Tony Perez
128 Larry Hisle
129 Rusty Staub
130 Hank Aaron
131 Rennie Stennett
132 Rico Petrocelli
133 Mike Schmidt
134 Sparky Lyle
135 Willie Stargell
136 Ken Henderson
137 Willie Montanez
138 Thurman Munson
139 Richie Zisk
140 George Hendrick
141 Bobby Murcer
142 Lee May
143 Carlton Fisk
144 Brooks Robinson
145 Bobby Bonds
146 Gary Sutherland
147 Oscar Gamble
148 Jim Hunter
149 Tug McGraw
150 Dave McNally


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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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5-star. First set Hostess put out. Excellent for promoting their bakery product. As a youngster, my brother and I would hold Hostess parties so we could buy more. Rode our bikes all over to the convenient stores and supermarkets to buy boxes of Twinkies, HoHo’s, King Don’s, Crumb cakes, Suzi Q’s, etc. Spent our allowance and more to get these cards. Even got grandma involved in buying Hostess. By 1979, we forgot all about them. While they offered regular cards inside some of their boxes in the early 90’s, it was never the same as the 1975 set. Certainly, one of a kind!

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