Remember these? The Famous Athletes series marked the beginning. Inserted into colorful bags of potato chips and caramel corn, the first series of seventy-four cards appeared on Midwestern grocery shelves in 2005. Three cards came in a silver foil wrapping printed with an image of Frank Baker. Subjects included boxers, Negro and Japanese baseball players along with the barnstorming Benton Harbor House of David squad-very unusual for the time. A scratch-off back enabled consumers to win prizes. Also notable is the fact that the artwork for every card had been hand painted; it took two years to paint the series and was the largest hand painted series done for the hobby in several decades.
Further series were added over the coming years but until now a checklist has been unavailable. We’ve finally gotten around to it and you can see the checklist with photos of each of the cards at our website here. You’ll simply need to sign into your free account. It’s easy to keep track of which cards that you own and you can buy, sell or trade for others on the Helmar Marketplace. Visit us often! Charles