Friday, December 21, 2012

Collection: Duke Snider 1994 Nabisco Autographed Card

Featured here is a 1994 Nabisco All-Star Legends autographed card of Duke Snider in my collection.

There is no doubt in mind that this is the most common Duke Snider autographed card in the hobby.   I remember going to card shows over the past couple decades and seeing giant stacks of them for sale- literally stacks in the hundreds.  They were so plentiful you had to figure they just tied Duke to a chair and had him sign non-stop for months.  Really, there are that many of these cards out there.

My recollection is that upwards of 5,000 cards were signed by Duke, but I can't seem to find exact information anywhere.  A 2010 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards does not provide a total.  I do know that they were distributed as part of a proof of purchase marketing program through their snack products.  You would send them $5 bucks, and they would send you an autographed card of a Hall of Famer.  Really, that's the best deal a collector could ever want.  Other Hall of Famers available in 1994 were Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson and Jim Palmer.  A Sparky Lyle cards is also available that year, but they were personally handed out at local events.  The 1993 promotional set includes Ernie Banks, Catfish Hunter, Phil Niekro and Don Drysdale.

BTW, if you're looking for an inexpensive Snider autograph this card is the best way to go.  You really shouldn't pay more than $10.00 for one on eBay, and be sure that it includes the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) - as shown above.  Although each card is not numbered and the COA doesn't specifically correspond to the card, you still need it for peace of mind. 

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