(The title is a reference to a song by Merle Haggard. I'm aware that San Francisco natives aren't thrilled to hear their city referred to as "Frisco." But, I admit to the fact that I'm not a native.)
A few weeks back, I showed a card distributed in a 1954 New York City paper that featured players from all three teams in the city. The Giants were treated to a similar feature after they moved to San Francisco:
In 1958, the San Fransisco Call-Bulletin included 25 players in their paper as part of a promotion in conjunction with a local radio station. It was the club's first year in the city, which help its collectabilty. The fact that they're printed on bright orange paper, however, is a different story.
There is a perforation in the middle that allowed parents to keep the "valuable" stub while the kids kept the player portraits. That's a good idea in theory (and sensible), but the cards lose half of their value if they've been torn. The back features a Giants schedule and another plug for the radio station:
Four of the players in the set (Tom Bowers, Eddie Bressoud, Ray Jablonski and Willie Kirkland) were short-printed.
Happy New Year! - I decided that New Year's Day was the perfect time to feature the first card of the 1973 Topps set. That was back in 2011, and today is the first day since...
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