Sunday, October 12, 2014
Old Calbee Albums from the 70s and 80s
I have had those albums for a couple of years, I bought them at Mandarake in Fukuoka a while ago. I am not sure but am guessing that these albums were availabe as mail-in giveaways back then like they are now. The 1970s albums were a lot better though, I love the photography they use on the covers, rather than the sterile, generic look current ones have.
This is the photo on the inside flap of one from 1975:
Not a Nagashima fan, but that is a sweet photo.
I like the full bleed photos on Calbee cards, and the sets from the 70s has some of the best photography out there. For some reason, and I`d be curious to know what the story is, part of the 75-76 set has a rather thick pink border, like these babies that were among my recent acquisitions:
The similiarity with the look of the 1975 Topps set is hard to miss, they even have the baseball in the lower right corner of the photo. I suspect somebody at Calbee must have decided to copy them as a template. Anyway, these pink bordered ones include my only Japanese Davey Johnson card:
Anyway, just some random thoughts about Calbee albums.