1975 to 1979 Hostess and Hostess Twinkies Complete and Partial Set Collection (8 sets, 930 cards)

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1232

Item Year: 1975

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is a substantial collection of seven complete and one partial Hostess and Hostess Twinkies sets consisting of 930 cards in total. From 1975 to 1979, Hostess issued these landmark sets of 150 cards on the bottom of boxes of Hostess snack-cake products, with one three-card panel appearing on the bottom of each box. The set was sensationally successful, and collectors all over the country were seen stocking up on Hostess products.

1) 1975 Hostess Complete Panel Set (50 panels/150 cards): Condition is 35% Nr/Mt or better, 35% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 30% Vg to Vg-Ex. Most cards are neatly scissor cut outside the dotted lines, but a few are cut inside the lines. Keys: #28/29/30 Campaneris/Rose/Bell (Ex-Mt), 58/59/60 Ryan/Smith/Coleman (Nr/Mt), 79/80/81 Messersmith/Yount/Oliver (Vg), 130/131/132 Aaron/Stennett/Petrocelli (Nr/Mt), and 133/134/135 Schmidt/Lyle/Stargell (Ex-Mt).

2) 1975 Hostess Twinkies Complete Set (60):
Condition is 53% Ex and 47% Vg to Vg-Ex. All cards have the high levels of staining normal for cards issued with Twinkies and have been slightly downgraded according to the severity. Grades reflect the card area only, not the extra surrounding cardboard. Keys: #29 Rose (Vg+), 58 Ryan (Vg+), 80 Yount (Ex), and 130 Aaron (Vg-Ex).

3) 1976 Hostess Complete Panel Set (50 panels/150 cards):
Condition is 23% Nr/Mt, 46% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 31% Vg to Vg-Ex (including one lower). Cards are neatly scissor cut from just outside to just inside the dotted lines. Keys: #10/11/12 Oliva/Yount/Manning (Ex-Mt), 64/65/66 Fisk/Perez/Rose (Ex), 79/80/81 Ryan/Monday/Nettles (Ex), 94/95/96 Aaron/Bell/Braun (Vg-Ex+, light wrinkle on Bell card), and 112/113/114 Oliver/Simmons/Brett (Ex-Mt).

4) 1976 Hostess Twinkies Complete Set (60): Condition is 47% Ex and 53% Vg to Vg-Ex. All cards have the high levels of staining normal for those issued with Twinkies, and have been slightly downgraded according to the severity. Grades reflect the card area only, not the extra surrounding cardboard. Keys: #11 Yount (Vg-Ex), 22 Bench (Vg+), and 35 Seaver (Vg-Ex).

5) 1977 Hostess Complete Panel Set (50 panels/150 cards): Condition is 39% Nr/Mt or better, 22% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 39% Vg to Vg-Ex. All cards cut outside dotted lines. Keys: #1/2/3 Palmer/Morgan/Jackson (Nr/Mt), 4/5/6 Yastrzemski/Munson/Bench (Nr/Mt), 7/8/9 Seaver/Rose/Carew (Nr/Mt+), 34/35/36 Yount/Garvey/Brett (Nr/Mt), 43/44/45 Schmidt/Winfield/Oliver (Vg, creasing on Oliver card only), and 79/80/81 Hunter/Candelaria/Ryan (Ex, very light wrinkle on Candelaria card only).

6) 1977 Hostess Twinkies partial set (60/150): Condition is 33% Ex and 67% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a couple lower). All cards have the high levels of staining normal for those issued with Twinkies, and have been slightly downgraded according to the severity. Grades reflect the card area only, not the extra surrounding cardboard. Keys: #8 Rose (Vg-Ex), 34 Yount (Vg-Ex), and 36 Brett (Vg-Ex).

7) 1978 Hostess Complete Panel Set (50 panels/150 cards): Condition is 47% Nr/Mt or better, 33% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 20% Vg to Vg-Ex. Approximately ten panels exhibit subtle evidence of attempts to erase print defects. Keys: #25/26/27 Guidry/Kingman/Brett (Ex-Mt), 31/32/33 Murray/Lavelle/Stennett (Ex-Mt), 82/83/84 Hendrick/Ryan/Howell (Nr/Mt), 127/128/129 Torrez/Rose/Denny (Nr/Mt), and 148/149/150 Bailor/Seaver/Munson (Vg-Ex, creased on Bailor card only).

8) 1979 Hostess Complete Panel Set (50 panels/150 cards): Condition is 42% Nr/Mt or better, 36% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 22% Vg to Vg-Ex. All cards cut outside dotted lines. Keys: #100/101/102 Montanez/Ryan/Ozzie Smith (Ex-Mt), 115/116/117 Murray/Clark/Whitaker (Nr/Mt), and 142/143/144 Ashby/Lyle/Rose (Ex-Mt).

This is an extremely attractive and sizable collection of these unusual, scarce, and underrated Hostess package-design cards. Total: 8 sets, 930 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++.


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