In 1957, Swift Meats introduced one of the more interesting baseball promotions of the mid-century, offering 18 cutout standups, enough players to field two teams should a child eat enough processed and tubed meats to collect them all. 

The set featured players like Hank Aaron, Jackie Jensen, Richie Ashburn, Frank Robinson and others. And if you have high-grade copies, you could find yourself with enough loot to purchase a 1989 Honda Accord. 

Of course, Gustavus Swift, the original man behind Swift meats, was also one of the geniuses to fill sausages with rat droppings and dead rodents leading to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, so perhaps they needed to come out with something so cool as an act of karmic retribution. 

(images via Legendary Auctions, Trading Card Database, eBay)

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    Forget the hot dogs. I want these little cutout standups! Ebay, plz.
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