Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My 3 sets - 1984 Smokey the Bear Padres

Over the holidays I was most happy to sell a pair of Black Friday Panini football and a Trey Martin basketball card I accumulated from my Black Friday sale packs. I was even happier to use that money to acquire three unique Padres team sets I've had my eye on for some time.

The first of these sets is the 1984 Smokey the Bear San Diego Padres set. I don't know why, but I've always enjoyed safety sets. There's something about them that is just fun, much like the 1992 San Diego Padres D.A.R.E. safety set. In this particular Smokey the Bear set, I think it would have to be the photos.
Wrapped in cellophane, these cards were given away at a Padres home game in 1984. That same year, by the way, just happened to coincide with Smokey the Bear's 40th birthday.

The full set consists of 28 full-color, 2 -1/2" x 3-1/2" cards. Smokey the Bear is pictured with someone involved with the Padres, and Smokey's portrait and the California and U.S. Forestry Service logos are printed along the bottom border. The featured person's name is spaced out in capital letters just above the photo.

Being a safety set, the backs offer a fire prevention tip, as well as brief bio information ans stats.
From left to right, are the Chicken (which is a great addition to my San Diego Chicken/Famous Chicken collection), Tony Gwynn, Steve Garvey (am I on a roll with Garvey cards, or what), Garry Templeton, Tim Flannery and Dave Dravecky.
One thing that makes this set utterly unique is the wide range of players, personnel, management and other folk, which are included. Where else can you find a card set featuring Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, the San Diego Chicken and Padres announcers Jerry Coleman and Dave Campbell?
Announcers Jerry Coleman and Dave Campbell (The Coleman card was featured in my memorial to Jerry Coleman), Umpire Doug Harvey (his first card?), Manager Black Jack McKeon, C Doug "Eyechart" Gwosdz (Smokey giving throwing tips?) and 2B/3B Kurt Bevacqua. As far as photos go, I think Bevacqua sitting on Smokey the Bear's lap has to be my favorite.

Like many of you, I do have one goal for 2014, and that's to be more consistent in selling off some of the other cards I've amassed over the years, so I can better satisfy my Padres addiction. Like my wife says, "We'll see how that works out."


  1. Those are terrific! That Gwosdz is especially cool.

  2. I'll be interested to see what the other two sets are. This is a great one, wasn't even aware of it! Very cool.

    Yeah, I've recently been all about trimming down the "other" cards in my collection and focusing on the Friars. Go Pads!

  3. The Angels did Smokey sets too. Very cool cards.

  4. Great looking cards. oddball cards like that are just my favorite type of sets. I think you made a smart move selling the other cards to buy that set.