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Title: Red Lobster Chicago Cubs
Size: 2 1/4″ by 3 1/2″
Number in Set: 28
The Chicago Cubs and Red Lobster co-produced around 15k of these sets, which they used as a promotional giveaway on August 20, 1982, at Wrigley Field.
I’ve seen two dealers sell sealed sets that look like the example below.
The cards feature action shot photographs of the 25 players, plus manager Lee Elia with umpires and an opposing coach from the Cincinnati Reds (presumably exchanging lineups before the game), a posed photo of the coaching staff, and a team picture. The cards all have facsimile autographs on the front (other than the team card), along with the player’s number, name, and position.
The back of the cards have player statistics and a Red Lobster ad. The cards are unnumbered, though some collectors sequence the set by uniform number.
The Ryne Sandberg is the most expensive card by a wide margin. This is considered his first Major League card and came out before the Donruss, Fleer, and Topps RCs.