Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Saga Saga is Over!

Back in January, 2012, I wrote a post about some 1976 Cubs discs I had picked up.  MSA issued the sets that featured identical fronts and a variety of sponsors on the back.  Mine were sponsored by Isaly's Ice Cream.

A second set was put out the next year, but only two Cubs made the checklist...

Jose and Bobby Murcer.  These again had a variety of sponsors and mine discs are from Chilly Willie.

A year later MSA was at it again, but only one Cub was included, Dave Kingman.

Back in 2012 I picked up the BigT version.  But there was one I was especially interested in, and it has taken me two and a half years to get it.

The Kingman version I was after was sponsored by Saga, and it is for purely sentimental reasons that I wanted the disc.  Saga was a food service provider for schools and colleges.  I spent four year eating Saga food at college, so when I saw that there was a Cubs disc with their name on it, I figured that I should grab one.  It wasn't that simple, however.

While most of these discs were given away at fast-food restaurants, the Saga discs were given out at schools (but not at colleges) when kids bought a hot lunch.  I'm guessing that a whole bunch of these ended up in the trash each day.  Their distribution was also a bit more limited than other discs, so the Saga discs are much harder to find.

Since January of 2012 I've had a saved Ebay search for "Dave Kingman Saga."  If one popped up it was either the 1977 version (when he was with the Mets) or a 1978 disc with an overpriced BIN.  I don't think I ever saw an auction for one until a couple weeks ago.  The starting bid was reasonable, and though someone did bid on it, I was able to snipe it at the end.

The seller quickly shipped the disc my way...

...and after 2 1/2 years, my Saga saga is over!

1 comment:

  1. Is it really over???

    Your SAGA disc has the position as 2b, while the Big T has him as of-1b....
    An error/variation???