Saturday, May 11, 2019

1983 Perma Graphics Cubs

Today I've got a one-Cub oddball set from 1983.  Perma-Graphics was a company that produced plastic credit cards.  They got into the baseball business and produced cards that mimicked real credit cards.  They were produced on plastic and had rounded corners like real credit cards.

The set included 36 players, with Bill Buckner being the only Cub.  Billy Buck was given the set's top spot, a rare time a Cubs player was #1.

This is what the card looks like.  It really doesn't remind me of a credit card.  I don't know of many credit cards with a vertical layout.

Because there are upgrad versions of credit cards, Perma-Graphics put out a gold version of the baseball cards.

This is a paper version of the card. I believe it was a test print or mock up, and wasn’t released to retail. I found it on a oddball card website and picked it up for a few bucks.


  1. Love these oddballs! I've been on the lookout for the early 80's Perma Graphics sets for quite some time now.

  2. Those gold versions could be among the earliest intentional parallels ever.