Thursday, September 27, 2018

The 1989 Starline Cubs

In  a post last week I mentioned that Long John Silvers gave away baseball cards in 1990.  I've been waiting for the three Cubs from the set to arrive.

But those 1990 cards had some 1989 relatives.

The company that produced the cards for Long John Silver was called Starline.  They had a plan to have several different food chains use their cards.  A six player promo set was produced and the Cubs' Mark Grace was one of the six.

Starline made prototypes for Coke, Burger King, McDonalds, Dominos, 7 Eleven.  There is also a plain Starline card, making six different versions.  I found a seller with all six and I picked up the set.

This is the base Starline card.  You see their logo in the bottom right corner.

The card for Coke added the Coke logo next to Starlines.



The other four versions kept the Coke logo on the right and added the chain's logo on the left.

The irony is that none of these chains ended up partnering with Starline, but Long John Silver, which didn't have a prototype, did.


  1. I'm familiar with Starline cards and posters... but had no idea there were all of these different prototypes. Very cool.

  2. Still looking for starline promo? Same here just strawberry you use eBay or any other site?