‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||H998 Western Playground Association
|Size||2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″|
|Number in Set
H998 Western Playground Association Overview
The H998 Western Playground Association cards were part of a convoluted promotion. The regional cards featured sepia-toned pictures of baseball players in the Pacific Coast League. The backs explained the set’s purpose and promotion. Several of the images in the set were the same ones used in the rare T217 Mono issue.
The cards themselves were actually “Membership Certificates.” Each card/certificate had a value of seven cents. Children were to be given one of these when they purchased a bank stock book or tablet, as indicated on the backs. They were then to give the certificate to a teacher, who could redeem them for five percent back.
As the back explains, thus, if a teacher mailed in 1,000 certificates, they had $70.00 worth of them. They would then be given 5% of that amount ($3.50 in this case) to be used towards the purchase of school or playground equipment. The cards would be sent from the teacher to the Western Playground Association in San Francisco (which, of course explains the Pacific Coast League tie-in as a west coast company).
H998 Western Playground Association Checklist