‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Babe Ruth Quaker Oats Baseball Trivia “Ask Me”
|Size||2″ x 3 1/2″
|Number in Set
1934 Babe Ruth Quaker Oats Ask Me Trivia Game Overview
A unique pre-war card collectible was produced in 1934 by Quaker Oats. The company produced a baseball game called “Ask Me” with trivia cards, which are somewhat desirable.
Game cards referencing lesser players aren’t as collected but a few mention New York Yankees Hall of Famer Babe Ruth and those are key to the set. Collectors looking for affordable Ruth cards often consider these, when they can be found.
Ruth also has an additional presence in the set with a large button pin, which includes “Ask Me,” the name of the trivia game.
Players could get the game with a mail-in coupon and Quaker Oaks box tops. The game was only one of several premiums that collectors could request. There was an advertisement featuring Ruth stating that he would get the prizes out ‘right away.’ Games were shipped from Quaker Oaks in a large brown envelope with the game instructions. The return address on the package was presumably a Quaker Oaks address but was printed as the following so that it appeared as if Ruth actually sent it:
Cards have questions and answers on both sides with one side including a blue border and the other an orange border. One interesting feature is that, unlike other gaming cards, these don’t have rounded edges. Instead, the cards have a stop-sign cut with vertical edges cut at the corners. Collectors might sometimes confuse them as being hand trimmed, but that is not the case.
1934 Babe Ruth Quaker Oats Trivia Game Play
Instructions to play the game were pretty simple. There were a total of 26 cards in the set and you only needed two or more people to play. One color, orange or blue, was first chosen. After that, players sat in a circle and took turns asking a question on the card to the player on their left. If that person could answer, they would take the card. If not, the next person would get the opportunity to answer, and so on, until someone answered it correctly. If no one answered it correctly, the person who initially asked the question kept the card. The player with the most cards at the end of the game was declared the winner.
The cards are somewhat scarce but not impossible to find. Finding the entire game with the mailer and instructions sheet are more difficult.
1934 Babe Ruth Quaker Oats Ask Me Trivia Game Checklist
The game cards in the set all feature generic images and various trivia questions. No formal checklist has been developed as specific players are not featured.