1968-70 Partridge Meats Cincinnati Bengals Cards

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Bob Trumpy Partridge Meats cardI recently picked up this card of Cincinnati Bengals tight end, Bob Trumpy.  The card comes from a rather obscure set that was distributed in the Cincinnati area, by Partridge Meats.  The Beckett website had the following notes on this series:

This black and white (with a little bit of red trim) photo-like card set features players from all three Cincinnati major league sports teams of that time, Cincinnati Reds baseball (BB1-BB18), Cincinnati Bengals football (FB1-FB5), and Cincinnati Royals basketball (BK1-BK2). The cards measure approximately 4″ by 5″, although there are other sizes sometimes found which are attributable to other years of issue. The cards are blank backed. In addition to the cards listed below, a “Mr. Whopper” card was also issued in honor of an extremely large spokesperson. The Tom Rhoads football card was only recently verified, in 2012, adding to the prevailing thought that these cards were issued over a period of years since its format is slightly different than the other four more well-known football cards in the set.

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9 Responses to 1968-70 Partridge Meats Cincinnati Bengals Cards

  1. Tom says:

    Thanks Todd,
    I read where Trumpy lives in Glendale OH a suburb of Cincinatti. In the mid 50’s to early 60’s several regional meat manufactures including Glendale Meats sold products with baseball and football card inserts. Glendale Meats, Hormel Meats of Los Angeles, Kahns Weiners in eastern Ohio, Pittsburgh area are highly coveted by collectors and sellers. The 1960 Mayrose Franks football St Louis Cardinals set includes Ted Bates LA Manual Arts who with Paul Lowe left LA to play for Tommy Prothro at Oregon State and met Iowa in 1957 Rose Bowl. Oregon State has appeared in only one Rose Bowl since, the last time 1965 and lost to Michigan 34-7.
    I really enjoy my Bell Brands Rams and Dodgers cards.

    • Todd Tobias says:

      I just got a card signed back in the mail from Trumpy. It is a 1969 Tresler Comet Bengals card, a regional set distributed via the gas stations of the same name. They put out an attractive Bengals set that season. As I now have the majority of the AFL’s regular issue cards signed, I am beginning to look into the regional sets – Tresler Comet, Partiridge Meats, Union 76, Golden Tulip, etc. Very nice cards, but the majority of them are very tough to find. I also recently purchased the first signed NFL card that I have bought in many years – an autographed 1961 Topps Gene “Big Daddy” Liscomb – PSA/DNA authenticated.

      • Tom says:


        I think it tremendous that you are getting the cards signed and know the cards you list are quite difficult to obtain and that they are next to impossible to find at So Cal flea markets and swap meets, Trumpy’s a bit of a friendly nemesis only because I played at Utah State and he at Utah five years removed, the schools play each other this coming Fri. Sept, 7th on ESPN 2. When Lipscomb was first with the LA Rams he took up Pro Wrestling in Gene Lebell’s World Wrestling Association. He wrestled at such popular venues as the Olympic Auditorium, El Monte Legion Stadium and the San Bernardino Auditorium. Several years ago I found 18 full size card board wrestling posters all from 1961 and The San Bernardino Auditorium, five of the posters include Eugene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb on the card.

        • Todd Tobias says:

          Wow! Those sound like very cool posters! Do you still have them?

          I have collected sports stuff since I got my first box of cards at five years old. However, collecting these signed AFL sets feels like it fits me better than anything else that I have ever collected. Not sure how to explain it, but I am enjoying collecting more now than probably ever before.

          • Tom says:

            Todd, Yes I have the posters I need to write the matches on the card, it was the early days of Freddie Blassie and the end of Lou Thez. The signatures are very personal and I would think former players like all of us love being remembered. The idea that you would preserve and advance their history into the future speaks well of you.

          • Todd Tobias says:

            Thanks, Tom. I have easily gotten as much, likely much more, out of my AFL work, as I have given. The guys have all been great with me.

            Those posters sound really cool. I would love to see a scan/digital photo of a Big Daddy poster, if you ever get around to it. No worries, if it is a hassle.

          • Tom says:

            I located the posters some are dated back to 1949, others 1955 and the ones with Bid Daddy are Sat. Feb 20 1960 & May 14 1960. In those years sporting events often started later wrestling at The So Cal venues started at 8:30 PM and the Main Event were 2 out of 3 falls or 1hour time limit. Big Daddy was always the Main event and in the Feb 20 match he beat Gino Garibaldi, with headbutts in the first and a body press in the second. May 14 he with tag team partner Rito Romero won over The World Tag Team Champs “The Kangaroos” the Kangaroos were disqualified 16 mins 22 sec in the the match for illegal drop kicks, something a good Kangaroo would never do.

  2. Tom says:

    Paul Lowe and Joe Wade left Compton Centennial with Manual Arts HS Earnel Durden and Ted Bates for Corvallis Ore and were members of that OSU 1957 Rose Bowl team. Joe is somehow related to Centennials head coach Aaron Wade who also served as an Original and first African American AFL game official and Mayor of Compton. In 1970-71 Joe Wade was Compton Colleges head football coach and Ted Bates was James Bates older brother, In 1958 at Manual Arts HS James Bates ran a 9.4 100 yd in a dual meet. The time was not recorded as the National Record even though it would have tied the record, He also recorded a 21.0 220 and what was remarkable he was 6’3″ 210 lbs. Later James played some wide reciever at USC and the NFL Chi Bears.

  3. Steve says:

    When I was a little boy, I was close to the court at a Royals game. Mr. Whopper picked me up and put me on his shoulder. I felt like I was 100 feet high, so I didn’t enjoy the moment as much as my parents did.

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