Last week we featured Richie Ashburn's 1950 Bowman Card. Today we are taking a look at a bubble gum tin.
Ballpark Gum is a novelty gum featuring ballgame related flavors Hot Dogs, Peanuts, and Beer. That sounds a bit odd to me, if it's your thing check in at Perpetual Kid. I am not a gum guy and have never had Ballpark Gum and the taste of the stuff is not really why we are here today.
I am concerned about the artwork. At first I thought it was lifted from 1959 Topps packaging.
It's close but I will let you decide that, as I examined the picture a bit more I realized why it looked familiar:
Ballpark Gum artwork (reversed) with 1950 Bowman #48 Richie Ashburn
I took the image on the tin and reversed it, Eureka! - The Ballpark Gum Tin artwork doesn't look very original at all. Look at the uniform number on the back the position of Ashburn's hands, The shadows on his face. The tin may be elongated a tad, but unless Ballpark Gum paid Bowman/Topps, I am thinking that image is plagiarized.