A Texas baseball fan entered a contest that was put on by a baseball card company way back in 1957 — and won the contest. The AP reports that Darwin Day, 70, of Grand Prairie received a Louisville Slugger baseball glove as his prize in the contest by Topps.
Prompted by his brother’s death earlier this year, Day was cleaning house and found a complete collection of Topps cards for 1957-58, which was accumulated from Bazooka bubble gum purchases, the story reports. One of the cards promoted a contest, proclaiming: “Win These Swell Prizes in the 4th Bazooka Baseball Contest.”
“To enter, the card owner had to correctly fill out scores from some professional baseball games and remit the card,” the AP reports. “Day said no deadline was listed on the card, so he sent the completed entry card to an executive at Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of the New York-based Topps Company.”
A marketing firm representing Topps soon got ahold of Day to let him know he had won the contest.
“His prize package also included T-shirts, a pillow with a Bazooka Joe comic strip printed on it and lots of gum,” the AP reports.