Fun Buttons, Not Food

I asked people to send me their “junk wax” faves at the end of this post on Fleer Classic Miniatures and I got a lot of solid suggestions. The 1985 Fun Foods set was one, and I took it to heart. I am now the proud owner of a complete 133 button set.

I was not unaware of the Fun Foods set; I’ve always had a soft spot for it. I’ve had the Seaver button, and only the Seaver button, for decades.

1984-Fun-Foods-Pin-Back-Button-White-Sox

The beauty of this little item was not lost on me, but I never went for the whole set. Not a cost issue, the set should run $20 tops, more of a storage issue. Where would I put 133 buttons – in a box? In sheets? I really couldn’t figure it out, so I passed.

When I started pursuing the 1964 and 1971 Topps coins sets, I ended up with some coin sheets whose pockets were too small. Too small for the coins, but perfect for the buttons! (Never throw anything out!). Here’s how they display:

It’s a super attractive set – the colors are vibrant, the photos are sharp, the checklist is terrifically 1984/1985.

They’re thick enough that my binder won’t close now, but I’m not worried. It’s a binder full of metal discs, not cardboard. No bent corners here!

I won’t claim to doing much looking into this issue: they were sold as complete sets and in packs of three, though I never saw those packs in the wild. As to Fun Foods, I have no idea what they did, or made, or how much fun their product may or may not have been. Maybe all they made were the buttons, maybe the buttons were meant to be eaten. I have no idea (though don’t do that.)

Whatever business Fun Foods was in is of no matter to me. They made cool buttons, I now have them all, and that’s enough for me.

Author: Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.

9 thoughts on “Fun Buttons, Not Food”

  1. I was 15 when these came out and hungry for any product with a Dwight Gooden. As Doc’s pic was right on the box, I ended up buying a ton of these. I even wore the Pedro Guerrero to school a few times. Your post is a good reminder that I’ve been meaning to cut the Gooden pic off the box and add it to my Dr. K binder.

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  2. I loved these, but never had any. I don’t remember the details, but wherever they were sold was a place my family didn’t shop. I had friends who got them and for some reason I never tried trading for them. I guess I was concentrating on getting as many of the hot rookies as I could (Alvin Davis, Mark Langston, Dwight Gooden, and Eric Davis, in that order–northwest kid here).

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  3. I believe that I bought a box of these in the wild from my local 5 and dime store. I still have at least one of the wrappers, and I have one of those 7-11 slushie cups from the early 1970s of Eduardo Rodriguez (I think that’s who it is) filled with the pins.

    And yet, I cannot find all of the Brewers in the set for my collection.

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  4. I remember buying a box of these at a card show and some of the pages to store them. I think the wrappers were paper that you merely tore (not easy to maintain the integrity of the wrapper). They probably are in a shoebox somewhere, but I haven’t seen them in a while. Good memories.

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