Truly Oddball: Licensing and Vintage Baseball Card Oddball Sets

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In a previous article, I looked at the evolution of licensing baseball player images and team logos in the 1941 to 1981 era. With an understanding of what companies had to do to issue cards, we can better organize our litany of oddball cards. Because of the confusion in the names, we will call Major League Baseball and their licensing entity Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., “the league,” and we will call Major League Baseball Players Association and their licensing entity Major League Baseball Players, Inc., “the union.” Topps’ Very Own Oddballs Topps Gum had their own assortment of oddballs….