Today...

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houbb

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Yep, it's yet another one of my "Today" posts. Today, I had I pretty cool IP success. It's actually one of the coolest IP successes I've ever had. I've met President's Ford, Carter, both Bush's, Clinton, and Mikhail Gorbachev, but today's ranks right up there with them. Today, I met...Wayne Bebb.

"Who," you ask?

Wayne Bebb was the VP of Marketing for Mother's Cookies back in the day, and the man responsible for creating the coolest card set of the '80's and '90's. Man, I love those cards! I always made sure I was one of the first in the Astrodome when those cards were given away. Bebb hired Barry Cola to do the photography, which gave the cards a distinctive high quality, superior to Topps, Donruss, and Fleer, back in the day.

I met Bebb at a card show today, where he was selling a tremendous hoard of Mother's Cookies cards. He told me about the 15 year fight he had to keep those cards going. Every year he had to fight tooth and nail to keep those cards from getting axed from the Mother's Cookie's budget. Upper management just seemed to view the cards as Wayne's hobby. It was, however, quite a marketing ploy. Until those cards came out I never heard of Mother's Cookies, and they helped put that company on the map. The company has since been bought out, and may still be running as a regional brand out west, but the cards were the highlight of the glory days of that company.

Bebb had every set imaginable today, and it was really a trip down memory lane. If you ever stood in one of those long lines to get those cards you know what I'm talking about. Bebb signed one of his Mother's Cookies business cards for me, which just happens to be a Mother's Cookies baseball card. He also told me every year, during the cards run, he sent care packages to each player depicted on the cards, complete with complete sets, and multiples of the players cards for his personal use. He also included an envelope filled with a dozen cards and a sharpie, as well as a return SASE, hoping some of the players might sign the cards. Several of them did, and returned them signed to Bebb, which is how I picked up a signed Mark McGwire rookie Mother's Cookies card with a vintage '87 sig today.

Just by chance, if he ever googles his name and happens to find this, thank you for your time today, Mr. Bebb, and thank you for the cards and the memories!
 

CW13

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ha ha Jim.......I have one of these!! I met Wayne about 20 years ago when i was a teenager. he was staying at the hotel my dad managed(right next to old Arlington Stadium) and gave me a TON of Mother's Cookies cards and posters......great great guy, with a terrific mustache!! i have several of these some where and one other card of his...i loved those cards and Wayne was nice enough to give me several team sets back in the day...this is my favorite Mother's card i got signed...
i wish i would have been there.....thanks for sharing!!!


 
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ha ha Jim.......I have one of these!! I met Wayne about 20 years ago when i was a teenager. he was staying at the hotel my dad managed(right next to old Arlington Stadium) and gave me a TON of Mother's Cookies cards and posters......great great guy, with a terrific mustache!! i have several of these some where and one other card of his...i loved those cards and Wayne was nice enough to give me several team sets back in the day...this is my favorite Mother's card i got signed...
i wish i would have been there.....thanks for sharing!!!



That must have been the same hotel visiting teams used to stay in when they cam to Arlington. If so, I was at that same hotel many times back in the day. Yes, Wayne still has the 'stache.
 

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Yes it was...It was the Sheraton CentrePark when my father was there from 86-93 or so...I worked there in the summer as a bell boy and got to taxi the players around town.Good times... And also deal with plenty of Six Flags families on vacation. Not quite as fun...I still remember being 17 and going into the hotel kitchen at 3 am with an inebriated Frank Robinson(they had just flown in and room service was closed) and helping him make some cold cut sandwiches...He started throwing slices of ham and turkey at Ellie Hendricks...
 
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