A collection of 36 different uncut Drake's box panels – representing three different sets and containing a total of 98 baseball cards – is presented. From 1981 through 1985, Drake's Cakes conducted a baseball card promotion in a "civilized" manner: one card per box was enclosed with certain snack cake products. The last three years of Drake's "Big Hitters," though, became many a collector's nightmare. For 1986, 1987 and 1988, the cards were only available on box-bottom panels, which made them susceptible to damage. Worse, few stores in the Northeast area of distribution carried the full Drake's line. In the same fashion that older hobbyists will recall with early 1960s Post Cereal cards, particular players could only be found on the boxes of a specific type of cake. So, one could come close to a set by touring the local Shop-Rite, A&P and Grand Union, but might not find the needed package of Devil Dogs until weeks later, at the Acme two counties over. This array of these modern oddities includes:
1986 Drake's (6th Annual) - near set 13 of 14 panels, including 35 of 37 cards. Highlights include #'s 10 Ripken, 22 Rose, 33 Ryan. Missing panel #3 Jackson/#4 Parker for completion;
1987 Drake's (7th Annual) - complete set of 12 panels, including 33 of 33 cards. Highlights include #'s 6 Ripken, 14 Brett, 23 Schmidt, 31 Clemens, 32 Ryan;
1988 Drake's (8th Annual) - near set 11 of 12 panels, including 30 of 33 cards. Highlights include #'s 6 McGwire, 8 Schmidt, 14 Gwynn, 25 Ripken, 30 Clemens. Missing panel #19 Puckett/#20 Samuel/#21 Murray for completion.
The uncut cards are generally EX to EX/MT or finer (a few lesser); most of the surrounding panels have peripheral and surface faults and/or haphazard edge cutting.