One of my earliest memories of a sports related collectable is that of the 1960’s Vople Tumblers. These were cups as I recall being available with fill ups at local Tressler Comet gas stations in Cincinnati. Truth be told, I stopped following the Cincinnati Reds as ball club almost a decade ago. For some reason, I just couldn’t seem to remain connected with the team and players after I had been gone from the city for over two decades. I still find myself looking for items from players from the period of the 1970s and before. I decided not too long ago to begin putting together a set of the Reds Vople tumblers. In searching them out, I found that the Reds Series was one of a number of similar offerings.

When I got my first couple of these via E-Bay, I was taken back to a time when I was not permitted to drink from these as they were the “special Reds cups” usually reserved for a cold Hudepohl beer or “high ball” while my dad listened the “The Ole Lefthander” call a game. I was also surprised to find the bottom of the tumblers stamped with Made in USA. The concept for these items is simple, a paper print inside a tumbler sealed with a plastic cap. The artwork is far from simple, thus my attraction to them.

In searching for information on these I came across a number of sites besides E-Bay offering them. In addition, I noticed other Vople related items as well being offered in the form of cards (1963-1964 Western Oil Twins) and 11 x 8 ½ prints for such teams as the Minnesota Vikings (1970) Atlanta Braves (1966 Pure Oil Company), 1962, 1964, 1969 Dodgers (Union Oil). I am sure there are other products and someone out there who has a serious collection of Volpe items. However, if you’re like me and just a novice, you might find some this “starter information” helpful.

Cincinnati Reds: Year of Issue 1966, (set of 12)

Available at Tresler Comet Gas Stations

Chico Cardenas

Gordy Coleman

John Edwards

John Ellis

Tommy Harper

Deron Johnson

Jim Maloney

Bill McCool

Joe Nuxhall

Jim O’Toole

Vada Pinson

Pete Rose

Buffalo Bills: Year of Issue 1965, (set of 12)

Available at ?

Glenn Bass

Butch Bryd

Wray Carlton

John Day

Billy Joe

Jack Kemp

Darryl Lamonica

Tom Lestak

Lou Saban

Gearge Saimes

Billy Shaw

Mike Stratton

Cleveland Browns: Year of Issue 1965 (set of 12)

Available at Clark Oil Gas Stations

Jim Brown

Blanton Collier

Gary Collins

Vince Costello

Bill Glass

Lou Groza

Jim Houston

Jim Kanicki

Dick Modezelski

Frank Ryan

Dick Schafrath

Paul Warfield

Cleveland Indians: Year of Issue 1966, (set of 12)

Available at ?

Max Alvis

Joe Azcue

Larry Brown

Rocky Colavito

Vic Davalillo

Chuck Hinton

Dick Howser

Sam McDowell

Don McMahon

Sonny Siebert

Leon Wagner

Fred Whitfield

Detroit Lions: Year of Issue?, (set of ?)

Available at ?

Mel Farr

Wayne Walker

Detroit Tigers: Year of Issue 1966, (set of 12)

Available at Sunaco Gas Stations

Hank Aguirre

Norm Cash

Don Demeter

Bill Freeman

Willie Horton

Al Kaline

Mickey Lolich

Dick Mcauliffe

Denny McClain

Joe Sparma

Don Wert

Dave Wickersham

Detroit Red Wings: Year of Issue 1971, (set of ?)

Available at ?

Wayne Connelly

Alex Delvecchio

Roy Edwards

Gordie Howe

Frank Mahovlich

Darrell Oren

Garry Unger

Indiana Pacers: Year of Issue 1971, (set of 6)

Available at ?

Art Becker

Roger Brown

Mel Daniels

Bill Keller

Freddie Lewis (with Mel Daniels name)

Rick Mount

Bob Netolicky

Kentucky Colonels: Year of Issue ?, (set of )

Available at ?

Darel Carrier

Louie Dampier

Dan Issel

Jim Ligon

Cincy Powell

Walt Simon

Los Angeles Dodgers: Year of Issue 1965, (set of 12)

Available at Union 76 Gas stations & Kentucky Fried Chicken

Tommy Davis

Willie Davis

Don Drysdale

Ron Fairly

John Kennedy

Sandy Koufax

Jim Lefebvre

Claude Osteen

Wes Parker

Ron Perranoski

John Rosboso

Maury Wills

Los Angeles Rams: Year of Issue ? (set of ?)

Available at ?

Dick Bass

Roger Brown

Roman Gabriel

Deacon Jones

Lamar Lundy

Merlin Olson

Minnesota Vikings: Year of Issue ? (set of?)

Available at ?

Alan Page

Montreal Canadians: Year of Issue 1966, (set of 12)

Available at Steinberg’s Stores

Ralph Backstrom

Jean Beliveau

John Ferguson

Charlie Hodge

Claude Provost

Bobby Rosseau

Henri Richard

Jean Guy Talbot

Giles Trembley

J.C. Trembley

Gump Worsley

Jacques Laperriere

NBA All-Stars: Year of Issue 1968, (set of ?)

Available at ?

Elgin Baylor

New York Mets: Year of Issue 1966, (set of 12)

Available at ?

Larry Bearnarth

Yogi Berra

Jack Fisher

Rob Gardner

Jim Hickman

Ron Hunt

Ed Kranepool

Johnny Lewis

Tug Mcgraw

Roy McMillan

Dick Stuart

Ron Swoboda

Oakland Raiders : Year of Issue (set of ?)

Available at ?

Ben Davidson

Darryl Lamonica

Jim Otto

St Louis Cardinals: Year of Issue ? (set of 6)

Available at ?

Lou Brock

Orlando Cepeda

Curt Flood

Bob Gibson

Tim McCarver

Mike Shannon

San Francisco 49ers: Year of Issue ?(set of ?)

Available at ?

John Brodie

John David Crow

Charlie Krueger

Ken Willard

Seattle Supersonics: Year of Issue ? (set of ?)

Available at ?

Tommy Kron

Tom Meschery

Bob Rule

Al Tucker

Lenny Wilkens

Washington Redskins: Year of Issue 1965,(set of ?)

Available at ?

Sam Huff

Sonny Jorgenson

Bob Mitchell

John Paluck

Joe Rutgens

Charley Taylor

For my collecting purposes, I am not looking for MINT examples, but rather ones that display nicely. When asking about these products, you will want to inquire about cracks to the plastic and if there is any water damage to the interior print. If you have information about these tumblers that is not listed here, such as when they were issued, the names and number of players in a set as well is what outlets offered them as promotional items, I would love to hear from you.

As always, collect what you enjoy and enjoy what you collect.


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