Years in Production


Kansas City, Missouri

Company History

Dornhoffer’s Meats was one of the most successful meat retailers in the U.S. from the late 19th century up through most of the 1970’s.

In the summers of 1968 and 1969, Dornhoffer’s included a baseball card with every purchase of hot dogs sold at most retail supermarkets

For both years, the cards were not distributed inside the packaging but instead were handed out at the checkout counter for qualifying purchases.

There do exist a small number of variations, which included the addition of the retailer logo on some cards. Grand Union, A&P, and Shopwell are known to exist, though there may be others.

Pictured here as it was in 1969, this Grand Union location in New Haven, Connecticut revealed a treasure-trove of about two hundred 1969 Dornhoffer’s cards that were never distributed and basically forgotten on a shelf until discovered in 2000.

Dornhoffer’s Meats was sold to a competing meat provider in 1978.