H.L. Frank Vending

Years in Production


Queens, New York

Company History

In 1960, 1961, and 1962, H.L. Frank Vending in Queens, New York (one of the largest suppliers of gumball, vending, and cigarette machines in the Northeast) printed and sold baseball cards to be inserted into specific card vending machines.

The cards were printed most commonly in a black and white format, although there exist some cards in either a sepia tone, a blue tone, or in full color in 1962.

The full color cards are considered to be extremely scarce and command a premium today, though rarely offered for sale.

Herb Frank once stated that he stopped producing baseball card vending machines (and baseball cards) after 1962 to focus on his contract to provide drink and snack machines for the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, starting in 1964.

H.L. Frank expanded into sports stadium food and drink vending and did so successfully for many years at Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium, and the Nassau Coliseum.