Monday, September 9, 2019

McCovey Monday #97 - 1971 Mattel Mini-Records

My favorite player of all time is Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.  I have amassed a collection of almost 1400 different  McCovey cards since I started collecting him in the late 1980s.  I will show off one of my favorite cards on select Mondays.  Stretch was one of the most feared hitters of all time and I am excited to show off my collection.

Today I decided to dig into the binders and share a couple items that I have had in my collection for quite some time.  One of the fun parts of collecting players that played prior to my birth are tracking down items that I never saw in the wild and the items I am showing today were produced in the year of my birth.

In 1971, Mattel put out a special mini-record player called "Mattel Show 'N Tell " that contained 2 1/2" plastic mini records that featured sports stars.  The checklist includes 18 baseball players, 10 basketball players, 17 football players and 8 hockey players.  Fortunately for my collection, Willie McCovey was included in the set.

 Here is the McCovey, it features a recording on one side and a color drawing of the player on the other. The picture appears on a paper disk that is glued onto the smooth unrecorded side of the mini-record. On the recorded side, the player's name and the set's subtitle appear in arcs stamped in the central portion of the mini-record.  It is a little hard to see but it is there.

There is a second version of each players that has pictures on both sides:

This is a more rare version but I am not sure by how much.  From a Beckett pricing standpoint, the black version is listed at $25 and the dual sided is $30.  The double sided discs are ivory instead of black and while the first side has the same photo, the second side has an awesome action photo of Willie Mac sliding into home plate.


  1. They are more commonly known as Mattel "Instant Replay" records. I have a couple of discs I bought for about $5-$10 each, wish I still had the original ones from my childhood and my brother's collection. I think we had close to 20 at one time, maybe a few more. The problem with childhood collections is you get a little bit of this a little of that so you don't get around to completing any of them and the individual collections look like you just got one or two packs. Which sometimes that was all you get.

  2. Oh man these are awesome. I hope someone's recorded them on youtube so you don't have to find a record playr.

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  4. These are super cool! Never seen these before... but now I want one. I'm off to see if any of my favorite athletes made the checklist.