Gallery # 1:
Predecessors & Copycats


It is the consensus opinion that the most sought after Penn State football
buttons are the ones distributed by Central Counties Bank starting in 1972.

When CCB was acquired by Mellon Bank in 1984, Mellon carried on the
popular program until 2001 when Citizens Bank assumed the role.

Although the CCB / Mellon / Citizens bank buttons are the "traditional
favorites", there were some that came before and many that followed.....

Accordingly, this gallery is a chronological history of all other known
button collections, simply called "Predecessors & Copycats".





First appeared: 1970
Years in existence: 4

            

Issued by the Student Bookstore in 1970 through 1973,
these 1.25" diameter buttons are generally called the ancestors
to the Central Counties Bank button program.
In 1970 thru 1972, the buttons were navy blue with white stripes.
In 1973, the buttons took on a lighter, powder blue outside edge.
I wonder if they were trying to emulate the color of the inaugural set
of CCB buttons from the previous year, 1972?
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here or on any of the buttons to see more like them!







First appeared: 1974
Years in existence: 1


These 1.25" diameter plain blue buttons are featured by
a simple three word slogan imploring PSU to "BLANK" THE "BLANKS".
Evidenced by the appearance of the "SKIN THE BOBCATS" button,
the time frame of this group can be narrowed down to include 1967, 1969,
1970, 1973 or 1974 as they were the only years we played the Bobcats.
The source of these buttons is believed to be the Student Bookstore.
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here or on the Bobcat button to see more like it!






First appeared: 1975
Years in existence: 2

      

These 1.5" diameter solid blue buttons with white lettering are from 1975
and 1976, however, there might be additional undiscovered years on
either side of that period. The source of these buttons is believed
to be the Student Bookstore.
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here or on either of the buttons to see more like them!






First appeared: 1978
Years in existence: 10

      

In 1978, the first known set of buttons by The Rah Rah Company sported the
opposing teams' color schemes and the same type of corny slogans as the bank.
Just like the first year bank buttons, these were produced for home games only.
The packaged set was available downtown at the Student Bookstore.
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here or on either of the buttons to see these sets and more like them!





                  

In 1979, Rah Rah produced two seperate sets.
This year, both sets also included buttons for road games.
The first set featured buttons with no slogans but rather displayed the name
of the opponent and the date of the game. The second set was a return to
sporting the opponent's color scheme and the corny slogans.
Both 1979 sets were boxed in a collectible cylindrical cardboard box
and sold downtown at the Student Bookstore.
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here or on either of the buttons to see these sets and more like them!






In 1981, The Collegian Badge Company (an affiliate of Rah Rah) produced
buttons that conveyed the slogan through text and cloud-like shadowing effects.
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here or on the "Hot Air" button to see this set and more like it!






Gone from The Rah Rah Company's 1982 set were the bright
color schemes and the occasional graphics....but not the brilliant slogans!
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here or on the "Tear-apart" button to see this set and more like it!






In 1985 the colorful buttons made a comeback with Rah Rah.
This time there were no slogans but the "red crossout" said it all.
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here or on the "Syracuse Orange" button to see this set and more like it!






In 1986, the ever changing style of Rah Rah buttons
stepped back to a basic blue background with white text.
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here or on the "Dam" button to see this set and more like it!





      

In 1987, there were two different sets issued by Rah Rah.
The "red crossout" set was similar to the previous year but the red striping
was not as wide and it was not outlined with a black border.
The second set from 1987 was back to a basic blue button with
white text slogans and an occasional visual illustration.
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here or on either button to see these sets and more like them!






First appeared: 1980
Years in existence: 13


This large cartoon style button was produced by Adlanco Buttons
from Fleming, PA and many like it were on the scene from 1980 through 1992.
Apparently, Adlanco made individual bowl game buttons for travel agencies
in the early 1980's and then started annual gameday sets in 1982.
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here or on the button to see the Adlanco Collection.






First appeared: 1980
Years in existence: 1

      

In 1980, blue and white color schemes were randomly reversed
within this set and if you didn't understand the slogan,
the opponents' name was spelled out on the edge of the button!
The source of these buttons is unknown.
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here or on either button to see more like it!






First appeared: 1980
Years in existence: (???)


Yet again in 1980, another series emerged....a button depicting
a cartoon lion that announced the date and opponent of the game.
The source of these buttons is unknown.






First appeared: 1980 (???)
Years in existence: (???)


Your guess is as good as mine on the year(s) of issuance
for this gameday button from
The Mount Nittany Inn.
One might assume that the Inn had buttons made for
their football weekend guests so it's possible that these
were produced for home games only.






First appeared: 1980 (???)
Years in existence: (???)

      

The first bank to copy CCB and jump onto the football button
bandwagon was
The Russell National Bank who boldly claimed:
"A BETTER BUTTON FROM A BETTER BANK"!
One thing was for certain -- the button was BIGGER!






First appeared: 1983
Years in existence: 1


In 1983, the prescription to counter PSU football
button fever was a series of buttons from
Thrift Drug!
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First appeared: 1983
Years in existence: 4


Some people actually gave their blood for PSU football buttons!
These buttons from
Sera Tec clotted up the scene from 1983 through 1986.
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here or on the button to see more like it!






First appeared: 1989
Years in existence: 5

      

A joint venture that made a "sound investment" in the button market....
Radio station partner
WCHA-800AM provided the sound and F & M Trust
provided the investment for this five year series between 1989 and 1993.
(I know....don't give up my day job, right?)
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First appeared: 1990
Years in existence: 5

      

The Roy Rogers restaurants galloped onto the football button
scene with the issuance of these small, 1.5" diameter buttons.
This buttons came into Dodge City in 1990 and they rode off into
the sunset in 1994, although additional years on either side
of that window may exist.
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here or on either button to see more like it!