Cards and Autographing

Cards and Autographing I like collecting autographs. In those years in the early 1990s when the hobby exploded and the number of available sets to purchase had jumped from three to at least seventeen, one of the things that kept me sane was collecting autographs.* *I prospected at college games. Pursued minor league coaches and…

Pennant Fever

Pennant Fever My all-time favorite Topps design is 1965. The simple and colorful design is eye catching, but the waving pennant is the most appealing element. The gonfalon with a team logo is not unique to 1965. The design element was used for the managers subset in 1960. The fluttering pennant was placed at the…

My Favorite Commons

My Favorite Commons My parents come from large families. My mom is the second oldest of seven children and my dad the youngest of seven. Hordes of grandparents, great aunts, great uncles, aunts, uncles, and cousins made for wonderfully chaotic family parties and holidays in my youth. But it is with my mom’s younger sister…

Hero Decks

Hero Decks I have 12 decks of playing cards that I’ll never use. They’re called Hero Decks, and they first came out around 2005, as far as I can tell. These are regular 52-card decks of playing cards (plus “jokers”) that feature caricatures of famous people – whether it’s famous figures from history or politicians…

Tommy’s walkabout

Tommy’s walkabout In reaction to a post on the SABR Baseball Card Committee Facebook page, someone commented that Tommy Davis was depicted on a different team for seven years in a row starting in 1966. This is quite an “achievement,” and will be explored in detail. Tommy’s walkabout through the major leagues ran head long…

Fleer breaks the Hall of Fame

Fleer breaks the Hall of Fame Before jumping in let’s set the stage a little. It’s June 12, 1939, and baseball royalty has gathered in upstate New York. Eleven of the game’s greatest are in Cooperstown for the first ever Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring the classes of 1936-39. Not coincidentally, at least in…

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? I ended my previous post with the teaser that neither the 1961 Topps “Baseball Thrills” subset nor its 2010 reboot, much less its 1959 precursor, included what I had grown up understanding to be the most incredible baseball feat of them all. Rather than imagine the Topps intern assigned…