Month: February 2018

Chicago Cubs Team Cards: 25 Years of Cute Logos, Floating Heads, and Cheesy Mustaches

(Check out our other team pages here.) In 1956, just after they had dispatched rival Bowman to the commons bin of history, Topps began experimenting with their baseball card sets. And why not? When you’re the king, the only game in town, you have little to lose by flexing your artistic muscles. One of the innovations they unveiled in that first spring of the monopoly years was the team card, wherein all players for a particular club were gathered together for a group photo that adorned one of Topps’ cards for the year. The team card would become a hobby...

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The Andre Dawson Baseball Card Only a Blank Check Could Buy

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Heading into the 1986 offseason, long-time collectors might have been forgiven for feeling a bit of misty-eyed nostalgia when they happened across an Andre Dawson baseball card. Up until that point, The Hawk had spent his entire 11-year career with the Montreal Expos, but we knew there was little chance that Dawson would finish his playing days in Olympic Stadium.     That’s because, less than a month after the New York Mets put the finishing touches on their amazing comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World...

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Worst Hall of Fame Swing on Cardboard? Try This Jim Rice Baseball Card

(Check out our other player card posts here.) You expect big things from a Jim Rice baseball card, right? I mean … The man was one of the most feared sluggers in all of Major League Baseball during the last half of 1970s and early 1980s. From 1975 through 1986, Rice hit .304 on the strength of 2145 hits that included 350 home runs and 329 doubles, and he also drove in 1276 runs. Along the way, his beastly 1978 performance — .315, 46 HR, 139 RBI — earned Rice the American League MVP in 1978, and he picked up...

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The Flaky Al Kaline Baseball Card that Made the Tigers Slugger a TV Star

(Check out our other player card posts here.) When the Detroit Tigers signed Al Kaline as a “bonus baby” in 1953, they knew they were getting something special. After all, Kaline had been a standout on the diamond — and the basketball court — since his grade school days and forced his way onto the varsity team as a freshman in high school. Scouts from several Major League teams were watching, but the Tigers’ Ed Katalinas beat them all to the punch and signed Kaline to a contract the day after the youngster graduated from high school in 1953. Kaline...

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The Last Phil Niekro Baseball Card Where He Didn’t Look Like Your Grandfather

(Check out our other player card posts here.) If your first exposure to Phil Niekro came through his baseball cards in the 1980s, then you probably think of him as an old man. Heck, you may have even thought — upon first laying eyes on his cardboard — that the card companies had taken to making pasteboards of pitching coaches. I mean, that can’t be an active player on Niekro’s 1987 Topps card, right?     If not a coach card, then maybe a Senior League issue? Maybe MLB finally go tired of the Cleveland Indians‘ losing ways (back...

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