Archive | Fun with baseball cards

Back of 2015 Topps Update #US175 - Edinson Volquez

Mailing a baseball card as a postcard

Take a baseball card, write a postal address on it and slap on a stamp. Will it mail? Inspiration struck me today to try mailing a baseball card like a postcard. A bunch of loose opened baseball packs are stuffed in my desk drawer at home. Shuffling through the cards, I tried to find one […]

2016 Bowman Draft BD-108 Alex Call Phillippians 4:13

Your one baseball card

What would you do if were a minor league prospect, and Topps produced only one card of you? It would be fun to go around trying to autograph every one of those cards in existence. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft, White Sox prospect Alex Call currently has one baseball card

Topps Throwback Thursday

Median print run for Topps Throwback Thursday

Topps is producing another on-demand card series, Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday they release a six-card set of baseball players in vintage card designs. Each set is available for one week only. The print runs are announced once the sale is done. Beckett reports on the designs used: 2016 Topps Throwback Thursday looks to use a […]

Jacob Hannemann inscription on 2013 Leaf Trinity

Jacob Hannemann “can’t wait to play in wrigley”

  A professional baseball player expressing his dreams on the front of a baseball card. Looking at autographs, you wonder where is the soul. You want to see some sort of meaning behind a player’s autograph. On the 2013 Leaf Trinity “Authentic Inscription” series, players are to write inscriptions next to their autographs. Some players […]

Jose Canseco: 2001 Upper Deck SP Game Bat Edition Piece of the Game

Reassembling a baseball bat from relic cards

Baseball card manufacturers like Topps (and formerly Upper Deck) slice apart game-used baseball bats and embed them into cards. What if you bought a stockpile of one player’s relic cards and reassembled the bat? It would look rather like a LEGO bat, I’d imagine. Or if you sanded off the rectangular edges, you’d end up […]

Fu-Te Ni and Chien-Ming Wang back-to-back in same pack

Fu-Te Ni and Chien-Ming Wang in the same pack

One Chinese pitcher, one Taiwanese pitcher, both arrived back-to-back in the same 2010 Upper Deck pack. Both photos feature the Asian pitchers in their windup. Seeing these two cards of Fu-Te Ni and Chien-Ming Wang next to each other makes me want to collect all the 2010 Upper Deck cards featuring Asian pitchers.

T206 Sweet Caporal REBEL OAKES Cincinnati

1910 T206 Rebel Oakes tobacco card

Look at the fun outfielder Rebel Oakes is having on his T206 card. Now this is a ballplayer playing the game for fun. He’s so delighted to have caught the ball. Probably because that year with Cincinnati, he was second in the league for errors committed by an outfielder with 18. (Bob Bescher of Cincinnati […]

1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Ty Cobb

1909 E95 when cards were printed on cardboard

What a beautiful card this Honus Wagner 1090 E95 is. The photo/illustration depicts Wagner with a dirty uniform. The card is dirty. The view of his grip on the bat gives you a real feel for how he handled the bat. The bright colors painted onto the card. Then you have Ty Cobb’s extremely beat […]

Scribble correction for team name on Harmon Killebrew 1961 Topps

Correcting the team on a baseball card

In 1961 the Washington Senators moved Minnesota and became the Twins. Their star player Harmon Killebrew’s 1961 Topps card shows him with the Minnesota Twins. An astute fan corrected the card by scratching out the Senators name and hand-writing Twins onto the face of the card. There. Much better. NOW this card is correct. (even […]

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