Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Sweet Nine: Cards Too Big For Books

One issue collectors such as myself have had over the years, is properly displaying the oversized Bowman cards from 1954 and 1955. These beautiful cards are rich with color and have marvelous designs. The top three are from 1955 and every player and umpire (yes, umpire) was framed in a television set. 

Though nine-card sheet holders do exist for smaller mini and these larger cards, they’re harder to come by considering the need for Magic and Pok√©mon protectors have taken over the industry. 

What I enjoy about these classic cards are the poses the players got into for the camera. As natural as some tried to be or play off, others really didn’t get too far in that regard (please see the bottom left card and the one above it which appears equally as awkward). 

For instance, the card in the middle of the bottom row of 1954 Bowman, seems rather dull. The card features a great deal of sky and Clint Courtney, catcher for the Orioles. As scrappy as he may have been, Courtney does not seem particularly happy to have had to pose for this card. Perhaps this is why he was given card number, “69”—to liven things up for the good folks at Bowman, no doubt. 

The Cool Nine: Random Miscut Found

Lower Three
- Ryan Zimmerman’s Rookie Card from Topps but this special card was given out at The National. 
- T-206 George Brown, Cubs. Looks too sharp not to be cut, but who knows. Definitely worth a trip to Beckett or PSA. 
- Obak Mike Trout T-206 style (not full sized). I think this is from 2011, his rookie season. 
Middle Three:
- Roger Maris Topps 1990 I believe? Or is that 1988 they’re recreating? I forget but this card is fantastic. It’s been colorized. 
- Diamond King Jay Bruce, Donruss Panini 2013 I think...looks like 2013. Another solid card. I’m a big Bruce fan. 
- Donruss No-No’s card—Justin Verlander. Again, I think this is from 2013. 
Top Three:
- Reds Rookies 1968 Topps Heritage Throwback.
- Andrew McCutchen “Double” card from the throwback MLB card game series. Topps. 
- Nationals rookies. Same outfit. 

Above, these are the backs of the cards. All are in brilliant condition. I used to keep my books more organized: either by player, team or even position. But as time went on, I found I like the randomness of cards displayed from different eras and companies.