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 Pokémon 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. 

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