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Friday, February 15, 2019

Former Pirates pitching great (and his baseball card) appears on “This Is Us”

I love it when the hobby and pop culture collide. On last night’s episode of This Is Us, the mega-popular tear-jerker of a TV show, former Pirates pitching great John Smiley and his 1987 Topps Traded card made an appearance.

Sort of.

I know John Smiley is hardly considered a “great” today, but in 1992, coming off a 20-win season, an All-Star appearance, and a third-place finish in Cy Young Award voting, “great” is not a stretch. And it wasn’t actually Smiley on the show, but actor Troy Doherty portraying Smiley at a baseball card signing.

Fiore Gino Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, pittsburgh pirates, tv

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Bill Ripken F*** Face card, 30 years later

There was a swear word on one of the new baseball cards, he said. Clear as day. The F-word. Right on the front of Bill Ripken’s 1989 Fleer card…..

It’s in this context that the Ripken card came out, so it pushed all the right buttons. It wasn’t just a reversed negative; there was a danged swear right on the danged card. What was Fleer going to do about this? Stop production immediately, of course. Reissue corrected cards. Shops were already starting to forbid sales of packs to minors, and Major League Baseball was ticked, so there was a legitimate PR crisis for a company that was very much not used to the attention. Was there going to be some sort of buyback program? Were cards going to be destroyed?

Instead, Fleer’s response was to make a whole bunch of new error cards.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2019 at 05:34 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Ralph Houk | Cardboard Gods

Enjoy.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2019 at 08:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, ralph houk

Monday, November 19, 2018

Avid Barry Bonds Collector Has Amassed 5,000 Examples Of The Same Card

To describe Greg Mirmelli as a diehard, fanatical, or a rabid Barry Bonds fan would be an understatement. Over the past five years, he has amassed 5,000—count ’em!—1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds rookie cards.

“I’m pretty sure there is no other person in the world that has that many,” the 45-year-old, Miami Beach realtor and parking lot operator told me.

I think that is a fair assumption.

jmurph Posted: November 19, 2018 at 02:45 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, baseball cards, collecting

 

 

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