Sy Berger, who worked for Topps for 50 years and designed the first "modern" baseball card in 1952, died over the weekend. The New York Times has a nice obituary of him, which also serves as an interesting look at the history of baseball cards. [New York Times]
The image above comes from a new line of sabermetric-inspired baseball cards. According to SportTechie, the cards are a partnership between Bloomberg Sports and Topps. The cards feature home run spray charts for hitters and strikeout pitch location for pitchers.
Here's your new favorite dumb baseball bookmark. It's a site called REPLAY that's taking a bunch of old baseball cards of players doing the same thing—swinging a bat, throwing a pitch, bunting—and turning them into one continuous motion. It's mesmerizing.
Is a baseball card worth more money if the player on it is white? Perhaps! On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang up and Listen podcast, Mike Pesca runs through the many studies have been done on the subject of racial bias and baseball card values, many of which posit that racism has long driven down the value of…
From Dan Good at the New York Post:
This photo comes from last June, a steamy summer night in Atlanta. Daniel Hudson, the Diamondbacks' young starter, was scared for his season and his career. He had just blown out his throwing arm, and was removed from the game in the second inning. It's a moment that would be immortalized on his damned baseball card,…
You probably remember Brad Ziegler as the submarine-style reliever who pitched 39 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his rookie season with the Oakland A's. But what you probably don't know about Ziegler, who pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks now, is that he is an avid baseball card collector. We only became…
The year was 1990 and the times were simple. Boston was still pink hat-less. Barry Bonds was a skinny Pirate. Billy Beane was one year removed from a 54 OPS+ season, his final one. And Jose Canseco appeared on various baseball cards in blue jeans—no shirt. The image was used for several cards, but none better than…
Not too long ago we treated you to a very important update about Chan Ho Park's continuing career as a South Korean baseball player and rapper/insurance pitchman.
What the shit is this? How did this end up on our desk? Who would make something like this?
In the fall, Topps released a handful of very odd cards. Dubbed "American History Relics," they were five-card runs of John Henry, Pecos Bill, and Leif Ericson. Despite their rarity, the cards were a flop — one sold for $84 on eBay — perhaps because they were so strange. Card collectors like collector's items, but…
The discovery of a rare Griffey card helped Albany police bust some burglars. The man's a national treasure. [WNYT]
Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day.
When Derek Jeter stole first pretending he'd been hit by a pitch, 87-year-old baseball-card-store "volunteer" Al Merrill didn't just get mad. He cost himself about a hundred bucks.
The following is taken from Josh Wilker's wonderful memoir Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards. You can find more of Josh's writing at cardboardgods.net
A Delaware man is allowing the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore to display the Babe's rookie card—he was still a pitcher—for free, even though the card's approximate value is half a million dollars. [Big League Stew]
Stephen Strasburg already has an autographed Washington Nationals baseball card somehow, although I'm going to guess the $1 jillion eBay offer is not a "serious" bid. It's easily worth twice that! [eBay]