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] » 12/17/14 11:59pm 12/17/14 11:59pm

New Baseball Cards Visualize Advanced Stats

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. » 9/25/14 4:37pm 9/25/14 4:37pm

Spoonerized Baseball Cards Are A Delight

Baseball Cards Made Into Stop Motion Animation Are The Coolest Thing

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. » 10/16/13 1:47pm 10/16/13 1:47pm

Keith Olbermann has found the best eBay seller ever: Every signed Eddie Mathews card comes with a thousand-word stream-of-consciousness rant on...well, we have no idea. [Baseball Nerd] » 6/24/13 3:31pm 6/24/13 3:31pm

Does A Baseball Player's Race Affect The Value Of His Card?

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… » 6/07/13 7:08pm 6/07/13 7:08pm

Topps Puts Pitcher's Season-Ending Injury On His Baseball Card

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,… » 3/25/13 3:52pm 3/25/13 3:52pm

D-Backs Reliever Attempts To Buy Baseball Card, Gets In Testy Spat…

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… » 3/12/13 1:40pm 3/12/13 1:40pm

Remember When A Shirtless Jose Canseco Really Meant Something?

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… » 9/24/12 11:30pm 9/24/12 11:30pm

Would You Like To Buy 162 Chan Ho Park Rookie Cards? Well, Today Is…

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. » 6/13/12 10:37am 6/13/12 10:37am

Topps Sued For Firing Employee, Then Putting Him On A Trading Card

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… » 2/24/12 1:55pm 2/24/12 1:55pm

The Result Of A Skate To The Neck Is Quite Frankensteiny

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. » 10/27/10 9:15am 10/27/10 9:15am

Really Old Guy Doesn't Like Drama Queen Cheaters, So He Doesn't Like…


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. » 9/18/10 1:15pm 9/18/10 1:15pm

A Life And Death In Baseball Cards

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 » 8/16/10 1:00pm 8/16/10 1:00pm

This Is What A $500,000 Babe Ruth Rookie Card Looks Like

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] » 7/07/10 3:00pm 7/07/10 3:00pm

Stephen Strasburg Saves The Collectible Crap Industry

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] » 6/25/10 12:30am 6/25/10 12:30am