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Vintage Topps Team Cards Crack Me Up

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on August 24, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

It’s no secret, I love vintage baseball cards. But what cracks me up more than anything is the almighty team card.  I love and hate these things. I love them because in some cases, it’s a way for collectors to cheaply obtain a vintage card that features some of the game’s best players. Hell, on a card like this 1959 Topps Yankees Team Card, you’re essentially getting images of the entire 1958 World Series Championship roster, a squad that included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Don Larsen, Whitey Ford, Moose Skowron, and many other names of which I’m sure you’ve heard. But here in lies the problem: Can you find them on this card?

It’s like the Topps version of “Where’s Waldo?” In some cases you can spot a player from a mile away based on their size or skin color — like I am pretty sure Yogi Berra is the last guy in the second row from the top, and Elston Howard is right behind him. But where’s Mantle? I think he’s the fourth guy from the left on the top row, and next to him could be Don Larsen.  But that could be someone else for all I know.

But it is always helpful when Topps used to label the front of the cards as if it were a real team picture. Like this 1958 Topps Yankees Team Card. Got to love that the Bat Boys got some love.