Boys who grew up in the 1950s and 60s had never imagined a time when Topps cards could no longer be an exciting component – or in fact a partner – in every baseball season in the Major League.
Every year, when the teams at that time were preparing to take the field for the opening day, boys had already started buying – with the nickel and dimes that their parents gave them – that year “Chewing gum card” packages that they hoped would reward them with the favorite players and other members of the favorite team or teams.
Not only were cards valued assets, but also a source of trade among friends.
At the time, if you lived in the Pittsburgh Pirates country, who would not trade a Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra or Don Larsen card for a Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Dick Groat or Buc Hill Aces card, which contained pitchers Vernon Law, Bob Friend, Ron Kline and Roy Face.
Short then were usually not stored in well-organized albums, but were instead stored in any unused small box in the home that could meet their needs.
The cards were not kept “Mint” condition either; Many ended up with broken corners and other types of damage or wear, but having them in any condition was appreciated.
Today, many of them are much older “Boys” still has fond memories of card collecting, in the midst of the different world of card collecting that exists at this time. However, the boys who exchanged original Larsen cards can now regret the transaction, considering that Larsen is still the only pitcher in World Series history who has thrown a perfect game.
In the minds of some former boys – now retired – every World Series, like the one played this autumn, will probably be reminiscent of feats like Larsen’s, which can be compared to professional football’s Miami Dolphins’ perfect 1972 season, which has never been matched.
Nostalgia is a part of all sports, but a different type of nostalgia may be on the verge “Running the bases,” at least in the world of Topps cards.
Although today’s young people may not feel upset about what seems to be happening, older card collectors – past or present – may experience a touch of grief as they remember their young days collecting photos and statistics from their diamond heroes.
According to an aug. 21-22 Wall Street Journal article, Topps is now on the verge of losing its 70-year-old grip on the card market due to a breakdown in baseball conditions that were central to the company’s long-standing success, despite competitors emerging over the years.
Topps claims that it was blinded by the decision of Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association’s decision to enter into an exclusive trading card agreement with a new company controlled by online sports trading dealer Fanatics Inc.
The MLB-MLBPA agreement with Fanatics will cost Topps a large part of the revenue, and who knows what else.
For many years, notoriously sentimental baseball fans and collectors, now and then, this troubled world may have found another way to be outrageous.