Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and 50 Cent are getting their own baseball cards

Finally reaching the heights of fame normally reserved for athletes, Star Wars characters, and children living in garbage pails, Jack White, Macklemore, and several other celebrities are getting the Topps trading card treatment. The First Pitch card set, which will also include Jeff Bridges, Eddie Vedder, and 50 Cent, commemorates ceremonial first pitches performed during the 2014 MLB season, as well as one of only six times Jack White has smiled in public.

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Civil-War Era Baseball Card Worth Six Figures Found At Maine Yard Sale

This photo released, Jan 2013 by the Saco River Auction Co., in Biddeford, Maine, shows a rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics, discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine, on the Canadian border. The auction house expected six-figure bids at its Feb. auction. 

The Library of Congress has had another copy of the Brooklyn Atlantics photograph since the late 1800s, when it took possession of it from a New York court where the photographer, Charles Williamson, had submitted it for copyright.

In its book “Baseball Americana,” the Library of Congress calls it the first dated baseball card, handed out to supporters and opposing teams in a gesture of bravado from the brash Brooklynites, who were dominant and won their league championships in 1861, 1864 and 1865.

Yogi Berra’s  Baseball Card Contract

Copy of contract of “Larry Berra” (Complaint Exhibit 25)

Eastern District of New York, Civil Case File 11582, Bowman Gum, Inc vs. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. 

Series: Civil Case Files , 1962 - 1979Record Group 21: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009 

Signed by Larry “Yogi” Berra on August 23, 1950, this contract entitled him to $1.00 and a woman’s watch in exchange for the use of his image by the Bowman Gum Corporation for the 1951 Major League Baseball season.  

The contract was introduced as an exhibit in one of a series of legal cases over baseball card image rights between the Bowman Gum and Topps Chewing Gum corporations.  A number of major league baseball players granted exclusive rights to their images to the Bowman Gum company for use on baseball cards.  When Topps introduced cards featuring some of the same players, Bowman filed suit.  Included in the exhibits are some of the original cards as well as authentic vintage chewing gum:  

A detailed summary of these cases can be found at Baseball Cards and the Birth of the Right of Publicity: The Curious Case of Haelan Laboratories v. Topps Chewing Gum by J. Gordon Hylton, from the  Marquette Law Scholarly Commons.

See also our earlier post featuring Yogi Berra’s 1940s-era Draft Registration Cards.

(Special thanks to National Archives colleagues Christopher Magee at the National Archives at Seattle, and Christopher Zarr, Education Specialist at the National Archives at New York, and former NARA employees, Greg Plunges and Bonnie Sauer!)


         ‘Baseball’ Version - Rin Hoshizora SR
                            ‘Building Stamina’

Attribute: Pure
Ability: Perfect Lock
Skill: For every 25 notes, there is a 41% chance of turning all goods and greats in the next 3.5 seconds into perfects.

This card was released on the 1st April, 2016 on JP Servers. This card had a heightened chance of appearance for the next 5 days after release.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Shortstop

Oh, Baseball Reference, you sly dogs, you, unleashing a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer player page right before the holidays? Like I'm not going to click it? 

Rudolph does have an interesting career path, struggling in the minors before exploding upon his call up to the Holiday League. Is it a fluke? Simply a reindeer growing into his body? 

While scouts are concerned that Rudolph, at 375 pounds, will soon need to grow out of the position, they’re confident that he’ll add more than enough power to be an above-average third baseman. 

This is also how I see the entire team lining up: 

P: Comet

C: Blitzen

1B: Donner

2B: Dancer

SS: Rudolph

3B: Cupid

LF: Vixen

CF: Dasher

RF: Prancer

(image by John Hartwell and Jay Rogers