But when it comes to sports cards, I feel like tall cards often get the short end of the stick. Storage issues are one of the biggest card collecting pet peeves out there and cards taller than the standard 3.5" almost automatically lose popularity points no matter how cool they are.
Well today I'm sticking up for one of my favorite 80's oddball issues which happens to be exceptionally tall in stature and a huge pain in the butt to store.
Back in 1989, Topps and LJN Toys, Ltd. teamed up and gave baseball fans the opportunity to collect baseball cards with tiny records built into their backs. These records could be played in a specially designed card player that came with four cards, while the remaining 160 cards in the set were sold in 4 card packs.
If you're interested in learning more about the set details and the special card player you can click here.
Right now... I wanted to focus on the card's physical appearance and breakdown my fascination with these oddballs.
It all begins with the card's design. This set utilized the 1989 Topps baseball card design, which was ironically one of my least favorite Topps designs for years. I would always see stacks of these cards sitting in flea market boxes and it reminded me of how card companies printed way too many cards during that time period.
However... after two-plus decades, I've actually grown to love the white bordered design that reminds me of something straight out of the 60's. I think it's the team name written in cursive and the long flowing ribbon that houses the player's name.
The cards which are almost two inches taller than the standard base card allowed Topps to include full body images without zooming too far out.
When you combine these two things, you have a classic oddball issue... which is why I'm using this set for my Day 26 submission to Tony's 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge. I'm not gonna lie... it was hard to pick this set over the early 80's Kellogg's and mid 80's 7-11 coins. I love both of these oddball runs as well. I just felt that this particular issue doesn't receive enough hobby recognition.
Okay... it's your turn.
What do you think of the 1989 Topps/LJN Baseball Talk oddballs?
Do they rise above the competition or fall short of your expectations?
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!