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Old 03-01-2022, 03:25 PM
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Default Show a Card that is 'Shocking' (whatever that means to you personally)...

Show a card that just rocks your world in a strange way for whatever reason, and explain why it does.

Here's mine:
This is Johnny Keane. He was born in November 1911, which means if this picture was taken during the 1965 season, HE WAS ONLY 53 YEARS OLD at the time...but since the uniform indicates the photo shows him as a member of the Cardinals, it could've been taken anytime between 1961-1964, meaning he was years younger than that!!

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Well he only lived until he was 56 and barely made it to 1967 so life definitely took a toll on him.
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To me, this card is shocking one because of what I paid for it ($125, paper loss / tape on the back...) but mainly because I never thought I'd own one again. Picked up in December. As a kid in the 1980's I had a nice one that also had paper loss on the back, but I traded it away for something...




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Wow, ol' Johnny is only a year older than me...haha...he looks 77 at best! Hard life for sure...

That's a good lookin' 55 Aaron. I've had a few come and go and I feel the same about the one I currently own...I still get giddy on pretty much any Hank Aaron...when I was a kid in the late 70s and early 80s he was my idol and to have his card was about the same as having a Ruth...unobtainable. Seeing an older brother of a buddy who had a wrinkled up 76 card with him as a Brewer seemed outrageous...that kid was a GOD. My first Hank was a 69 Topps card I got when I was 15...I will never forget that...felt like I had arrived...




Every time I see this card I just can't believe he let a photographer take his picture with his hair like this, classic hat head. I would have flat out refused!

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I wonder if I can make a fantasy card with a built in taser....

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This was shocking to us kids:



And of course:

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Weird card from a serious set. What if it had been Mantle or Mays

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Billy Martin giving the finger on a baseball card is shocking? I'd be shocked if he wasn't giving the finger.

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Wow, ol' Johnny is only a year older than me...haha...he looks 77 at best! Hard life for sure...

That's a good lookin' 55 Aaron. I've had a few come and go and I feel the same about the one I currently own...I still get giddy on pretty much any Hank Aaron...when I was a kid in the late 70s and early 80s he was my idol and to have his card was about the same as having a Ruth...unobtainable. Seeing an older brother of a buddy who had a wrinkled up 76 card with him as a Brewer seemed outrageous...that kid was a GOD. My first Hank was a 69 Topps card I got when I was 15...I will never forget that...felt like I had arrived...




Every time I see this card I just can't believe he let a photographer take his picture with his hair like this, classic hat head. I would have flat out refused!

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Not technically a card but a lithograph sold at the stick in 1960…

For those not familiar, the reference to reeg is referring to Bill Rigney, the manager at the time.

And naturally, mocking a player’s accent isn’t something that is encouraged these days.
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I'm sorry, but could a player possibly look any more like an absolute psychopath????

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Hard to believe Bob Nieman was 35 in 1962. Looks closer to 55 or 65.
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Hard to believe Bob Nieman was 35 in 1962. Looks closer to 55 or 65.
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He even looks older in his 61 Topps card. Crazy. Also died young at 58...
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Hard to believe Bob Nieman was 35 in 1962. Looks closer to 55 or 65.
I resemble that remark. He looks 85 to me.
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I resemble that remark.
Cliff - You are a stooge

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I apologize in advance as my photo posting skills are non existent but the 1960 Lou Johnson card is a bit shocking.
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Not any particular card, but I think it was shocking for me when I first got into collecting boxing in the 1990's to discover that with very few exceptions (ie. Isaac Murphy), the only black athletes who were ever pictured on Trading cards in America in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, were almost exclusively boxers.

As far as "shocking" baseball cards...I'm having a hard time thinking of anything relevant to me. The Billy Ripken card was more funny, then anything to me.

Maybe when I was a kid and I ran across the 1975 Zoilo Versalles MVP card with Willie Mays....and I loudly said to myself "WHO?"



Other then that, if you go into the Non-Sports card realm...there's some 1938 Gum Inc. "Horrors Of War" cards that are legitimately shocking.
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You wouldn't understand unless you're my age (58) give or take. Buying a pack of cards in April '71 and seeing this for the first time. There was never anything like it. All of the other cards are upright. This one is sideways. Never saw an action baseball card before. Topps never made action cards before... and what action! This isn't just some in-game action card. This was truly spectacular. AND (icing on the cake) the trophy! My 7 year old friends were always chasing the trophy guys. We didn't know better. We thought these were the best guys (hence the trophy). Pulling this from a pack and seeing it for the first time was stunning. Editor's note: In case my photo doesn't attach properly, I'm (obviously) speaking of the '71 Munson.

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You wouldn't understand unless you're my age (58) give or take. Buying a pack of cards in April '71 and seeing this for the first time. There was never anything like it. All of the other cards are upright. This one is sideways. Never saw an action baseball card before. Topps never made action cards before... and what action! This isn't just some in-game action card. This was truly spectacular. AND (icing on the cake) the trophy! My 7 year old friends were always chasing the trophy guys. We didn't know better. We thought these were the best guys (hence the trophy). Pulling this from a pack and seeing it for the first time was stunning. Editor's note: In case my photo doesn't attach properly, I'm (obviously) speaking of the '71 Munson.
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All of the other cards are upright. This one is sideways.
Munson is not the only horizontal '71 Topps card. Yes, most were upright - but there are others in that format, I'm not sure how many total - but Rudy May, Bud Harrelson, Jim Fregosi, and Roy White come to mind.

You are correct in that the Munson was the first Topps "action" format card in a set that included them. Topps would go on to use "In Action" photos while returning mostly to portraits for base cards in 1972, and then of course the '73 set is mostly action - with a variety of both good and terrible shots of that genre which make it pretty much it's own animal.
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Munson is not the only horizontal '71 Topps card. Yes, most were upright - but there are others in that format, I'm not sure how many total - but Rudy May, Bud Harrelson, Jim Fregosi, and Roy White come to mind.
I think he's saying that he hadn't seen any horizontal cards in previous years.
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I think he's saying that he hadn't seen any horizontal cards in previous years.
Ok. Action shots were new to '71 Topps. Horizontal formatting was not. But makes sense that a '70's kid would not have seen a 1960 Topps card I guess.
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What's weird is the 1971 Topps Thurman Munson card can be 'officially' called the first regular season Topps action card, because it is #5 in that set and the four cards preceding it numerically are all 'normal' cards.
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Whenever I see his skinny head topped by a hat seventeen sizes too large...

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...all I can imagine is that he took the cap off the bullpen buggy that brought him to the mound and wore it...

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May you all find someone who looks at you the way Long and Moryn look at Ernie Banks.
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One begets the other . . .
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Buzz Guy certainly fits the facial expression, don't you think? And talk about unfortunate luck, this Bob Gibson was also a pitcher.
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It doesn't get more shocking than a big blast of lightning. Thankfully, Barry was evidently able to outrun it.
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