Monday, November 22, 2010


A cool subgenre of Manager cards is the “Manager Pantomiming Shouting by Raising Cupped Hand(s) to Mouth” card.

Here’s a nice example, genus 1964.

But wait, there’s something going on here that’s not quite right.

This is not actually a Manager card. It’s a “Head Coach” card.

That’s right, a Head Coach card. In a baseball set.

How did this happen? Well, back in the early 60s, things got a little weird in Chicago, and they instituted an experiment called the College of Coaches. You can read about it here.

And if there is no greater legacy of this doomed effort than an anomalous Head Coach card in the 1964 Topps set, I think that has to be considered in the ledger as a small measure of success…

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