Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Manager cards have always been the licorice jelly beans of a Topps set.

They look as shiny and tasty as anything else in the pile. But you bite into one expecting sweetness, and instead get something exotic and slightly out of step.

Take this 1964 Gil Hodges card, for example. On the surface, it looks like pretty much any other player card in the set.

Then you flip it over and find that there’s no cartoon, no rub-a-nickel quiz rectangle, and no stats. Just a windy narrative about all things Gil.

But I have to say that I enjoy the occasional selection of artisanal licorice. And by the same token, I could see developing a specific enthusiasm for these old-school manager cards…

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