Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Collecting Cards Gets Weird

Have you heard about a 1990 basketball card and how it intersects with one of the more infamous murders of the 80's?

Last week a redditor named u/Pirate_Redbeard shocked the hobby (and apparently much of the news reading public) when it was pointed out that a 1990-91 Hoops card of Mark Jackson also features two young murderous chaps enjoying courtside seats in the background.

Sitting behind Jackson are Lyle and Erik Menendez.

I kid you not!

Check out the bubble on the right. On the left is a close up view.

Furthermore, it was also mentioned that the photo was taken after the duo killed their parents, but before their eventual arrest several months later.


Al Campanis 1949 Brooklyn Eagle Printing Plate - Manager or Front Office?

In his early 30's it became clear that infielder Al Campanis would not be the star on the diamond that he had hoped. After graduating from New York University in 1940 he joined the Brooklyn club and rose up the ladder until his Major League debut as a 26-year old second baseman in 1943. Then the military came calling and Campanis would spend much of his "peak" years in the service of the US Navy during WWII. When he came back home Al continued with his Baseball dream, but his days at the plate were winding down. Fortunately for him, he was well on his way towards making a different kind of impact on the game.