September 28, 2006

Card Copy

Filed under: baseball — ted @ 1:30 pm

As a child, I was obsessed with baseball cards. As an adult, I am obsessed with seemingly innocuous copy written on printed products, especially cereal boxes and other food items. I’ve often dreamed of a job where I do nothing but proof and copyedit advertising drivel to free the public from the bad grammar and diction forced upon it by helpless copywriters.

So I don’t know why it never occurred to me to long for a job which combines the two: writing copy for the back of baseball cards. You know, anecdotes about a player’s nickname, when they were drafted — silly things like that. But apparently someone did, and applied for a job at Topps. It apparently sucked. Oh well…

Read all about it on Slate.

(Pictured: a Kevin Mitchell card from the 1987 Topps set. Funny how well I remember this card–probably because of the dynamic action shot.)



  1. Was that game played in a desert or something?

    Comment by Jeff Martin — September 28, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

  2. My guess is that it was a summer game at Shea (the Mets are wearing their home uniforms–which by the way look totally awesome) and it hadn’t rained in a while.

    I love how you can see the catcher’s mask right in front of the cloud.

    Comment by edwardhenry — September 28, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

  3. ’87 Topps was my favorite set when I was a kid–I loveed that woodgrain border. Hard to believe it’s the same company that produced the ’86 set or the ’87 set (so ugly!).

    I remember this Terry Mulholland card for some reason. Again: dynamic action shot?

    Comment by A. Horbal — September 29, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

  4. I have a bit of a soft-spot for the ’86 set: the bold colorful letters at the top have an excellent retro feel.

    The Mullhollad card is great. Pitching coach/guru Tom House calls that position “the perfect T.”

    Comment by edwardhenry — September 29, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

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