With all of the political turmoil, primary elections, and debates that bombard us on a daily basis, as well as the approach of Opening Day, I thought that there could be no better way to offend as many people as possible by posting about the effects of politics in baseball.
Well, that isn’t exactly accurate, as I am not going to talk about it, I am going to let the cards do the talking.
Before looking at the cards, though, it is important to note two things. First, although these cards are from 1993 Cardtoons, they focus on the political machinations leading up to and surrounding the Player’s Strike in 1994. Secondly, if you under the age of 30, the caricatures and satire depicted on these cards likely won’t make any sense.
1993 Cardtoons “Politics in Baseball”
S-1: Pledge of Allegiance
If only the producers of this set could have known what it would be like in 2016, they would have used a larger denomination on that flag.
S-2: The Wave
I remember going to Colorado Rockies games for less than $10 a ticket, and they weren’t for the nose bleeds. There are few things I enjoy as much as going to baseball games, but taking the entire family these days is almost too much.
S-3: Slick Willie
Could you imagine a more up-to-date version of this and cards of current “politicians”? For some help, go check out 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids.
S-4: Umpires Convention
And now with the replay system, they should have no excuse, right?
S-5: The Slide
Do you remember when Clinton asked Congress to intercede in the Player’s Strike? This set is missing out on a Bob Dole card.
While I get the written references, I am having a hard time with the caricatures. Would they be Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner?
S-7: Throwing out the First Contract
Bryce Harper=$400 million
S-8: Babe Rush
Only 62 pounds?
S-9: Hot Prospect
I wonder if the mention of a “clean urine test” is a reference to recreational drugs, or steroids.
S-10: Let’s Play Ball
At least they are outside.
S-11: Role Model
Scott Boras rookie card?
While this is a fascinating set, I have no interest in it. I hate politics and the fact that this is an 11 card set, makes it unappealing to me. As such, I will give it away.
If you are interested, leave a comment and tell me which is your favorite card, and I will randomize the winner on Sunday Feb. 21 at 9 pm central time.