Chances are if you were a male raised in America between 1940 and 1990 you remember baseball, basketball, and football cards. They were a part of life growing up – most everyone has at least some recollection of them. A kid down the street from me growing up got a super-rare card one time and that thing was worth $250 straight out of the packet. Lucky asshole.
Cards have (sadly) fallen from vogue somewhat in recent years. However, their place in Americana holds strong. While some players over the years have used their cards to show just how cool and athletic they are, others have made massive idiots out of themselves or clearly just didn’t give enough of a shit (or in some cases, gave too much of a shit) to take a good photograph. Here are some of our favorites:
Jeremy Lamb has perhaps the worst card in recent years, looking not hugely unlike popular TV character Urkel here.
Kurt Rambis was the Kenny Powers of Phoenix in the early ’90s.
“Hey Todd, could you stand over there and wear nothing baseball related? Thanks.”
Wally Moon has never, ever heard of tweezers.
What happened before and after this photograph was taken I don’t want to know.
“Hey Keith! Catch! Or don’t!”
What’s in a name? Ask Dick Pole.
Jack Snow knows all the words to “The Pirates of Penzance” as well.
Merlin Olsen may actually have attacked the photographer.
DON’T TAKE THE BROWN ACID, MAAAAAN.
And finally, the folks at Panini cards asked some rookie football players to draw their own cards for the 2012 season. There are quite a few great picks, but this one, clearly, takes the cake: