We realize that "cross-collectible" is not a term that comes up much in baseball card blogs. But it's a concept that has some merit. (When we say cross-collectible, we are not referring to an admirer of crucifixes. Instead, say a postcard collector who specializes in '60s tourist cards comes upon a stack of cards depicting the 1963-'64 World's Fair. Well, World's Fair collectors might value the cards just as much as the postcard collector. And among the most sought-after lunchboxes are those related to the original Star Trek TV series -- not only lunchpail seekers want them but also Star Trek fans.) What are some cross-collectibles that you know of in the realm of baseball cards? One that comes to mind might be the Nabisco cards that we like so much. There must be Nabisco collectors in the world.
Along these lines, today in the mail we received from Mark, author of the truly wonderful and reliably witty Stats on the Back blog, a set of six Coca-Cola trading cards. Lucy put it succinctly: "Now THESE are CUTE!"
They may appeal to 1) Coca Cola collectors (there are LOTS of them); 2) baseball card completists; and 3) little girls who like cute stuff involving bears and baseball.
In the first in this series of six, we particularly like the little guy in full catcher's gear. Not sure exactly why he needs it, and if he does need it why he's not actually wearing the gear. Also, in terms of safety, where on earth is the batter's helmet? What can that coach possibly be thinking? I'm going to write a letter to the Polar Bear Little Cub Baseball League as soon as I finish this post! Well I never!
Excuse us, this was meant for another post. We drink too much Coke.
You know, perhaps we should lose the ironic tone and rethink writing that letter of complaint. Great job, coach! Those are truly T-Ball champs! Now can Uncle Ed have his truck back?
Thank you for the wonderful cards, Mark!