9.01.2009

DAV baseball cards, for a change of scenery.

Many major and minor league teams salute disabled veterans by scheduling Disabled American Veterans games or special events, asking disabled vets to participate in opening ceremonies, or introducing them on field. Perhaps you've seen the "Baseball--Real American Heroes" video or attended a DAV Day at the Ballpark where the team hands out baseball cards.

There's no better source for viewing DAV card designs than the redoubtable Cards in the Attic. We're not sure what redoubtable means but hope it's something very good. On this site the cards are usually signed and the author's overall presentation makes for a visual feast. Here's CitA's review of the '08 Isotopes team set from DAV. Or how about an Aardvarkian look at the New England Rock Cats set, right here. Here is the devastating review of the Sioux Falls Canaries DAV set. (One thing we enjoy and appreciate is that Cards in the Attic doesn't merely collect baseball cards. He conserves, organizes and interprets minor league baseball history through an autographed baseball card collection.)

Here are some DAV cards from a 2003 set:

The company who prints these (not sure who; there's no indicator) uses thick cardstock and high gloss.
Good old Carl Crawford. And excuse us, how can you not love Brad Ausmus?:
2002:

2004:Many of the cards are kind of dark or have puzzling backgrounds, such as bridge emphasis: Many show players with bats sticking into or out of their heads or necks:Fittingly enough, DAV baseball cards are 'hit or miss'--but at least they're different, so we like them anyway.

1 comment:

Mark's Ephemera said...

Nice post. As usual. The puzzling background as you call it on the Danny Graves card isn't that puzzling at all.

Danny played for the Cincinnati Reds, who opened the Great American Ballpark for the 2003 season.

The background photo would appear that it was taken from the Kentucky side of the Ohio river. The bridge in the shot is probably the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.

The bridges coming out of Cincy into northern Kentucky are considered, by some, to be landmarks, iconic of the city.

I think that the card design was using the bride to help identify the city and stadium. As if the city's name on the front wasn't enough.