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FanPost Friday: What’s Your Favorite Baseball Card?

Time to dig through that old shoe box!

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Many sites around SB Nation host FanPost Fridays, and we’re joining the fray here at Fish Stripes, because we want to give you the chance to have your voice be heard in long-form style.

Every Friday, we’ll post a FanPost prompt to type a response to. All you have to do to participate is click on the FanPosts button at the top of the blog (next to the site icon) and then select new FanPost, and voila! It’s fairly straightforward, but please feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions about the FanPost process.

If a FanPost is well-written enough, we may decide to promote it to the front page and spread it around on our social media channels, seriously amplifying your awesome opinion’s reach. So, what are you waiting for? Get to it!

Prompt: What is your favorite baseball card and why? Is there a story attached to any in your collection?

The excellent folks over at Beckett Collectibles are doing a team-by-team series of the best all-time cards, with the Marlins’ version listed below. It features some great throwbacks and some recent additions as well. My personal favorites are the Dontrelle Willis and Jeff Conine cards. Giancarlo Stanton in the teal uniforms still throws me off! Did they leave any off the list in your opinion?

While I was never really able to get into a big baseball card phase, I can’t help but appreciate whenever I see Darren Rovell tweet about the multi-million dollar purchase of ‘52 Mickey Mantle. I’m reminded how much people love baseball, but also how much they like having something that no one else can have. Apparently there are still about 300 cases in the ocean. Anyone got some scuba gear?

Despite never growing a “collection” per se, I definitely still have a few cards. For the most part, these cards are ones I received from a family member or a friend. I do have a 1987 Cal Ripken All-Star Game Topps card (valued at a whopping $0.35) that I found in the sun visor of my car right after I bought it. It is still up there to this day. At this point, my car has been about as dependable as The Iron Man, so I’m definitely not about to take that card out.

Sadly, I think the true value of my entire collection might be wrapped up in a 1992 Chipper Jones Bowman card given to me by a friend. Looks like they’re actually topping out around $40, but mine is in pretty bad shape for the resell market. Honestly, I could never get rid of this thing because of how fantastic the style is. The 90’s nostalgia is strong with this one. I found a quality picture of one online and tweeted it out so that I could be 100% sure that each and every one of you got a chance to see this piece of magnificence.

Bowman started ramping up the production value of their cards in 1992 and decided to run this odd, casual series. If you have a few minutes you absolutely have to go through this list. Just click this link and really appreciate every bad hair cut, shirt design, and necklace that we left behind in the last millennium.

If you’re looking for a fantastic article on the fall of baseball cards, head over to our Royals sister site, Royals Review, and read sterlingice’s fairly recent piece. I haven’t read a better card related piece in quite a while.

Whip us up a FanPost and let us hear about your favorite card and what it means to you!