Wrigley Field just turned 98 years old, and like all 98-year olds it’s haunted by failure and soaked in piss. — Dan Telfer (via sportspage)
In 1990 and 1991, Upper Deck released a set of Looney Tunes “Comic Ball” cards, which never sold well - for a good reason.
Not only did each card feature one frame of a story line (often a card would feature what would be a mere blip of a frame in a cartoon, which would be missed easily by blinking), the integration of MLB stars was dismal at best.
Nolan Ryan, featured here, was at the tail end of his career and Reggie Jackson, retired for four years, were the “star” players of the set. It can only be assumed that Upper Deck had major issues securing the rights to any other player at the time.
Despite what has just been said, if you find yourself greatly interested in this series, you can get a sealed box with 36 packages of 12 cards for roughly $10 on Ebay.

In 1990 and 1991, Upper Deck released a set of Looney Tunes “Comic Ball” cards, which never sold well - for a good reason.

Not only did each card feature one frame of a story line (often a card would feature what would be a mere blip of a frame in a cartoon, which would be missed easily by blinking), the integration of MLB stars was dismal at best.

Nolan Ryan, featured here, was at the tail end of his career and Reggie Jackson, retired for four years, were the “star” players of the set. It can only be assumed that Upper Deck had major issues securing the rights to any other player at the time.

Despite what has just been said, if you find yourself greatly interested in this series, you can get a sealed box with 36 packages of 12 cards for roughly $10 on Ebay.

Facial Hair Friday
This is the first installment of a new feature here on Bases Derped.
While facial hair is not derpy in any way, ‘facial’ and ‘Friday’ alliterate well, so I’m going with it.
Generally, every Friday, I’ll just highlight some random player with facial hair. Nothing derp related at all.
But to start things off, we’re going derp style, with Tracy Jones' unibrow.

Facial Hair Friday


This is the first installment of a new feature here on Bases Derped.

While facial hair is not derpy in any way, ‘facial’ and ‘Friday’ alliterate well, so I’m going with it.

Generally, every Friday, I’ll just highlight some random player with facial hair. Nothing derp related at all.

But to start things off, we’re going derp style, with Tracy Jones' unibrow.

oldtimefamilybaseball:

Baseball Card of the Week:
Photographer: Hey Bret. Listen man, you play in the big apple, right? And childhood obesity is a huuuuuuuge problem, so could you do me a favor and toss an apple in the air like it’s a baseball? Your card is going to look killer and you’ll be saving lives. 
Bret: Okay. 
Bret tosses the apple, grabs his arm in pain. Misses one month. 

oldtimefamilybaseball:

Baseball Card of the Week:

Photographer: Hey Bret. Listen man, you play in the big apple, right? And childhood obesity is a huuuuuuuge problem, so could you do me a favor and toss an apple in the air like it’s a baseball? Your card is going to look killer and you’ll be saving lives. 

Bret: Okay. 

Bret tosses the apple, grabs his arm in pain. Misses one month. 

Score really derped it up here in 1991 with Félix José, featuring him at the plate with his eyes closed.
One would assume that can only mean the man was strikeout prone, however, 1991 was the year José was selected to the NL All-Star team thanks to his prowess at the plate.
Much like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you also can’t judge a player by his card.

Score really derped it up here in 1991 with Félix José, featuring him at the plate with his eyes closed.

One would assume that can only mean the man was strikeout prone, however, 1991 was the year José was selected to the NL All-Star team thanks to his prowess at the plate.

Much like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you also can’t judge a player by his card.

Cody Ross must have REALLY liked that one year in Los Angeles … six years later, instead of going for the ball, he’s protecting the Dodgers’ image, making a complete mystery of whether the game is done, or if they have a chance of making a comeback.
Probably would have paid to play the ball, as his current team, the Boston Red Sox, lost another, putting them in the basement of the AL East.
(photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) 

Cody Ross must have REALLY liked that one year in Los Angeles … six years later, instead of going for the ball, he’s protecting the Dodgers’ image, making a complete mystery of whether the game is done, or if they have a chance of making a comeback.

Probably would have paid to play the ball, as his current team, the Boston Red Sox, lost another, putting them in the basement of the AL East.

(photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) 

Todd Helton’s Invisi-Foot

oldtimefamilybaseball:

This was an out. But let’s not rush to any rash judgements concerning instant replay or anything. 

(via FanGraphs

DARVISH: HOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE CATCHER WITHOUT YOUR TRANSLATOR? — A heckling fan at tonight’s Jays game vs. the Rangers, when Mike Napoli went up to Darvish to discuss how to pitch to Jose Bautista.
It seems as if Upper Deck caught Roberto Alomar about to blow chunks after catching a McCain Punch to the stomach.
Hopefully “de taste” didn’t stick in his mouth too long.

It seems as if Upper Deck caught Roberto Alomar about to blow chunks after catching a McCain Punch to the stomach.

Hopefully “de taste” didn’t stick in his mouth too long.

José Oquendo is quite the remarkable man.
Over a 12 year playing career, Oquendo became a legendary utility man, playing every single position on the field at least once - even pitching six innings (and though he struck out two batters over the three appearances at the mound, pitching truly wasn’t his forte, as he totaled a 12.00 ERA).
Due to his remarkable talents in the field, ESPN Classic’s Cheap Seats filmed a special called Utilityman - The Quest For Cooperstown([1] [2] [3] [4] [5]), in which they petitioned the HOF Committee to induct Oquendo based solely on his ability to play any position. The Committee eventually (kinda sorta) caved in and said they would hang Oquendo’s plaque in the most apt place they could find - the utility closet.
While the above is all pretty neat, Donruss went to great lengths in 1992 to show us EXACTLY why José Oquendo is a remarkable man - when Oquendo was on the field, gravity was rendered virtually obsolete.

José Oquendo is quite the remarkable man.

Over a 12 year playing career, Oquendo became a legendary utility man, playing every single position on the field at least once - even pitching six innings (and though he struck out two batters over the three appearances at the mound, pitching truly wasn’t his forte, as he totaled a 12.00 ERA).

Due to his remarkable talents in the field, ESPN Classic’s Cheap Seats filmed a special called Utilityman - The Quest For Cooperstown([1] [2] [3] [4] [5]), in which they petitioned the HOF Committee to induct Oquendo based solely on his ability to play any position. The Committee eventually (kinda sorta) caved in and said they would hang Oquendo’s plaque in the most apt place they could find - the utility closet.

While the above is all pretty neat, Donruss went to great lengths in 1992 to show us EXACTLY why José Oquendo is a remarkable man - when Oquendo was on the field, gravity was rendered virtually obsolete.

Craig Paquette's career .239 batting average speaks wonders to the look on his face in this 1994 Upper Deck card - the man seems to simply be frightened by the ball.

Of course, when you flip the card over, it also appears that he should be frightened by running the bases.

(He did live up to Upper Deck’s predictions of hitting 20 homers - but only once, in 1996.)

1991 was possibly the best year in Junior Noboa's career.
Not only did Fleer feature him here, happily skipping around the field, he also hit a home run!
Of course, this is only noteworthy as it would be the only home run he would hit in his eight year career.

1991 was possibly the best year in Junior Noboa's career.

Not only did Fleer feature him here, happily skipping around the field, he also hit a home run!

Of course, this is only noteworthy as it would be the only home run he would hit in his eight year career.

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