Funny, Goofy, and
just plain Silly Page!!!
1960 Topps #1 Johnny Unitas 1976 Topps #564 Kurt Bevacqua Bubble Gum Champ
On this page, it's "anything goes." Our Funny, Goofy, and just plain Silly Page features just that- cards that are funny, goofy or silly. It's a fun page so
kick back and enjoy some classic cardboard hilarities!
1955 Topps #85 Don Mossi
Don Mossi was a decent pitcher, won 101 games, lost 80 and had a decent 3.43 ERA in 12 big league seasons, but do you think Topps could have chose a better picture than the large portrait shot
on this 1955 Topps card? Granted, you cannot turn a frog into a prince, but couldn't Topps have used a different picture or simply just airbrushed out Mossi's face? A face only a mother could
love. I know this is cruel and my apologies, but jeez lu-eeez!!! The following I copied from Anonymous Supporter on Don Mossi's Baseball Reference Page (courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com):
"He could run ugly, hit ugly, throw ugly, field ugly, and ugly for power. He was ugly to all fields and you never saw a player uglier in the clutch. We love you Don!!"
1961 Topps # Clarence "Choo Choo" Coleman RC
First, the picture. Look at this 1961 Topps # Clarence "Choo Choo" Coleman card. Does this guy look like he's ready for the big leagues? Does he look like he is happy to make the big club,
and fulfill his lifelong dreams of becoming a major league ballplayer? Does he look ready to catch a 95 mph fastball? Sorry Choo-Choo that your big league career did not pan out as planned
(.197 lifetime batting mark over 3 seasons). However we do have some classic cardboard to remember you by. Of course Mets fans remember Choo Choo. He was one of the original '62 Mets
squad that lost 120 games in their first season. As Casey Stengel, their manager said, "Can anyone here play this game???"
1977 Topps #610 Jose Cardenal "M-I-C...K-E-Y...M-O-U-S-E...." 1976 Topps Traded #74T Oscar Gamble
I just couldn't help it! Oscar Gamble was about as famous for his hair as his baseball abilities. Maybe even more so. I remember a few years ago going to a baseball exhibit at the Pasadena
Main Library and they had actual curlers that Gamble would use for his fro ("Afro"). Another player who spent a lot of time with his hair was Joe Pepitone. But this Oscar Gamble card is a
classic. Jose Cardenal had a cool one going as well, but couldn't match Gamble. You gotta love the 1970's! Get yer groove on!
1958 Topps #407 Carlton Willey
The "shucks, I just screwed Mary Jane in the cornfields" look. The gap between his two front teeth. The "morgue" like look of his skin, not to mention the last name of "Willey." It just doesn't
get any better than this!
|1981 Topps #26 U.L. Washington 1958 Topps #287 Sam Jones
What's unique about these two players was that both were frequently photographed with toothpicks in their mouths. On both these 1981 Topps #26 U.L. Washington and 1958 Topps
#287 "Sad" Sam Jones cards there is a toothpick on the right side of their mouths. Maybe U.L was the reincarnated "Sad" Sam Jones. Or maybe they just got through eating steaks.
Regardless it makes for some silly cardboard!
More funny, goofy and just plain silly cards coming soon! If you have any you would like to contribute please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Tim
2007 Topps #40 Derek Jeter (Bush, Mantle "error" card)
Now I like gags as much as the next guy. Sure it would be fun to work at Topps and do little things like add Mickey
Mantle and George Bush on a 2007 Topps Derek Jeter baseball card. But to actually let it go into production?
Sounds like a marketing ploy to me and this card did garner National attention when collector's started pulling it
out of packs in 2007. Pretty lame by Topps. I can understand if one or two got out in the hobby through someone
who worked at Topps, but there are many more examples than one or two. Personally I find it incredibly low of
Topps but I guess they needed the dough. That aside, it makes for an interesting card. I "lifted" this image off
eBay. By the way, Mantle is pictured holding a bat in the dugout and EX President George W. Bush is standing up
behind the dugout. Nice going Topps. That's the kind of thing that keep old-time Topps' collectors (like myself)
from buying your newer products.
1970 O-Pee-Chee #314 Bill McCool
I really don't know if Bill McCool was a good pitcher, lousy pitcher, or what. But I do like his name and don't you forget it. The name is "MCCOOL....Bill McCOOL..." Check out the high ridin hat.
McCool must have been a gunslinger ready to intimidate feeble hitters with just his name and the high ridin hat. Maybe later in life he became a private dick. He could have had his own hit TV
show, simply called "McCOOL." Bill McCool, you are the man!
1969 Topps #653 Aurelio Rodriguez (uncorrected error)
What's funny about this 1969 Topps baseball card is that it is not Aurelio Rodriguez at all. The picture is of the Angels' bat boy. Off hand I can't remember his name (Pedro Garcia?) but
it's definitely NOT Aurelio Rodriguez. This was a genuine goof by Topps and is considered a classic error card. The picture was never corrected so if you want Aurelio Rodriguez's first card
that pictures the real Aurelio Rodriguez you are going to have to pick up a 1970 Topps card. How would you like to be this bat boy though? Having your own card owned by millions of baseball
fans across the Nation. Pretty cool.
1974 Topps #125 Nate Colbert (Washington variation) 1974 Topps #125 Nate Colbert (San Diego, Correct version)
Another classic Topps goof is the 1974 Topps "Washington" variation cards. It was rumored that the San Diego Padres were going to move to Washington. Topps jumped the gun and produced
some of the Padres' cards with "Washington Nat'L Lea." instead of "San Diego Padres." These are error cards and also considered variations as well. Obviously the Padres didn't move to
Washington as rumored as these cards were being found in packs back in 1974. The "Washington" variation cards are not difficult to find and are slightly higher in price than the regular Topps
"San Diego Padres" cards. If I am not mistaken, I believe Nate Colbert set or tied a record by hitting 5 home runs in a double header. He is also (still) the All-Time Home Run Leader for the
San Diego Padres.
1954 Bowman #42 Billy Loes
"I have the ball. Now what do you want me to do with it????"
1972 O-Pee-Chee #33 Billy Martin
This might just be an accident, but check out Billy's left hand. I had never really noticed it until I read something about it. It may or may not be intentional. Sorry if it offends... By the way,
I think Billy Martin should be in the Hall Of Fame. He was a winner when he played and he was a winner as a manager. One of the best managers, ever. Check out our Hall Of Fame Page!
1958 Topps #306 Whammy Douglas
Surely you jest. "Whammy???" No way could Whammy get away with that name today, not even when I was a kid in the 60's. I would have gotten beaten up daily and by the looks of the picture
above it sure doesn't look like Whammy could defend himself. No, I am sure he got pummelled daily. Poor Whammy...
1977 Topps #244 John Mayberry (back of card)
Now do you want to see something REALLY funny? Check out the back of this card and read the cartoon caption on the left. It reads "A 1910 baseball card of Honus Wagner is valued at over
$1000.00." That is no typo folks. Back in 1977 you could get a T206 White Border Honus Wagner (and probably that was the best known example at the time) for a thousand bucks. Today that
card is valued at over 2 MILLION DOLLARS!!! Now THAT is funny!
1959 Fleer The 3 Stooges #1 Curly #2 Moe #3 Larry
In 1959 Fleer issued a couple big sets featuring some big names. Probably the best known is the 1959 Fleer Ted Williams set, as Williams signed an exclusive contract with Fleer. Which
meant that if you wanted a Ted Williams card from 1959-1961 you had to buy Fleer, not Topps. Also issued that same year was a set devoted exclusively to The 3 Stooges (Curly, Moe, &
Larry). Each of the Stooges was pictured on the first three cards of the set. The other cards featured scenes from Stooges shorts. Considered a classic non-sports set today, these are very
fun cards to collect. Nyuck nyuck nyuck!!! For more non-sports cards, check out our NON-SPORTS CARD PAGE!
Has neck... Has no neck...
1972 Venezuela Sticker #162 Ed Brinkman 1971 Topps Walt Williams
Meet "giraffe neck" shortstop Ed Brinkman of the Detroit Tigers. Have you ever seen a neck like that (except on a giraffe of course)? On the flip side you have Walt "No Neck" Williams, and
that was his real nickname folks. No kidding.
1978 Topps #312 Greg Minton
This is about as ugly as it gets, in fact I've seen better looking corpses. I don't know if Topps airbrushed this card or what happened, but I certainly hope Greg Minton sued Topps for putting
such an ugly card out for millions of kids to see. How would you like to have been Greg Minton signing and handing out these cards to kids? I know how Minton feels; I had plenty of bad school
photos took of me and decades later I am still traumatized by them. I remember one year flushing an entire set of my school pics down the toilet. But you can't do that with a million baseball
card pictures of Greg Minton, spread all over the world. His cards will outlive both you and I, especially the ones graded and slabbed in tamper proof holders like this PSA graded MINT 9
example. Can you believe someone paid $6-$10 to have this card graded? I can't. This has go to be one of the ugliest cards of all-time.
I think I read somewhere that Billy Loes, then pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers, supposedly lost a ground ball "in the sun." Only a Daffy Dodger or early New York Met player would have come
up with something like that. Way to Go Billy Loe!
1976 Chicago's Greats Bill Veeck
Who was Bill Veeck? Well before owners Charlie Finley and his Orange baseballs and Marge Schott and her dog "Shotzie" crapping on the field, there was the original promotor/owner Bill Veeck. Originally
Veeck owned the Cleveland Indians and brought Cleveland it's last World Series Championship in 1948. Later Veeck bought the St. Louis Browns where he signed Eddie Gaedel, all 3' 7" of him, to pinch hit
(Gaedel walked his only big league at bat) and the Browns were so bad that Veeck proclaimed a "Grandstand Manager's Game" where fans using "YES" or "NO" sign cards could make managerial decisions.
Veeck originated Fan Appreciation Day, Electronic Scoreboards, Exploding Scoreboards (Fireworks shooting off after a Home Run, very common today), Fireworks after the game, and more. It was said he
was extremely accessible to fans; he said if fans wanted to talk to them to call the stadium switchboard operator and ask for him and "the next voice you hear will be me." Among Veecks other gimmicks was the
God-awful Chicago White Sox "uniform" of the late 1970's which consisted of a pullover shirt which hung over black shorts. In one of the greatest debacles ever, Bill Veeck and his son Mike came up with "Disco
Demolition Night" at Comisky Park in 1979 where fans were encouraged to bring their Disco records (for .99 admission) to the stadium where they were put in a huge exploding box on the field. Unfortunately
the fans had other things to do with the vinyl discs, like throwing them like frisbees on the field and creating havoc on the field. The game had to be forfeited (see YouTube video). Veeck also originated Haray
Caray's 7th inning stretch rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" which became a tradition later at Wrigley Field. All in all, Veeck loved the game and the fans. He was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame
five years after his death in 1984. Gone but not forgotten!
"Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie..."