Thursday, June 11, 2020

Folder of Fun: Page 5

The Folder of Fun, as I like to call it, has been in the works for about three years. That's about the time I stopped buying retail and hobby packs and began tracking down cards which fit a certain general description: FUN.  Here's a link to the first post in this series if you'd like to go back and catch up. 

The second section of the Folder of Fun is the most lengthy one in the binder. It's also the section which I expect to see the most growth going forward.

There are no rules or qualifiers a card must meet to join this section. Simply enough, the card just needs to catch my eye and of course there's added emphasis of fun!

Here's page 5 at a glance:

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter, #32 - Dirk Hayhust
Dirk Hayhurst is a former MLB pitcher, current baseball analyst, and author of the Bullpen Gospels, which is probably my favorite book. Here he's dressed up as a Garfoose, a mythical creature of his own creation. If you're curious, a Garfoose is one part giraffe, one part moose and two parts hilarity.

1995 Upper Deck SP, #112 - Rod Beck
Rod Beck + flowing mane + Fu Manchu mustache + boxing gloves = Epic Cardboard.

1998 Upper Deck, #355 - Larry Walker
The foil in the upper-right hand portion of the card notes that Walker was the NL MVP in 1997. Good gracious did he put up some monster numbers. Walker's living the good life right here... baseball and a lovable pooch. Fantastic.

2018 Topps Stadium Club, #9 - Zack Godley
I'm not sure what the story is behind Zack Godley taking a splash into the pool in right-center field at Arizona's ballpark, but for me it's a perfect moment captured in time. You earn bonus points if you can name the first player to hit a regular season home run which landed in the pool. Hint: This player later won a World Series with the Diamondbacks.

2000 Just 2K, #108 - Lance Berkman
One of Lance Berkman's nicknames is Fat Elvis and here he is dressed up in a sumo wrestling outfit, which is usually used by fans between innings at minor league contests. Something tells me Berkman is a fun dude. 

1991 Topps, #760 - Benito Santiago
Catchers receive some awesome cards, especially those that contain plays at the plate. This isn't one of those, but I've never seen a photo on a card from this angle before. The 1991 Topps set is known for having a couple of really cool cards, and this is one of them in my opinion.

1989 Upper Deck, #117 - Gary Pettis
Gary Pettis is set to autograph his own card. Usually, that's no big deal, but check the photo again and see what Mr. Pettis is holding in his hand.
Here's the back of this card:
This card makes my head hurt. Was Photoshop a thing back in 1989?

1986 Fleer, #396 - Mickey Hatcher
Mickey Hatcher must have had a perfect fielding record with that monster!

2008 Topps, # 402 - Taylor Buchholz
"What do you mean there's an over-sized parrot sneaking up behind me?"

I hope you enjoyed this page, because I have a few more just like it.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Some fantastic choices. Is the answer to the trivia question Mark Grace?

  2. Cool idea! I also enjoyed The Bullpen Gospels. Last summer I was at our town pool and the library was having a book sale there. I wandered over to grab something to read that day and bought it for a quarter. I’m glad I did!

  3. zomg this is a great page but that Beck takes the cake.

  4. I've read the first two books by Hayhurst.. I haven't read the third one yet. It kind of stands to reason he'd have a card as the Garfoose..

    1. I've read his first three. #1 is my favorite and #2 & #3 sit about the same for me, although they are both very good. I haven't read his 4th book yet, which I think can only be found digitally.

  5. These are awesome! I'm headed back into my classroom this morning to grab some binders and one of them is going to be dedicated to something similar to your Folder of Fun. I've been using one of those Ultra Pro 9-Pocket Portfolios, but I'm quickly running out of space. Inside I keep all of my blogger custom cards as well as interesting cards I've collected over the years.

  6. These are fantastic! Upper Deck worked their magic again in 1993 with Mike Perez's card. I made up a fun little story for that one:

    1. Oh, I know! We'll see that one on the next page I believe. :)

  7. That Hayhurst will give me nightmares. Kind of like seeing Chara of the Bruins dressed as a bunny.