Saturday, August 1, 2020

Folder of Fun: The Last Page

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. 

Page 28 brings us to the last page of the Folder of Fun. It's been fun showing off cards I've been squirreling away the last few years. Like Page 27, the last page also contains iconic cards and iconic players. Enjoy!

1990 Upper Deck, #34 - Nolan Ryan 5000 Strikeouts
I feel like cards of Nolan Ryan are littered throughout the Folder of Fun. I guess that's the result of being a kid when a generational talent like Ryan is breaking records left and right. He made quite an impression on me.

1996 Topps Mickey Mantle Commemorative Card Set, #2 of 19
This is a reprint of maybe the most recognized baseball card ever produced.

2011 Tri-Star OBak, #15 - Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn
When I was in middle school and trying to learn about as much baseball history as I could, I would flip through the pages of an old copy of the Baseball Encyclopedia looking for notable players, teams, and stat lines. When I got Old Hoss' 1884 season it blew my mind. It'll blow yours, too.

1991 Upper Deck, #744 - Bo Jackson
In downstate Illinois this card was one of the hottest back in 1991.

1976 Topps, #74T - Oscar Gamble
Off-centered, but I love my '76 Oscar Gamble card all the same.

1991 Topps, #170 - Carlton Fisk
This is artwork on a 2.5-inch by 3.5-inch canvas.

2011 Epoch, #PR6 - Sadaharu Oh
This card came to my collection through the generosity of Zippy Zappy. Sadaharu Oh hit 868 homers in his career. It's my only card of baseball's all-time home run king.

2016 Topps "Berger's Best" Insert, #BB-2 - Satchel Paige
This is a 2016 reprint of a card I would so desperately love to add to my collection. Maybe some day!

1990 Score, #697 - Bo Jackson
Bo Knows. Has there been a better sports marketing campaign in the last 30 years?

Well, that puts a wrap on my Folder of Fun. Over the past couple of years I've been more binder focused and I've centered my attention on adding to the pages of certain binders. I think if I had to assign a pecking order to my favorite binders it would look like this:
  1. Vogelmonster player binder
  2. Hall of Fame binder (one card for each HOF player)
  3. Folder of Fun
  4. Sandberg player binders #1 & #2
  5. Cubs Frankenset binder
I'm happy I was able to show off on of my most treasured binders.

How about you? Are you a binder person? Which one is your favorite?


  1. I have always loved the Gamble and Fisk cards especially. I also collect all copies of the Bo Knows cards, so if you have extras, send them my way!

  2. I've enjoyed these FUN pages! I have a few bindered sets; two catcher binders; binders for Daulton, Tigers, Astros, fun cards. But if I could only keep one, it may just be my 70s Pop Culture binder. There are cards from Charlies Angels, Bay City Rollers, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, automobiles, news headlines, the list just goes on. I may start a 70s tab one day and beginning adding pages just to have it there for me. I can scroll through from anywhere and maybe someone else might enjoy them too.

  3. Well, I have an Expos Frankenset going.. A Canadians binder.. I've started a Jays frankenset.. I have my Topps cards of Jays and Expos in binders as well.
    I have a Charlie Simmer binder..

  4. Thanks for showing off these pages! It was a lot of...well, fun! I am, and will always be, a binder guy.

    There's a great book about Radbourn's 1884 season (called "Fifty-Nine in '84") that I'd highly recommend if you're ever up for a good baseball read.

  5. In a perfect world... all of my cards (with the exception of the more valuable ones) would be stored in binders for easy display. But lack of space allows me to only have six shelves on my two book cases filled with binders. I actually had to dismantle my Japanese heritage shelf to make room for more binders this summer.

    1. My favorite card on the page is the 76T Oscar Gamble. One of those cards I had to own.

  6. I've enjoyed these posts! I'm a binder guy. I've got some of my sets in binders, plus all of my dodger cards (year by year) in binders. And then there are the steve garvey binders and all of the binders for my many mini collections. Only my hall of gamers collection is in a box since those cards are all in one touch cases.

  7. Thanks for showing off these cards. It's been fun to look through, and because of it I've made mental notes for a few to add to my collection as well!

  8. Wonderful cards. That Fisk one is amazing. I've enjoyed seeing these. Is there more room in the binder for more pages?

    1. Of course there's more room! I'm hoping this binder continues to grow over the years and maybe spills over into a second one.