Olagato House

November 17, 2008

current baseball postcards?

Filed under: postcards — Tags: , — morineko @ 10:14 pm

I was planning on doing this post when I got a scanner, but I’ll go into it a bit now. Are there any teams still selling team sets of postcards? I was thinking about this after seeing Paul’s post about his eBay Mets postcard find; then I was looking at the postcard section at TwinsCards.com and noticed that the Twins haven’t issued a set of postcards to the public since 1987. Any official team postcards later than that were sent out in response to fan mail.

The only recent baseball postcards I’ve seen for current players were some I picked up in Boston at the Yawkey Way souvenir shop back in February 2008. I purchased a 10-pack of assorted cards–and when I say assorted, it’s correct. I ended up with two of the same Jason Varitek card, another Varitek, two different ones of David Ortiz, and one each of Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Jonathan Papelbon, and Manny Ramirez. (There’s a 10th missing; it may be another Manny. The extra Tek and one of the Ortiz cards were sent out to Postcrossers.) The other pack they were selling was a 10-pack of Daisuke Matsuzaka cards. I’m unsure if any other 2007 Red Sox appeared on those postcards. I’ll be scanning what I have soon. If the range of postcards I’ve received from Japanese Postcrossers is any indication, postcards are still popular in Japan; this may explain why Red Sox postcards were produced in 2007. It probably explains the Matsuzaka-only pack, for what it’s worth.

If anyone has any idea if there were other 2007 Sox cards or if there were any other commercially-available MLB postcards produced in the 21st century, I’d love to know. (I’m also interested in NPB postcards, but I’m probably better off asking that on the Postcrossing forum.)

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3 Comments »

  1. Last year our daughter sent for some fan packs, and often they came to her loaded with postcards. The Orioles and the Twins in particular sent quite a few player postcards, although not complete team sets if I recall correctly.

    Comment by Patricia — November 17, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

  2. The Phillies also send out postcards in response to autograph requests to their more popular players.

    I’m not really aware of any team that will just sell you the postcards anymore, though.

    Comment by Paul — November 18, 2008 @ 6:15 am

  3. Thanks for the tips about the fan packs, Patricia! (I’ll keep that in mind for later, too, once the small person in the household learns to write.)

    Paul, I’d never thought of doing a TTM request just to get a postcard before, but it’s worth a thought. (For a lot of the Phillies, sadly, I’d rather have the postcard than the autograph in the first place.)

    Comment by morineko — November 18, 2008 @ 6:21 pm


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