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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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