We have a modern day sighting of an age-old tradition. And some etiquette for those who are itchin’ to do it again.
If you see vintage baseball cards with heavy center creases, there’s a decent chance they were once attached to somebody’s bicycle spokes.
Today it seems hard to fathom that anyone would actually not care about putting creases in some perfectly good cardboard heroes, but back in the 1950s, 60s and even 70s, it was quite normal. And that’s why mint condition Joey Jay cards sell for big bucks these days.
The tradition went away when cards actually started to become cash commodities.
In St. Cloud, Minnesota, though, one columnist claims to have seen it done recently–and takes us back to his own childhood where he may have been bent a few himself–but there were standards.