By: Bart Roberts
Baseball cards from the era of overproduction can be a nuisance, taking up space in your closet and causing your wife, roommate or significant other to nag you endlessly about tossing them out. You may be tempted to throw them in the garbage and be done with the problem, but why waste all the money spent and time you spent collecting them when they could be put to better use?
But what do you do if you’re not an artist who can cut them up and create giant replicas of famous cards? With a little creativity, you can bring life back to Max Venable, Jaime Cocanower, Eric Anthony, Craig Worthington and other cards in your mountain of monster boxes.
Many people have an old table lying about, it’s surface scratched and unsightly. With a glue gun, some cheap, sticky laminating sheets purchased at a craft store and a little time, you can create a nice addition to any man room. This is particularly nice if you happen to have a full set of valueless cards from your favorite team.
Start by carefully gluing the baseball cards face up on to the table’s surface. After they are all placed where you want them, gently lay the laminating sheets over the cards. Smooth out all air bubbles so that you have a nice, neat surface. If your wife complains about your new sporty addition to the room, tell her she can use the newly freed closet for shoes. This also works well on the sides of inexpensive bookcases.
If you have a son who plays little league, consider using the worthless baseball cards to decorate the frame you put his ball photo in. All you have to do is glue the cards at varying angles on to a wooden or plastic frame. Leave it to try before inserting your son’s little league picture and it’ll make a nice addition to his room. He’s sure to be impressed, especially if you play up the fact that you surrounded his photo with cards of guys who played in the Major Leagues.
If you have cards from teams you don’t particularly like, they could always make a nice cover for a dartboard. Just imagine the enjoyment you’ll have pegging your least favorite player in the face with what is essentially a metal spike. If you want to make it neat, take an X-acto knife and cut the useless cards so that they fit within the point barriers already established on the board. Then assign players point values based on how much you dislike them, putting your most hated player on top of the bulls-eye. All you have to do after this is glue the cards in place and wait for them to dry. Afterward, you can enjoy poking holes in the face of your team’s rivals.
Another idea that can be a creative use for worthless baseball cards also involves the laminating sheets mentioned for covering a tabletop. Take the cards and lay them face up on sticky paper. Now you have gift-wrapping paper that is both sports themed and hand-made. This will go great to cover an athletic birthday gift, like a new bat or cleats.
And, for the bathroom in the man cave, there’s always the ‘baseball card toilet seat‘.
There are plenty of other uses for 20-year-old cardboard that’s not going to put anyone through college. You just have to get a little creative.