No other sport tells the story of America better than baseball and no other form of entertainment tells baseball’s story like the baseball card. Like baseball itself, there’s a little bit of a debate about what should be considered the first real baseball card issue. There isn’t any such argument about the feeling you get when holding an old card, though.
No matter if you were born in 1932, 1952 or 1982, the cards bring back some great childhood memories. More than that, though, they tell a fascinating story of the game’s history and connect us to our own past.
Major League Baseball’s official historian, John Thorn, has written extensively about the game. His latest book is Baseball in the Garden of Eden. He knows more about baseball history than just about anyone you’ll ever meet.
Luckily for us, he’s used this week’s blog at MLB.com on a terrific mini history of baseball cards, weaving the story, the industry and the feelings in one terrific package that you can show your non-collector friends when they ask you about your hobby. Read it here.