Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sparkles Over the Years

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

Who knew?

I've been railing on Topps for overdoing the sparkles gimmick, but it turns out there have been sparkles since the start.  I guess I just never noticed them before.

The original '52 set has sparkles.  Hank Sauer had one on his bat.

Ernie Banks' iconic and expensive rookie card has one, right on the top of his hat.

Popeye's puffy cheek sparkles on his '61 card.

The hand of the head coach sparkles in 1964.

Mr. Cub is a repeat customer, with a sparkly sleeve in '68.

My favorite Cub sparkles at my least favorite ballpark.

What a combo -- super-fro and sparkles.

How do you snaz up thick black glasses?  With sparkles!

Suddenly an ugly duckling of a card becomes a swan with a sparkle.

Billy Buck's glove sparkled in 1981.  The sparkle was gone by 1986, right Red Sox fans?

Ryno's rookie sparkles, too.

Sparkles, proudly overdone by Topps since 1952!


  1. Whoa! A Ryno rookie sparkle variation. I'll have to wait for the market to come down on that before I add it to my collection!

  2. I don't get the whole "sparkles" thing. Just another money grab by Topps.

  3. You just emphasize how dumb the whole thing is. How about if they had had a super limited amount and you could redeem the card for something special? Maybe next year they can have cards where they photoshop facial hair onto a clean shaven player. Or vice versa. Or maybe a clown nose?