We recently picked up a vintage collection of cards from 1959-1961 and as I was sorting through the treasures I pulled aside a few “shared” cards. You know the ones with the casual photography where the players are talking batting or doing a quick pose on the field before a game.
I guess you could call these the first “insert” cards as it was a way to get additional pictures of your favorite players – often in very interesting groupings. It made me wonder why this practice has declined over the years?
Today you will find “pairings” in modern products like Topps Triple Threads with cool nicknames, but those are individual pictures put together and not a single shot – which captures a moment in time.
For me the ultimate “shared” card is the 1962 Topps Manager’s Dream pairing of Mickey Mantle & Willie Mays. As a 12 year old when I first saw this card it jumped to the top of my want list. I still have the original one I purchased with four well rounded corners, some ink drawn on the back and a surface crease….but it was the one I could afford and it is still a favorite of my collection.
Over the years companies have touched on the concept a few times with some notable results such as the 1992 Upper Deck Bloodlines subset. Or Fleer’s run in the late 80′s capturing some great match-ups….but it is an area I think has become over-looked.
With that in mind what is your favorite shared card in your collection?
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