One of the reasons I'm fascinated by the photographs on my cards is that there's so much mystery attached to them.
I know the names of thousands of baseball players, but not one baseball card photographer. This seems wrong to me. Who are these mysterious people who've captured the moments pored over by thousands and thousands of collectors? What's the decision process on choosing which photos make the cut, and which ones get left behind? And why is Jason Standridge wearing a sumo suit on this minor league card I'd somehow never seen before, and, more interestingly, how did this image end up on a baseball card?
I'm scoobied on each and every one of those questions, but at the very least I'm glad Bob of "The Best Bubble" blog decided to send this wacky piece of minor league history my way -- Jason was a late invite to my Halloween party.
I often wish cards would give some sort of photographer's credit on the back or something, just so I'd know who to thank for wonderful, perfectly captured stills like these.
Between floating baseballs and Ferris wheels, I feel like photographers deserve a lot of the credit for the joy I get out of my collection.
I don't know who started the trend of putting double plays or shots of guys signing autographs on baseball cards, but I owe my mini-collecting fanaticism to them.
Bob's been sending me cards for a while now, and one of the trends I've noticed with his packages is that he's always trying to get me hooked on new mini-collections.
Don't know about you, but I sensed a fungo bat-themed subliminal message here.
Again, I wish I could thank whatever photographer came up with the concept of putting superhero-like multiple-exposure shots on baseball cards, and I'd like to implore card companies to please make more of these.
Of course, I don't usually show basketball cards on the blog, but a card of a guy playing a (five-string?) bass is just too darn cool -- did an Upper Deck photographer just happen to be in the audience that night, or did UD specifically send someone to take that picture?
Bunch of terrific oddball randoms from Bob -- not every day you find a Japanese TCMA in a trade package (and of a gaijin!).
Like any true snob, I love owning cards of guys before they were famous.
Most of my trade posts inevitably get sprinkled with Cubs, and here were are.
I've never been much of a TTM/IP auto guy, but these were certainly unexpected treats from Bob, and way cool.
Ah, Pacific...how I miss you.
A numbered Ernie Banks and a stop-action Kenny Lofton are further proof that Bob is really spoiling me.
More cards that have nothing in common aside from pure greatness.
I don't know much about Dick Donovan, but when someone sends you a '56 Topps out of the blue, you don't ask questions.
I do, however, wonder about the people responsible for the images on beautiful, landmark sets like this one. I feel like they deserve our dearest gratitude, because we all know the photographic grandeur of '56 Topps, yes? Topps may have designed the cards, issued them -- but it was the photographers who brought them to life. A baseball card, of course, is nothing without a photograph.
Thus it seems like a great tragedy that we know almost nothing about these photographers, their lives a mystery to us, lost in the negatives.