Friday, April 3, 2009

The Cardboard Box Concept Cards

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Yesterday I came across an empty box of Goose Joak Originals I had been meaning to throw out. In the midst of tossing it, something on the underside of the old cardboard box caught my eye:



A baseball card! And not an ordinary one. It was a rare Curtis Granderson and Al Kaline variant card stuck to the bottom of the box (read: Al-Kaline).

At least that's what I thought at first. Then I realized that it wasn't stuck to the box. It was actually part of the box itself. So I cut it out, just like I used to do with '90 Topps.

It got me to thinking. Were other Goose Joak boxes the same way? Yep, they were. I found a number of other gems. Some were doubles of existing players in the set, and others were variants like World Baseball Classic.

Courtesy of the Hamiltonian:


Courtesy of Therion:


Courtesy of GCRL:


Courtesy of the Hamiltonion:


They're not part of the actual set, per se, but they're very cool nonetheless. I'm glad I noticed them.

Throughout the season I'll be collecting these cardboard box cutouts. At the end of the season (or perhaps the All-Star Break) I'll share all of these on the blog as part of a nice send off to the set.

Thanks for all the passion and creativity everybody!

6 comments:

  1. I still remember the first empty box of 1986 Topps I took from the shelf at our local Wawa to get the cards on the bottom. (I asked the clerk if it was OK if I took it).

    The red tops on these cards using the 1986 Topps design seemed completely wacky after having the black top design burned into my brain. Of course I tried to cut them out of the box, and they are now much less than "Mint" condition.

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  2. Good idea my extra Dice-K and Papelbon came from the bottom of a box also...

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  3. Jim -- I have never seen those red '86 Topps cards! I'd love to, though. Those would be shocking to say the least.

    Adam -- I'll definitely use the extra Dice-K and Papelbon cards in there. Off hand, I think I have about 40-60 of these cardboard box cards so far. Maybe even more.

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  4. ok, so I'm kind of confused. Did you actually print out some cards, put them in packs, and then put them in boxes?

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  5. Al Kaline... Alkaline! Hahahaha THAT'S funny! I am pretty sure that kind of humor is why it ended up as a box bottom card. :)

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  6. Sorry for the confusion Jeremy! It was all tongue-in-cheek. But it would be pretty cool to do.

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