View Full Version : Question about player postcards and photos

10-31-2009, 11:09 AM
I am confused about player "postcards" listed by Beckett. What are the postcards, and how can you identify them? For example, I am collecting cards of John Franco. Beckett lists several "postcards" for him. Are these the same as the 8x10 photos that I often see on ebay? Many of the photos on ebay are signed. How would I know if a "photo" listed on ebay is actually a "postcard" that Beckett refers to?

Can anyone shed some light on this?



10-31-2009, 11:38 AM
Anything listed as a postcard would be postcards sized....y'know, like you'd send thru the mail? Typically around 3.5"x5.5" to 4"x6" in size. They're usually issued by teams in a set at the stadium, and more often than not are blank on the back.

In many cases, it can be very difficult to determine which year one of these cards is from as there is the occasional tendancy to re-use photos, and there's almost ever any identifying text related to year or company of issue.

Usually they're more postcard-sized photos than actual postcards. If you browse thru the yearly Beckett Almanac or Standard Catalog, you'll see tons of these sets. I really don't know why both Beckett and SCD are so inconsistent with what they choose to list as far as the larger photo sets are concerned. They only list the 1989 TV Sports Mailbag photos, even though those were done every year for at least 4 years after that, though in 1989 they were on card-stock and in the following years, they were basically just 8x10 photos on photo paper. Ditto for the 1990 T&M photos, SCD includes them, Beckett does not.

Here are some examples from my collection:

1974 Padres postcard (blank back) - 1986 Indians photo card (blank back)

1983-85 Mariners postcards (both have the exact same back)

1986 Red Sox postcard

1989-90 A's photo card - 1990-91 A's photo card (blank backs)

1995 Royals photo card (slightly smaller...index card sized)

10-31-2009, 12:38 PM
The phillies have sets like that which they sell. they are pretty cool they have every player and coach

10-31-2009, 12:45 PM
Cleveland, San Francisco and Oakland all seem to produce these every year, as well. I'm really surprised there's not more demand for them. Some teams procude those like the bottom couple (the black & whites) from Oakland specifically for autographs. I've seen them from Kansas City and Texas, as well. Like lots of the officially licensed 8x10s, they almost never get included in the yearly catalogs, either, introducing yet another challenge for the dedicated player collector.

11-01-2009, 09:14 AM
Thanks for all the replies.

Daclyde... when you say blank backs, does that mean not even a typical postcard back with a spot for stamp etc.? Just a blank white back?

11-01-2009, 12:21 PM
Exactly, absolutely nothing on the back, just plain white paper.