By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor
With his biggest project now out of the way, old St. Nick is taking a well-deserved vacation…probably somewhere sunny if I had to guess.
For years, hobby manufacturers have caught Claus on and off the job, playing football, dunking basketballs and enjoying other recreational activities. As you may have already seen in the current issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, these candid moments have made for an interesting array of Kringle cardboard.
Even though he’s gone into hiding for now, perhaps disguising himself as a portly Brian Wilson, we thought it would be nice to share a few of his trading card appearances. For the full scoop on Claus cards, look for the Oddities section in the latest copy of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
Carrying the DNA of Howie Long, Ernest Hemingway and a bag of NFL goodies, this Santa signed the Kringle card with the highest price, according to Beckett analysis.
With a nod to Mickey Mantle’s famed 1952 RC, Topps gave collectors a specially trimmed tribute the nostalgic 2007 Holiday set.
Issued as an insert, this ’89 Santa Claus card paved the way for future generations of white beards in wrappers.