The fifth edition of the Jewish Major Leaguers baseball card series arrives in April focusing on notable record holders and current baseball stars.
The 50-card set, which is made for the American Jewish Historical Society, includes all current big-leaguers who are Jewish — Ryan Braun, Scott Schoeneweis, Brian Horwitz, Josh Whitsell, Brad Ausmus, Jason Marquis, Gabe Kapler, Kevin Youkilis, John Grabow, Scott Feldman, Ian Kinsler, Jason Hirsh and Craig Breslow — along with record-holders among Jewish players from the past.
More than 150 players of Jewish heritage have played in the majors, and a newly discovered player –- Bill Hurst, who played two games for the 1996 Florida Marlins, but never appeared on an officially licensed MLB card — will appear on a card.
The set also includes long-time Topps executive Sy Berger, the late Jerome Holtzman, a Hall of Fame sportswriter, as well as three Jewish team owners – Andrew Freedman (New York Giants, 1895-1902), Julius Fleischman (Cincinnati Reds, 1902-1925) and Judge Emil Fuchs (Boston Braves, 1923-1935).
The original set of Jewish MLB cards was issued in 2003, including a card for every player known to be of Jewish heritage at that time.
The 2009 edition, which is limited to 3,000 sets (printed by Upper Deck), is available for $36 plus $3 shipping. For more information, visit www.jewishmajorleaguers.org.
Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.