By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
When Panini America‘s sophomore release of Golden Age baseball cards arrives later this month it will include not only the first cards of the original Bad News Bears.
It also will include one of the biggest stars of the 1970s as well as a memorabilia card from one of the biggest disasters of the 1930s.
The star is John Belushi and the disaster is the Hindenburg — and they’ll both be found in packs of cards as Golden Age includes an eclectic mix of sports, pop culture and more.
While a final checklist for Golden Age has not yet been released, Panini teased a gallery of its inclusions on Monday. Among them were cards for the Saturday Night Live, Animal House and Blues Brothers star who died of a drug overdose in 1982. Belushi has appeared on a handful of trading cards in the past with just two cut autographs and no previous memorabilia cards in the Beckett.com database. Most of his appearances came in 2011 when Topps included him in its American Pie set, which also examined pop culture like Golden Age does.
The Hindenberg card, like the Titanic wood card in last year’s Golden Age set, may spark some controversy while also piquing the curiosity of history buffs. In 1937, the German airship caught fire while trying to land in New Jersey, exploding into flames and killing 35 of the 97 people on board. The only card featuring the disaster in the Beckett database was released decades ago in the 1956 Topps Hocus Pocus set. This card will feature a piece of the ship embedded into the card.
Golden Age also will include cards for Bigfoot, Buckwheat, Bob Hope, Bo Derek and more when it arrives next Wednesday.
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