Ever Seen This “A Christmas Story” Card Connection?


Baseball cards in A Christmas Story? Indeed.

The keen eye of Jimmy Parker, who runs the fantastic Twitter account @BeautyOfAGame, caught the hobby nugget that has probably gone unnoticed by most of us. I know I’ve never spotted it in my dozens of viewings over the years. Pardon me for being distracted by guns, pink bunnies and the electric glow of — you know — in the window.

So what are the cards on Ralphie’s headboard?

Leave it to Twitter to quickly solve the mystery. Catch the GIF courtesy of Tom Shieber (@tshieber):

1909-11 T206 Ed Reulbach – Glove Showing

1909-11 T206 Jimmy Hart

Perhaps there’s a mission here to take it a little further. A Christmas Story was filmed in Cleveland. Ralphie’s house is now a museum and available for overnight stays. The 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention is in Cleveland. Maybe an old tin with the trio of cards needs to be buried in the yard (with permission from the owners, of course). Perhaps they could be used for a display in the museum.

Have you spotted cards in any other movies or TV shows? Spill the details in the comments below or let us know on Twitter.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Jeff G 21 December, 2017 at 19:39

    I haven’t seen it personally but I read somewhere that there’s a box of junk wax (88 Topps or Donruss, I think??) on top of Jerry’s fridge in his apt in some of the Seinfeld episodes.

  2. Jonathan 28 January, 2018 at 20:09

    I’ve seen the Donruss junk wax on top of Jerry’s fridge in a few episodes. It might be from 1990 as I recall the box having red on it.

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