What if you could find anything on a card?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

What if you could open a pack of cards and find absolutely anything inside … what would it be?

It’s a simple question that could have so many answers from so many people if the real-world realities of intellectual property rights, personality rights and so on didn’t exist. You know, that’s the stuff that all involves money if a product is to be sold using somebody’s owned logos, names, trademarks and so on.

For some of us out there, fantasy cards can become a reality when we sit down with a copy of Photoshop and make those ideas happen just for fun. However, in the real world for cards to exist and be sold there are plenty of legal hurdles that must be cleared. With the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re taking a look at sports movies and their memorabilia, and one short column in that issue talks about one of my “other” hobbies and how it came about.

What’s my niche? When it comes to fantasy cards, I’ve dabbled here and there with cards of sports stars from movies. Why? Why not. They’re just for fun, of course.

“What if?” Is a powerful question because of the possibilities it could inspire. Heck, it’s been one that has inspired many ideas into reality around the world — beyond just trading cards. There have been plenty of ideas inside the walls of card companies that simply can’t come into fruition because of costs of making deals happen, too, but fantasy cards aren’t bound by real-world limitations. As a fan not trying to make a buck selling a creation, fantasy cards can be a fun idea once one has the skills to make them a virtual reality.

So, here, I present a selection of six re-imagined and, again, 110-percent fake creations of mine (a couple old, a couple new) using the stars of a few memorable sports movies:

Jonah Hill‘s Peter Brand (top) in a classic moment from Sony‘s 2011 Moneyball, the story of the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 season on a 2002 Topps Heritage card. Classic moment, classic set.

Liev Screiber‘s Ross Rhea, the fighter of all fighters from Goon, a 2012 comedy from Magnolia Pictures, on a fantasy 2011-12 Panini Dominion Strapping Lads card. That’s a hard-hitting release, eh?

Charlie Sheen‘s infamous “Wild Thing” Ricky Vaughn from Paramount‘s 1989 classic Major League on another 1989 classic, the Upper Deck set. That set’s Star Rookie Card No. 1 in an alternate universe, right?

Jamie Foxx‘s Willie Beamen from the 1999 Warner Bros. hit Any Given Sunday on a 1990 Pro Set-inspired card. (I think there’s a joke in there somewhere about how Pro Set’s presses are still running somewhere on any given … oh, I see, you get it … )

Tom Cruise‘s Cole Trickle from Paramount‘s 1990 NASCAR ode Days of Thunder on a 1988 Maxx card. Why that set? Everybody else’s Rookie Card is in it — or at least it seems that way since it’s the first NASCAR set — so his should be, too! (We’re not bound by realities of time and space here … at least that’s what Dr. Emmett Brown said. Cool haircut.)

Bob Barker’s beatdown of Adam Sandler from Universal‘s 1996 hit Happy Gilmore on the first set that could have looked back at this memorable moment when it was a released, a 2001 Upper Deck card. (It was the first golf set in a long, long time.)

And, lastly, I present to you, as a discussion point, this … what if you could find anything — movies or not — on a trading card what would it be?

Tell us in the comments below … or, better yet, show us!

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking hereFollow Beckett Media on Facebook.


  1. rick
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Charlie Sheen‘s infamous “Wild Thing” Ricky Vaughn from Paramount‘s 1989 classic Major League on another 1989 classic, the Upper Deck set. That set’s Star Rookie Card No. 1 in an alternate universe, right

    This I could go for. The rest, not so much.

  2. Nathan Boyle
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Kevin Costner from Bull Durham in 1986 topps

  3. Rob Mazetta
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    James Earl Jones from Field of Dreams.. The sceene where Ray Kinsella drops off Terrance Mann after kidnapping him to a ball game. As soon as Ray does a u-turn in his van, he stopped short and the headlights are right on Mann as he says ” Moonlight Graham”. That would be awesome…. Especially on a ’87 haha.

  4. Posted March 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    All three Hanson Brothers on a late-70s Topps/OPC Hockey design. OLDE TYME HOCKEY!

  5. David Johnson
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    That’s easy…Pete Rose autograph and memorabilia cards with team logos and teammates.

  6. Jamie Case
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Add to the Bull Durham a Nuke Laloosh card in the 1986 topps .

  7. Mitch Jomsky
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Tough question!
    If I could, i’d open a pack of “Field of Dream” cards and find a redemption card for an autographed game used jersey, hat, ball or bat from Shoeless Joe (ray liotta) or John Kinsella (Dwier Brown) or Moonlight Graham (Burt Lancaster) … Or even in Moonlight Graham’s case a redemption for his umbrella and doctor bag :)
    That’s what I’d call an amazing hit/pull from a fanstasy card set!
    Now that you got me thinking …. The ultimate redemption would be in “The Natural” fantasy card set, and of course that would be for Roy Hobb’s bat WONDERBOY! Signed by Redford, natch!

  8. Kevin
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I would go with Goon as well, but I want a Doug the Thug patch/atuo the Cup Rookie with a big blood stain on it!

    I would also like a rookie card of the 1st woman to play profesional Blurnsball, Turanga Leela!

  9. Posted March 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Hamilton ‘Ham’ Porter from Sandlot on a 1952 Topps. “You’re kill’n me smalls”

  10. Ryan
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    How about “Dr. Hook” Tim McCracken on a 1977-78 OPC card? Better yet, just put all the players from Slap Shot using either the 1977 or 1979 OPC.

  11. Mitch Jomsky
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Okay, I guess I miss read … It has to be a trading card … So I’ll change my redemption card answer to relic cards and auto cards of the same Field of Dreams ballplayers and The Natural. i.e. An auto of Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe with a game used /movie used jersey relic would be amazing!

  12. Mitch Jomsky
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Darn that auto correct .., misspelled not miss spelled . Sorry.
    While I’m back … How about the movie Baseketball by the South Park guys… There are some potentially good cards that can be made from that comedy.

  13. Mitch Jomsky
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    This is getting annoying … Misread …. Not miss read! Sorry!

  14. Kevin
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I want a Shane Falco 2000 Topps chrome rookie card!

  15. Kevin
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    How about a Leon Carter from The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings in an old school pre-war style.

    Posted March 29, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    these are really cool. I love the cole trickle one and would like to see more.

  17. Jon Waldman
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    I seem to remember that the jersey and stick from The Mighty Ducks’ goalie, Goldberg, was on eBay not too long ago. How about a dual mem of that?

    But it doesn’t matter, for the best fantasy card ever was actually made – mem cards of Garth’s Tony Esposito jersey from the street hockey scene in Wayne’s World.

  18. sean
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I would like a Talladega Nights set with an Auto/memorabila from Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell). “Shake and Bake”

  19. John
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I would love to see, and half way expect, to see a Chadwick Boseman card depicting him from 42.

  20. Thomas
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    You could do a Roy Munson/Ernie McCracken card from Kingpin

    Or a Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore

  21. Randall
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Brendan Frasier as the basketball player in Bedazzled. Everything on the card has to say “Coach says…” I love that depiction.

  22. Bill
    Posted March 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Reg Dunlap (Paul Newman) from SlapShot

  23. Posted April 1, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Does it have to be from the movies? I’d like to see an Alice Cooper golf card.

  24. Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Cut up a Picasso painting into 2.5-inch by 3.5-inch rectangles.

  25. Kurt
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    What about some cards from the dodgeball movie with Vince Vaughn. Maybe even a redemption card of Elizabeth Hurley of some of the outfits she wore in the movies. maybe using the 1995 donruss Studio set.

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