June 22, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 71, Bert Blyleven (The Athletic)


Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Let’s talk a little bit about rookie cards (I warn you in advance, that this will go a bit off the rails before we get back to our player of the day, Bert Blyleven). It has been a few years — OK, a few decades — since I’ve collected baseball cards, and so I can’t tell you what role rookie cards play in the baseball card world today. From what I can tell, baseball cards now are reliant on a lot of gimmicks and such — autographed cards, cards that have a little piece of the fabric from a player’s uniform, cards that are shiny and reflective, etc. And that’s cool; I’m too old to know what baseball cards should look and feel like for kids…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 71, Bert Blyleven” at The Athletic