Friday, June 15, 2012

Something you don't see too often on a baseball card

I love getting boxes of cards in the mail.  No, not boxes of unopened packs, but a nice 200 count box of singles from various sets.  Sometimes, the possibilities can go on for days at a time.

I received one such box today from reader Greg A., who sent me a load of cards from a couple of sets I'm working on, along with a bunch of Blue Jays (of course!!).

But leafing through the cards for a 2nd time, this particular card of Pat Borders caught my eye, because there is a lot of something that you don't usually see on a baseball card.


I had to magnify this card for you to give you an idea of just how much blood is on the card.  The towel has a fair bit of blood on it, but look at Borders' neck and jaw, a nice stream of blood running down.  I would have to say that this is a result of taking a batters back swing right in the side of the melon. 

I've always liked the 90's SP sets from Upper Deck, even though I own very little of them, and this card just gives me another reason to do so.  Love the expression of pain on Borders' face; he was a tough son of a gun during his playing days. 

I've seen hockey cards and football cards with blood on them, but baseball cards?  Anyone out there have a baseball card with blood on it?  Would love to see them in posts out there in the blogosphere...

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. I've seen the Borders before, it is an odd, yet great, card. I'll have to pick it up one of these days.

    The only other "blood" card that comes to mind is the "Bloody Sock" insert from a couple years ago:

  2. Great card! One of the Nolan Ryan Pacific cards had a shot of him with blood on him as well, card 92. Apparently he was hit with a ball in the face and kept on playing. Sure wouldn't happen today!