Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Noah Syndergaard

Three things you must know before we dig into this week’s episode of 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards, which stars New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard:

1. This was filmed before Syndergaard got hurt, so please save any lectures about him opening baseball cards when he should be rehabbing his injury.

2. Syndergaard was BORN in 1992, the same year the 1992 Topps used in our segment came out. That’s a first in the history of our series. But we thought Syndergaard — who is pretty funny on Twitter — might be able to have some fun looking at old baseball cards even if he wasn’t actively watching the game back then.

3. Syndergaard joined us on behalf of SportsCrate, which sends team-specific crates filled with collectibles to fans each month. And, yes, they include baseball cards. Stay tuned until the end to learn all about it.

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Still, he got some fun cards — like Howard Johnson, a former Mets slugger whose late ’80s/early ’90s greatness Syndergaard learned about on the spot. Ron Darling, who calls Mets games for SNY. And former Mets bench coach Bob Geren, who I learned was once on “Family Feud” thanks to Syndergaard.

Noah Syndergaard opening baseball cards from the year he was born. (Yahoo Sports)
Noah Syndergaard opening baseball cards from the year he was born. (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re new to this series, I open old baseball cards with MLB players, managers and other people connected to baseball. Originally, we opened cards that my grandma bought back in the junk-wax era. Since they’re worthless, we’re looking for funny stories and great memories.

Check out some of our previous episodes if you dig the idea:

Delino DeShields
Sandy Alomar Jr.
Hank Azaria
Bronson Arroyo
Terry Francona
Brad Mills
Kyle Hendricks
Eric Davis
Joe Maddon
Todd Coffey
Cliff Floyd
Clint Hurdle
Dan Plesac
Dusty Baker
Bruce Bochy
Aaron Boone
Clayton Kershaw
Buck Showalter
Frank Thomas
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Boras
Bobby Bonilla

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Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!