When we started opening old packs of baseball cards with players three years ago, I certainly didn’t think we’d make it to 100 episodes. And I certainly didn’t think we’d be sitting down with Pete Rose one day for an epic pack-opening session unlike anything that’s ever occurred on “Old Baseball Cards.”
But here we are.
Today marks the 100th episode of “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports’ baseball-card-driven nostalgia show, and it’s an episode unlike any other. We’ve got the great Pete Rose, baseball’s hit king, sitting down and flipping through cards from the early ’80s for 20 minutes. Whatever you think about Rose, there’s no doubt he’s a trove of baseball knowledge.
On this week’s episode, I gave him five packs to choose from, each from a different year of his career. But that wasn’t enough for Rose, who instead opened *every* single pack we brought to the shoot. That’s a pack of 1983 Topps, 1986 Topps, 1981 Fleer, 1982 Fleer and 1985 Donruss.
The resulting “Old Baseball Cards” episode is full of great stories, fun reactions, goofy moments and, somehow, three Tim Flannery cards. We talk about Dave Concepcion putting himself in a dryer to break a slump, the fearsome Andre Dawson, Frank Robinson, Tommy John and lots more. Stay until the end for a special treat — me and Pete eating gum that’s more than 30 years old.
If you’re new to our show ... well, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. “Old Baseball Cards” started with boxes of unopened baseball cards that my grandma stashed away when I was a kid. Since they weren’t worth anything in modern times, we started opening them with players, coaches and famous fans. We have many, many great episodes below for you to check out now that you see what the show is all about.
Special thanks to Ryan Fiterman for his assistance with this episode. To book Pete Rose, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: Randy Johnson | George Brett | Dave Winfield | Gary Vee | Jerry Dipoto | Mike Krukow | HQ’s Scott Rogowsky | Felipe Alou | Torey Lovullo | Nick Swisher | David Ross | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz
COMPILATIONS: Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2) | The Best of People Eating 30-Year-Old Gum | The Best Finds of 2018 | Favorite Guests of 2018
STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Fred Lynn | Eduardo Perez | J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez| Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar
MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais
CURRENT PLAYERS: Alex Bregman | CC Sabathia | Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo
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