Mets skipper Mickey Callaway has something new to add to his resume. He has his very own digital baseball card. It’s his first card in a very long time.
Everybody who collects baseball cards knows about the Topps Company. They’ve been the big dogs in card collecting for decades. Friday afternoon, their digital app called Topps Bunt released two new cards to their collection featuring the New York Mets skipper Mickey Callaway.
The cards are called live signatures. They are special cards that players sign on an iPad Pro and then available to buy and trade within the app.
This is a special occasion for Callaway as they are his first MLB baseball cards in more than a decade.
In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, there were some cards featuring Callaway as a pitcher with the Devil Rays, Angels, and Rangers.
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These cards were produced by various companies and some were either part of a generally unknown set or overshadowed by other players.
In addition to the Mets skipper, the set which was designed by Chris Vaccaro featured three other managers. The other managers included Bobby Valentine wearing Rangers gear, Lou Piniella wearing Mariners gear, and Tom Lasorda wearing Dodgers gear.
Callaway’ss card features two variations. One card features a sharp image and a basic signature. This card was limited to 200 copies. The other card features his signature and a large shirt relic. This card was limited to just 35 copies.
Why was Callaway chosen alongside such greats? According to Vaccaro, he wanted a variety of managers.
"I seek recognizable names, both past and present, who good stories and history from good markets"
It just so happens that when these cards were signed, Callaway was one of the hottest managers in baseball. This batch of signings took place in early April when the Mets were off to their 11-1 start.
Vaccaro also mentions that working with Callaway was a joy and that the skipper enjoyed interacting with the technology and cards while signing at his Citi Field office.
Hopefully, this isn’t the last we see of Callaway cards, whether it’s digital or physical. Maybe we will get more in the future, maybe the floodgates are now open paving a way to more cards of other Mets skippers from the past.
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With digital cards still being so young, anything can happen. You also never know when a new set might pop up in the physical card world.