My never-ending quest to find new oddballs during my COMC shopping sprees turned up these little beauties… Well, not-so-little beauties… What you see below are technically not baseball cards, they’re bookmarks. To be specific, 1993 Diamond Marks.
These cards are roughly 2.5″ x 5″, just a little taller than “Tall Boys”. They were originally sold in packs of 10 – doesn’t everybody buy their bookmarks in foil packs? – and there are 120 unnumbered bookmarks in the set.
The front has a nice glossy coating on them; here’s what the back looks like.
Just to dip my toe into the water, I bought two cheap bookmarks for my player collections. I like these enough that I’m going to go back (at some point) and pick up the Mets and Orioles, plus a few more for my other PC’s.
As part of my “investigative reporting”, I just went and tried these two out in one of my 6-pocket sheets, and they fit quite nicely… So they can get stored with your Tall Boys and other standard-width-but-taller cards.
As you may have noticed, the small print on the back says that these are from “The Colla Collection”. Barry Colla is a noted sports photographer who is known in collecting circles as having issued a number of postcard sets in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
One thing I found interesting about these… I’ve seen these referred to as a “test issue”, but if you go out to eBay or wherever and look at images of the packs, it actually says “1993 TEST ISSUE” across the top of the pack. I don’t recall having seen anything that promoted itself as a test issue before.
This looks like a fun, relatively cheap set. I got my cards for $0.45 each, but from a quick look at COMC and eBay, the HOFers will set you back a couple of bucks.