It wasn't until I received a package from Matt at Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits that I realized that baseball cards should be used in preschool classrooms.
You want to illustrate "big" and "little" to the tiny tots? Let baseball cards do the job.
This is now the BIGGEST Clayton Kershaw card that I own.
It is a box-topper from this year's Heritage.
Some would say the reverse is the side that I should show first. But even the preschool kids know that's not right. A checklist, a Mariner and a Rockie? Over the best baseball pitcher in the game on a newspaper background?
This is a class for learning. Tell me which is more educational? It says "educational" right at the bottom of the Kershaw card!
Kershaw will be displayed front-side up in my newly obtained three-pocket pages.
This is now the LITTLEST autograph card that I own.
How funny that back in 2003 Topps requested players to scribble their names in a 1.5-inch space. How are we going to get "Garciaparra" in there? I know the preschool kids might be able to scrawl one letter before running out of space.
Now class, just to compare, here they are together:
That's BIG and LITTLE, breaking new ground in my collection from either side.
Here is a bunch more little:
I'm really bad at keeping track of my T206 mini Dodger wants. But I know some of these are new.
OK, moving on, let's throw a wacky shape at you kids:
These are POLYGONS.
No class, nobody got hungry and took some bites out of these cards.
Polygons are filled with all kinds of angles and straight lines. They make for bizarre cards such as you see above. I'm not sure anyone actually asked for diecut Allen and Ginter cards, yet we've got them.
I keep looking at these thinking there's no way they'll fit in a nine-pocket page, but that must be an optical illusion, because they do.
The rest of the cards, I'm afraid, are customary 2 1/2-by-3 1/2 size. But you kids need to learn about rectangles, too!
Hmmm, that Seager rectangle looks familiar. I guess it's up for grabs to the first Dodger fan who raises their hand and asks for it politely.
Matt also sent the LARGEST assortment of the Heritage World Series subset cards that I've received. This is A-plus work. I believe I'm still missing Game 2 and Game 6. Also, if I stare too long at that Game 7 card it makes me want to go into a tirade about "launch angle."
But the class doesn't need to hear that. So class dismissed!
Get your shapes out of here.