A few people have mentioned the interesting reading on the back of Topps' Big League Baseball set.
Unlike the usual write-ups that mention boring on-field exploits that you can get from any media outlet, or attempts to modernize the factoids by throwing in -- *yawn* -- the new stats, Big League Baseball tends to focus on the players' personalities or backgrounds in the "did you know?" column on the bottom.
But no one shows the backs of cards, so I'm going to provide some examples now.
The only problem is that with my advancing age and the tiny type on the often dark background, I actually had to break out the magnifying glass for some of this (my phone was being recharged so I couldn't use the app).
So -- if you can read the backs -- there is some good stuff there.
Did you know, Jake Odorizzi went for morning skates with pro hockey players when he was in Tampa?
I'm sorry ...
DID YOU KNOW, JAKE ODORIZZI WENT FOR MORNING SKATES WITH PRO HOCKEY PLAYERS WHEN HE WAS IN TAMPA?
Something tells me he can find even more hockey players in Minnesota.
Did you know Tim Beckham is a fan of Bernie Mac's Mr. 3000?
Did you know both of Gregory Polanco's parents are police officers?
The type is a lot easier to read off the lighter backgrounds, isn't it?
There are some baseball-related DYKs, but many of them are not. For example, Patrick Corbin is a fish lover, like me.
Jose Quintana learned English by watching Jimmy Fallon. I wonder if Quintana also often laughs too much at things that aren't funny.
Ernie Banks wanted to be an international lawyer as a boy. All these years knowing about Banks and that's the first I've heard of that.
Jordy Mercer's sons' names all begin with the same letter. This is pretty common, although nothing I understand.
This one is bizarre. Please, Hunter Renfroe, clarify for us. Is this corporal punishment? What are we licking?
George Brett was a catcher in high school. No I did not know that either.
Kris Bryant was on his honeymoon when this happened. I remember reading about it.
If this set really is "for kids" someone is going to have to tell them who Loverboy is. Fine, I'll do it. Here you go kids.
Wondering why it wasn't a restaurant in Pittsburgh. I have a pretty good idea why it wouldn't be a restaurant in Baltimore.
Every mom knows this trick.
So there you go, some of the interesting backs in Big League Baseball this year.
It might actually get you turn over your cards this year.
But make sure to have the magnifying glass standing by.