What you see below is the oddly-difficult-to-find 1989 Double Bubble Major League movie card set. The set was given out in Milwaukee during the filming of the movie.
The fronts feature a nod to the 1974 Topps set with the banners at the top and bottom of the card. The top banner features a "Major League" graphic of players playing ball with a huge orange sun behind them. The bottom banner lists the actor's name and the character he portrays in the movie. The center image appears to be staged photos of the actors, and are of surprisingly decent quality given they are from 1989. All of these features are surrounded by a bright blue border.
The cards measure 2-3/4" x 3-1/2", making them slightly wider than standard issue baseball cards. This also means they do not fit in tradition 9-pocket pages. However, that is a sall price to pay for having these babies in your own hands. The backs are blank.
There are two cards with multiple people on them. One is essentially the four "stars" of the movie and the other features the team coaches:
It has become one of the hardest sets to find in the wild. There are a couple reasons for this, I believe.
- These were baseball cards of actors, not real players, when handed out to movie extras in Milwaukee. I would venture most folks tossed them into trash bins. Remember, this was a movie about the Indians in the 80's. Very few people gave a rip.
- These were baseball cards being handed out in 1989. We're talking the start of the junk wax era. I would bet that most folks getting these, even if they were collectors, probably junked them figuring they weren't very collectible and that they were being so overly produced, they'd be worthless anyway. Those folks would be wrong on both counts.
- Word about this set has been making the rounds off and on for nearly a decade or more. The people that own the sets are reluctant to part with them, knowing they are gaining in value. Last I saw, the set was valued at something like $20. No way. Auctions for this set, when they do come up, easily hit $300 or more.
- I figure a lot of sets were lost, destroyed, junked, especially when Double Bubble became Leaf (or however that all played out). Who would want a bunch of cards of actors!?
Whatever the reason, I knew I would pay a premium for the set if I were to ever own it. It came up for auction, and I pulled the trigger after MANY days of debating. In fact, the set had already been listed and the cut-off had expired the first time. I thought for sure I had seen the last of them. Luckily, the listing reappeared and I couldn't pass it up.