Sy Berger, Inventor of the Trading Card, R.I.P.

Sy Berger, der im Jahr 1951 die modernen Trading Cards erfunden hat, ist im Alter von 91 Jahren gestorben. Die ersten Karten kamen mit Bubble Gum und waren was mit Baseball, ich hab' Trading Cards vor allem mit Filmen und Comics kennengelernt. Meine Favorites sind natürlich Mars Attacks und das supergory Dinosaurs Attacks, hier im Regal hab' ich 'nen kompletten Satz Universal Monster, Hammer Horror und Little Shop of Horrors, außerdem hab ich noch eingepackte Captain Future-Cards aus Japan. Danke für die ganze bedruckte Pappe, Herr Berger!

mrtoppsSy Berger, who transformed a boys’ hobby into a high-stakes pop culture niche as the father of the modern-day baseball trading card, died on Sunday at his home in Rockville Centre, N.Y., on Long Island. He was 91. His death was announced by his family. […]

Mr. Berger introduced Topps cards in 1951. They came with taffy, rather than chewing gum, because a competitor seemed to have exclusive rights to market baseball cards with gum. But the taffy wound up picking up the flavor of the varnish on the cards. “You wouldn’t dare put that taffy near your mouth,” Mr. Berger said, adding, “that ’51 series was really a disaster.”

A year later, after switching to gum, he conceived the prototype for the modern baseball card, supplanting the unimaginative, smallish and often black-and-white offerings of the existing card companies. “We came out in 1952 with a card in color, beautiful color, and a card that was large,” Mr. Berger told the Society for American Baseball Research in 2004. “For the first time, we had a team logo. We had the 1951 line statistics and their lifetime statistics. No one else did it.”

NYTimes: Sy Berger, Who Turned Boyhood Heroes Into Brilliant Rectangles, Dies at 91