Thursday, November 3, 2011

Can You Identify Ron Swanson's Baseball Card?

In last week's episode of Parks and Recreation, the best scene involved Ron Swanson sharing the contents of Andy's toolbox with the camera. The humor is derived from the disconnect between Ron's absolute handyman knowhow and Andy's almost nonexistent male domestic sensibilities. This post, however, is not about the comedy. Rather, I'd like to share one of those rare instances of baseball cards in television or movies. One of the things Ron pulls out of this pathetic excuse for a toolbox is a baseball card. (Several, actually, as we will see later.)

Pretty funny stuff, but the real question here is: What baseball card is that? I made some screen caps, but this is going to be a tough nut to crack. The card appears to be a pitcher, and it looks to have a silver/gray border. Possibly a Bowman issue? Or is it a 2011 Topps base card? I can't tell, but I'll bet someone can figure it out.

In the shot of the jellybeans being dumped onto the sink, we catch a glimpse of a few more cards. You can tell from the backs that there's some 1988 and 1989 Donruss in there. I'm guessing that some low level production assistant was told to go fetch some baseball cards, so s/he ran down to Target, grabbed one of those 100-card blister repacks and a pack of Topps, and returned to the set with everyone's coffee.

Do some detective work, folks, I know we can solve this mystery!

9 comments:

Mad Guru said...

OR....perhaps someone with a Twitter account can ask Michael Schur directly. @KenTremendous. Given as much of a baseball fan as he is, he might have actually had something to do with the selection process.

The Angels In Order said...

It looks like a 1991 Upper Deck. I went through about 500 of them and couldn't match one up though. The Alan Mills card #222 came closest.

Steve D. said...

2000 Topps had the silver border. I think it's Troy Percival #244. Here's a pic of the limited edition version, with the only difference from the base being those words printed on the front.

http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Cards/Baseball/2000/Topps_Limited/244/Troy_Percival/2341578

Josh D. said...

I think Percival's leg-kick is a bit much compared with the card on P&R. To me it looks a lot more like Pedro Martinez - #60 - 2000 Topps.

http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Cards/Baseball/2000/Topps/60/Pedro_Martinez/2311812

deal said...

good discussion, I have been curious about this since last week.

don't think it is any of the 3 cards discussed above though.

Steve D. said...

@Josh: I definitely thought about the Pedro card first, but it's funny because I didn't think his leg kick was high enough compared to the card on TV. Plus I thought the white scoreboard (?) above Pedro's head would've appeared in the shot, but the background appears to be a solid color like in Percival's. Also, I think Pedro's dark sleeve would've shown up on the leg, but it appears the leg is whole like in Percival's. I also think Pedro's head would blend into the dark background because of his skin color, but you can make out a head coming out of the dark background like in Percival's.

Fun discussion!

The Angels In Order said...

Upon more research I think it looks more like a 1993 Fleer: silver border, player/team name bar on the left side. Just cant figure out who.

Matt F. said...

We have an answer! It's not quite what we hoped for but at least we can now sleep at night.

http://www.heartbreakingcards.com/2011/11/answer-to-thorzuls-quest-to-figure-out.html

Josh D. said...

What a relief! ;-)