Monday, April 29, 2013

George Costanza Collected

The other night I was watching a Seinfeld rerun. "The Doorman" was one of those episodes that usually gets left off of top 10 lists for the series (with good reason), but still has its moments. The most memorable sequence involves Kramer's invention of the male support undergarment, or "Bro." (Later changed to "Manssiere.")

While watching, something caught my eye. In this episode, Frank Costanza, newly separated from Estelle, is living with George for the time being. Frank asks Kramer to return his hi-fi so he can listen to some cha-cha records. Soon, Frank, Kramer, and George want to get something to eat, and Frank decides to change his shirt. It's in this scene where something in the background jumps out at you, if you're a collector.

It's a promo poster for 1995 Score. This is the type of thing one would commonly see in the late 1980s and early 1990s at places called "card shops," small businesses specializing in sports cards and related memorabilia. By 1995, the decline had already begun, with many collectors leaving the hobby. Some returned, some stayed away, but George Costanza was a constant. He loved 1995 Score more than any other set that year, never really having jumped on the Finest bandwagon. It can be assumed that Frank Costanza caught the collecting bug after his days as an Army cook in Inchon, Korea, 1950. The end of his tour of duty could have coincided fairly well with the release of the iconic 1952 Topps set, and George must have naturally followed in his father's footsteps.

Here's a close look at the poster. You can watch the whole scene here.

Yup, George collected.


Chris Harris said...

Freeze it at the 0:28 mark and look to the left of Frank Cosanza's head. Yep, that's an oversized 1967 Topps Yankees Team Card.

Fuji said...

During the 90's, Seinfeld was one of the few things that trumped sports cards. Great episode... and I definitely remember seeing that poster back in the day.