An old, tubby New Yorker who looks like a stereotypical baseball card shop owner from Queens may have just saved the card industry as we know it last weekend.
Forty-two-year-old Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon blasted a home run off of San Diego Padres pitcher James Shields last Saturday and became the oldest player in MLB history to hit his first home run. The moment was captured by Topps baseball cards, which now manufactures "on demand" cards. Topps sold 8,826 cards featuring Colon's clout in 24 hours - a new record for "Topps Now," according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.
Many people social media Saturday poked fun at how long it took Colon to run the bases and just the sight of a man Colon's size blasting a homer was humorous. Topps immediately jumped at the opportunity to produce a Colon card. The caption reads, "The impossible becomes possible - Colon his first career HR at age 42."
Topps Now began this year. They take popular moments in sports and sell and produce "as many cards as are ordered in 24 hours. Each of the cards sell for $9.99," according to Rovell.