|Sy Berger, the Father of the Modern Baseball Card|
Just saw the news today that Sy Berger passed away.
He started with the Topps Company long before they created baseball cards. It was he who was tasked by the Shorin brothers to develop the company's first baseball cards. Berger set out to create what we know now as the modern baseball cards. Complete with statistics, player information, and biographies, the 1952 Topps set became a landmark that every other card set, from Topps or their competition, have had to meet. Only few sets have come close.
Many of us who collect may have never met the man. But those of us who have studied the Hobby know the man. We owe him a debt of gratitude for improving on a medium that had been around for decades and made collecting sports cards relevant and a part of childhoods for generations.
My condolences go out to the Berger family, the Topps Company, and to collectors everywhere. We have lost a legend in our Hobby.
James B. Anama