Mets Card of the Week: 1989 Randy Myers


On this date in 1989, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel was in its second week at the top of the Billboard charts, having supplanted Milli Vanilli’s “Blame It on the Rain” at the number one spot. Christmas 1989 was to see “Another Day in Paradise” become Phil Collins’ seventh and final chart topper.

So all things considered, I would have preferred to spend that December curled up with a Sports Talk Player, listening to this Topps/LJN Randy Myers card.

Topps teamed with toymaker LJN to produce these “talking” cards for just the one year– early in 1990, LJN was sold to videogame maker Acclaim and the company abandoned the toy market.

The set contained 163 current and retired player cards, along with a checklist. This Randy Myers card carries a different front photo than his regular-issue 1989 card; the bottom half of the card back is essentially the same, but for a unique card number and a line that reads “New York Mets 1988 N.L. East Champs.”

The top half of the card back is where things get really funky. There is a square, clear-plastic overlay that contains a small circular section, upon which fine grooves are imprinted. This is the section that would be placed face down in the Sports Talk Player in order to listen to the card.

The sound quality on these cards is not exactly hi-fi, and amounts to approximately two minutes of highly compressed, out-of-pitch audio. The content is mostly players sharing career highlights, along with old radio calls of noteworthy plays, all hosted by the seemingly helium-fed Joe Torre and Don Drysdale.

The cards retailed for about a buck apiece upon release, but I picked this one up recently for a literal penny. Unfortunately, I don’t own the Sports Talk Player, so I’m left to wonder at the wisdom that Randall K no doubt imparts…

Here’s an example of the Sports Talk Player in action:

4 comments for “Mets Card of the Week: 1989 Randy Myers

  1. SteveJRogers
    December 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Interesting gimmick. I guess precursor to the CDRom “cards” that Upper Deck would produce about a decade later.

    • December 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Back in 1964, a company named Auravision released a set of player picture discs (no Mets), and if memory serves, Post used to print cutout sports highlights discs on the back of cereal boxes in the ’60s/’70s. So Topps/LJN had their own precursors…

  2. December 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Good stuff Doug! Hope you get the player and get to live out your December 1989 dreams.

  3. steevy
    December 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I never liked the trade of Myers for Franco.

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