No matter when you were born, trading cards aren’t what they used to be.
For the older set, they’re not the pieces of printed cardboard that you misguidedly used to clip to the spokes of your bicycle wheels. (Why did you do that to a 1955 Topps Mickey Mantle card?)
The younger set doesn’t even know what trading cards are. Fools.
But, I’m part of the generation that bridges the two — the generation that still loved collecting baseball cards, in part because we thought it would be worth something one day.
Turns out, they’re largely worthless. But that doesn’t mean we can reminisce about the waning days of trading cards, including back when the PGA Tour got into the business of trading cards.
Don’t ask how I got into this, but I spent a good hour reviewing the 1992 Pro Set of PGA Tour trading cards. And it was a fascinating look back at how the PGA Tour was 21 years ago.
That was back when the PGA Tour and PGA European Tour (which is known today simply as the European Tour) were a pair of separate tours, whose biennial meetings in the Ryder Cup was an exotic meeting of the United States and Europe.
That was back when a logo on the hat was strange.
That was back when Kirk Triplett didn’t wear a bucket hat.
That was back when Fred Funk was a fresh-faced tour player, not too long after leaving the head-coaching gig at the University of Maryland.
That was back when the PGA Tour valued Q-school so much that they put a graduate’s six-round scores on their trading card.
That was back when the haircut Charley Hoffman dons today was not all that original.
Enjoy a look back into history at the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and Ben Hogan Tour as remembered in 1992 (through the prism of the 1991 season).