Here are all 10 Topps cards commemorating Will Ferrell's epic 10-team day at Spring Training
Baseball cards are tradeable, portable, cardboard time capsules of baseball's history. There's Mickey Mantle's rookie card, featuring a fresh-faced youngster looking over his shoulder. Ken Griffey's Jr. rookie card started the '90s card boom -- if not a separate one for men's turtlenecks -- and Brian Harper's 1993 card forever displays the advent of mobile telephone technology. It's the baseball card equivalent of "2001: A Space Odyssey."
This spring, nothing was more in need of card commemoration than Will Ferrell's 10-team, 10 position Arizona odyssey. In camp as part of an upcoming HBO special (stay tuned for more info on that) from Funny Or Die in partnership with Major League Baseball, the day raised money in the fight against cancer, with much of his equipment being auctioned off for charity. Some of the gear that wasn't auctioned found its way to the Baseball Hall of Fame:
Starting on Wednesday, Topps 2015 Baseball Archives packs will include Ferrell cards depicting each of his different MLB appearances, with designs inspired by classic Topps years. Autographed versions of each card, numbered to 10, will be randomly inserted for fans lucky enough to pull the right packs.
Ferrell started his day in Oakland, so we'll start with this take on the 1965 Topps.
Ferrell was then traded to the Mariners, where he is featured in a 1957-card style:
Then to the Angels and the 1972 Topps. That's also the first year Nolan Ryan pitched for the Angels or went to an All-Star game. Though Bobby Grich, Ferrell's favorite player, wouldn't join the team until '77.
Ferrell was then sent to the Cubs, his time in Wrigley blue commemorated with a 1973 card. Beyond that being the last season for Ron Santo in a Cubs uniform, it was one of the toughest for Cubs fans. The team was eight games up for first place in the NL East on July 1, only to go 17-37 over the next two months and finish five games back.
Ferrell then became a D-back, receiving a 1981 card for his efforts.
The comedian was then sent to Cincinnati. While his card unfortunately doesn't feature the fake beard that he donned in the dugout, he does get a spiffy 1982 look.
Ferrell was late to his next game, so his helicopter entrance has been captured for all-time on this 1985-style card. That's the year that a 40-year-old Tom Seaver led the club in ERA and Carlton Fisk reached his age in home runs with 37.
On to the last game of the day, Ferrell was sent to the Padres, commemorated in this 1983 card. It's not surprising -- after all, that year's set is perhaps most well known for Tony Gwynn's rookie card:
Joining his final team of the day, Ferrell took the mound for the Dodgers. Naturally, since that is Ferrell's current team (did he ever file his retirement papers?), he gets the 2015 treatment: