News broke last night that baseball card empire Topps has included musician Jack White in its upcoming 2015 Series I set. The former White Stripe and Michigan native is rocking a retro Detroit Stars jersey, snapped during an appearance at the Tigers’ Comerica Park last summer.
The card is being labeled an “insert,” so it’ll be a bit rarer than cards of, say, the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander. But it’s uncertain how many White cards will be issued.
What we do know is that music writer (and Vanyaland contributor) Annie Zaleski has created her own Jack White baseball card, dismissing the Stars’ gray threads for a beautiful old-school Chicago Cubs jersey. And her design, which she posted yesterday, mimics one of our favorite Topps years ever, the 1985 look that boasted rookie cards from Roger Clemens and Team USA’s Mark McGwire.
White is listed as a pitcher.
And if you recognize White’s scowl, you’ll remember his stink face was caught by TV cameras at Wrigley Field last July.
Check out both cards below. We prefer Zaleski’s, even after the Cubs stole Jon Lester away from our hometown Red Sox.