This morning I considered making my own Robert Redford fantasy Goudey card. I felt inspired because I saw The Natural for the first time last night from start to finish.
I had often watched bits & pieces of the 1984 Barry Levinson classic, but I had never before seen the seminal, opening twenty minutes. The film was playing on some Goliathan, commercial-heavy network yesterday, likely as some unsavory effort to capitalize on news of the recent death of Ruth Ann Steinhagen, who quietly passed away in December of 2012. (However, I suppose the broadcast could also simply be due to the fact that the baseball season is about to begin.) Steinhagen was of the course the mentally unstable fan and femme fatale of sorts who shot Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ed Waitkus–events that thus inspired the story of The Natural.
In any case, I toyed around with the idea of creating this tribute fantasy card when I stumbled upon this. As Solomon is attributed to saying in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “there is nothing new under the sun,” and apparently someone had already thought the same as me. I would love to give credit where credit is due, but I found this posted by an anonymous Brit on some random ebay forum. Yet whoever created this Robert Redford fantasy Goudey card, they did a commendable job.