Derek Jeter, Mickey Mantle and George Bush on one baseball card

MANTLE, DUBYA PART OF TOPPS BASEBALL CARD GIMMICK: This may not go down as famously as the Billy Ripken 1989 Fleer baseball card that had F*** FACE written on the knob of his bat, but a card that’s part of the new 2007 Topps set featuring Derek Jeter has a couple of quirks that may not be evident to A-Rod as he goes ripping through bubble gum packs in search of a new friend.

Look to the left, in the dugout. That’s the late Mickey Mantle. And to the right? That’s George W. Bush making his way down the aisle.

As MSNBC news anchor and ESPN Radio personality Keith Olbermann notes on his blog, the presence of Mantle and Bush on this card “tells me this is a publicity stunt, but it’s a good one.”

It also causes Olbermann, a big Yankees fan and avid card collector, to lament: “If Mickey Mantle was in uniform for the Yankees last year, why in the hell didn’t they DH him in the playoffs against Detroit?

As far as baseball card oddities go, we’re more appreciative of subtle humor rather than one Photoshop provides.

For our pennies, we’ll take the 1990 Upper Deck card of Bill Buckner as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Note the giant tarpaulin hole between Buckner’s legs (think Mookie Wilson’s fateful ground ball).

Sounds like there’s at least one Bosox (or Mets?) fan at Upper Deck. Hehe.