I always get a kick out of seeing baseball cards pop up on film and in television shows. I looked around online and didn't find a definitive list of movies and TV shows featuring baseball cards, so I set out to compile one myself. I'm going to need the help of readers to update/improve the list, so please comment, tweet, or email me with any additions, clarifications, or corrections.
Keep in mind I haven't personally seen everything in the list, so it might not be completely accurate. As far as the scope, I'm mainly interested in when real baseball cards are shown on screen.. but I think I'll be flexible enough to also include "made up" cards, and could also include non-baseball trading cards, and baseball memorabilia if it's notable enough. I'll sometimes even include mentions of cards, though ideally they will be shown on screen.
A couple more notes: There are a lot of pictures, so I kept the display size small in an effort to keep the page's file size down, but I encourage you to click on any image to enlarge it. Also, while videos of many of these can be found online, I won't include links to any "unauthorized" uploads, simply because they often get taken down and then I'm left with a bunch of dead links. But by all means, if something interests you and you want to watch it, try searching for it on YouTube, DailyMotion, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.
Ok, let's go!
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 television special) - There's a scene where Lucy argues with Schroeder that Beethoven wasn't so great. "He never got his picture on bubblegum cards, did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubblegum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had his picture on bubblegum cards?"
A Christmas Story (1983 film) - There are three cards on Ralphie's headboard in this holiday classic: John Rucker 1940 Play Ball, T206 Ed Reulbach ("glove showing" version), and T206 Jimmy Hart. The movie takes place in 1940 in an Indiana town outside of Chicago. Only Reulbach has any clear connection to the area, playing for the Cubs from 1905-1913, winning 182 games and two World Series titles with Chicago.
A League of Their Own (1992 film) - This sports comedy-drama tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) of the 1940s. One of the players hands manager Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) a card to sign, which he promptly tears up. Looks like it might be a 1934 Goudey Jimmy Foxx. Hopefully they only used a reprint! It's also worth noting that the theatrical poster, the soundtrack CD cover, and some of the blu-ray releases of the movie feature similar artwork showing baseball cards created of Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, and Madonna.
According to Jim (2002 episode "Cheryl's Day Off" [Season 1, Episode 21]) - This episode begins with Jim Belushi's character fighting to save his Ernie Banks rookie card from being eaten by his baby, who has apparently gotten into a few baseball cards strewn on the floor. Jim pulls away the gnawed Mr. Cub card and gives the baby a card of a lesser player to chew instead. ("Here-- Rube Walker, lifetime .227-- Eat him!") The actual cards used seem to be 2001 Topps. The damaged "Ernie Banks rookie" is actually 2001 Topps #471 Tom Lampkin. There are another couple cards in the mix I haven't been able to identify (perhaps creations by the show's prop department), but the card the baby is chewing at the end of the scene is an altered version of the same '01 Lampkin (back border has been turned purple, back photo covered up, and name changed to "pitch...") but the stat area is definitely Lampkin, evidenced by the background photo.
The Accountant (2016 film) - Crime thriller starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, and J. K. Simmons. A little after an hour into the movie, a drawer is pulled out containing a T206 Honus Wagner, a T205 Dick Hoblitzell, and a 1915 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson, plus a pair of old comic books including Action Comics with the first appearance of Superman, and All-American Comics #16 from 1940, featuring the first appearance of Green Lantern on the cover. Neither comic used are original issues.
The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1994 episode "Don't Tread on Pete" [S1 E6]) - A character named Trader Tim is introduced. He swaps multiple items at lunch and is rumored to have traded up for a fig bar and a 1909 Honus Wagner.
Alone Together (2018 episode "The Big One" [S1 E7]) - A Fred McGriff autographed bat is referenced near the end of this episode.
American Dad (2016 episode "Mine Struggle" [S11 E18]) - In a flashback, while playing a treasure hunt game with a young Steve, Stan buries a pack of baseball cards in a box for Steve to find, although he is more distracted by the rocks in the dirt pile. When Steve opens the pack, he finds it is full of Ken Griffey, Jr. rookie baseball cards, which Stan immediately takes away, swapping him the mineral rights on the Smith property so he may play with his rocks and Stan can secure the valuable cards. Years later however, they find what they believe to be a large salt deposit on the property and Steve is pressured to sell the rights to the Gordon Salt Company. Stan is still satisfied with his baseball cards, until he learns that Roger has destroyed them by placing them in the spokes of a bicycle. When the property is revealed to have a surprise owner later in the episode, Griffey is listed among the candidates.
American Pickers (show) - There's an episode where Frank buys a couple monster boxes filled with various baseball cards in top loaders. Some vintage cards and some newer cards seem to be visible in the stacks.
The Americans (00s show) - In one episode, there are 1987 Topps cards on Henry's headboard.
Antiques Roadshow (show) - One episode featured a collection of 300 tobacco cards, including Ty Cobb. Suggested Insurance estimate was 200k. I would assume other baseball cards and memorabilia have popped up in other episodes of this long-running appraisal series, as well.
Author! Author! (1982 film) - This Al Pacino comedy-drama is about a Broadway playwright who strives to solve his family and relationship troubles while also trying to get a new play into production. It has a scene near the end where the eldest son gets baseball cards from one of the other kids, and gets really excited about it.
The Avengers (2012 film) - Agent Coulson had 1941 Captain America trading cards in his locker. After Coulson is stabbed, Nick Fury uses the blood stained cards to motivate the Avengers. While there were no real cards of Captain America issued in the 1940s, similar cards were made available in 2012. If you shelled out the $100 for the set, you got both the normal and blood stained versions.
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977 film) - Timmy Lupus, sick at home, has a nice pile of 1964 Topps Giants. A shy, bedridden outfielder for the team who broke his leg while skateboarding and only appears early on in the film, Timmy cannot join the team on their trip to Houston. He's good friends with Tanner Boyle, who carries the mantra "Let's win one for the Looper" during the team's journey.
Baywatch (1993 episodes "Shattered, Part I and II" [S3 E19-20) - Mitch (David Hasselhoff) ends up in a wheelchair after suffering an injury while rescuing teens trapped on a cliff. He befriends Jason, a boy also in a wheelchair. Jason shows Mitch his best baseball cards, including a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey, Jr. rookie. Turns out Jason witnessed a murder and is in danger from bad guys who want to silence him... permanently. Jason is then kidnapped, and drops a trail of 1989 Upper Deck cards on the ground to help Mitch track him down before it's too late.
Better Call Saul (2016 episode "Cobbler" [S2 E2]) - Pryce, a wannabe drug dealer, not only has his drug supply and cash stolen by members of another drug crew, but they also swipe his prized baseball card collection with valuable cards from the likes of Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron. When he finally gets them back, they are loose in a monster box. The box of cards used in the show, while supposed to be a collection worth thousands, would be quickly dismissed by knowledgeable collectors as actually just full of overproduction era stuff like '88 Donruss and '91 Fleer.
Beverly Hills 90210 (1993 episode "Duke's Bad Boy" [S3 E23]) - Brandon struggles with his gambling debt and considers selling his baseball cards to make some quick cash. He looks through his shoebox full of cards, with a 1993 Topps #56 Chad Mottola draft pick shown on top. His dad enters his room to have a talk, and is impressed with a Jose Canseco rookie card: "Oh, what's this? Jose Canseco rookie card. Must be worth 6 or 7 bucks." Brandon answers back, "Twenty, if it's mint." We can tell the Canseco his dad picks up is 1986 Topps Traded.
Big (1988 film) - During the opening credits of this Tom Hanks classic, the boys each open a pack of 1987 Topps, and Josh goes through his pack ("Need it, got it, got it, need it..."). Tough to pick out specific cards, but one seems to be Eric Show.
Blast from the Past (1999 film) - Romantic-comedy starring Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone. The movie focuses on a naive 35-year old man, Adam (Fraser), who spent his entire life living in a fallout shelter with his parents until he eventually has to venture outside for supplies. Among his possessions is a cigar box full of his father's old baseball cards. He goes to a card shop where the owner lowballs him for his cards, including multiple 1952 and 1953 Mantles and 1954 Ted Williams. Eve (Silverstone), a young lady who works in the shop, sets him straight and is fired. They leave and he spills his box of cards on the sidewalk. Eve helps him pick them up, then Adam offers her a 1933 Goudey #119 Rogers Hornsby in exchange for a ride, and also pulls out some other cards to entice her. Identifiable here are 1951 Bowman #2 Yogi Berra and 1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson. As you'd expect, real vintage cards weren't used in the movie, as all the cards are actually modern reprints from the 1980s and 90s.
Blue Bloods (2011 episode "Little Fish" [S1 E11]) - There are baseball cards featured in a scene. Need more details.
Bob's Burgers (2018 episode "Mission Impos-slug-ble" [S8 E20]) - Not baseball related, but the episode revolves around the kids retrieving Burobo (Pokemon-like) cards from a mean teacher.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989 film) - The film depicts the life of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) over a twenty-year period, detailing his childhood, his military service and paralysis during the Vietnam War, and his transition to anti-war activism. There's a scene before Ron leaves for Vietnam where he's listening to the Yankee game and several baseball cards are shown tacked up on his dresser.
Boys Meets World (90s show) - In several episodes, you can see cards on the walls in Cory and Eric's room, such as a 1993 Upper Deck Phillies team set framed on the back wall. The show takes place in Philadelphia and plenty of local sports stuff pops up over the course of the series (Eagles, 76ers, Flyers, and Phillies). There are also a couple other specific baseball card references in the show (below).
Boy Meets World (1993 episode "Grandma was a Rolling Stone" [S1 E7]) - Cory's grandmother (Rue McClanahan) drops in and gives him a Cal Ripken rookie card-- which card collectors can clearly tell is specifically Cal's 1982 Fleer #176-- and says she's taking him on a road trip to Baltimore on Sunday to get it signed. Cory is ecstatic and asks how she got the card, to which she deadpans she shot a man in Reno just to watch him die and then pried it out of his cold, dead fingers. "...Or I bought it for 7 bucks at a swapmeet. You make the call." The next scene shows Cory looking through a binder of cards, excited for the next day's trip. But Grandma splits in the night and leaves Cory high and dry. He's upset at first, but then realizes she's a flakey lady but he still loves her. At the end of the episode, Cory and Shawn are looking at his cards and Shawn tells him the Ripken is worth more like $150, not $7. It's hard for the viewer to get a good look at the cards in the binder, but they appear to be various years of Fleer.
Boy Meets World (1994 episode "Risky Business" [S1 E16]) - In the middle of this episode about gambling and risk, Cory is babysitting his little sister when he abruptly leaves her alone to go with his buddy Shawn to a pizzeria where Lenny Dykstra is eating dinner. The pizzeria scene isn't shown (Lenny Dykstra doesn't appear in the episode), but Cory and Shawn return home happy with a dozen autographed Lenny Dykstra rookie cards, only to find that in their absence the little girl broke a window and ran off. The viewer doesn't get a great look at the cards, but give the prop guy credit, as it appears the cards are in fact 1986 Donruss #482 Lenny Dykstra rookies.
Brewster's Millions (1985 film) - A minor league baseball player (Richard Pryor) has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal. There are packs of baseball card among his possessions, though I'm not sure they get much screen time. Cards were planned to play a larger part in the movie, but instead they used the famous "Inverted Jenny" upside down stamp. Some of the packs from the film have since been auctioned off by a dealer who deals in movie props. These such packs are stamped "Universal Studios Prop Department" on the back, and have apparently included a 1967 cello pack and 1974 Topps wax pack among them.
Canadian Pickers (2010s show) - The reality show (also syndicated as "Cash Cowboys" outside of Canada, and similar in format to American Pickers) has an episode where the guys go to a card shop in Montreal and do some buying. They show multiple hockey and baseball cards and the guys buy an autographed jersey and a couple autographed hockey 8x10's while in there. Almost half the episode takes place in the card shop and the owner even takes the pickers to the basement were he keeps stuff that the public doesn't get to see.
Cheers (80s-90s show) - In Sam Malone's office, there are framed displays of T205 and T206 cards visible on the wall in some episodes.
Clarissa Explains It All (90s show) - The main character's little brother collects cards in at least one episode.
Coach (1991 episode "A Father and Son Reunion" [S3 E21]) - Hayden finds Luther's long-lost father, who is running a memorabilia shop. Luther says that it explains what happened to his baseball cards, which evidently disappeared the same time as his father.
Comic Book Villains (2002 film) - Cards are mentioned at the end.
The Commish (90s show) - There's an episode that had supposedly old cards featured, but they are obviously 90s cards used.
Cop and a Half (1993 film) - A guy's angry girlfriend tosses his baseball cards out of their apartment window in one scene.
Cop Out (2010 film) - Police officers (Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan) hunt down a valuable stolen mint condition 1952 Topps #1 Andy Pafko.
Criminal Minds (2006 show) - A 1963 Topps Nellie Fox is shown in an episode. Fox was Gideon's favorite player growing up.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 episode "The Wire" [S1 E6]) - Larry's agent Jeff takes in a foster kid who then robs his house, including his baseball card collection which is said to include a nice Mickey Mantle. Baseball also pops up in the plot of later episodes of this HBO series, such as a Joe Pepitone jersey ("The Anonymous Donor" [S6 E2]), and there's a great episode with Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner ("Mister Softee" [S8 E9]).
The Dan Patrick Show (show) - Among other sports stuff, a (signed?) 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken can often be seen displayed in front of Dan on this syndicated sports talk show.
D.E.A. (show) - In one episode, they walk into someone's house and find a bunch of old Stadium Club in boxes on the ground.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 episode "My Blond-Haired Brunette" [S1 E2]) - Dick's son Richie collects baseball cards in this classic tv series. In this particular episode, Dick comes home and gives Richie a couple packs of baseball cards. At the end of the episode, Richie is seen holding a stack of cards, revealed to be 1961 Topps by the looks of their backs. While no other cards are shown in the series, Richie's hobby is mentioned in a few other episodes: "Jealousy!" (The beautiful guest actress demonstrates she knows about Rob and his family at the end by mentioning she knows Richie likes baseball cards), "The Unwelcome Houseguest" (Richie lists off the stuff he has packed up for a family trip: "I've got my sweater, my pajamas, my baseball cards, my teethbrush, and my half a teddy bear."), "A Word a Day" (Turns out Richie traded 200 baseball cards to another kid for a turtle), and "A Bird in the Head Hurts" (Laura mentions that Richie has about a thousand baseball cards and a picture of Willie Mays on his dresser).
Diff'rent Strokes (80s show) - One episode has a scene where the red-haired kid (Danny Cooksey) is sorting Topps cards. Need more details on this one.
Diminished Capacity (2008 film) - This movie concerns an old guy (Alan Alda) who has a rare pre-war card in mint condition that he's looking to sell for a big payday. A relative (Matthew Broderick) takes him to a card show which includes an appearance by Ernie Banks. The card used in the movie seems to be a T206 Frank "Wildfire" Schulte (Chicago Cubs) from 1908.
Duckman (1995 episode "The Germ Turns" [S2 E6]) - This animated adult-oriented series originally airing on the USA Network had an episode where Duckman [Jason Alexander], in a desperate attempt to be a better father, pampers his boys by showering them with gifts, including "video games, pogs, sizzling CDs by some of today's hottest and most sociopathic rap stars, and to top it off: rare, rookie season baseball cards featuring each of your favorite players." The cards are only shown for a split-second and aren't very identifiable, but there's lots of red. Perhaps they're 1990 Donruss cards? I'll bet the likes of Juan Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa, and John Olerud are in there.
Dumb and Dumber (1994 film) - They trade a sack of marbles, some baseball cards, and Petey in exchange for a few extra dollars outside of their travel fund.
Encyclopedia Brown (1989 episode "The Case of the Burglared Baseball Cards") - Set at a card show, the episode features a made up player with a made up card that looks like a bastardization of a 1988 Donruss.
Everyone Loves Raymond (1996 episode "The Ball" [S1 E12]) - When Ray confronts his dad about a Mickey Mantle signed baseball he gave him as a child, Frank admits that it is a fake and that he signed it himself. Ray is very hurt and decides never to lie to his kids. His resolution is put to test when Ally asks about Santa Claus.
Everyone Loves Raymond (1997 episode "The Children's Book" [S2 E8]) - There's a scene where Ray is sitting at his computer talking to his wife, and there are what look like four 1990 Topps cards visible on his file cabinet in the background. Can anyone identify these?
Everyone Loves Raymond (1999 episode "Big Shots" [S3 E19]) - In order to impress Robert at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ray tries to use his status as a sports writer to jump to the front of the line to meet the 1969 Mets. Robert wants to wait in the line, but Ray insists on cutting the line, specifically in an attempt to get Art Shamsky's autograph.
The Fairly OddParents (2008 episode "Fairly OddBaby" [S6 E1]) - Nickelodeon cartoon. Cosmo is pregnant and has cravings, so he eats Timmy’s baseball cards. He confirms Darryl Strawberry does not taste like a Strawberry.
Family Guy (2017 episode "Peter's Lost Youth" [S15 E17]) - Peter gets jealous when Lois upstages him at a Red Sox Fantasy Baseball camp. In one scene, the coach says they all want her to sit with the players at the head table, telling her, "You're the only one here who doesn't have a fist full of baseball cards for us to sign!" As the coach is talking, Peter slowly pulls out a fist full of baseball cards from his pocket. He quickly puts them back dejectedly and says, "I wasn't gonna have 'em sign 'em, I was just gonna tell 'em their stats." Baseball cards have been mentioned other times on this long-running animated series, too. In one, Mayor West randomly says he hates baseball cards: "Oh, God. I love this song. And I love it when amateurs sing the lyrics. But I hate baseball cards." In another episode, Peter chews gum from a pack of cards: "I'm all hopped up on hard baseball card gum. [Peter crunches baseball card gum] Mmmm. It's like eating a Mastercard."
Family Matters (1992 episode "Love and Kisses" [S3 E20]) - As the episode opens, Eddie and Waldo are admiring Urkel's cards sprawled out on the dining room table. Urkel reveals he owns two Mickey Mantle rookie cards in mint condition. Later in the episode he trades one to R&B singer Johnny Gill in exchange for Gill singing to Laura. Steve is scheming to get a kiss from the girl he adores, but ends up fainting just before his big moment. (Serious card collectors would have pointed out to Urkel that the 1952 Topps Mantle, while a very desirable card, isn't considered his rookie card, as Mickey has an earlier issue in the 1951 Bowman set.) Steve also drops the names Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner while trying to book Gill to sing at his future wedding. The cards used in the show all seem to be 1952 Topps reprints.
The Fan (1996 film) - Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes) is a San Francisco Giants star player who deals with an obsessed fan. At one point in the movie, a Bobby Rayburn baseball card is shown, appearing to be a '96 Leaf card.
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989 film) - This movie about development of the U.S. nuclear weapons program of the early 40s shows John Cusack's character is pinning several old cards to a bulletin board in his barracks.
Field of Dreams (1989 film) - The opening shows Cracker Jack cards of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta, who plays Shoeless Joe in the film, is pictured).
Frasier (90s show) - There's an episode where Sam Malone (Ted Danson), the former ballplayer from Cheers, visits Frasier in Seattle. At one point, Frasier's dad (John Mahoney) pulls out a binder of baseball cards hoping to get one signed by Sam.
Fred & Vinnie (2011 film) - One of the characters always carries his binder of baseball cards around with him.
The Fugitive (1965 episode "Nemesis" [S2 E5]) - Dr. Richard Kimble escapes in Lt. Gerard's car, but unbeknownst to him, Gerard's son (played by Kurt Russell) is in the backseat. The boy has football cards with him, including a Jim Brown, and drops a trail of them out the window so his father can track him.
Full House (1993 episode "Please Don't Touch the Dinosaur" [S6 E18]) - Stephanie cleans Joey's car and finds some baseball cards from 1968. DJ takes a look at them: "Look at these guys! Wilbur Wood, bad hair. Nolan Ryan, bad hair. Don Zimmer, no hair. Hey, this Jim Palmer guy's pretty cute." Stephanie keeps the cute guy's card, but gives the others to DJ's boyfriend Steve, who then takes off. Rebecca pops in, sees the card and says, "Hey, what's this? Jim Palmer, the guy from the underwear ads. Wow, he looks good even with his pants on!" Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) then explains that her brother is a card collector, and oh by the way, his Nolan Ryan 1968 rookie card is now worth over $2000. Steph and DJ are like, "!!!" They try to get ahold of Steve, but by the time they do, he has already sold the card to a 9 year-old for $30. The cards used in the show are actually 1991 Topps at first, though the card Rebecca looks at is a 1982 Topps #80 Jim Palmer. Give the prop guy credit for using a real Jim Palmer card, I guess, even if the year was off. It is a little strange when the card backs go from being salmon colored to green all of a sudden.
Garage Sale Mystery: Guilty Until Proven Innocent (2016 film) - Lori Loughlin is back in the hobby again in this Hallmark made-for-tv movie. No sexy Jim Palmer cards for her this time, but she plays an antiques dealer who solves crime in her spare time. A man is murdered over a stack of vintage cards including a T205 and an E90 Philadelphia Caramel Shoeless Joe Jackson card, all in screwdowns, and Lori's character investigates after an old college friend becomes the prime suspect.
Gilmore Girls (2002 episode "Dead Uncles and Vegetables" [S2 E17]) - Luke's uncle dies and leaves a list of stuff he wants buried with him, including his baseball card collection (not shown). Luke explains to Lorelai why he thinks his uncle was a jerk. "The man was rotten and mean and selfish all his life. For God's sake, he's even selfish in death. Other people would've loved to have had those baseball cards. I would've loved to have those baseball cards. He's got Lou Gehrig's rookie card, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, tons of others – but no! My uncle, King Tut, has to take all of them to the afterlife with him!"
Girl 6 (1996 film) - Spike Lee's character talks about baseball cards, including about how he owns autographed cards of Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. "My retirement plan is to collect one thousand 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookies and when they get to $1000 a piece, then I will have my first million dollars."
The Goldbergs (2015 episode "The Adam Bomb" [S2 E17]) - This episode features Barry looking through a baseball card binder at one point. The show is set in Philadelphia in the 80s and features occasional card/memorabilia references. Baseball player Rubén Amaro, Jr. (played by Niko Guardado) is a recurring character.
Good Will Hunting (1997 film) - There are vintage cards on the wall and behind the desk of the character played by Robin Williams. Attempting to identify the cards gives us: ?, Cracker Jack Joe Jackson, ?, '34 Goudey Gehrig, Diamond Stars Hubbell, Diamond Stars Hornsby, '41 Play Ball DiMaggio, '52 Bowman Mantle, '53 Topps Jackie Robinson.
Goodfellas (1990 film) - At an hour and 5 minutes into this classic gangster flick, Morrie the wig guy says: "I want my money, he owes it, otherwise pitch baseball cards, kid" and mimics flipping cards.
The Goonies (1985 film) - When the Goonies encounter the skeleton of lost explorer Chester Copperpot, Mikey finds a beat-up old Lou Gehrig card among his stuff. The card used in the movie is actually a Lou Gehrig "All-Time Grand Slam Leader" card from 1973 Topps.
The Groomsmen (2006 film) - This comedy stars Edward Burns, John Leguizamo and Jay Mohr. Mohr and Leguizamo's characters were close friends until Leguizamo stole his '67 Tom Seaver rookie.
Growing Pains (80s show) - Ben is trying to build a set of Donruss cards. He holds the pack to his head chanting Paul O'Neill over and over. Confirmation needed on this one.
Hart to Hart (1982 episode "The Harts Strike Out" [S3 E22]) - A boy inherits a briefcase of sweet baseball cards that soon get stolen by a pair of crooks. The Harts (Robert Wagner & Stephanie Powers) try to recover it, culminating in a flipping contest with an old man who has the cards. Among them is a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. It appears they use real star cards from the '50s like Musial and Clemente. They flipped cards by holding them against the wall about 5 feet high, and letting them drop. Yikes, hope they weren't real cards!
Heaven Help Us (1985 film) - Characters played by Kevin Dillon and John Heard flip cards in a scene in this comedy-drama. Heard is a teacher at the school run by monks and gives Dillon back his Mantle saying, "Don't bet what you can't afford to lose." Looks like 1964 Topps cards?
Hey Arnold! (1996 episode "The Baseball" [S1 E5b]) - Fictional ballplayer Mickey Kaline is featured prominently in a couple episodes of this Nickelodeon cartoon. He is Arnold's favorite baseball player and plays for the Hillwood Black Sox. He retires after hitting a homer on the final swing of his career, which Arnold catches and gives back to him. Kaline pops up again in the 1998 episode "Dangerous Lumber" (S3 E2a) inspiring Arnold to play in the big game. Some of his cards are shown on display.
Home Alone (1990 film) - When Kevin climbs the shelves in Buzz's room, they collapse and release a Tarantula. Kevin scours the loot and finds cash inside a 1989 Fleer glossy factory set tin. A Fred McGriff card is visible.
Home Improvement (1992 episode "Jill's Birthday" [S1 E16]) - The two older boys blow all their allowance on a stack of baseball cards, apparently a 1991 Topps lot of Detroit Tigers with what seems to be #746 John Shelby on top. Then, needing money for a birthday gift for their mom, trick their younger brother into paying them a Little Brother Tax. The show originally aired 2/4/92. Also, in some other episodes, cards are visible on the walls of their bedroom.
Home Improvement (1993 episode "Dollars and Sense" [S3 E9]) - When the three boys' savings bonds come due, they decide to combine their money and buy a baseball card as an investment. They argue over the names Brooks Robinson, Roger Maris, Sandy Koufax, and Yogi Berra, all the while fighting over a price guide. Their reasoning for investing in a card is that a Honus Wagner card originally sold for a penny and is now worth $450,000: By that math, if they buy a card for $150 now, it could eventually be worth $6 billion. There's a scene in a hobby shop with various cards and memorabilia on display. They check out the likes of Andy Pafko, but ultimately, influenced by their dad, decide to buy an autographed Rick Mears remote controlled car instead, which they soon end up damaging by playing with it. At the end of the episode, their mom returns to the card shop and buys three (unidentified) cards for the boys, plus a Bjorn Borg frying pan for Tim.
Houseguest (1995 film) - Sinbad's character wants to make a killing with 1989 Topps cards. Yeah, good luck!
How I Met Your Mother (2006 episode "Aldrin Justice" [S2 E6]) - Upset with Ted's jerk boss (Bryan Cranston), Lily "takes away one of his toys"—she steals his prized baseball "signed three times by Pete Rose."
Iron Eagle (1986 film) - This action movie features some cards taped to a kids' bedroom wall. When Doug Masters, the young hotshot pilot, goes to find his little brother in his bedroom, plainly visible is a selection of 1985 Topps cards affixed to the bedroom wall, highlighted by a Rickey Henderson All-Star card right next to Doug's face. Pete Rose, Darryl Strawberry, and George Brett are among the other notable players that can easily be picked out.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2010 episode "The Gang Gets a New Member" [S6 E8]) - The gang digs up a time capsule they buried 10 years earlier full of things that they thought would be valuable. The first thing they pull out is a "Gregg Jefferies baseball card". In typical gang fashion, the card isn't even a rookie card or anything special, just his 1997 Score #10, a pretty basic common. Fellow Phillies Chase Utley and Ryan Howard guest in another episode ("The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods" [S6 E11]). HOFer Wade Boggs pops up in another ("The Gang Beats Boggs" [S10 E1]).
It's Garry Shandling's Show (1989 episode "Big Brother" [S3 E16]) - Garry volunteers for the Big Brother program, spending time with a kid who is the son of a fictional football player, the late, great John Coleman, nose tackle for the Saints. "He was famous for helping players up after he tackled 'em," says Garry. "In fact, the picture on his football playing card was like this: [Garry stands up and reaches out his hand]." Also, at the end of the episode, the little boy says he wants to show Garry his baseball cards.
Jacob's Ladder (1990 film) - This psychological horror film starring Tim Robbins features a scene where his son (Macaulay Culkin) drops some baseball cards (1973 Topps) on the road.
Jerry Maguire (1996 film) - Former NBA basketball player Brent Barry is briefly featured in the movie as an athlete who refuses to sign an autograph for a young boy due to a contractual obligation. "I can't sign that particular brand of card. I can only sign Pro-Jam Blue Dot cards."
Jimmy Kimmel Live (2018 episode from October 19th [S16 E142]) - While interviewing Bryan Cranston, Jimmy pulls out an oversized baseball card of Cranston made from a fantasy baseball camp he attended in 1996. Bryan, a big Dodgers fan, also talks a bit about Wally Moon, a favorite player from his youth.
King of Queens (2004 episode "Trash Talker" [S6 E18]) - Arthur is talking to Doug about a boyhood enemy of his who had gotten him kicked out of school by alleging that he had stolen his Moe Berg baseball card. Doug asked him why he said that and Arthur replies that it was because he had in fact stolen it.
King of the Hill (2003 episode "New Cowboy on the Block" [S8 E3]) - Hank has a card of his new neighbor, a Dallas Cowboy from the late 70s.
The Last Boy Scout (1991 film) - Action comedy starring Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans. Wayans plays a former quarterback, and there's a scene where a girl asks him to sign a Pro-Set football card. Confirmation needed.
Leave it to Beaver (1960 episode "Ward's Baseball" [S3 E28]) - Ward is happy with a new display pedestal he just got for an autographed baseball he's had since he was young. He proudly rattles off some names on it-- Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, Ki-Ki Cuyler, Augie Galan-- but wife June is unimpressed. Upstairs, the boys take a greater interest. Bill Dickey and Grover Cleveland Alexander are read off, and Beaver is impressed by the baseball-playing president. Later, Beaver's dimwitted friend Larry comes over and insists on playing catch with the major-league ball. When Larry overthrows, pretending to be Don Drysdale, the ball is crushed by a garbage truck. Larry tries to recreate the baseball by signing "Baby Ruth" and other mangled names on his own 25¢ hardball. Later, Ward takes the ball out to show it off to a friend and the deception is discovered. Ward is furious with Beaver and gives him a stiff punishment. Other episodes have baseball stuff in them too, such as one where the Beav's pals Larry and Whitey have some 1959 Topps cards (anyone know the specific episode?). Another episode has Beaver, Gilbert and Whitey getting in trouble for making a long distance phone call to Dodger Stadium to talk to Don Drysdale, guest-starring as himself.
Little Big League (1994 film) - This movie is about a 12-year-old who suddenly becomes the owner and then manager of the Minnesota Twins. At one point, a baseball card of the kid, Billy Heywood, is shown, resembling a modified 1993 Score card (the back of the cards are also similar to '93 Score). Later, there's a scene where Billy must release his personal favorite Twins player, Jerry Johnson, and tries to make him feel better by pointing out he owns Jerry's baseball card and wouldn't give it up for a Wade Boggs and a Sammy Sosa.
Little Monsters (1989 film) - There are some cards on the kid's (Fred Savage) bedroom wall.
Lizzie McGuire (2002 episode "First Kiss" [S2 E1]) - Matt needs only one baseball card-- a Paul O'Neill-- to complete his card collection but only Melina has it. Melina agrees to give the card to Matt, but only if he does her homework and other chores for her.
The Looney Tunes Show (2009 show) - A 1952 Topps Mantle may have been shown in an episode of this modern Looney Tunes reboot. Confirmation needed.
Mac and Me (1988 film) - Regarded as one of the worst movies of all time, this shameless E.T. ripoff revolves around a family from the Chicago area who move to California and encounter a weird little alien guy. The brothers have some Cubs and Bears gear, and at one point a few Garbage Pail Kids can be seen tacked up on the bedroom wall.
MacGyver (1990 episode "Squeeze Play" [S6 E11]) - A neighborhood boy steals Frank Colton's baseball cards, and Mama Colton asks MacGyver to get them back. He teams up with Wendy, the daughter of former baseball star Novis Riley, and they stumble onto a card counterfeiting operation. The ringleader kidnaps Wendy in an attempt to extort Novis into stealing memorabilia originally used by Reggie Jackson in the 1977 World Series. MacGyver goes undercover as a dorky card collector to get to the bottom of things. Reggie Jackson guest stars as himself. There are a couple scenes in a card shop, and lots of cards and memorabilia are shown. Many '90 Donruss and '90 Topps are displayed on the back wall of the card shop (lol). Among the many cards getting screen time in the episode are '83 Topps Sandberg, '75 Yount, and several nice Bowman cards, including a couple Mantles.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2015 music video "Downtown") - Ken Griffey, Jr. briefly recreates the pose from his iconic 1989 Upper Deck in this music video that got 173 million views on YouTube. Junior later pops up riding a moped. The shoot took place in Spokane, Washington. The artists and directors were big Griffey fans growing up.
Major League (1989 film) - There's a Roberto Clemente card taped up in the locker behind Jobu. Perhaps other cards are shown in the locker too?
The Man from Left Field (1993 film) - This made-for-tv movie was produced and directed by Burt Reynolds. He stars along with Reba McEntire. The story revolves around a homeless man who takes a job coaching a little league baseball team. In one scene, several cards are shown, including a 1986 Topps Charlie Lea, 1993 Topps George Bell, 1993 Topps Joel Adamson, 1990 Donruss Vance Law, and a made up Burt Reynolds card in a 1967 Topps design out front.
Married... With Children (1988 episode "Guys and Dolls" [S2 E14]) - Steve and Al get Bud to take up baseball card-collecting as a hobby, but the men get caught up in it and sell Marcy's collectible Barbie doll to get the money for some rare baseball cards, including a nice Ernie Banks. Another episode (1993's "Dances with Weezie" [S8 E10]) features Ernie Banks, Joe Namath, and Johnny Bench guest-starring as the guys go to the opening of a new sports bar.
Married... With Children (1991 episode "I Who Have Nothing" [S6 E13]) - Al gets depressed that he has nothing to show for his life, so Bud tries to reassure him that it's not totally true, as he happens to have a 45 of "Under The Boardwalk", a baseball card of Joe Nuxhall, and a copy of "Sports Hijinx" on Betamax. Later, Jefferson takes the Nuxhall card and folds it, talking about how he and his friends folded cards into little boats when they were young and would sail them into the sewers. Near the end of the show, Al decides that instead of his prized football (from the time he scored 4 touchdowns in one game), he will leave the Nuxhall card to Bud instead, and be buried with his football.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017 episode "Mrs. X at the Gaslight" [S01E06]) - Abe is recruited to join Bell Labs. Midge's brother Noah and his wife Astrid (a gentile who enthusiastically converted to Judaism to impress the family) visit to join in the celebration. At one point, Astrid is going through a few postcard-sized rabbi info cards with the baby, excited over their big-name pulls. Midge replies, "To be honest, I've never seen rabbi trading cards."
Mask (1985 film) - Based on a true story, Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) is a teenage boy with a misshapen face from birth. He's a card collector, with particular interest in Dodgers. The movie opens with him thumbing through a stack of 1973 Topps (visible are #218 Aurelio Rodriguez, #304 Duke Sims, and #34 Pat Dobson). He displays 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers cards on a board on his wall (mix of Topps and Bowman, with some '56 Topps also squeezing in), highlighted by a 1955 Topps Jackie Robinson. A family friend gives him a card and asks if he needs it, but it's a 1974 Topps Steve Garvey and he already has two of them. The main card he's looking for is 1955 Topps #108 Rube Walker, which he soon manages to score in a trade with a buddy, unloading one of his extra '74 Garvey cards for it (also visible here is a '75 Topps Bill North). There's a scene with Rocky having a fight with his mother (played by Cher) and she tears a 1974 Topps Ron Cey in half (but don't worry, he had 3 of those, too). His grandfather gifts him a 1955 Bowman Pee-Wee Reese card (though collectors will cringe when the old man tacks it directly onto the board, as opposed to Rocky's better method of putting a card in a baggie then tacking the baggie to the wall [looks like he eventually moved Reese into a baggie, too]). The final scene features a 1973 Topps Bill Russell along with the previously seen '74 Garvey and Cey cards.
Memphis Belle (1990 film) - One of the crew members has a small stack of 1939/40 Play Ball cards.
Mermaids (1990 film) - An unconventional single mother (Cher again!) relocates with her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci) to a small Massachusetts town in '63, striking up a relationship with a shop owner named Lou (Bob Hoskins). Lou, a big baseball fan, has a few Topps cards displayed on his cash register. A total of 6 cards are identifiable to the eagle-eyed viewer, all of which are Red Sox cards from Topps: 1963 Hal Kolstad, 1962 Ike Delock, 1963 Chet Nichols, 1962 Chet Nichols, and in a later scene: 1963 Earl Wilson and 1963 Russ Nixon.
Mike and Molly (2011 episode "Peggy's New Beau" [S1 E24]) - In an odd attempt to make a good first impression, Molly's mother's new boyfriend gives Mike a pack of Upper Deck baseball cards in this sitcom episode. From the wrapper, we can identify them as 1991 Upper Deck, specifically.
Modern Family (2011 episode "Express Christmas" [S3 E10]) - Phil has the idea to buy Jay, his father-in-law, a rare Joe DiMaggio baseball card for Christmas, though things don't go according to plan.
Monsters University (2013 film) - This Pixar movie has a scene where Mike and Sully discuss their collection of "Scarer" cards, and the end credits show different monsters as collectable cards.
Mr. 3000 (2004 film) - confirmation/details needed
Mr. Baseball (1992 film) - Tom Selleck's character gives out what look like 1991 Upper Deck cards of himself instead of business cards to team executives.
Mr. Show (show) - Cards shown in an episode of this HBO sketch comedy show? Need confirmation/details.
My Brother and Me (1994 episode "The Charity") - Nickelodeon show that ran for one season. In this episode, Alfie and Dee-Dee are supposed to be working the dunking booth at the carnival, but then Goo arrives to inform them that Kendall Gill (real basketball player who guest stars) is at the comic book store for an autograph signing, so the boys abandon their post to get their basketball cards signed. Other basketball and baseball cards may show up in other episodes as well.
My Three Sons (60s show) - There's an early episode where Chip tries to play ball, tries to toss his cards, and Bub fishes them out of the trash.
The Natural (1984 film) - The movie recounts the experiences of Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), an individual with great baseball talent, spanning decades of Roy's ups and downs. At one point in the film, there's a Roy Hobbs card featured that is modeled on the 1941 Play Ball design, shown in uncut sheets.
Needful Things (1993 film) - A 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle is featured in this movie based on Stephen King's 1991 novel. (Fun fact: In the book it was a 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie card.) One of the opening scenes has Brian making a deal with a devilish store owner for a '56 Mantle card signed "to my good friend Brian, Mickey Mantle." In exchange, he has to throw apples and break out all of a neighbors windows. When he touches the card he is transformed back for a moment to a point in a game where Mantle hits a home run
The Neighbors (2010s show) - Sci-fi sitcom that aired on ABC for two seasons from 2012-2014. In some episodes, the character named Reggie Jackson has several pictures on his bedroom wall of the famous baseball player who shares his name. That alone probably wouldn't be enough to get mentioned on this list, however, it seems many of the photos are autographed, so that counts under the "memorabilia" umbrella.
No More Baths (1998 film) - The kids have some rare, old baseball cards in their treehouse (a Hank Aaron is featured) and later try to sell them to raise money.
The Odd Couple (1974 episode "Shuffling Off to Buffalo" [S4 E18]) - Felix's Unger brother Floyd offers him an executive position at his bubble gum factory in Buffalo. Felix's big idea for the business is producing a line of "Great Moments in Opera" trading cards, including #16 Mimi Gets Tuberculosis. "Do you know how many seven-year-old opera fans there are in this world?," Floyd Unger asks Oscar as he regrets hiring Felix at Unger Gum. "These kids will be trading in 50 Beverly Sills for one Ron Swoboda." Also of note is that Oscar is a big Mets fan and he wears a Mets cap in many episodes of this classic ABC sitcom.
Parks & Recreation (2011 episode "Meet n Greet" [S4 E5]) - There's a card in Andy's toolbox. Ron Swanson to camera: "No home is complete without a proper toolbox. Here's April and Andy's: A hammer, half of a pretzel, baseball card, some cartridge that says 'Sonic and Hedgehog', a scissor half, and a flashlight... Filled with jelly beans." The show's co-creator has confirmed that for rights reasons, the card used in the show is a prop constructed by the art department. The back is a '89 Topps Walt Terrell, while the front image seems to be a 2000 Topps #60 Pedro Martinez with modified borders and background.
Partridge Family (70s show) - In one episode, Danny has some 1972 Topps baseball cards. Please let me know if you know which episode this is.
Patriot Day (2016 film) This crime-drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent terrorist manhunt starring Mark Wahlberg shows his character sorting 90s Red Sox cards near the beginning.
Pawn Stars (show) - This reality show on the History Channel chronicles the daily activities at a busy Las Vegas pawn shop. Pre-war baseball cards have been featured on the show a few times over the years, including 1923 Babe Ruth PSA 10 Strip Card, W515-1 Babe Ruth PSA 10, 1915 Babe Ruth card, and a 1909 Cy Young card.
Penelope (1966 film) - Comedy about a bored wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank. In one scene, Penelope (Natalie Wood) is walking with Lieutenant Bixbee (Peter Falk) who hands her a pack of baseball cards. She opens it and asks, "Who's Ron Swoboda?" To which Bixbee replies, "I just chew the gum." The viewer doesn't get to see the card, but there's enough of the wrapper and the card backs to confirm it was a pack of 1966 Topps. Filming began in New York in May 1966 and the movie hit theaters November 10, 1966.
The People's Court (late 80s/early 90s episode "How much for a Billy Ripken?") - Two young guys were on an episode of this old courtroom show fighting over a 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken "error card". Judge Wapner couldn't understand how it had any real value.
Picket Fences (1993 episode "Bad Moons Rising" [S1 E14]) - Lauren Holly's character presents a mint Ted Williams rookie card as part of a kid's sexy fantasy sequence. The card used in the show is actually a 1992 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes insert #28 Ted Williams: 1939 Rookie Year. I guess the prop department deserves credit for having a real Ted Williams card that says "rookie" on it, but perhaps a reprint of his 1939 Play Ball card would have been a better choice.
Poison Ivy (1985 film) - There's a brief scene where two boys are sitting on their camp bed playing with a box of 1985 Fleer cards.
Pride of the Yankees (1942 film) - A young Lou Gehrig in the beginning of the film trades tobacco cards for a chance to play hardball with the big kids. The kids call the cards Sweet Caporals, but they seem to be M101-4's, and the names mentioned (Mathewson, Ruth, etc) don't appear to match players on the prop cards.
Prison Break (2005 episode "Tweener" [S1 E9]) - The character "Tweener" explains to the other inmates that he ended up in a maximum security prison because he got caught stealing a T206 Honus Wagner from his friend's dad. He didn't realize at the time that the card was worth over a million dollars, therefore constituting grand larceny, landing him a harsher sentence than a typical small-time theft he thought he was pulling.
Psych (show) - There's an episode where Shawn needs Gus to pick a lock on a shed door, and Gus says he'll only do it for Shawn's Tony Gwynn rookie card. Shawn reluctantly agrees. And in another episode ("And Down the Stretch Comes Murder" [S2 E5]) Gus uses his Wally Joyner mini bat as protection against a childhood bully.
Rain Man (1988 film) - There's a scene with Dustin Hoffman's character sorting his 1953 Topps baseball cards.
Recess (1997 episode "The Legend of Big Kid" [S1 E16]) - This Disney cartoon begins with a kid calling Kirby Puckett the greatest outfielder that ever lived. The other kid argues back, "What about Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays?" They hold up some cards, but no players or actual card designs are really identifiable.
Recess (1999 episode "The Spy Who Came In From The Playground" [S4 E4]) - James, a new kid, says his dad works for Bubble Ball Trading Cards and pulls out some cards, apparently including some good rookie cards, though no specific players are mentioned.
Road to Perdition (2002 film) - Tom Hanks' sons have a couple '33 Goudey Babe Ruth cards.
Rookie of the Year (1993 film) - details needed
Rounders (1998 film) - Around the 1:17 mark, there’s a Starting Lineup figure, perhaps one of the full team displays with like 9-10 guys.
Royal Pains (2009 episode "Pilot" [S1 E1]) - The first episode of this medical comedy-drama on the USA Network features a couple T206 Honus Wagner cards on display in the fancy Bryant house.
Ruby Cairo (1992 film) - Apparently Topps cards were used in a money laundering scheme. Late husband (Viggo Mortensen) leaves clues written on baseball cards from the 60s that lead his wife (Andie Macdowell) on a suspenseful trail around the world. If all that defacing wasn't enough to bother a card collector, there's one scene where, after figuring out the clue on the card, she rips it up and throws it in the trash. Ouch!
Rugrats (1991 episode "Baseball" [S1 E5.2]) - Tommy goes to a ballgame and, while crawling around the stadium, finds himself carried over to the announcers booth via the popcorn vendor Dominic, who then negotiates a baseball card trade with the radio station's play-by-play guy, Chuck. Chuck trades away a "perfect condition" Willie Mays to Dominic in exchange for a Darryl Strawberry and a Vida Blue. Sounds like a sweet deal for Dominic!
The Sandlot (1993 film) - Lots of cards in this movie. I'll update this entry soon with images. The dad is eating cereal with some old Post cards on the box. There are some cards on the clubhouse walls. The dream sequence with Babe Ruth clearly shows a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card. Less easy to spot are a few more cards on the wall of the bedroom, including a 3-year run of Braves cards: 1961 Topps #29 Don Nottebart, 1962 Topps #289 Mike Krsnich, and 1963 Topps #390 Hank Aaron. The old blind man has lots of cool baseball memorabilia in his house. Again, pics coming soon.
Scrubs (2004 episode "My Last Chance" [S4 E8]) - Dr. Cox is stuck doing a couple long shifts with an annoying EMT named Denise (Molly Shannon). Among the many things she rambles on about is a Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card her son always carries with him. Dr. Cox later feels like a dick when he finds out-- thanks to that Junior card turning up-- that Denise's son died, which is what motivated her to become a paramedic.
Seinfeld (90s show) - In many early episodes, there's a box of what seems to be 1990 Donruss on top of Jerry's fridge.
Seinfeld (1991 episode "The Busboy" [S2 E12]) - Four 1984 Topps card are displayed in a frame on the wall in the busboy's apartment.
Seinfeld (1995 episode "The Doorman" [S6 E18]) - In this episode, Frank Costanza, newly separated from Estelle, is temporarily living with George. Frank asks Kramer to return his hi-fi so he can listen to some cha-cha records. Soon, Frank, Kramer, and George want to get something to eat, and Frank decides to change his shirt. In this scene, there's a 1995 Score poster on the wall in George's apartment, plus an oversized 1967 Topps Yankees team card above it to the right that seems to be part of a calendar. There also appears to be another ad for Score sitting on a table in George's apartment when George's mom comes to pick up his dad.
Seinfeld (1995 episode "The Wink" [S7 E4]) - Kramer goes to a sports memorabilia store to try to sell an interoffice mail envelope signed by Don Mattingly, and ends up selling the birthday card inside that was signed by the entire Yankee organization.
Seinfeld (90s show) - The Yankee offices in some later episodes have framed old cards on the walls. Hard to make out specifics, but cards seem to include T205's, T206's, 1934 Goudey reprints, as well as N162 reprints. The 1997 episode "The Muffin Tops" [S8 E21] has a scene with quite a few framed T205s on the wall, including Christy Mathewson by George's cheek in the below image.
$#*! My Dad Says (2011 episode "Goodson Goes Deep" [S1 E12]) - This sitcom, based on a popular Twitter account, starred William Shatner and aired on CBS for one season. In this episode, Ed wants baseball memorabilia that was promised to him but then sold to someone else. There's a scene in a card shop.
Show Me a Hero (2015 miniseries) - There's a Starting Lineup (in package) on a shelf at one point in this HBO miniseries set in the 80s.
Silver Bullet (1985 film) - This Stephen King movie with Corey Haim and Gary Busey features a scene with them playing poker using 1984 Topps cards as chips.
Silver Spoons (1985 episode "The Great Baseball Card Scheme" [S4 E5]) - Grandfather Stratton (John Houseman) shows Rick how to make a fortune with baseball cards by starting a rumor that Tommy Lasorda will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and buying up all the Lasorda cards, thus making the card valuable. Tommy Lasorda guest stars as himself. (I suppose the show foretold the future, as Lasorda was eventually inducted into the HOF over a decade later in 1997.) The cards used in the show seem to be 1984 Topps.
Simon Birch (1998 film) - The pastor takes Simon's shoebox of baseball cards and puts them up.
The Simpsons (1991 episode "Three Men and a Comic Book" [S2 E21]) - Milhouse gets roped into a deal pooling his money with Bart and Martin for a Radioactive-Man #1 comic book even though he really only wanted the "Carl Yastrzemski with the sideburns" card (which is shown to resemble Yaz's 1973 Topps). His hunt for the card is continued in a 1996 comic book story, "Bart's Pal, Milhouse: The Quest for Yaz" featured in Simpsons Comics #18. I haven't read it, but I assume it tells the story of how he finally got the Yaz. How do I know he eventually got the card? It pops up in another episode! (see next entry in the list below)
The Simpsons (1992 episode "Bart's Friend Falls in Love" [S3 E23]) - While Milhouse is distracted smooching his new girlfriend, Bart trades a damaged Omar Vizquel card for Milhouse's Carl Yastrzemski. Yes, turns out Milhouse did eventually score the prized Muttonchop Yaz, as the card definitely looks like the same card from the earlier "Three Men and a Comic Book" episode, bat over the shoulder, facing toward the right. The Vizquel here closely resembles his actual 1990 Topps card. (Funny how the "nobody" player they chose back then would go on to a long, distinguished career with a strong argument for the Hall of Fame.) There are some other cards shown on the floor in front of Bart, though it's hard to tell any players or card designs they're suppose to be-- some picture baseball equipment; it's obvious the animators weren't spending too much time on them. Bart says, "Next on the trading block, your Mickey Mantle 1958 for my picture of Homer on the couch." Then we see a nice Simpsonized version of a '58 Topps Mantle.
The Simpsons (1993 episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" [S5 E1]) - While at the Springfield Swapmeet, Bart, Nelson, and Milhouse are enticed by a display offering "FREE Trading Cards" but their excitement quickly fades once they realize the cards are used for learning about religion. A Joseph of Aramathea all-star card and Methuselah rookie card are shown, which both have a design reminiscent of 1982 Topps. There are some other cards on the table and back wall, but nothing else identifiable.
The Simpsons (2003 episode "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" [S15 E2]) - Instead of a holiday bonus, Mr. Burns gives Homer a $5 cafeteria voucher plus a little something for Bart: "And for your boy, a confectioner's card featuring a current base-baller. It's that rookie from the New York Nine." Turns out it's a Joe DiMaggio 1936 World Wide Gum card. To raise money for Christmas, Homer sells the DiMaggio for a big payday to Comic Book Guy, who then accidentally smudges it with his nacho fingers and proceeds to lick it clean.
Skipped Parts (2001 film) - Near the beginning of the film, 14-year-old Sam is forced by his grandfather to destroy his card collection by throwing the stack of cards into a fire, though he manages to slyly save a 1958 Don Drysdale from the flames. Some of the identifiable cards that weren't so lucky include a 1962 Felix Mantilla, 1961 Alvin Dark, and 1961 Willie Mays. At the end of the movie, we see a grown-up Sam who has created a mobile out of baseball cards for his baby. Most of the cards seem to be 1961 and 1962 Topps cards, including a 1962 George Alusik, a 1961 Gary Geiger, and the old '58 Drysdale from earlier.
South Park (2001 episode "Here Comes The Neighborhood" [S5 E12]) - Token sings a song about being an outcast since his family is better off financially than the rest of South Park. He mentions he plays baseball with autographed bats, as we see he's got a bat signed by Barry Bonds.
South Park (2005 episode "Trapped in the Closet" [S9 E12]) - The boys are opening packs of football cards. Kyle: "Oh dude, check it out. I got a Jake Plummer."
Cartman: "Aw man, I got a crappy AJ Feeley again!"
SpongeBob SquarePants - (2008 episode "The Card" [S6 E13B]) - This episode of the long-running Nickelodeon cartoon revolves around SpongeBob trying to pull a rare Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy trading card: the short-printed "number-54 card." Patrick ends up pulling the card, but he doesn't appreciate how valuable the card is, and SpongeBob stresses out the rest of the episode over how poorly Patrick treats it, using it to clean his grill and such.
Stand By Me (1986 film) - In the older brother's room (John Cusack), a 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle All-Star card can be seen tacked to the wall above a 1960 Topps Yogi Berra. (Whoops, the movie takes place in 1959.) There's also a photo of a pitcher who I'm assuming is Whitey Ford.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 episode "If Wishes Were Horses" [S1 E16]) - There's a baseball great in the Star Trek universe named Harmon Buck Gin Bokai, often simply referred to as "Buckaroo" Bokai or "Buck" Bokai. He was a Human baseball player in the 21st century, best known for breaking Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak record. While the legend originated back in TNG era ("The Big Goodbye"), the character's name originated in a baseball card proposed by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine illustrator (and baseball fan) Ricardo Delgado as a decorative item for Ben Sisko's desk. Star Trek model maker Greg Jein (another baseball fan) provided photos of himself in a baseball jersey that were converted into a prop card. Greg also provided the fictional bio of his character and the statistics that appeared on the card. Bokai, whose name was a vague allusion to Buckaroo Banzai, from the movie of the same name, was mentioned in the episode "The Storyteller", but not actually seen until "If Wishes Were Horses", in which Bokai was played by actor Keone Young, who bore a resemblance to Jein. The prop baseball card, which was revised for the episode, has Young's photo on the front, but still shows Jein on the back."
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997 episode "In the Cards" [S5 E25]) - Jake wants to give his father Ben a present to cheer him up, a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays baseball card, but runs into complications with a mysterious geneticist. As for the card used, we can tell it's not real because the back is blank.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990 episode "The Most Toys" [S3 E22]) - Kivas Fajo, an alien "collector", kidnaps Data to add him to his collection. One of the items in Fajo's collection is a 1962 Topps #1 Roger Maris, which he says is the only known mint copy left in existence.
Step By Step (90s show) - There's an episode where the kid in red glasses gets a set of cards and decides to order them by player salary. And there's another episode where Duffy threatens to throw the oldest kid's cards into a wood chipper.
Step By Step (1995 episode "Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?" [S4 E21]) - Cody takes Brendan to a baseball game featuring his favorite player, Kenny Barton, so he can meet his hero and ask for his autograph. Barton turns out to be a jerk and demands $50 for an autograph. After consoling Brendan, Cody confronts the egotistical Barton during a TV interview and exposes his demeanor. The interviewer, Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew (playing himself), is equally outraged and kindly offers to sign Brendan's baseball at no charge. Impressed, Brendan mentions he has Harmon's baseball card, while Cody points out that Harmon has more career homers than Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle. Funny enough, the only real player named Kenny Barton to ever play professional baseball went to my high school, Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California. He played in the minors from 1976 to 1981. Not sure if he was an inspiration for the character, but chances are the name is just a coincidence.
Stepfather II (1989 film) - None are pictured, but the mom mentions buying her son several packs of baseball cards at the local Los Angeles suburb pharmacy, telling him, "Got to be a Pedro Guerrero in there someplace." The kid then slowly walks away sad and says, "The Dodgers traded Guerrero." It's only downhill from there for the poor guy, as his soon-to-be step-dad turns out to be a psycho murderer. Guerrero was traded by Los Angeles to the Cardinals for John Tudor on August 16, 1988. The film was released November 3, 1989.
Storage Wars (show) - This A&E reality show has an episode where the buyer of an abandoned storage locker comes across some monster boxes of trading cards. The buyer rattles off modern HOFers and stars (Gwynn, Ripken, Bonds, etc) as well as a hefty "price" for all the cards and how awesome it was. The cards seem to actually be mostly from the overproduction era and likely not worth much.
Strange Brew (1983 film) - At one point, Bob and Doug recognize a brewery employee as one-time hockey great Jean "Rosie" LeRose, who suffered a career-ending nervous breakdown, and they ask him to autograph his hockey card. The actual card seems to be a 72-73 Topps or OPC hockey card, though collectors haven't had any luck finding a match, so it's likely the card is a specially made prop.
Stuart Little (1999 film) - There's a 1954 Bowman Willie Mays card in Stuart's tiny house that's part of a miniature golf hole.
Sugarboy (2012 webseries episode "Kung Fu Mom") - Set in NYC in 1977, a badass lady organizes her cards (many 80s cards briefly shown) and tracks down her stolen "Rollie Fingers Rated Rookie card" (which looks like a modified 1975 Topps card). Stars Ilana Glazer of Broad City fame. [YouTube link]
Swindle (2013 film) - Nickelodeon movie based on a kids book. Two boys find a Honus Wagner baseball card and stupidly sell it for $350 to a sleazy guy. After learning the card is worth well over a million dollars, they assemble a team (including Ariana Grande) to take the card back in an elaborate heist.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949 film) - This baseball-themed musical starring Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, and Gene Kelly has a scene where baseball cards are used to ID the characters, including a T206-style card of Sinatra's character.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014 talk show episode, December 16, 2014) - There's a recurring sketch Jimmy Fallon does with Justin Timberlake called "Camp Winnipesaukee" with them playing themselves as kids at summer camp. One such sketch, set in 1997, shows five 1989 Topps cards on the wall of the cabin, and the two sing "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind-- every Camp Winnipesaukee sketch features a different song. Looks like all Phillies on display: Kevin Gross, Greg Harris, Marvin Freeman, Brad Moore, and Greg Gross. [YouTube link]
Twilight Zone (1988 episode "Extra Innings" [S3 E2]) - Ex-baseball player Ed Hamler (Marc Singer), forced to retire early due to injury, is given an old baseball card that transports him to the past to be the player he used to be. Looks like a Goudey card.
Unsolved Mysteries (October 12, 1988 episode [S1 E2]) - This true crime reality show featured a segment on Dennis Walker, a sports memorabilia collector from Medford, Oregon whose collection was valued at over $10 million, highlighted by some nice Babe Ruth items. He conned people out of millions of dollars in investment schemes and fled town when police closed in. He was found dead a year later in 1987, though most of his collection was never found. Some footage of a card show is featured, and later in a reenactment, Dennis visits a card shop and several nice cards from '51-'78 are shown under glass. A 1951 Bowman Mantle and Mays cards are given close-ups. The Mantle is miscut and priced at $995. The Mays looks good on the front, but has a "24" stamp mark on the back, and is priced at $225. Later, we see an uncut Goudey sheet and some nice tobacco cards including a pair of Honus Wagners.
Unsolved Mysteries (November 16, 1988 episode [S1 E6] and updated November 30, 1988 [S1 E8]) - Similar to the Dennis Walker segment from a previous episode, Steven Cox was a con man from the Medford, Oregon area. Thanks in part to the Unsolved Mysteries broadcast, Cox was soon captured, and the show ran an update a couple episodes later. In his car, authorities found suitcases filled with jewelry, rings, necklaces, baseball cards, coins, and other expensive items believed to be items Cox stole from his investors. Several nice vintage baseball cards are show.
The Venture Bros. (2006 episode "Showdown at Cremation Creek Part I" [S2 E12]) - Dr. Orpheus and his team, the Order of the Triad, try to hone their powers together, but have mixed success. "We were able to materialize a spirit from the beyond-- or at least from a trading card." A guy resembling Nien Nunb from the Star Wars universe is then seen stumbling around, with the suggestion being he was summoned there out of a Topps Return of the Jedi trading card. His origin is touched on again in the following episode, "Showdown at Cremation Creek Part II."
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (show) - This late-night talk show on Bravo has been known to have cards and other baseball memorabilia displayed on the back wall of the set. Looks like there's a Willie Mays autographed baseball and a 1933 Goudey style Andy Cohen baseball card.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015 Netflix show, not sure which episode) - It's a silly show that takes place at a summer camp in 1981. A Sandy Koufax card is used as a bargaining chip between JJ (Zak Orth) and Lindsay (Elizabeth Banks). The front looks like a real 1964 Topps card, while the back seems to be 1988 Donruss.
Who's The Boss (1986 episode "The Christmas Card" [S3 E11]) - Tony (Tony Danza) doesn't want to sell the only baseball card he has from his playing days (he played second base for the Cardinals), so he lies and tells a guy asking about it that he doesn't own one. Angela hears this and wants to get him one as a Christmas gift. There's a scene where Angela and Mona visit a card shop searching unsuccessfully for the card, agreeing to pay $325 for it. The dealer later calls Tony and offers $225 for his card, which he could use to buy Angela a nice Christmas present. The Tony Micelli baseball card shown on screen for a moment has a similar design to 1981 Donruss. There's also a part in the episode where Jonathan loses his best card (Mickey Mantle) in a flipping game to the guy who wants the Micelli card.
The Winning Season (2004 film) - TNT movie. A kid finds a Honus Wagner card in the attic, then dreams he's assisting Wagner in the 1909 World Series verses Ty Cobb.
The Wonder Years (1989 episode "Odd Man Out" [S3 E6]) - Kevin and Paul are working on a baseball card trade at one point in this episode that takes place circa 1969. Kevin offers his Juan Marichal and Luis Tiant for Paul's Willie McCovey. Pauls says McCovey is off the table... unless Kevin is willing to give up his Ted Williams. Kevin is insulted by the very idea of Williams for McCovey. In an act of compromise, Kevin offers to throw in Don Schwartz along with Marichal and Tiant. Paul responds, "Don Schwartz? You've been trying to pawn that Don Schwartz off on me for years!" The negotiations blow up and Paul leaves. Kevin picks up a heaping handful of cards, and the actual cards are clearly 1989 Topps. Jeff Robinson #267 is the only one that can be conclusively identified. And as far as I can tell, Don Schwartz is a made up "common" player who never existed, possibly inspired by Don Schwall and/or Don Schulze.
X-Files (1998 episode "Dreamland II" [S6 E5]) - A few baseball cards are taped to the cash register in the gas station towards the beginning of the episode. Hard to identify, but look modern.
'92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card (2012 short film) - This short named after a basketball card was selected to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012. After their dad dies, two estranged brothers reunite and things quickly pick up exactly where they left off years ago. Several sports cards, hockey posters, and a signed Jose Canseco photo get some screen time. [It's on YouTube]
That's what I've got so far. I know it's not complete, but I plan to keep working on the list, adding new entries and improving existing entries with additional information and images. Please comment below (or hit me up on Twitter or email) with any additions. Big thanks to everyone who's helped out!
Last updated: Nov 2018
10/28: It's Garry Shandling's Show (new entry), Simpsons (Flander's Ladder episode new entry), Venture Bros. (new entry), Jimmy Kimmel Live (new entry), Gilmore Girls (new entry), Alone Together (new entry)
11/01; King of the Hill (new entry)
11/22: South Park (Bonds bat), Mac and Me (new entry)