NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The father of the modern baseball trading card who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s has died. Sy Berger was 91.
His daughter, Maxine Berger-Bienstock, says Berger died of natural causes Sunday in Rockville Centre, New York.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Using scissors and cardboard at his kitchen table, Berger played around with ideas for trading cards until he struck upon a design that endured for decades: a card with team logos and simulated player autographs on the front and bios and stats on the back.
Berger told The Associated Press in 2002: “We wanted to make something attractive that would catch the eye.” He added: “And we gave you six cards and a slice of gum for a nickel.”
Berger is also survived by his wife, two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“We came out in 1952 with a card in color, beautiful color, and a card that was large,” Berger said in 2004, according to the New York Times. “For the first time, we had a team logo. We had the 1951 line statistics and their lifetime statistics. No one else did it.”READ MORE: Mother, 16-Year-Old Boy Arrested In Shooting That Injured 1-Year-Old Child In Newark
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