Here's a great tribute by NY Times sports writer, Tyler Kepner, to the late Topps executive Sy Berger, who died this week at age 91. You may not know his name, but you've seen his work. Mr. Berger was the father of the modern baseball card.
I was one of those kids who would never put something as precious as a baseball card in the spokes of my bike. Thinking it would help my sons get into card-collecting, I did sell and trade some of my partial sets from the late 60's for complete 1980-1990 sets. I now have no Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, or Willie Mays cards in my collection, only couple of complete sets featuring Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and Sammy Sosa.
I think I should have kept the old ones and admired Mr. Berger's art. If I owned a bike, I think I'd put a few of my newer cards in the spokes.