Starting Lineup Talking Baseball cards

Talking Baseball, Starting Lineup Talking Baseball That Is

One of the great things about moving or just cleaning out old stuff is that you kick up some nostalgia along with those dust bunnies. In sorting through a forgotten closet, these little gems (I’d say diamonds, but the pun may just kill me) fell out of the proverbial woodwork.

Starting Lineup Talking Baseball cards
(Yes, those are famous former Mets — back when they could actually win — Keith Hernandez, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Darryl Strawberry and Gary Carter.)

These were playing cards that came along with cartridges for the Starting Lineup Talking Baseball (barely) handheld electronic device — think: a miniature model stadium with a motherboard shoved through it — what I’d like to call the NPR of video games. It was actually an audio game (as lame as that sounds) in that two players would punch in moves (a fastball down & in, a bunt, etc.) on a telephone(or Merlin)-like keypad and an announcer’s voice would call out the result actions. Kinda like listening to baseball play-by-play on a radio — but you control what the pitcher or batter does. (You flip the game between innings.) It was really kind of fun.

The game is long gone, but finding these cards brought back some good memories of bothering my brother and sister to play against me when my friends were not available. And when I actually liked the Mets. And well, any chance to bring Keith Hernandez up in conversation is always welcome. (I smell a new profile photo!)

Thanks to Brian’s Toys for the game pic and Frank ASU03 for the commercial.

Mashismo

Mashismo was a bicentennial baby and a child of the '80s. He grew into his ears and out of his awkward phase (glasses AND headgear!), but never truly grew up.
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