To help illustrate our story on how politicians and community leaders worked behind the scenes with the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals to bring spring training back to West Palm Beach, we could have used simple portraits of the key players.
But Gurman Bhatia, the Post’s data intern, had a better idea: Baseball cards.
She looked over some of the classic styles from Topps Baseball Cards over the past 60 years for inspiration.
They might not be worth trading for a rookie Mickey Mantle card, but she sure had fun making them!
Check out the complete set here. A brief preview follows below:
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane’s baseball card suggests the 1953 style.
Washington Nationals general partner Art Fuccillo got a card that brings back memories of the 1954 style.
The card for former Palm Beach County Administrator Bob Weisman suggests the 1962 style.
Palm Beach Gardens City Manager Ron Ferris’ card invokes memories of the 1980 style.
Bhatia, who is from India, knows more about cricket than baseball. But she learned enough about baseball cards to make her own in the style of the 1972 set.