just like many other things, prepaid phone cards dabbled in the collectibles market as a way to expand the customer base. i am actually surprised that retailers don't do similar things with their gift cards. anyway, i recently picked up a couple of steve garvey phone cards that i did not know existed until i saw them for sale on ebay and comc.
the first one is from mci and is actually a 1995 promo.
the garv was one of many former big leaguers who partnered with mci as part of their ambassadors of baseball program to visit military bases across the country. many of you know that there were actual baseball cards produced to hand out at these visits. garvey has a card in the 1992 set, but it was my search for his 1995 card that led me to this item. i'm still looking for his 1995 card, by the way. since this is a promo, there is no code on the back, and i do not know if these were even produced as actual phone cards. it came with a set of other promo cards - i'll assume they were 'salesman samples' that feature a number of other topics such as nascar, the smithsonian, etc. no other baseball players though.
the second phone card i purchased is this 1994 teletrading card
i also picked up a stamp, but i can't use it to communicate with anyone, either. some heroic comc seller pulled apart their 1992 trak auto dodger all-stars stamp sheet and listed the stamps for sale individually.
and, while i am on a 'at long last' train of thought, here's a 2002 upper deck sweet spot classics garvey gold relic card