Old Baseball Cards: Our best guests of 2019

Every New Year’s celebration needs a countdown, right?

As 2019 turns into 2020, this is ours. We’re counting down our five favorite guests this year on “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports’ baseball-card driven trip down memory lane. We open old packs of cards with players, managers, former stars and famous fans.

We’re not looking for cards that are worth a lot — most of them aren’t, especially the ones from the ’80s or ’90s that we often open — instead we’re looking for great stories, reactions and memories from our guests. And this year we got them.

Like the Pete Rose episode, where he opens pack after pack and delivers factoids and stories about who he finds. Or Torii Hunter talking about how much he loved Andre Dawson as a kid, then pulling an Andre Dawson card. Or Manny Machado finding the player he’ll be linked to forever.

These five guests were our faves of 2019, but there are plenty of other great episodes you can catch up on below. You should also check out our Best Finds of 2019 compilation for some of the best moments of the show in 2019.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards

RECENT EPISODES: Don Mattingly | Tom Gordon & Nick Gordon | Ron Darling | Mike Rizzo | Craig Counsell | Rocco Baldelli | Kevin Cash | Brad Ausmus | Pete Rose | Mike Trout | Kyle Freeland | Tony Gwynn Jr. | Archie Bradley | Manny Machado | Keynan Middleton | Pete Alonso | Todd Frazier | Miguel Rojas | Future Stars edition | Tim Wallach | LaTroy Hawkins | Kenny Lofton | Torii Hunter | Dave Stewart | Rickey Henderson | Dennis Eckersley | Best Finds of 2019

MUST-SEE EPISODESRandy Johnson | George Brett | Dave Winfield | Gary Vee | Jerry Dipoto | Mike Krukow | HQ’s Scott Rogowsky | Felipe Alou | Torey Lovullo | Nick Swisher | David Ross | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz

COMPILATIONSBest trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2) | The Best of People Eating 30-Year-Old Gum | The Best Finds of 2018 | Favorite Guests of 2018

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Mike Oz is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @mikeoz

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