Movember Classics: A Baseball Card Guide to a Memorable Mustache

Movember Classics: A Baseball Card Guide to a Memorable Mustache

Have you noticed more facial hair on your friends and colleagues recently? They might be part of the Movember movement. Every year, more and more men are letting their facial hair down for the month of November to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. It's also a nice excuse to bend the office's ban on facial hair and grow a styling 'stache.

Movember began in Australia in 2003. In under ten years it has become a global phenomenon. More than a million "Mo Bros" have participated, raising nearly $200 million. Perhaps more importantly, it's getting guys talking about something they often ignore until it's too late.

In the spirit of Movember, here's some inspiration for those growing a mustache this month courtesy of classic baseball cards. We know that many of these have more scientific labels, but we've given them new names that card collectors and baseball fans can relate to.

The Rookie

1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Image 1990 Topps 336 Ken Griffey Jr Image

In poor lighting, the Rookie looks like a shadow. It's a barely there bush that defines a young man's journey into the tribe of manhood. Awkward to the observer, the Rookie is a badge honor to those reluctant to buy their first razor.

Pictured: 1986 Donruss Baseball Jose Canseco, 1990 Topps Baseball Ken Griffey Jr.

The Candyman

1979 Topps John Candelaria Image

A step above the Rookie, the Candyman starts to show a sense of style and molding, rather than just letting the peach fuzz through. The Candyman is a great option for those looking for a slightly stealth 'stache.

Pictured: 1979 Topps Baseball John Candelaria

The Magnum

1981 O Pee Chee Baseball Rich Gale Image

Named for one of the greatest mustaches in TV history, the Magnum shows a look that is both full-grown and well-maintained. It demonstrates both care and confidence.

Pictured: 1981 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Rich Gale

Yankee Clipper

2009 SP Legendary Cuts Destined for History Jason Giambi Image 1989 Upper Deck Don Mattingly Image

Nothing to do with Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper is popular among New York first basemen. Full but manicured, this mustache starts to bend down and shape around the mouth. A Big Apple classic.

Pictured: 2009 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball Destined for History Jason Giambi, 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Don Mattingly "The Collector's Choice"

The Bird

1991 Studio Steve Lake Image

Once upon a time, people used to flip for the Bird. A full-body look, the Bird could be mistaken for a few feathers sitting under someone's nose.

Pictured: 1991 Studio Baseball Steve Lake

The Goose

1989 Upper Deck Goose Gossage Image

Just as the goose is a larger member of the bird family, the Goose takes the Bird a step further. The Goose tells the world that you are in charge of your facial hair.

Pictured: 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Goose Gossage

The Big Hrabosky

1977 Topps Al Hrabosky Image

Although large, the Big Hrabosky is defined by its precision. A well-manicured handlebar, this mustache is even-layered. The clean face around it makes the art and care stand out even more.

Pictured: 1977 Topps Baseball Al Hrabosky

The Cut Plug

1895 Mayo%E2%80%99s Cut Plug Baseball Tom F. Kinslow Image

Resembling a slug, the Cut Plug is a great way to keep people from reading your lips as it hangs over the top of your lip. The Cut Plug is also a great way to stay warm on cool November mornings.

Pictured: 1895 Mayo's Cut Plug Tom F. Kinslow


1982 Topps 260 Bruce Sutter Image 2011 Topps Tier One Black Brian Wilson Image

For those who want to make a statement with minimal effort, consider Bigfoot. Toss all your razors in the trash and let it grow. It's like having a Chia Pet on your face.

Pictured: 1982 Topps Baseball Bruce Sutter, 2011 Topps Tier One Baseball Black Brian Wilson

The Rollie

1982 Donruss 2 Rollie Fingers Image

If there was a wing in Cooperstown for mustaches, Rollie Fingers would be theĀ  first one in. Modeled after the classic villains of the silent film era, the Rollie is defined by its perfect curls that balance off the cheeks. The Rollie requires a lot of care, product and rolling throughout the day. In fact, it's great for those who need to fidget. The Rollie is a true Movember classic.

Pictured: 1982 Donruss Baseball Rollie Fingers "Diamond Kings"

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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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