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.
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.
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
If there was a wing in Cooperstown for mustaches, Rollie Fingers would be the 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"