These date back to the very beginning of the band and are awesome.
The coolest merch is always the merch that you don't expect to actually exist.
In this instance, who expected that Fall Out Boy had their own baseball cards?
Well thanks to Twitter user @tommymcphail we know now such an incredible item exists.
It appears as though the original vinyl pressing of the band's debut full length 'Take This To Your Grave' included 6 beautiful baseball card style artprints of the band and Tommy was kind enough to share them with the world.
SO, here we go.
First there's an alternative cover for the album. Messy room.
Highlights include the band's genre being listed as 'Softcore' and a nod to their previous hardcore projects Arma Angelus, Racetraitor and Kill The Slavemaster:
Next up there's Andy Hurley, with a Gandalf quote:
Next we have t-rexxx himself, Andy @hurleyxvx (2/6)— #PUGHMAKESMARMALADE (@tommymcphail) February 25, 2020
His “into” list describes every single person I grew up with in Wisconsin.
His drink of choice? Top-notch.
There’s layers to this game. pic.twitter.com/NBkP63DDxg
Then Joe Trohman, influenced by both Carcass AND food:
After that, Joseph “get effed” @trohman (3/6)— #PUGHMAKESMARMALADE (@tommymcphail) February 25, 2020
So many reasons why this is my favorite trading card. Note the lack of birthdate. So mysterious. Likewise, that bev pick? Incredible. He was 19 in this.
Again, l a y e r s ! pic.twitter.com/7SBCNZdE0R
Now we have Patrick Stump, or xstumpx:
Then, the most contentious one, @PatrickStump (4/6)— #PUGHMAKESMARMALADE (@tommymcphail) February 25, 2020
When Patrick signed this, he laughed about “the intern that spelled his name like that,” an immortal moment in FOB history.
That said, Pibb is the BEST & quiet IS the new loud. Ahead of his time, always. pic.twitter.com/8JTIByeTup
And then Pete Wentz, who professes his love for girl jeans and Tim Burton:
Rounding out the band cards is the saver of Latin himself, @petewentz (5/6)— #PUGHMAKESMARMALADE (@tommymcphail) February 25, 2020
$20 says that batting average could make a helluva hook.
I wonder what 2003 Pete would think about Transformers: The Last Knight starring Mark Whalberg. That’s the REAL Molotov cocktail here. pic.twitter.com/UiDqHytldW
And finally a band promo to round things off:
..and finally, the band promo (6/6)— #PUGHMAKESMARMALADE (@tommymcphail) February 25, 2020
It has EVERYTHING
• Band tees
• Hands nobody knows where to put
*chefs kiss* pic.twitter.com/kHEJFiwqz7
Iconic in every possible way. The world is a better place to live in knowing things like this exist.