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Giants' Bruce Bochy talks evolution of mustache through Topps cards

Giants' Bruce Bochy talks evolution of mustache through Topps cards

Editor's note: The Giants sorted through stacks of their own Topps baseball cards as part of the "In the Cards" series with NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic. The fifth and final edition is with Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

In a few days, Bruce Bochy no longer will be a major league manager.

But before Bochy retires as the skipper of the Giants, he sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic to go through some of his old Topps trading cards.

In 1979, Bochy's second season in the big leagues, he was clean-shaven. There was no facial hair for the 24-year-old Astros catcher.

"Oh man, how young I was," Bochy said when asked what comes to mind when he sees that image of himself. "I don't recognize the guy. He's too young."

But the baby-face look didn't last long. A few years later, Bochy had a solid mustache.

"It's hard to believe it's the same guy," Bochy said. "I don't know if it's a good [mustache], but I've had some comments about it."

Right now, Bochy has a bit of a distinctive stubble. But he told Pavlovic he's not ruling out bringing back the classic mustache.

[RELATED: Longoria confirms fun facts on Topps cards]

Mustache or no mustache, Bochy is a legend. He guided the Giants to three World Series titles and likely will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a few years.

The Giants' final series against the Dodgers will be one long tribute to Bochy. He's earned it.

He should celebrate by purchasing a few packs of cards.

Watch Evan Longoria confirm fun facts on backs of Topps baseball cards

Watch Evan Longoria confirm fun facts on backs of Topps baseball cards

Editor's note: The Giants sorted through stacks of their own Topps baseball cards as part of the "In the Cards" series with NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic. The fourth edition is with Giants third baseman Evan Longoria. 

Evan Longoria keeps special memorabilia that he's collected during monumental moments of his career.

Whether some of those trinkets are baseball cards, we aren't sure, but one thing is for certain, he's curious about some of the fun facts you'll see on the jumbotron during at-bats.

In the latest episode of "In the Cards," we don't have a giant screen filled with facts, but we do have the backs of Topps baseball cards.

Longoria confirmed a few things: He does indeed love sushi and steak, and he does fancy himself a fantasy football aficionado.

He's a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan from his years playing for the Rays which is part of what drives his love for the sport of football.

And another fun fact is that he owns a restaurant, named "Ducky's," in Florida.

"Part-owner with three of my really good friends and it's a sports lounge, and yeah, we have a good time with it," Longoria said.

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You can watch the entire Topps "In the Cards" interview with Longoria including the moment he first saw himself on a baseball card, in the video player above.

Watch Buster Posey detail his MLB journey through Topps baseball cards

Watch Buster Posey detail his MLB journey through Topps baseball cards

Editor's note: The Giants sorted through stacks of their own Topps baseball cards as part of the "In the Cards" series with NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic. The second edition is with Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Six-time Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey wasn't one to collect baseball cards in a frenzy, but he did have a small collection he would sort through with his brothers. And despite not getting too crazy over gathering cards, he was excited when he first witnessed his face on one when he got to The Show.

"As a fan of baseball my whole life, to see yourself on a baseball card was pretty cool," Posey told Pavlovic.

Posey made his MLB debut in 2009 when he was 22 years old, and Pavlovic has been covering him for a majority of the time -- eight years to be exact.

And while the now 32-year-old doesn't appear to have aged at all, Pavs is sporting some gray hair that the Giants catcher continues to make comments about.

"You've been here for that long?" Posey asked Pavlovic. 

Both seemed surprised by the number.

Flipping through the cards, Posey reminisced on the old days that felt like a long time ago, because, according to him, they were a long time ago. 

Pavlovic said the older cards with fresh-faced Buster still looked like him in which Posey quipped asking if that was a compliment or not.

"It is a compliment," Pavlovic responded. "I think that's a good thing."

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But really, it doesn't appear like Posey aged one bit. 

You can watch the entire Topps "In the Cards" interview with Posey in the video player above.