A Blue Jays Holiday Easter Egg: Fred McGriff’s Baseball Card Appears in “Home Alone”

It’s that time of year when the holiday classic “Home Alone” is on TV practically any given night.

Since it’s being broadcasted at an astronomical rate, some very astute observers have caught a pseudo cameo by the “Crime Dog” in the film …. or at least, in the form of his baseball card.

If you watch closely, during the scene in which Kevin attempts to steal his brother Buzz’ money from his secret stash, after collapsing the entire shelving unit, you can very briefly catch a glimpse of Fred McGriff’s 1989 Fleer Toronto Blue baseball card in the tin.


It’s something very subtle and if you blink you might miss it, but it’s definitely the exact same card as the one pictured above. While it really isn’t a Blue Jays cameo per se, it’s still a very a cool little Easter Egg for Blue Jays fans to treasure during the holidays.

Here’s something that’s a little weird, though; Home Alone was released on November 16th, 1990. And if you’ll recall, Fred McGriff was involved with that massive blockbuster trade that included Tony Fernandez for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar.

That trade was made on December 5th, 1990; less than three weeks after Home Alone’s release date. By the time many got around to seeing Home Alone in theatres, Fred McGriff was no longer a Blue Jay.

And this isn’t the first time a piece of Blue Jays memorabilia has made an appearance in a feature film. A few years ago, I also noticed that a bunch of Blue Jays merchandise can be spotted in a scene from Big Daddy as well.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

One thought on “A Blue Jays Holiday Easter Egg: Fred McGriff’s Baseball Card Appears in “Home Alone”

  • December 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Something that gave me a big thrill as a kid was an episode of Newhart that featured George trying to pick a new baseball team to cheer for. Dick suggests Toronto, but George says he could never cheer for a team named after a bird that's a 'bully' to other birds at the feeder.

    To hear the Toronto Blue Jays mentioned on a U.S. network sitcom was awesome 🙂

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