Christie Brinkley Shares Throwback to That Time She Used a Book to Cover Herself on a Baseball Trading Card

The model made a limited-edition series of MLB cards with Pinnacle in 1996.
Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley.

Christie Brinkley is the queen of vintage magazine covers, but the SI Swimsuit veteran has also been featured on baseball trading cards. The model shared two iconic photos on Instagram of herself as the star of Pinnacle’s “Christie Brinkley Collection” cards from 1996.

In the first snap, she sat on her knees in the sand wearing nothing but oversized denim shorts that were rolled down to fit her waist. She ran her fingers through her long blonde hair with one hand and held a book to cover her bare chest with the other. In the second slide of the series, the 69-year-old posed with MLB player Albert Belle and her toddler son, Jack Brinkley-Cook.

“So epic,” the 27-year-old commented on his mother’s post.

“To celebrate Baseball’s Opening Day Today, I’m throwing it back to the time I was hired as a photographer by Pinnacle Baseball Card Company to take the pictures of the two teams that made the World Series Final Game, the Indians, now called @cleguardians and the @braves,” Brinkley captioned the March 30 post she shared with her 843,000 followers. “Swipe to see my personal favorite card of Albert Belle SMILING as he’s holding my baby @jackbrinkleycook! And check out the fun back story and all the interesting stories, behind the photos as described by the players and me in the great article I’ve put in my stories with a link to @mlb‘s magazine! It’s going to be a great season with the new faster game rules! So …Play Ball‼️❤️⚾️💙 #tbt #baseball #openingday #tradingcards #collectorsPS Yankees Won‼️❤️.”

“You have always been a home run!⚾️⚾️❤️,” one fan gushed.

“Christie Take me out to the ball game,” another begged.

Pinnacle released the limited-edition Christie Brinkley collection in 1996, including 16 cards that popped up randomly in every 23 packs.

“When I got asked to do that, I thought, ‘Really?’ Because I’ve always been a big baseball fan. I couldn’t believe my luck,” Brinkley told “They knew that the baseball players didn’t like to take these pictures, and said, ‘We thought that maybe if we had a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model taking the pictures, they might come to get their picture taken.’”

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.