Monday, October 16, 2017

A Darryl Strawberry Tale of Two Pinstripes

I got these two Darryl Strawberry goodies from "jessecar" on Sportlots.

The first is the 1987 Red Foley sticker. Not a perfect cut, but that's ok. When I got this I googled around to see what the sticker albums looked like and a flood of memories kind of came back to collecting these and adding them into the pages. I wonder if the Trading Card Database has fully completed sticker albums on it's website? Have to look into that, or even suggest that this be a feature for these particular sets.


It might be frivolous to have included the sticker back, but, it felt weird just having the one image.

And here is a 1999 Fleer Tradition card. Another one! This time it's the "Millennium" parallel. This one has gold font and an embossed (is that the right word) "2000" logo in the bottom right of the card.


The 1980s Mets uniforms are a beautiful thing and I must prefer them to the, of course, classic Yankees uniforms. What about you?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Michael A Taylor, #ToppsNow

On September 8, 2017, I got a text message from my 12-year-old nephew practically screaming at an inside the park grand slam home run hit by the Washington Nationals centerfielder Michael A. Taylor. I had a sneaking suspicion that the event would be a #ToppsNow moment. (Please note, I find it impossible not to use the # when writing #ToppsNow.) Admittedly it was one of the worst fielding anticipation jobs of all time by the opposing centerfielder who then effectively trotted after the ball. But an inside the park grand slam is just about one of the more exciting plays I could ever want to see in person, and I felt jealousy my sister and her family were at the game watching it in person.


I also knew that I'd be ordering a few of the cards so that I could give them to my nephews and my sister, who is a big Michael A fan.

Her fandom includes having a jersey of his, I believe bought for her by my brother. And when we were at the Nationals spring training facility this March, she was proudly showing off the shirt. The second game we saw, in Jupiter against the Cardinals was quite memorable as we were able to get her jersey signed, and Michael A threw a ball to us at the close of an inning. He was running toward the dugout where we were parked and my nephew was jumping up and down and I was kind of pointing my finger at him. Michael A softly tossed the ball which bounced off my nephews glove and right into my hand. Very memorable.

Michael A signing the jersey
Michael A signing for fans



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Friday, October 6, 2017

Judge for The Judge

When I was growing up I had a built in baseball card collecting network right in my family as I have a twin brother (I'm the pretty one) and my father was also a facilitator, too. So he definitely helped to fuel that passion many of us had and still have for baseball cards. My honorable father was a judge and grew up a big Yankees fan -- in fact I'm the only male on my side of the family that isn't a Yankees fan. So the big apple did fall a bit farther from the tree in some ways.

I was able to take my father to Fenway Park for the first time earlier this year to see the Yankees play the Red Sox. Rick Porcello wasn't too terrible, but he was awful and looked like he was laboring all during the foggy evening's game. It was Aaron Judge's birthday and the Judge both hit a home run and also made a great catch that left him in the first row of the low wall off the right field foul line.

So when Judge tied and broke the rookie record for home runs in a single game, I asked my dad if he wanted the special ToppsNow cards that they would without a doubt offer. Naive fool that I am I thought it would be one card. Well, it was two cards. One for 49 and one for 50. The card for 49 is way better and cooler than for #50. Particularly like the spray chart of his home runs marked by distance. Reminds me a javelin or shot put area in track and field.


The cards printed and shipped way faster than my experience buying a card last year, and actually did so way faster than another ToppsNow card that I bought earlier in September and have yet to feature here. The packaging and shipping is also improved, too, so that makes me feel in general more comfortable with the product. Though I'll remain very selective about buying the cards in the future just because.  So, these cards are featured on the blog but they are going on a little journey to my father.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Two Darryl Strawberry Cards

This is another of my recent Sportlots purchase and features a sticker and a card.

The below is the 1986 O-Pee-Chee sticker for Darryl Strawberry. I liked collecting these sticks, though in their Topps release, and tried very hard to complete all those sticker books. Wish I had kept them, but sometimes on eBay or just Google image searching brings back what the books looks like both empty and complete. It would be neat if Trading Card Database would all for showing the filled in pages. Maybe they do?



And here is another addition to the 1999 Darryl Strawberry cards. Same as the previous post, A Fleer Tradition card. This one though is the "Warning Track" parallel. I feel like the color should have been warning track dirt brown. 



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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Darryl Strawberry on Sportlots

Got these two nice Darryl Strawberry cards a while back in a Sportlots order. Look for more from this order coming to the blog in the next weeks! In this order I had taken care of a lot of the 1999 needs in my collection.

This one here is the 1999 Fleer Tradition card #564.


And this one here is the 1999 Topps Chrome card #18. Didn't scan well, sadly, but at least he sticks out.


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cards from Shane

Thanks to Shane of Off the Wall, the following three Darryl Strawberry cards are MINE ALL MINE.

First up: you could never tell from the scan but this the 1986 Fleer mini.  Scrumptious.


The 1993 Donruss MVP card, below,  is also wonderful and reminds me that I've never had a McDonald's Big Mac before. Nor will I.


But this 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites cards is a stunner. And I mean GORGEOUS.

This was instantly amongst my favorite baseball cards ever of all time. I don't know how others feel about the 1988 design. I liked it then and like it now. And I really like this image of Strawberry and credit Topps for not just going lazy and issuing a reprint of the original 1988 card. In fact I like this 2005 card of Strawberry way way way way way way better than the original.

Thank You Shane!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trading Cards for Cards

Kerry of the very good blog Cards on Cards took some of my Cardinals cards and in return sent me some cards back. All the trade packages I've ever gotten have been awesome but I have to say this one was particularly so.

Two John Kruk's to start off. First his 1986 Donruss The Rookies card. Clean shaved, young and innocent looking. At first I didn't recognize him at all.



Ah, then we get the 1995 Score Hall of Gold card which shows Kruk looking far more the way I expect him. With all due respect to Philadelphia, doesn't he just so well represent your idea of the city? That's part of the reason I call it Filthadelphia.



Next up, some targeted Darryl Strawberry cards. I say targeted as it really looks as though Kerry viewed my PC page and somehow found from his own stash of cards or acquired them cards that were missing from my collection. Each was brand new to me.

This first here in the 1993 Topps Gold. The gold name plate or whatever it's called is just dazzling.


Then my socks got knocked off by this 2012 Topps Archives 1986 card. It's a beauteous thing and everything about it makes me ridiculously happy.


The 2016 Topps Gold Label cards I quite like a lot and have wanted since they came out. I like the design quite a bit. This one is I believe the base card for Class 1.


Then we get a 2017 Bowman Chrome which is a duplicate of one I just got from P-Town Tom. But, two is better than one (most of the time, certainly not always). But in this case it certainly is.


Kerry, thank you so much!

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