Tuesday, May 22, 2018

1996 Ultra Base Set #107

Continuing the blissfully never-ending string of posts highlight cards I got off Sportlots there is this gem from the 1996 Ultra base set which I purchased from iguana02, whom I like quite a bit. Great cards, fast shipping, etc.

Pinstripes notwithstanding this is a sweet card. I like the leg kick and noticed he's got the bat fairly low in his hand on his body which suggests he's winding up here, flinching a bit, if you will, in anticipation of the pitch.

The back of the card feature two additional batting photographs and a head shot with a cheek-full of, probably, tobacco.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Topps Gallery Darryl Strawberry

This is another Sportlots card that I got of Darryl Strawberry a long while ago, probably in the winter. It came from ACARDFAN. I'm a fan of ACARDFAN for sure.

1997 Topps Gallery, Card #12.  Strawberry is obviously dressed for some perverted Halloween party as a NY Yankee and he brought his friend Tino Martinez along.

I do really like the design of this card; the gold border is very nice and the name plate adds a very unique touch to the design; The whole thing feels like it's an old painting or portrait. I guess that was the point in calling it "Gallery".

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Kruks on Cards

Everybody's favorite Cardinals collector, Kerry from Cards on Cards, just sent me two righteous cards with plenty of John Kruk on them. They are:

1993 Topps, Card #340

Both of these cards were new to me. I like the 1993 Topps card design a lot though I do prefer to see a player's position to be listed on the front. At least it is quite noticeable on the back.

1994 SP Holoview Blue, Card #22

And the 1994 SP Holoview Blue is freaky! I can angle the card and see two holographic Kruk faces. Are there more than that?

Kerry: Thank you!

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Another Harperian Cracked Bat Home Run

The title of this blog post comes from Bryce Harper's recent cracked bat home run. And the cards themselves were lovely gifts from Julie of A Cracked Bat.

The first card up is, perhaps, the strangest I've ever seen. Jay Bell of the Pirates milking a cow.

Jay Bell, 1993 Triple Play Fun at the Park

1993. Just a year or two removed from when I left collecting and so this was a new card for me. The back features, I believe, Vince Coleman, who wore number 11 for the Mets in 1993. But, it could be number 1, Tony Fernandez. Anyone care to weigh in?

I milked that paragraph for all its worth, which did my body good. But forget calcium: I'm going with Vitamin K: Kruk.

Julie sent three cards for me of these sexy Phillies beast.
John Kruk 1993 Finest
John Kruk 1993 Triple Play
John Kruk 2005 Topps Pristine Legends

All three cards were new to my collection and are simply marvelous.

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Donruss All-Stars Pop-Ups
Darryl Strawberry 1988 Fleer Baseball MVPs
Darryl Strawberry 1989 Topps Sticker Backs
Darryl Strawberry 1993 Triple Play
Darryl Strawberry 2005 Topps Pristine Legends
Darryl Strawberry 2009 Topps Ring of Honor
Darryl Strawberry 2010 TRISTAR Obak
Darryl Strawberry 2016 Topps Archives

Julie sent a bunch of welcome Darryl Strawberry cards. Some were dupes, but dupes are welcome in my house. But Julie sent something that has me, in a good way, baffled:

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Pin (by Peter David Inc)

What-the-what is that?

Julie, like OMG, you rock so hard.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Baseball Every Night's Blog Bat Around - All Autograph Team

A lot of guys are showing off some stellar autographs based on Kenny's Blog Bat Around.

So, here is the Baseball Every Night version!!!!!

Pitcher: Dwight Gooden

First Base: John Kruk

Right Field: Darryl Strawberry

And it's probably what you've come to expect from Baseball Every Night. Abject disappointment. With only three players I guess I forfeit with just one-third of a team...

Thanks to Bob Walk the Plank (Gooden & Strawberry) and Mark Moseley (Kruk) for the autographed cards.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Darryl Strawberry 1997 Topps Chrome

A long, long time ago I got this 1997 Topps Chrome, Card #98 from acardman on Sportlots. I was showing them all off before some trades came in and needed to be promoted and then other work and general busy-ness got in the way... but after about six weeks of really having to sacrifice this blog and early season baseball watching so that I could concentrate on other things. But! I'm finally coming out of it. After about 8 years of working on a massive side project I'm soon to be quite bored and am likely to drive my wife absolutely crazy (in the bad way). However, in addition to, still, some individual cards to show off, earlier this week I got some sweet stuff from Julie of A Cracked Bat fame so I'll hopefully get that posted in the next week.

Never will get used to Strawberry as a Yankees player though I obviously know he was. As with many Chrome products, they scan quite differently than they look in actuality.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Payback is a Walk down the Plank

Matt of Bob Walk the Plank fame and I trade baseball cards and we trade beer. This is "Perfect World" stuff, folks. I believe all wars and arguments and fights and hatred would stop if more people did this.

Matt sends, always, a very thoughtful assortment of beers both within my wheelhouse (IPAs) and outside of it (just about everything else). When he wrote to say this one featured some of his favorite Stouts I got excited. I used to really love stouts but then broke away to the more bitter (it's a reflection of character and personality, the bitterness) beers.

This beer box package was preceded by a few days two stunningly outrageous Darryl Strawberry cards. But, first the beer.

On the left: The well-traveled box!

And on the right:
Fat Heads Holly Jolly Ale (consumed)
Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout (consumed)
Silent Night Imperial Stout
Founders CBS
Weyerbacher Brewing Sunday Morning Stout

The above features on the left:
Founders Doom Imperial IPA
Wicked Weed Freak of Nature
Fat Heads Hop JuJu
Baby Maker Dbl IPA (With a name like baby maker...)

And on the right:
Big Timber Porter
Oskar Blues Brewery Ten Fidy Imperial Stout (I've had the Pinner Throwback IPA and enjoy that muchly) (in the process of consuming as I blog)
Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break

The beer will be consumed and enjoyed. The baseball cards will be cherished for a longer period of time than any bottle of beer should justifiably last.

First up is the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings - Heritage Collection Signature SN 03 of 50. If you're like me you're uncontrollably drooling at the sensational glory of this baseball card.

The card says Strawberry "burst" onto the MLB scene but let me tell you I broke out a massive smile when I saw this card.  Divine.

And if you thought the above was remotely nice, check out this sweet piece of paper: 2005 Donruss Greats - Signature Platinum HoloFoil. Cards this beautiful normally feature Bob Walk. It was nice of the real Mr Walk to share his stunning winsomeness with this particular card.

Whoa! Whoa! This card is on the scale of so saucy I, like, can't stand up (if you know what I mean).

I say "Thank you" sincerely but, Matt, it doesn't quite express my gratitude. I've been sidelined recently with other work, travel, and illness.... but I hope after a short visit this week to Chicago to give a talk, your return beer package should be on the way next weekend.

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