Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Baseball Card Binder #2

More cards from the binder. Woot woot! You're probably sensing a theme here. The cards do get a little more diverse, though probably still not too, too interesting, as the binder continues.

Page 6 is blank. Boooo.

Page 7 has the following
1-3. Andres Galarraga, Montreal Expos, 1989 Fleer Super Stars, Card #15
4-6. Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers, 1989 Fleer Super Stars, Card #40
7-8. Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres, 1989 Fleer Super Stars, Card #21

Page 8 is blank, too. Boooo.

Page 9
1-3. Ruben Sierra, Texas Rangers, 1989 Fleer Baseball All-Stars, Card #37
4-6. Andres Galarraga, Montreal Expos, 1989 Fleer Baseball All-Stars, Card #13
7-9. Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers, 1989 Fleer Baseball All-Stars, Card #41

Page 10: Just two cards...
1-2. Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres, 1989 Fleer Baseball All Stars, Card #19

Page 11
1-3. Andres Galarraga, Montreal Expos, 1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball, Card #16
4-6.Glenn Davis, Houston Astros, 1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball, Card #11
7-8. Ruben Sierra, Texas Rangers, 1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball, Card #37
9. Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers, 1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball, Card #44

Page 12
10. Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers, 1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball, Card #44
11-12. Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres, 1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball, Card #20
13-14. Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers, 1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball, Card #40

Page 13
1. Bobby Bonilla, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1988 Fleer, Card #323
2-3. Vince Coleman, St. Louis Cardinals, 1988 Fleer, Card #27
4. Jeff King (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Randell Byers (San Diego Padres), 1988 Fleer, Card #653
5. Randy Velarde (New York Yankees) and Adam Peterson (Chicago White Sox), 1988 Fleer, Card #646
6. Jack Savage (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Todd Simmons (San Diego Padres), 1988 Fleer, Card #650
7. Greg Jelks and Rom Newell (Philadelphia Phillies), 1988 Fleer, Card #648
8. Greg Maddux, Chicago Cubs, 1988 Fleer, Card #423
9. Joe Niekro, Minnesota Twins, 1988 Fleer, Card #18

Don't worry: there will be more crap in the next blog post too. Just speaking "straight out", like you'd want me to.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Baseball Card Binder #1

At Christmas, I brought back from my parents house a binder of baseball cards. So, I thought I'd do a series of posts for the pages of it in hopes that you, the readers, might find something missing from your collection(s). I have 27 images and haven't decided yet how many I'll post per post, but for this first one, here are pages 1, 2-3, and 4-5.

Page 1;

What you have on page 1 are the following cards,:
1. Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres, 1989 KMart Dream Team, Card #29
2-4. Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers, 1989 Classic, Card #128
5-6. Carlos Quintana, Boston Red Sox, 1989 Classic, Card #133
7. Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers, 1989 Topps Ames 20/20 Club, Card #33
8. Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers, 1989 Topps Ames 20/20 Club, Card #29
9. Carlos Quintana, Boston Red Sox, Pacific Cards, Super Stars, Card #7

Page 2 has just four cards:
1. Carlos Quintana, Boston Red Sox, Pacific Cards, Super Stars, Card #7
2-3. Royal Clayton, Albany-Colonie Yankees, 1989 Star, Card #96
4. Eric Anthony, Columbus Mudcats, 1989 Star, Card #1

Page 3 is complete -- all cards are from the 1989 Fleer League Leaders set:
1-2. Glenn Davis, Houston Astros, Card #11
3-4. Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers, Card #44
5-7. Greg Swindell, Cleveland Indians, Card #38 -- TRADED
8-9. Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres, Card #19

Page 4 is a continuation of some 1989 Fleer League Leaders:
1-3. Andres Galarraga, Montreal Expos, Card #14
4-6. Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers, Card #40

Page 5 has two guys from the 1989 Singles Superstars set:
1-4. Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres, Card #9
5-9. Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers, Card #16

All the cards are in great shape. If you see anything you want please let me know. Lots more to come!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cards on Cards sent me a Card

Kerry over at Cards on Cards sent me a surprise Darryl Strawberry card last week. Thanks Kerry!

It's Strawberry's 1991 Bowman Silver Slugger card, Card #382. The Silver Slugger's appeared from cards numbered 367-384 and featured: Cecil Fielder, Julio Franco, Kelly Gruber, Alan Trammell, Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Ellis Burks, Lance Parrish, Dave Parker, Eddie Murray, Ryne Sandberg, Matt Williams, Barry Larkin, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Strawberry, Benito Santiago, and Don Robinson.

When I got it I was a little flummoxed as his base card for 1991 Bowman was in a Dodgers uniform, which is where he signed in the 1990 off-season (November 8th, to be exact). I like this card much better than the base, but what could Bowman really do, other than getting likely a posed spring training shot.

It looks like the Mets are away, given the gray uniform. Would you guess they are in Chicago at Wrigley Field? It looks like maybe that's a blurry Kevin McReynolds or possibly Dave Magadan in the background. Tough to say. McReynolds was a rightly, but the bat is over the guys left shoulder. So maybe it's even Gregg Jeffries. McReynolds most often hit behind Strawberry, but the switch-hitting Jeffries did follow my guy on September 22, 1990 at Wrigley.

The thing I like most about the card are the crossed bats in the top right. While being a Silver Slugger card, the bats actually look gold to my eyes.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

1992 Star Gold Darryl Strawberry

Hi. My name is Peter. And I'm a Darryl Strawberryaholic. This was the last of the Star sets that I needed to get a complete run of his presence in the sets. Complete being more hopeful than maybe it should be? Star put out so many sets that one can just not be too sure... This is the 1992 Star Gold set. Some of the photos were dark -- it isn't just the scanner not doing such a hot job of scanning.

Can't sort out what he's doing in the image above... Fore!!!!!

Whoa: veins.

Straw looks intense here, wouldn't want to face that batter's prep if I were the opposing picture.

On the whole, the cards in the Star series are meh. Not terrific photography and thus not particularly memorable photographs. Reused, relatively boring, and stagnant stats and text on the card backs. Makes me think of the great song "Butter" by the great A Tribe Called Quest: "You get an E for effort, and T for nice try"(I always thought it was "NT for Nice Try, but all the lyric searches I did came back with "and T for nice try". Hmmm.) But, when you're working on building a collection and you notice an absence, you have to make the decision how far you're going to take it. I am glad that I have them all but won't be the least bit surprised if I find another set "somewhere out there beneath the clear moonlight..." there are the odd "promo" cards here and there for these various sets but I feel no compulsion to have these at the moment. Yet. In sum, the Star sets are an instance of quantity over quality; and I am hopeful this is an exception to my collecting habits rather than the rule.

A "complete" list of the Star cards that features Darryl Strawberry is below:

1984 Star (I can't tell, really, if this is the same "Star" as the 1988-1992 cards)

1988 Star (Blue)
1988 Star (Purple)
1988 Star Nova
1988 Star Platinum
1988 Star Platinum Glossy (pink)

1988-1989 Star Gold

1989 Star Platinum

1990 Star Gold
1990 Star Nova
1990 Star Platinum

1991 Star
1991 Star Diamond
1991 Star Gold
1991 Star Home Run
1991 Star Nova

1992 Star Gold
1992 Star Nova
1992 Star Silver

In 1991, two other card makers joined in the Strawberry fun. A guy called Barry Colla issued a twelve card set; and also something called Playball U.S.A. put out a set that includes an unknown number of cards. I have nine of them, but they are numbered bizarrely. Playball issued cards for Don Mattingly (12 cards) and Ken Griffey Jr. (17 cards). Cards totals taken from the Trading Card Database. A casual search of eBay found cards issued for Will Clark and one lone promotional card for Nolan Ryan. Weird. It just hit me that I have not yet blogged about the Colla set or the Playball set, so that's something to look forward to. Right. (Yes is the only acceptable answer.)

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

1989 Star Platinum Darryl Strawberry

In advance of a snow storm, a nice little blog post to start off the night. My work closed tomorrow which is sweet. Any Thursday where you don't have to set the alarm clock is a great Thursday.

Right. So. I scoured ebay and Trading Card Database in the spring and summer making a list of all the bleeping Star sets from the late 1980s and early 1990s to determine all the sets that were put out that featured my childhood baseball idol and current baseball card collecting interest Darryl Strawberry. After making a master list I systematically went out to obtain them all. But... Did I? I don't know. Maybe! I got a lot of sets this spring and summer and blogged about them, much to your boredom. I had two sets that were missing from my collection, apparently. One that I saw listed as 1989 Star Platinum and 1992 Star Gold. I tracked them for a long time: Cardspotting, if you will. The prices never came down and no bids were ever made. I asked for but didn't get either for Christmas because no one in my family really loves me, so bought them for myself. Cardturbation, am I right?

Anyway...then came the cards in the mail. They came quite quickly, actually, which pleased me. Nothing like a premature delivery. A happy ending, if you will.  But... you knew there was a but... Opening the cards...boy did I feel like a jerk. Off the bat, I saw the cards and was like, Wait. I have these. I was feeling like I was not the master of my domain.

The problem is that they are listed by experienced sellers as both (either) 1988 and (or) 1989 Star Platinum. And sometimes as 1988-1989. I think the fact that it's PSA graded should guide my own conclusion on the matter. Maybe? Anyway, the cards are below. Again... but one thing I noticed that I missed the first time around appears in card numbered 89 (it's 9 on the checklist). So, hop down after enjoying the scans of cards 81-88...

That leg kick meant trouble for the ball.

Makes it look easy, effortless.

Such a sweet swing.

Nice face!

Wait a minute... "1988 N.L. MVP". What you talkin' about Willis. Strawberry was not the N.L. MVP in 1988, Kirk "The Hobbler" Gibson was. Strawberry did have a a "great 1988 season", for sure. I've gone over his 1988 season before: All-Star, Silver Slugger, lead the league in four impressive offensive categories, etc. etc. Lost by 36 points in the MVP race (though I'm still not 100% how they are added up and counted and what not; but I admit I've never really looked into it).

Anyway, way to go Star. Sloppy bozo's.

All that being said...if you are a New York Mets baseball cards collector or Strawberry baseball cards collector and are interested in this set: please do get in touch with me. My loss is your gain.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Take My 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

updated 8 February 2017

Paul Revere rode his horse passed my house the other day screaming, "The Topps Cards are coming! The Topps Cards are coming!"

I told myself I wasn't going to buy any packs of the 2017 Topps cards and that if I really wanted the set, I'd just buy the complete set later in the year (or get it as a gift for Birthday or Christmas or my favorite holiday, Because). But, when I saw the packs in Walmart yesterday, well, I just kind of kind of had to. You know what I mean.

Anyway, here are the cards I got in order by NL Team and then AL team. If you want them, just leave a comment or contact me via the email in the top left of the sidebar in the About This Blog box. Some of the cards won't be for trade right now, these will be identified --- but if you make me an offer I might re-consider. And some of the cards have already sent away. These will also be identified.

Atlanta Braves:
Dansby Swanson Topps Salute Card #S-75 -- Not for Trade at the moment, unless

Chicago CubsTRADED
Cubs Team Card, #72TRADED
Addison Russell, World Series Highlights, #78TRADED
Jon Lester, League Leader, #162TRADED
Hector Rondon, #224TRADED
Kris Bryant, League Leader, #277TRADED
Pedro Strop, #303TRADED

Cincinnati Reds
Joey Votto, League Leader, #110 TRADED
Joey Votto, #288 TRADED

Colorado Rockies
Jon Gray, #209
Jeff Hoffman, Rookie Card #335

Los Angeles Dodgers
Josh Reddick, #329
Clayton Kershaw, Then & Now, #Bowman-2

Miami Marlins
Fernando Rodney, #292
Jose Fernandez, Comeback Player of the Year, #CBP-2 TRADED

Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano, #3 TRADED
Scooter Gennett, #49 TRADED

New York Mets
David Wright, #19
Big Apple's Super Heroes, #32 (Syndergaard/Thor and Harvey/Dark Night)
Gabriel Ynoa, Rookie Card, #79
Asdrubal Cabrera, #86
Matt Harvey, #164
Noah Syndergaard, League Leaders, #211
Lucas Duda, #236
Yoenis Cespedes, Silver Slugger, #SS-16

Pittsburgh Pirates  - These guys are spoken for, sorry
Josh Bell, Rookie Card, #30
Ivan Nova, #80
Francisco Cervelli, #198
David Freese, #302

St. Louis Cardinals
Brandon Moss, #89

San Diego Padres
Tyson Ross, #138
Padres Team Card, #192 TRADED
Cory Spangenberg, #264

San Francisco Giants
Brandon Crawford, #106
Angel Pagan, #112
Johnny Cueto, #199

Washington Nationals
Reynaldo Lopez, Rookie Card, #120
Ryan Zimmerman, #168
Danny Espinosa, #327
Wilson Ramos, Silver Slugger, #SS-2

And now for the American League!  As you can see in the image above, the Astros were photographed in the wrong league. I blame the wine.

Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis, #95
Yovani Gallardo, Rainbow foil, #308TRADED

Boston Red Sox
Rick Porcello, League Leader, #28
David Oritz, League Leader, #229
Mookie Betts, League Leader, #242
Clay Buchholz, #267
Andrew Benintendi, Rookie Card, #283 -- Not for trade at the moment, unless

Chicago White Sox
Austin Jackson, #77

Cleveland Indians -- Cards traded already
Francisco Lindor, #119 TRADED
Coco Crisp, #281 TRADED
Josh Tomlin, #342 TRADED

Detroit Tigers
Jordan Zimmerman, #40
Francisco Rodriguez, #105
Justin Upton, #207
Michael Fulmer, Rookie of the Year, #ROY-1
Miguel Cabrera, 1987 Topps, #87-15 -- Not for trade at the moment, unless...

Houston Astros
Astros Team Card, #175 TRADED
A.J. Reed, #273

Kansas City Royals
Edinson Volquez, #111

Minnesota Twins
Twins Team Card, #304 TRADED

New York Fuckees,  I mean Yankees
Dellin Betances, #54
Aaron Judge, Rookie Card, #287

Oakland A's
Marcus Semien, #97
Sean Doolitte, #157
Reggie Jackson (1969 Topps), Rediscover Topps Promo Card

Tamps Bay Rays
Alex Colome, #156
Rays Team Card, #266 TRADED
Drew Smyly, #334

Texas Rangers
Nomar Mazara, Topps All-Star Rookie, #233

Toronto Blue Jays
Kevin Pillar, #6 TRADED
Marco Estrada, #29 TRADED
Dioner Navarro, #104 TRADED
Justin Smoak, #316 TRADED

I know! No Darryl Strawberry cards. How rude!

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