Saturday, March 25, 2017

Incoming Darryl Strawberry and John Kruk Baseball Cards

Since late September I have sent a decent number of cards in many separate packages and envelopes to a collector who seeks Indians cards, as well as a bunch of non-Indians players. I'm always happy to send cards I don't want to someone who does! The other day I got a return package of 15 cards: 13 Darryl Strawberry's and 2 John Kruk's. Let's look at them!

1985 Donruss and Leaf. Classic early Darryl Strawberry cards when there was more promise than a first date in eighth grade. Or... Classique cartes Darryl Strawberry tôt quand il y avait plus de promesse qu'une première date en huitième année.

A lamentably off-center 1987 Topps. This is a strong candidate for a wallet card. However, on the other hand, look at all the beautiful wood grain on the left hand side. Mmmm. Wood grain.

Some 1989 Straw's... No -- you're not seeing double! There are two of the Kmart Dream Team issue. Great card, post swing. I fool myself into thinking it was a home run, but like a first date in eighth grade it was full of delusion.  As for the Bazooka: is there a better reminder of of the 1980s? Very much looks like the Bazooka and Kmart card might have been taken in the same game, if not the same at bat! The Score card is effing sweet. I love the color, the design, the front photograph. Nice. Excellent. A Home Run.

1990 Topps and Score. 1990 was probably, I think, the last year I truly collected and that was that. Girls and running and a job got in the way on continuing the hobby. Which is strange because it was the first time I was earning decent money and could have afforded to really indulge in the hobby. But, like other things, it kind of fell away. It was around this time that I started hitting Ben-n-Jerry's in Old Town Alexandria for twice-weekly pints of ice cream (O! Metabolism!) and dates and things. And buying CD's and probably other things. The image on the back of the Score card makes me laugh. Just a nice, casual, shit-eating grin. I'd love to know what was said or on his mind.

1991: Classic and Score. Torn between two worlds here: Mets and Dodgers. The contrast between the way Straw looks in the back photograph of the base Score card and the Master Blaster card couldn't be more different. Think the Score is an older photograph, possibly, as the double-chin present in the Master Blaster is nowhere near forming

1992 Classic card. Still, I know I'm a broken record, but the Dodgers thing is just unnatural.

Now, let's look at the beautiful John Kruk. I'm not sure in this 1988 Donruss card if he's had to have started shaving yet. That would change...

Four years later, corrupted by the Philadelphia Phillies, Kruk because a beast more feared in looks than a velociraptor.

I adore the 1992 Topps cards, particularly those that feature the image on the back, like this, of the player's home stadium. ADORE!

Only 3 out of the 15 were cards were new for my player collections, but several others gave me a second card, which is always nice. They are back-up plan cards or just-in-case cards. Like, if someone I know wants/can't find a card and I have two of them I wouldn't hesitate to send one along (Straw's 1983 Topps Traded card being among a few exceptions!).

Thanks for the cards. And, as usual...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I Like John Kruk and I Cannot Lie

The estimable Mike from Not Another Baseball Card Blog recently sent me a slew of John Kruk's with a Darryl Strawberry on top. So I decided to make lyrics about the trade and Kruk to the tune of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back", only this is called "Peter Got Kruk"...

Peter Got Kruk

Oh, my, word. Mikey, look at that Kruk.
He is so big.
He looks like one of those hot dog vendors.
But, you know, I could totes down a dog now.
I only eat them at the park in the the summer time.
However, that Kruk, is just so suave.
I can't believe he was a Padre, and, like a White Sox— gross. Riiiight!
He's just so… hick!

I like John Kruk and I cannot lie
You card collector's can't deny
That when Kruk struts up with a 86 inch waist
And a baseball bat in your face
You think Hmm, he is such a beast
And on pitching he used to feast
Deep in the gap he'd hit them
Spit on the base path all of his phlegm
Oh wowsers, I wanna eat with him
In anyone's kitchen
Some homefries and some mustard
Wash it down with some custard
Or, a burger made of lentil
You wanna watch some Yentl?
Well, 'scuse me, 'scuse me
You are the beast and the beauty
You're an above average Phillie
To hell with Curt Schilling
No etiquette
Tweetin' like he's got Tourettes
I'm sad that ESPN
Said John Kruk ain't the thing
And they cut him out of BBTN
I hope he finds himself some Zen
Hey, Guys (What?) Guys! (What?)
Have you got yourself some Kruk (Heck yea!)
Why don't you trade! (Trade it!) Trade it!
(Trade it!)
Trade me that baseball card!
Peter got Kruk!

(WV Face with Louisville Slugger)
Peter got Kruk!
(WV Face with Louisville Slugger)
(WV Face with Louisville Slugger)

I like Kruk cards, a lot
You can believe it or not
I much prefer him with a beard and a mullet
Shoving food in his gullet
I hope to collect them all
And no, duplicates, no, no
Let us talk about stats
Cause stats are where the party's at
He hit a hundred homers
And twice as many doubles
While blowing pink gum bubbles
With gaseous farts like rubbles
And he could be real gnarly
Getting mocked by Chris Farley
You can have Chris Farley
I want my comics like Peanuts
We must thank the S.D. Padres, Chris James of the Phillies
And Randy Ready
But I gotta be straight when I say The White Sox?
What a big mistake
Their he couldn't rake
He only played in forty-five games
Some of them with Tim Raines
I wish he was still playing
Cause he's awe- and -some
I'd be better off drinking rum
So, ladies! (Yeah!) Ladies (Yeah!)
You wanna send me to Hades (Yeah!)
That's too bad. I am rad!
And maybe even a little mad
Peter got Kruk!

Peter got Kruk!
Yeah, traders…when it comes to cardboard
BCW ain't got nothing to do with my selection.
3200 count box? Ha ha, only if it's 3.5 x 2.5.

And on and on…. Peter got Kruk!

Ok, so let's look at the cards (Finally!) These are the Kruk cards that Mike sent...

1988 Leaf, Card #176
1988 Score Traded, Card # 70T
1990 Bowman, Card # 154
1990 OPC, Card # 469
1990 Topps, Card # 469
1992 Fleer, Card #537
1992 Pinnacle, Card # 147
1992 Ultra, Card #246
1993 Upper Deck, Card #38 Team Checklist
1994 Ultra Phillies Finest, Card #9
2016 Topps Archives, Card #240

This is Kruk in transition. 1990! So long ago. This is right before he was ruined by Philadelphia. Ruined in the good way. As you can see in the Fleer below, his hair is growing out wonderfully.

Pretty sure this Fleer photo and the Pinnacle below and the Ultra below that are from the same game or the same series? What do you think?

This is my third card in the Phillies Finest set. Very excited by this. On the card back, Kruk really looks like he's having none of it. Or indigestion.

With the exception of the 2016 Topps Archives it's like watching age-progression software going from baby-faced to quasi-Geico Caveman. The Topps Archives car is really nice. I hope they do something really special for their 69th.

The Strawberry:

1990 Bowman, Card # 154

He looks bored.  But look at the stats breakdown on the card back. So awesome. My favorite.

Well, maybe my next song will be a little easier because "Baby Got Back" was hard to write over.

MIKE! Thank you so so so very much for these cards. Awesome-sauce.

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