Monday, May 9, 2016

Dwight Gooden: Doctor K (aka What's in the Box, Part 7)

Growing up in the mid 1980s a Mets fan was fun and frustrating, both. The build up from 1983 to 1986 was wonderful. The 1986 season itself probably goes without saying. What came after in 1987, 1988, and 1989 was a failure of potential. The team teetered between first and second place in the NL East in those years, and failed to advance all the way to the World Series. By 1991 it was over, done. Darryl Strawberry changed coasts. Over, done. So was my interest, largely, in baseball. Girls, cross country, track, girls and then college in 1992 changed everything. But, fortunately I saw the light and got back into baseball & baseball cards.

I love looking at these cards. Even the cases. I pulled out my 1985 Topps Dwight Gooden rookie card and it is encased in a plastic holder where the back slides down and out. This kind of case, for my young 1985, 11-year-old self, was pretty expensive and that is why this card, once a very valuable one, is in it. I bought a Beckett Baseball magazine last year (July 2015, with a goober-smiling Mike Trout on the cover holding the bat like a lefty) and was kind of bummed to see that now it's worth about $2.00 in mint condition. I remember going through the cards as a kind regularly to find commons that became hits, and to remove star players that were reduced to the status of commons. Even rainy days back then were fine because I could stay in my room with my brother and just look at the cards. Maybe we traded from time to time, too.

Dwight Gooden was exciting to watch pitch. We visited family in New York a couple of summers during that time and saw some Mets and Yankees games. I'm not sure if we ever saw Gooden pitch. But I remember having my father take photographs of Howard Johnson and when they got developed he was smaller than pea-size.

But this post is about the Dwight Gooden cards that I have. They are listed below. I have one card of each unless after it appears a number in parentheses. At the bottom I'll insert photographs of the cards.

Donruss:
1985, Card #190
1986, Card #75
1986 Diamond Kings, Card #26
1986 Highlights, Card #8
1987, Card #199
1988, Card #69 (13)
1988 Baseball's Best, Card #96
1989, Card #270 (3)
1989 All-Stars, Card #40 (4)
1989 All-Stars, Pop-Ups, No number

Fleer:
1985, Card #82
1985 Fleer Star Stickers, Card #87
1986, Card #81
1986 Gooden in Action, Card #626
1986 All-Stars, Card #10
1986 Limited Edition, Card #30
1987 Hottest Stars, Card #18
1987 Headliners, Card #3
1987 Award Winners, Card #15 (3)
1987 Limited Edition, Card #18 (2)
1988, Card #135
1988 Headliners, Card #5
1988 Star Stickers, Card #102 (4)
1988 Mini, Card #92
1989, Super Star Specials, Card #635 Mark Davis/Dwight Gooden, "Dual Heat" (2)

Topps:
1985, Card #620
1985 Record Breaker, Card #3
1986 Record Breaker, Card #202
1985 Glossy Send-Ins, Card #38
1986, Card #250
1986 All Star, Card #709 (4)
1986 Mini, Card #52
1987, Card #130 (2)
1987 All Star, Card #603 (2)
1987 Mini, Card #23 (3)
1987 Glossy All-Stars, Card #10
1988, Card #480 (4)
1988 All Star, Card #405 (4)
1988 Mini Leaders, Card #60
1988 Sticker Backs #25 (Gary Gaetti on back)
1989, Card #30 (12)
1989 Turn Back the Clock, Card #661 (8)
1989 All-Stars Card #21 (4)
1989 Mini Leaders, Card #26 (4)
1989 Topps Stickers, Card #99 (Frank Viola, #30 on back)
1989 Topps Stickers, Card #59, Backs (John Shelby, Los Angeles Dodgers, Card #63 & Brook Jacoby, Cleveland Indians, Card #212, on other side) Traded

Other Cards, Coins, and Stickers:
1985 Seven-Eleven Coins, #E9
1986 Seven-Eleven Coins, #E1
1986 Quaker Granola, Card #2
1988 Bazooka, Card #8
1988 Broder Action Superstars (unlicensed), Card #5
1988 Score, Card #350 (4)
1988 Score, Card #200
1989 Upper Deck, Card #565

The 1985s
1986 Donruss
1988-1989 Donruss
Fleer
Topps
Other cards, stickers and coins
Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. I too was distracted from baseball cards by cross country and track for many years - good to see I'm not the only card-collector with a long distance running background!

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