Friday, June 23, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1991 Topps Traded Tiffany

Well, look at Mr. Darryl "All Smiles" Strawberry in his 1991 Topps Traded Tiffany card.

This is the last of my Topps Tiffany's that I got in the early spring that I've been milking in posts recently!

Mixing business: Thanks to everyone who signed up for the break. All the cards have been mailed and I hope are in your respective mailboxes by now, or very soon!

A question: Do you think the MLB Network is responsible for the cutbacks in ESPN's Baseball Tonight? In addition to the lay-offs in late April, the once daily program has been cut back to just the Sunday evening show (which is often rudely interrupted by whatever dumbass sport can't finish in time) and M-F podcast.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fruit, The Break, & Darryl Strawberry 1991 Topps Tiffany

Today was my annual strawberry picking excursion and as a result, or as you might imagine, I thought of Mr Darryl Strawberry.

And it might possibly be that my childhood love of this delicious fruit was responsible for my being such a big fan of the player? I might have very well liked Walter Apple, Mitch Peach, or Amos Cantaloupe, had there been such players...

Also: regarding the break that so many of you participated in (Thank you!)... got most of the cards all packaged up.

Now, for the real part of this post:

Darryl Strawberry's last regular season issue as a member of the New York Mets, that's what this 1990 Topps Tiffany card shows. First all, this was the first time Topps featured the players position on the front of the card since 1986 and I for one missed it even though I didn't realize it at the time.

As usual the Tiffany issue is amaze-balls. And I quite like the 40th anniversary design very much. The player's name is a bit hard to read because of the lines/detailing at the bottom of the card, and represented the first time this kind of feature was on the card; the previous years all seemed to have the players name either framed in some kind of box-like shape or just on the card itself. I went back to 1970 and saw nothing like this for the names.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Topps 2017 Series 2 Break: The Results

So I ripped and pulled and handled gently all the cards that were in my hobby box. I bought one that came with a special silver pack of four cards...maybe this means something to you but it meant little to me. But for Red Sox, Cardinals, Astros, and Padres collectors... you win!

Here are the total number of cards for each team. Aside from these photos, I won't "spoil" the cards by revealing anything about them. However, the big winner of a relic was Nick for his claiming of the San Francisco Giants. Sorry for the glare...

National League
Atlanta Braves: Dub Mentality: 10 cards
Miami Marlins: Mark (Chronicles of Fuji): 11 cards
New York Mets: J Wilden (A Pack to be Named Later): 13 cards
Philadelphia Phillies: Paul E (Phungo): 11 cards
Washington Nationals: Peter S (Baseball Every Night): 13 cards

Chicago Cubs: Tom O (Til Next Year): 14 cards
Cincinnati Reds: Chris R (Nachos Grande): 10 cards
Milwaukee Brewers: Tony L (Off Hiatus): 14 cards
Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt S (Bob Walk the Plank): 9 cards
St. Louis Cardinals: Kerry B (Cards on Cards): 14 cards

Arizona Diamondbacks: David L: 13 cards
Colorado Rockies: Adam K (Infield Fly Rule): 13 cards
Los Angeles Dodgers: Greg G (Night Owl): 18 Cards
San Diego Padres: Marcus (Padres Prospectus): 12 cards
San Francisco Giants: Nick (NJWV): 11 cards

American League
Baltimore Orioles: Ryan H ("O" No!!! Another Orioles Blog): 13 cards
Boston Red Sox: Mark H: 13 cards
New York Yankees: AJ (Lost Collector): 14 cards
Tampa Bay Rays: Tim B (I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning): 6 cards
Toronto Blue Jays: Mike M (Not Another Baseball Card Blog): 9 cards

Chicago White Sox: Jeff W (2 by 3 Heroes): 10 cards
Cleveland Indians: Adam S (Cardboard Clubhouse): 11 cards
Detroit Tigers: RobbyT (Detroit Tigers Cards and Stuff): 11 cards
Kansas City Royals: Josh D (Royals and Randoms): 11 cards
Minnesota Twins: JunkWaxTwins (Vintage Twins): 13 cards

Houston Astros: Marc B (Remember the Astrodome): 9 cards
Los Angeles Angels: Tom T (Angels In Order): 14 cards
Oakland Athletics: Mark (Chronicles of Fuji): 17 cards
Seattle Mariners: Tom O (Til Next Year): 11 cards
Texas Rangers: Kin K (Beans Ball Card Blog): 15 cards

Because of other obligations it'll take me a few days to package everything up but I hope to have everything out by Tuesday or Wednesday, at the latest.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Baseball cards and Cheese? Yes, please

Hi! In April I ran a contest that saw some wonderful entries asking baseball card collectors to show their favorite card of the favorite player. I randomized the list a number of times and after the golden number was reached, the winner ended up being Tony from Wrigley Roster Jenga for his entry of a Ron Santo card.

A planned vacation interfered with me being more timely with the prize, but eventually Tony got it: a homemade cheese board with the actual baseball card in it.

Tony gave me too much credit for it as I didn't make it. However, I had it made! I'm just the ideas-guy... I got a copy of the card, sent it to this place called Treasures of the Vine in New Jersey. Treasures is run by my wife's aunt and uncle, I need to disclose, and based on their product, making cheeseboards of melted-down wine bottles, I thought to myself that these would look awesome with baseball cards on them.

They remove the labels from the wine bottles, melt them down, and reattach the labels. You had a really solid sturdy glass base for the cheese that can withstand knives, washing and the like. Baseball cards are challenging as the cardboard is thicker than the wine label paper, but the end result is still something that looks good on your coffee table, bar, or even hanging on the wall.

I sent a few cards to them in March as this idea was materializing and I was happy with the results. You bet your bottom dollar I sent a Darryl Strawberry card -- and a couple of others.

Initially they scanned the card, printed it and affixed it, but I said that a lot of the allure, to my mind, was the card back. So they tried two methods for Tony's prize: 1. scanning both sides and printing it out, and 2. using the original. The original sticks out of the back quite a bit, much more than the scanned/printed method. So washing it would have to be done carefully to not get the card wet.

Please contact Treasures of the Vine if you're interested in having one made of a card for yourself or a friend.

Congrats again to Tony at Wrigley Roster Jenga. Thank you all for contributing posts to the contest!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 Topps Series 2 Break Sign-up



Ok. So I'm going to buy a hobby box of 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball cards. I'm doing this not intended to build a set at all, but to distribute as many cards as possible to team/set/player collectors.

All cards, inserts, hits, relics, autos, etc. will go to the person that signs up for that team. Sign up for two teams if you want, but please in your comment list specifically your first choice followed by second etc. I'd ask only that you pay $3 per team for shipping. We can work out the finer points later.

Once you comment, I'll revise this list to reflect the team of your choice. First come, first served, however, based on some conversations, I've already filled in a few. Anything left over (not signed up for) will be listed on a separate page on the blog as up for grabs/trade bait.

If you know of any team collector's out there, please forward this on...

National League
Atlanta Braves: Dub Mentality
Miami Marlins: Mark (Chronicles of Fuji)
New York Mets: J Wilden (A Pack to be Named Later)
Philadelphia Phillies: Paul E (Phungo)
Washington Nationals: Peter S (Baseball Every Night)

Chicago Cubs: Tom O (Til Next Year)
Cincinnati Reds: Chris R (Nachos Grande)
Milwaukee Brewers: Tony L (Off Hiatus)
Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt S (Bob Walk the Plank)
St. Louis Cardinals: Kerry B (Cards on Cards)

Arizona Diamondbacks: David L
Colorado Rockies: Adam K (Infield Fly Rule)
Los Angeles Dodgers: Greg G (Night Owl)
San Diego Padres: Marcus (Padres Prospectus)
San Francisco Giants: Nick (NJWV)

American League
Baltimore Orioles: Ryan H ("O" No!!! Another Orioles Blog)
Boston Red Sox: Mark H
New York Yankees: AJ (Lost Collector)
Tampa Bay Rays: Tim B (I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning)
Toronto Blue Jays: Mike M (Not Another Baseball Card Blog)

Chicago White Sox: Jeff W (2 by 3 Heroes)
Cleveland Indians: Adam S (Cardboard Clubhouse)
Detroit Tigers: RobbyT (Detroit Tigers Cards and Stuff)
Kansas City Royals: Josh D (Royals and Randoms)
Minnesota Twins: JunkWaxTwins (Vintage Twins)

Houston Astros: Marc B (Remember the Astrodome)
Los Angeles Angels: Tom T (Angels In Order)
Oakland Athletics: Mark (Chronicles of Fuji)
Seattle Mariners: Tom O (Til Next Year)
Texas Rangers: Kin K (Beans Ball Card Blog)

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1990 Topps Tiffany

1990 Topps Tiffany! Darryl Strawberry. Enough said. This was for all intents and purposes the last year I think I collected baseball cards before I picked up the hobby again two summers ago. As such this card is the last of the really familiar issues of Strawberry and in general, the design. I remember being underwhelmed by it.  But, getting this Tiffany card again proves how awesome and eye poppingly gorgeous baseball cards can be even with a (still) less than awesome design.

Am I alone in my feelings on 1990 Topps?

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Topps Archives & Heritage for the taking

I bought two packs each of Topps Archives and Topps Heritage from my local card shop to see what they were like and also try to get someone or some people to take them off me, as I honestly just wanted something to open. Is $5 a pack excessive for these releases? I felt like that, so when he gave me a stack of seventeen 2016 Topps Archives cards it kind of softened the blow... Anyway, see something you want: please comment or email and do tell a friend! Please!

So, here are the cards by: team, player, set and number...

American League
Baltimore Orioles
Michael Bourn, Heritage #351

Boston Red Sox
Mookie Betts, Heritage, New Age Performers (NAP) #3
Sandy Leon, Heritage #354

Chicago White Sox
Melky Cabrera, Archives, #17

Cleveland Indians
Corey Kluber, Heritage #380

Detroit Tigers
Tyler Collins, Heritage, #360

Kansas City Royals
Mike Moustakas, Heritage #387
Bo Jackson, Archives, #52 TRADED
Kelvin Herrera, Archives, #239

Minnesota Twins
James Beresford & Alex Wimmers, Heritage, #179
Kennys Vargas, Heritage, # 304

New York Yankees
Matt Holloday, Heritage, #330 TRADED
Phil Rizzuto, Archives, #139

Oakland A's
Ryon Healy, Archives, #63

Seattle Mariners
Leonys Martin, Heritage, #82
Felix Hernandez, Archives, #202

Tampa Bay Rays
Eddie Gamboa & Juniel Querecuto, Heritage #127

Texas Rangers
Yu Darvish, Archives, #36

Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Bautista, Archives, #147 TRADED

2016 RBI Leaders: Edwin Encarnacion, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Heritage #4 TRADED
News Flashbacks 1968 Point, Click...Compute, Heritage, #NF-14

National League
Atlanta Braves
R. A. Dickey, Heritage, #92 TRADED

Cincinnati Reds
Sparky Anderson, Archives, #191

Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon, Archives, # 281

Los Angeles Dodgers
Sandy Koufax, Archives, #175 TRADED

Milwaukee Brewers
Keon Broxton, Heritage, #22

New York Mets
Noah Syndergaard, Archives, #64 TRADED

Philadelphia Phillies
Odubel Herrera, Heritage, #247
Jorge Alfaro, Archives, #13
Roman Quinn, Archives, #154

St Louis Cardinals
Tyler Lyons, Heritage #285
Matt Carpenter, Archives, #222 TRADED
Seung-Hwan Oh, Archives, #214 TRADED

San Diego Padres
Christian Bethancourt, Heritage, #99

As I mentioned above, there are 17 cards from the 2016 Topps Archives set. These are also up for grabs:

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers, #204 TRADED
Hoyt Wilhelm, San Francisco Giants, #206
Matt Harvey, New York Mets, #208
Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays, #211
Gaylord Perry, Cleveland Indians, #212 TRADED
John Franco, New York Mets, #218 TRADED
Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres, #222
Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants, #224
David Peralta, Arizona Diamonbacks, #232 TRADED
Lou Boudreau, Cleveland Indians, #235
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds, #255
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros, #260
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies, #267 TRADED
Lucas Duda, New York Mets, #278 TRADED
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers, #287
Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals, #290
Hector Rendon, Chicago Cubs, #299

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1989 Topps Tiffany

Continuing on the adventure of adding the gorgeous Topps Tiffany cards to my Darryl Strawberry collection, here we have his two 1989 Topps cards: base and All-Star.

I really like the base card. I like the design as well as the specific photograph they used of Strawberry. On the flip side, I've always been kind of blah, meh, whatevs about the All-Star cards for this set. However, that being said, it's leaps and bounds better than the talking-heads-esque design for the 1988 All-Star cards, which reminds me of a jack-in-the-box. Or something.

On the whole though these Tiffany cards really have held up well through the years and are an absolute joy to have and to hold. I've actually never checked to see if John Kruk, my other interest, has a Topps Tiffany card. I'm sure he does, but it just seems kind of insulting to how dirty and scruffy he is often portrayed as in his cards.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1989 Bowman Tiffany

1989 saw Bowman bring its sexy back. And they had a Tiffany issue, too. This is the Darryl Strawberry card in that set. The card back for me is a favorite as I have said before on this blog. The breakdown by team is a very cool feature and couldn't be done today because of the inter-league games: might require either a fold out card, or one with a digital display or something.

Speaking of inter-league play... how do you feel about it? Do you like it? Hate it? Indifferent? I admit it was cool earlier this year to see the Pirates play in Fenway Park, but I also feel like those games could be better if they were playing AL teams; that playing AL teams would have more an an effect on their season. It was the regular season but it looked like Spring Training. My own preference is to do away with it.

I also still cannot for the life of me figure out why Houston was moved to the AL West instead of putting Milwaukee back in the AL? I mean, put Milwaukee in the AL Central and move Kansas City to the AL West. Would that have worked? I'm sure there would have been a way to do it....

A Cracked Bat is running a contest and if you don't enter you cannot win.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Topps Tiffany UK Minis

It's good to be back! Kind of...

So Topps branched out to the UK with this mini-cards and, of course, Tiffany had a go at them too. This is the 1988 Topps Tiffany UK Mini card for Darryl Strawberry. It is small, but it packs a punch in its coolness.

The "Talkin' Baseball" feature is interesting as it explains a facet of the game to the British audience. However the explanation is wrong, of course, because it does happen that the visiting team breaks the tie and ends up winning, too, right?

Speaking of extra innings, how do you feel about the recent talk following the 18 inning affair between the Yankees and Cubs? My own feeling is that they should play until someone wins. 18 inning games are the exception rather than the rule, so why make sweeping changes based on an anomaly? I'm a hypocrite, in some ways, because I didn't watch and likely wouldn't have, but I feel like the conversation and call-for-change that this game (and other looong ones) elicited says more about US than it does about the game itself. Are the players complaining? It seems the outcome of the game is up to them and if they get tired, well, they need to suck it up and try harder. It's their jobs!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1987 Topps Tiffany

Now, what would this blog be if not combining Darryl Strawberry and his 1987 Topps card(s)? These two lovely ones are the 1987 Topps Tiffany cards and I can't even stand how glorious they are. Can you?

I have to admit I like 460 better than 601 as the posed shot just lacks something. All the All Star cards though were like that though. But it's really 460 that floats my boat.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Collecting Cutch Contest: Top 10 Darryl Strawberry Cards

So Collecting Cutch is running a contest and I figure I should enter because of how excruciatingly narrow my collecting interest is: Darryl Strawberry!  I suppose I could do a Kruk one, but I have relatively so few cards of him that it just doesn't seem right because I'm sure I'm missing a lot of great ones.

Anyway. The Countdown....

10. 1995 Score Gold Rush #209: I had to choose this one for the outrageous poutiness of Strawberry. A great card, but also one of the worst.

9. 1988 Topps Big #253: I loved Topps Big when it came out and the post-swing shot & head-shot are really classic.

8. 1986 Donruss #197: A very nice photograph here of Strawberry on a Donruss card that is dated, but dates well.

7. 1988 Sportflics #155: Sportflics in and of itself was cool, just a bigger, rectangular version of 7-11 coins.  But the card back on this one won me over.

6. 2005 SP Legendary Cuts Glory Days Material: This was a gift from Bob Walk the Plank and what a sweet one it was. The three-colors are magnificent (I include white in the color count as it's there & matters).

5. 1988 Grenada stamp: Never knew this existed before I got back into card collecting, but it's such a weird, interesting "card".

4. 1983 Topps Traded #108T: This one started it all, but is only 4th place!

3. 2012 Topps Archives #129: Normally NOT keen on players being featured on cards for years in which they didn't play, but this one is beautiful, clean, crisp. Fantastic.

2.1988 Fleer Headlinders #4: Even back in 1988 this card was a favorite and it remains so to this day. I love the newspaper page in the background.

1. 1987 Topps #460: Duh. No brainer.

Thanks, Collecting Cutch for running this contest. If I collected a playing player it would be Cutch. All the entries have been really great to see and read, it's a great idea.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1986 Topps Tiffany

Months ago, I got from a bunch of new cards that I had longed for when in my youthful first go at baseball cards. They were some Topps Tiffany which couldn't afford back in the day. Now, though, they are largely had for small money.

This is a small, one-card post to highlight the 1986 Topps Tiffany Darryl Strawberry.

Such a beautiful card, crisp looking and bright. It's aged better in the last 31 one years than I have, and for that I am bitter as is only my right. It isn't cut perfectly as I think it's bottom heavy and a little skinny up top? But it's still wicked sweet.

I still have a few more of these to get and look forward to "completing" this "set", if you will, of Tiffany Strawberry's. I'll have a bunch more posts over the next couple of weeks to highlight other "new" cards that I do have. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Now I Feel Like a Collector Again

Getting a surprise in the mail from Kin of so many different web presences made my day. Kin can be found at I Feel Like A Collector Again and at Bean's Ballcard Blog (Also on Twitter). In fact, I think he's probably not just one man, but a Super Man with about 17 arms and 172 fingers.

Kin hit me up with the following John Kruk from 1993 Post. The face of the card shows the swing follow through (I'm talking about the mullet -- not the bat) and the back of the card shows a much cleaner, though probably mid-burp, visage of the beauty & the beast.

There were also two Darryl Strawberry cards included.

1986 KayBee above and 1988 Classic Blue below.

I particularly fancy the KayBee card as I remember these little boxed sets from them; Toys R Us (Rookies), and Rite Aid and the like from when I was in my early teens. I liked all the cards of the guys because I "knew" them all and followed them, but definitely would've paid more close attention to Mr. Strawberry.

Like many of you, busyness has seemed to have taken over my life leaving not as much time for buying baseball cards. Don't think I've bought anything since March, which is criminal. That being said I never blogged about that stuff so hopefully I'll be able to find the time to write and show off some of them.

Thanks Kin, for the very nice surprise cards!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Baseball Every Night Contest Winner

Hello again! Thanks to everyone again for submitting an entry to the Baseball Every Night Contest.

The winner of the contest is...

Tony B from Wrigely Roster Jenga! Congrats Tony and thanks for submitting your favorite card, the 2003 Topps Fan Favorites of Ron Santo, Card #145. And thanks to everyone else for contributing. I really enjoyed reading the stories and seeing the cards.

Now, Tony's going to get a great, unique, one of a kind prize but it's unfortunately going to take a little time to get to him. So, please be patient, Tony, and I'm sure everyone else will look forward to seeing what it is.

Here is the randomized list.

1. Tony Wrigley Roster Jenga
2. Jim at GCRL/Cards As I See Them
3. Oscar / Stealing Home
4. Matt / Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits
5. Mike / Not Another Baseball Card Blog
6. Tony / Off Hiatus Baseball Cards
7. Spyda-Man / 20yearsb42000
8. Mark / San Jose Fuji
9. Bo / Baseball Cards Come to Life
10. Matt / Bob Walk the Plank (#1)
11. The Lost Collector

Timestamp: 2017-05-02 19:35:55 UTC

You're all, though, winners to me.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Baseball Every Night Contest Entries

Hey there. In addition to the links provided in the comments, I decided to start a post that will list the entries, too.

Here is a list of all those brave soles who entered with the faith that I'll come through with something truly unique. I will. Who ever wins will have to be patient though as it may take a little time to complete...

The entrants....

While Matt from Bob Walk the Plank entered 9,769 times, his name will only be entered once. I really enjoyed reading the submissions for favorite cards of favorite players. Thank you all so much for playing!

Winner to be announced tomorrow!

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Friday, April 28, 2017

All Darryl Strawberry Most of the Time

I made a one card trade with Oscar of All Trade Bait, All The Time recently, sending him a Rickey Henderson insert card from the 2016 Topps set. I was happy to send it to him.

In return, I got this sweet 1995 Select Darryl Strawberry card representing the Straw man as a San Francisco Giants outfielder.

I really like the card number on the back inside the home plate. And I like that they highlighted a good thing too, on the back, kind of acknowledging a nine winning streak that he may (or may not) have had much to do with. As a Dodgers fan, I imagine it wasn't too difficult for Oscar to part with this card...

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