Monday, July 24, 2017

Darryl Strawberry: Owl Night Long (Owl Night)

Night Owl Cards, like P-Town Tom, sent a few cards my way as thanks for the Topps Series 2 box break. And, like P-Town Tom this kindness was uncalled for but much, much, much appreciated.

The title of this post, Owl Night Long (Owl Night) comes, of course, from Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)".
 


My wife and I were on a plane with Mr Richie in May when we were on the way to New Zealand. He sat behind us from Boston to LA but we left him alone unlike most of the other people. He had been in Boston receiving an honorary degree.

The three cards were all absent from my collection are each so so cool.

First up is the 1992 Score 100 Superstars card.



Next up is the very bizarre 1992 Topps Kids card of Strawberry's head on top of a really beefed up Barry Bonds, I mean cartoon body.


Last up, but not least, is the 1993 Upper Deck Team Stars card featuring childhood buddies Strawberry and Eric Davis. In theory this was a dynamic duo, but just about four or five years too late.


Night Owl hit a massive home run!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Recent(ish) COMC order

Earlier this year, in May, Check Out My Cards offered a sale on their website. This was just the impetus I needed to actually buy my first cards in a few months. Though in the end I don't think I did something right as I didn't get free shipping; but whatever. I got cards! Darryl Strawberry cards, too.

I concentrated on 1991 and earlier, filling in some needs from when Strawberry was playing with his one true team, the New York Mets.

Here's a list of the cards:

1986 Sportflics #56 with Steve Sax and Pete Rose    
1986 Sportflics #97
1987 Fleer Glossy #23  
1987 Fleer Glossy #629 Magic Mets  with (CarterFernandezGoodenHernandez)SSS
1987 Fleer Glossy #638 Sluggers from the Left Side (with Don Mattingly)    
1987 Fleer Glossy #WS11 (with Ray Knight)
1987 Leaf/Donruss #4, Diamond King
1987 Topps Glossy Send-Ins #32  
1987 Topps Woolworth Baseball Highlights #29 (with Marty Barrett)
1988 Fleer Glossy #151    
1988 Fleer Glossy #637 / (with Eric Davis) SS    
1988 Fleer Award Winners #40    
1988 Fleer Baseball MVP's #37
1988 Kenner Starting Lineup Talking Baseball, Card #22
1989 Fleer Glossy #49
1990 Bowman Tiffany #141
1991 Topps Tiffany #402 AS

And now (now now) the moment you've all been waiting for: Here are the cards! With some commentary.


There is something weird going on above; seeing a Pete Rose/Darryl Strawberry face-mash thing is super weird.




This card reminds me of Jeff Pearlman's wonderful The Bad Guys Won. Though a couple of those guys are more misfits than magicians.


The above four "glossy" Fleer cards are pretty sweet. I particularly like the one with Mattingly.


Uh, Ray, where is your hand?


A lot of people like Diamond Kings. I think this one is particularly awful.


This send-in glossy All-Star card is all kinds of sweet; as is the Woolworth's Baseball Highlights card from the 1986 World Series. I think the photograph is fantastic with both players looking at the upmire and his left arm calling Strawberry safe just visible. Mmm. Depicts a kind of edge-of-your seat intensity of which the World Series is known.



These two cards, the Award Winners above and Baseball MVP's below, are from two of Fleer's 8,638 30 to 40 card sets that they were issuing back in the late 1980s. If they were around today I'd look for the 150k issues of position players with more than 150 strikeouts per year.



More Fleer glossy, the base card below is beautiful. The card with Eric Davis is pretty nice too considering they were childhood friends. Man, they were fearsome.



Every order seems to include a dupe...the above Starting Lineup card is the dupe. Dope!


Another Fleer glossy, this time 1989 base. 


The above 1990 Bowman and below 1990 Topps All-Star card are Tiffany set issues. As usual they are bright and stunning.



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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tom Goes 18 for 18

P-Town Tom of Til Next Year sent me some Darryl Strawberry cards out of the kindness of his big heart to say thanks for the Topps Series 2 break. This was above and beyond, which is what I've come to expect from Tom.

So he sent me 18 cards for old number 18 of the New York Mets: Darryl Strawberry. Several of these were very very very welcome additions to my collection that I didn't have already. Several provided me with a second copy of a card, which is sweet. And a few were triplicates, but having back-ups for back-ups isn't a bad thing at all.

First Up is the 1986 Donruss Highlights card. The Donruss Highlights were a neat thing and I generally liked them then, and now.


We used to love Kay Bee Toys and once we were kind of outgrown from playing with toys, we had the baseball cards so it was win win. This is the 1986 iteration.


This 1986 Sportflics The Rookies card is most excellent. Straw's ghostly image is just visible in the bottom portion.


The 1987 Donruss Highlights are wonderful; and I like the card design, too. Their opening day set, made memorable for me by the use of maroon, is perfect. Strawberry got two Highlights cards that year.



Fleer really inundated the market with small sets in the late 1980s. This is the 1987 Baseballs Best Sluggers vs. Pitchers set.


And then there was the 1987 League Leaders set.



Fleer's 1989 All Star Team cards were neat. I like this card.


Another Kay Bee card, actually, two of them. From their 1989 set.


Ok, so this is a 1989 Topps Doubleheader card and it really blew my mind. It's really small and features the 1989 base image on the front and the 1983 Topps Traded card on the back. Super duper cool. 

The 1991 Fleer Pro-Visions set is nifty and I really like this card. I had wanted it ever since I got back into collecting but never pulled the trigger on buying one. But them, BAM, I got one from Tom in February, and then a second one from Tom in July. Sweetness.


Now we're into the later years, the twilight if you will... The Dodgers years. This 1991 Topps Stadium Club card also features the 1983 Topps Traded card, so it's automatically a winner.


1992 saw Strawberry as a Team Leader in this Fleer set though in actuality, he played in only 43 games that year due to injuries. Swatted only five home runs, too.


The 1992 Stadium Club card, though, with the year before's stats, shows that the 1991 was mostly good. 139 games, 28 home runs, 99 RBI's and finished 9th in the MVP race. This was by far Strawberry's last really good year. And there's the 1983 Topps Traded card again.


The 1993 Leaf card back here show's how tall Strawberry is, measuring up against the LA skyline.


Lastly, this 2008 "Ring of Honor" card recalls the 1986 World Series Championship Strawberry helped to win for the Mets in their one-year dynasty. His World Series stats were not all that remarkable, but his game seven home run was definitely a difference maker as it helped to pad the lead.


I recently watched a highlights video of Strawberry's career and man, did he dog some home run trots in a way that would make David Ortiz look like Ben Johnson. Taking Pedro for a Grand Slam, too, was pretty amazing to see. Strawberry didn't have a long tenure with the Giants but that was an impressive hit, and it's crazy to see such a young, skinny Barry Bonds.


Tom, you spoil me rotten. Thank you so much!

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