Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Marked Man

I recently was marked for some cards and other goodies by none other than Mark Hoyle, who is a collector of Red Sox things among other, er, uh, um... things. I first "met" Mark earlier this year during my Topps Series 2 box break and he kindly took the Red Sox I pulled off my hands, for which I'm grateful.

I'm rather happy to have received the following three items.

The first is the 1973 Johnny Pro Earl Weaver of the Baltimore Orioles. I tweeted that it was a a cool card and like a week later I had it in my paws. How's that!


Earl was the force behind the Baltimore Orioles for quite a long time and was an integral part of my childhood in Northern Virginia as they were the closest professional baseball team. I remember vividly the 1979 World Series and rooting for the Pirates because I loved their hats (and had one, too).  It's a shame he wasn't there in 1983, but maybe they mightn't have won if he had been?

The next is the 1984 Topps Super of Darryl Strawberry. This made me drool. I have two now which is perfectly fine by me.


The third item is a photograph of Darryl Strawberry and I haven't figured out when it's from, why, where, etc. And frankly I almost don't care because it's a pretty awesome shot and, I think you'll agree, looks spectacular.


Thanks so much, Mark!

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Copper Strawberry

I've been listing a lot of cards acquired from Sportlots recently and I have a bunch more! This card was supplied by none other than lionsgate.  This is Darryl Strawberry's 1999 Pacific Paramount Copper parallel card. It looks quite similar to the gold parallel though obviously the tone of the color is different.

Beyond that, well, there really, truly, isn't that much to say other than I have all the easy to acquire parallels (base, copper, gold; the other five seem harder to get).



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Monday, November 20, 2017

Many formats, same Darryl Strawberry

The Sportlots seller acardman seems to have had, this time, everything I wanted which is why I bought 32 gazillion Darryl Strawberry's from him.

1985 brings to might a lot of memories, but none to fine as bicycling from my home the 1/2 mile or so to the 7-11 for Slurpees and baseball coins. I'm sure I'm not alone in having nothing but The Best Possible memories of this kind of thing. At the time in addition to the Straw man I quite liked, still, the Pirates so it was always awesome to pull a Tony Pena. And I remember getting George Brett's, Bret Saberhagen's, and of course, local boys Cal Ripken Jr., Rick Dempsey, and Eddie Murray.


I remember getting the Topps 3-D's, too.


Stickers! Boys collecting stickers!

This is a large format Donruss All-Star. I guess it was done to combat the Topps Super cards, 1985 for example. I really like this action shot of Strawberry leaving the batters box. I struck out so much when I played I never really had the chance. (I also walked a lot because I was so small the pitchers couldn't throw strikes.)


Donruss also did some Pop-up! This one looks like the seal may have been broken, but for $.18 or whatever who cares. It's a lovely card. Someone smarter or with a better memory (or both) than me will recognize the stadium this is inside of. I thought maybe Montreal? But I don't know.


Here are two disc cards that are the exact same except for the company or distributing name on the front. Am I fool for buying both? No, because they're the same but different. I'll get the rest if there are any, some day.



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Guess What? More Darryl Strawberry cards! #Shocker

Seller "leonardb" has a great card collection and I'm making a habit, it seems, of buying them from him via Sportlots. I have to give a shout out again to P-Town Tom for introducing me to that website; and then curse him too at the same time for making me spend my money.

In that order I bought four cards and/or stickers. The first two being stickers from 1987.

1987 Topps Stickers #103


No! I did not buy this for Johnny Grubb. That looks, too, like Keith Hernandez's mustache, too, in the photo with Grubb right? So this must be from Spring Training.


Next up this gem: 1987 Topps Stickers #159


That was one fierce batting stance. I was a righty, but in our driveway I would stand like this, all 4'8" of me (didn't break five feet until 10th grade in 1989), and launch some of my brothers offerings across the street.

And then there is the 1999 Finest Base Set #38. Are we supposed to remove that covering? I am figuring NOT since I bought it 18 years later and it's still on it...



This was my favorite card in the group: 1999 Upper Deck Base Set #159. I love the shot, it's so casual yet such a great part of the game of baseball. You have to think that about five years before this autographs might have been very hard to come by as Strawberry was in the midst of his struggles with drug abuse. And that same Strawberry might have had a hard time imaging he'd still be playing in 1998 or 1999. A classic card that looks great here and could certainly be a Stadium Club card now.


Looking at the back of the card... I effing love the MLB logo. If I were ever going to get a tattoo, it might very well be that (for a while I thought about getting the London Underground map on my back.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

A Darryl Strawberry card

Well, I'm out of the country but that doesn't mean I can't be thinking about baseball and baseball cards...

Another Sportlot purchase! This one from cochise9!!  Here we have Darryl Strawberry's 1999 Pacific Paramount base card. The last post showed his Gold card and this looks much the same but the scripty font here is not gold... Doesn't take a genius to figure that one out!


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Monday, November 6, 2017

1999 Darryl Strawberry Pacific Paramount Gold

Another recent Darryl Strawberry card purchased from Sportlots. This is the 1999 Pacific Paramount Gold that I grabbed from the seller: iguana02.

It's a nice card and the write up on the back is kind of nice to illustrate Straw's significant contributions to the Yankees in their World Series winning 1998 season. And I guess it doesn't get any better than a Gold parallel (has there ever been a Lead parallel)?

I'd write more but the beer, and then the wine, are making me sleepy. Plus I have to pack for a five day visit to Belfast.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Darryl Strawberry's Opening Day

Another Sportlots order, this one the 1999 Topps Opening Day card of Darryl Strawberry purchased from bkcardsx.

I will not pretend to understand the purpose of Opening Day. I never knew about it until I picked up the hobby again about two years ago and it seems to me that now it's released, what, before the actual opening day?

Now, no one asked for or probably cares about my opinions. But, here it is anyway. It seems to me it should commemorate all the players who played on Opening Day with photographs of them from that day. Kind of like what ToppsNow is doing. And that therefore it should be released after Opening Day, and the card back could or should have a summary of what that player did on Opening Day, and perhaps on previous Opening Day's. Topps could then offer three tiers of cards for collectors: buy just a player, a la carte; buy the team set, or buy the complete set. But only players with an official at-bat or appearance. Guys that dressed but didn't play get left out in the cold.



Congrats to the Houston Astros on winning the 2017 World Series. I already miss daily baseball.

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