Saturday, July 14, 2018

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow - Post 2

In addition to the batch of John Kruk cards that JBF Wes sent me as part of his retirement package, he sent me some choice Darryl Strawberry cards. Each one of them is especial in their own way be they a relic (the first card below) or SN to various degrees.

They are here in chronological order, but by rights the first one should be last as a kind of grand finale. Firstly it's a relic card and secondly he is dressed as a Mets.

2003 Fleer Fall Classics - Legendary Collection Memorabilia, Card #LC/DS2

2004 Donruss Leather & Lumber - Pennants/Pinstripes, Card #PP-5 SN 291/2499

2004 Playoff Honors - Prime Signatures, Card #PS-31 SN 1938/2500

2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Red, Card #54 SN106/250

2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber - Big Bang, Card #BB-7 SN 1840/2000

2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia - Tools of the Trade Blue, Card #TT-18 SN 108/150

This card above had some rotational issues. Sorry!

2008 Topps Triple Threads, Card #43 SN 1125/1350

2011 Topps Triple Threads, Card #64 SN1047/1500

And, again, the calling card...

So, we have 4 Mets, 3 Yankees and 1 Dodgers. Not a bad haul at all at all at all.

Wes: You Are Ridiculous. You Are The Man. THANK YOU!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow - Post 1

John Kruk is a legend.  Note the lower case l there. If you want a capital-L Legend, you have to look at the recently retired-from-trading Wes aka Jay Barker Fan who can be found here on Twitter. He blitzkrieged Matt into retirement and before he sailed west, he sent out a bunch of cards to collectors and traders and I was lucky enough to be the recipient of some amazing cards. This is the first of two farewell to Wes posts. This one focusing on John Kruk.

Wes sent me my first Kruk as a White Sox card...

1995 Pinnacle Hall of Gold You Trade Em, Card #HG 76

The rest of the Kruk cards feature him as a Phillies and they are all SN cards. I'll let the cards do the talking...

2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Red, Card #TT-135

2005 Upper Deck Classics Counterparts (with Kent Hrbek), Card #CC-KH SN 1388/1999

2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Copper, Card #53 SN 153/299

2013 Panini America's Pastime, Card #151 SN 70/125

2013 Panini America's Pastime Characters of the Game, Card #CG5 SN 2/125

The Calling Card, Autographed:

Wes, Thank You Kind Sir! It was a privilege to have met you via trade and an eternally grateful and in your debt.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Set Goals and More

Marc B (also on Twitter) recently (well, in late May or early June... I'm behind) sent me four cards for my 1992 Topps set!!!!

Getting these cards brings me this (    ) much closer to building this set entirely from the kindness of other people's junk wax.

This of course brings the refrain to my brain of:

"You down with OPJW?"
"Yeah you know me..."
by Collecty by Nature.

But Marc didn't stop there.... He also include six additional cards; three each of Darryl Strawberry and John Kruk.

All very awesome to have in my Strawberry box and Kruk box.

Thank you Marc!

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Oscar Steals the Show

Oscar stole the show one day in June when the surprise mail day of baseball cards of Darryl Strawberry goodness. Most of them are as a Dodgers player but there is that one beautiful card in the Mets uniform looking, likely, as though he was in batting practice. 

By rights I should have scanned all these individually but I was too lazy. So my apologies to Oscar for not showing the cards off the way they should have been!

Thank you Oscar!!!!!!!!!!!
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A Supremely Awesome Card

I sent Jenny Miller, everyone's favorite Twins Collector, some Twins cards for her Million Twins project and to my surprise I got a card back in return. Not just any card. A Supreme Card. She sent me a 2015 Michael A. Taylor Topps Supreme card which is designated as his Rookie Card and is also signed. Now I turned around and gave this to my sister as she's probably Michael A's biggest fan, but it was super sweet to have this card in my house and on my side table next to me for a couple of weeks. My sister was totally psyched when I gave it to her.

Thanks Jenny!!!! You're the best.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

P-Town Tom Sent Me The Mother Load

P-Town Tom broke my back with his most recent baseball card packet. Tom -- you didn't really, I don't want to give you a complex. But I've been slowed down for a couple of reasons from posting some more meaning full trade posts (various projects, surgery & recovery, and nice weather!).  So this post is over-due and I'm feeling very terribly about it.

Tom sent me a smorgasbord of John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry cards. Some of them were dupes, but dupes are welcome in my house. As opposed to spiders and aunts.... I mean ants and other bugs. My wife and I have a policy about freeloading in our house... if you don't contribute to the mortgage cannot stay here, ergo, you die.

Anyway... the cards... which because there were so many I got lazy and scanned in bulk but did not crop out individually....

So much John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry goodness above! The rest is all Strawberry... wouldn't mind some rhubarb, too....

Did you see that last card that Tom awesomely squeezed in there? That's a glorious 2016 Topps Heritage purple refractor-like-thing card of Michael A. Taylor of the Washington Nationals.

Tom wasn't done with the above. He also sent me this sun-faded but otherwise "good-in-'box'" condition Darryl Strawberry Score M.V.P. card and pin from 1990.


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

____ Goes Great with Baseball

I know not everyone drinks alcohol and not everyone drinks beer. But, I like beer and I am relatively unapologetic about it. Sorry. Wait... Huh?

Recently ran out of beer so went to a local shop and made my own 6-packs. I really like doing this as it lets me try a lot of different beers rather than buying a complete 6-pack or a case and then finding out I don't like it. In this way, it's a lot like the Bachelor or some such dating program. You can try out different ladies (or men) instead of just jumping right into the family!

So I got six IPA style beers, some IPA, some Double/Imperial.  They are:

Melvin Brewing Asterisk IIPA
Stony Creek Ruffled Feathers IPA
Shakesbeer The Tempest Imperial IPA
Hidden Cove Brewing Thunderclap Double IPA
Shakesbeer Act One IPA
Opa Opa A-10 Warthog Double IPA

Supreme, massive kudo's to Shakesbeer not only for their name, but their slogan if is just simply perfect: "Brewed as you like it", which is of course coming from the title of a Shakespeare play. and I had to buy, above, "The Tempest" as it's my favorite play by Bill.

And then I got some Porters and Stouts too, which is large the fault of two people, my brother, and Matt from Bob Walk the Plank. Both of these fine men have changed my palette.

Boulevard Dark Truth Imperial Stout
Revival Brewing White Electric Coffee Stout
Founders Porter
Opa Opa Em's New Moon Porter
Backlack Beer Company The Great Molasses Disaster Imperial Stout
Moat Mountain Brewing Company Imperial Stout

It's summer just about... so I like nothing more than having a cold one after working in the yard (or on the computer) and sitting back and watching or listening to a baseall game via MLB TV or the At Bat App. Add in some peanuts or pretzels and, well, you can't get much better than that.

I had the Thunderclap yesterday afternoon and it was really good. Today I think I'll try one of the darker beers and maybe just mix it up like that each weekend (I'm a weekend warrior with regards to yard work and beer).

I don't think the shift is the problem with baseball and pace of play. Do you? I don't think it takes up that much time; it's the pitchers and batters, really, who are wasting time. Right?

What beverage and food do you most associate with or salivate for when you're watching or listening to a game?

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thanks a million

I sent a bunch of Dodgers cards recently to Brad M to contribute to his 1 Million Dodgers Project. (Brad also tweets at SouthIndyCards.) And in return, super fast, he sent me  two fat baggies of Washington Nationals. This was unexpected and totally appreciated. I'll turn these around and send them on to my nephews and as luck would have it I'll be seeing them really soon. The in-person delivery is much better than leaving it to the mails.

But what's so great is that these cards run the gamut of players from Big Stars like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, to fleeting, streaky guys like Jayson Werth, Jordan Zimmerman, and Dmitri Young, down to prospects that may one day make it or may have already left baseball.

Thanks Brad!

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