Sunday, April 29, 2018

Darryl Strawberry 1997 Topps Chrome

A long, long time ago I got this 1997 Topps Chrome, Card #98 from acardman on Sportlots. I was showing them all off before some trades came in and needed to be promoted and then other work and general busy-ness got in the way... but after about six weeks of really having to sacrifice this blog and early season baseball watching so that I could concentrate on other things. But! I'm finally coming out of it. After about 8 years of working on a massive side project I'm soon to be quite bored and am likely to drive my wife absolutely crazy (in the bad way). However, in addition to, still, some individual cards to show off, earlier this week I got some sweet stuff from Julie of A Cracked Bat fame so I'll hopefully get that posted in the next week.

Never will get used to Strawberry as a Yankees player though I obviously know he was. As with many Chrome products, they scan quite differently than they look in actuality.



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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Payback is a Walk down the Plank

Matt of Bob Walk the Plank fame and I trade baseball cards and we trade beer. This is "Perfect World" stuff, folks. I believe all wars and arguments and fights and hatred would stop if more people did this.

Matt sends, always, a very thoughtful assortment of beers both within my wheelhouse (IPAs) and outside of it (just about everything else). When he wrote to say this one featured some of his favorite Stouts I got excited. I used to really love stouts but then broke away to the more bitter (it's a reflection of character and personality, the bitterness) beers.

This beer box package was preceded by a few days two stunningly outrageous Darryl Strawberry cards. But, first the beer.


On the left: The well-traveled box!

And on the right:
Fat Heads Holly Jolly Ale (consumed)
Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout (consumed)
Silent Night Imperial Stout
Founders CBS
Weyerbacher Brewing Sunday Morning Stout


The above features on the left:
Founders Doom Imperial IPA
Wicked Weed Freak of Nature
Fat Heads Hop JuJu
Baby Maker Dbl IPA (With a name like baby maker...)

And on the right:
Big Timber Porter
Oskar Blues Brewery Ten Fidy Imperial Stout (I've had the Pinner Throwback IPA and enjoy that muchly) (in the process of consuming as I blog)
Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break

The beer will be consumed and enjoyed. The baseball cards will be cherished for a longer period of time than any bottle of beer should justifiably last.

First up is the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings - Heritage Collection Signature SN 03 of 50. If you're like me you're uncontrollably drooling at the sensational glory of this baseball card.



The card says Strawberry "burst" onto the MLB scene but let me tell you I broke out a massive smile when I saw this card.  Divine.

And if you thought the above was remotely nice, check out this sweet piece of paper: 2005 Donruss Greats - Signature Platinum HoloFoil. Cards this beautiful normally feature Bob Walk. It was nice of the real Mr Walk to share his stunning winsomeness with this particular card.


Whoa! Whoa! This card is on the scale of so saucy I, like, can't stand up (if you know what I mean).

I say "Thank you" sincerely but, Matt, it doesn't quite express my gratitude. I've been sidelined recently with other work, travel, and illness.... but I hope after a short visit this week to Chicago to give a talk, your return beer package should be on the way next weekend.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kruk You

Mark H sent me the below two John Kruk cards a while back and this is a heinously overdue post to acknowledge them.

This first card here is a supersized 1994 Donruss Jumbo Diamond Kings SN1000. Didn't know it existed!

The second card here is the 2016 Topps Archives card. A quite welcome addition, too, to my Kruky collection.

Since both cards show Kruk as a Phillies player that's a good thing. I know he was a Padres and a White Sox, too, but it's the Phillies I think you associate him with most.

Thanks Mark!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

2 Sweet Cards

I got these two cards ages ago on Sportlots. I had been showing them off regularly but then blissfully got some cards in the mail from traders to show off, amongst other things. These two cards came from Westlake, who I've bought from before and feel kindly towards.

They are Darryl Strawberry's 1997 Upper Deck Base Set card #444 and his 1998 Bowman Chrome Refractors #256.

As it was ages ago, I think it was our good friend San Jose Fuji who set me off on the 1998 Refractor quest. I'm grateful for this parallel.



With the exception of the Yankees uniforms, they're really nice cards.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

29 Years Later

I waited 29 years to buy this fucking Fuck Face card.



My scanner, which I like, routinely cuts off one side of the border; in actuality the right side of the card is a little wider.

I was not lucky enough, like Kin, to pull one back in the day, but I got this for about $16 including shipping via COMC. I'm very glad to have it.

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