Monday, August 29, 2016

1984 Star and Puzzle Darryl Strawberry

You know for .99 cents this wasn't a bad haul. I'm crap at math, but I think I paid 450% more in shipping than I did for the cards. These are the thirty-six 1984 Star Darryl Strawberry cards. 1-12, listed below, are in four uncut panels of three cards each. For the sake of this blog though I separated them. There were 24 more cards, show down below, that I did keep as one. Star seems to have made sets of 9-12 cards for much of the 1980s and into the 1990s. I've gotten other Star and Nova sets, too, and will blog about those in just a bit.

Below are the rest of the cards: two sets of twelve and on the back are a puzzle of Strawberry in the action of a post-swing stance preparing to leave the batters box on his way to first. I'm pretending he hit and is admiring a home run. Regardless, it's the same image as card number 3 above. In the second puzzle, a young Straw is preparing to throw the ball in what looks like the ease of a a warm-up toss. This image can be seen, in full color, in the last card on the second chunk below. Most of the cards below are different, but you'll notice in the second row, first card of each it is the same image.


Part of my motivation for this eBay purchase, as well as the other Star issues, is that these were not presented in the Trading Card Database and I was eager to contribute to providing images. Which I did because I'm awesome.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Another Just Commons Order

I found myself bored one day.
I found myself also on
I found myself clicking, ticking off cards to fill in my needs.
I found myself happy when these baseball cards arrived.
I found myself annoyed, but not really, but kind of, when I realized I double ordered one of them (1992 Fleer Lumber).
I found myself further annoyed that I filed all these cards away without photographing them.
I found myself compelled to pull each out and photograph them.
I found myself in trouble with my wife for getting distracted doing this.

1986 O-Pee-Chee, Card #080

1987 O-Pee-Chee, Card #379

1988 O-Pee-Chee, Card #178

1990 O-Pee-Chee, Card #600

1991 Topps Micro, Card #200

1992 Bowman, Card #040
1992 Classic I, Card #T86
1992 Classic II, Card #T38
1992 Donruss Leaf Gold Star Previews, Card #05
1992 Fleer Lumber Company, Card #L3 (2)
1992 O-Pee-Chee, Card #550
1992 Pinnacle, Card #080 SH
1992 Pinnacle, Card #308
1992 Stadium Club, Card #560
1992 Topps Gold Winner, Card #550
1992 Upper Deck, Card #174
1992 Upper Deck FanFest, Card #43

1993 Bowman, Card #126
1993 Donruss Triple Play, Card #187
1993 Finest, Card #089 AS
1993 Fleer, Card #454
1993 Leaf, Card #210
1993 Pinnacle, Card #309 HH
1993 Score, Card #042
1993 Stadium Club Members Only Parallel, Card #398
1993 Studio, Card #122

1994 Score Select, Card #099
1994 Topps, Card #640

2005 Diamond Kings Gallery of Stars, Card #GS08
2005 Diamond Kings Heritage Collection, Card #HC05
2005 Diamond Kings Red Frame, Card #292
2005 Diamond Kings Red Frame B/W, Card #292
2005 Playoff Prestige, Card #191

2008 Topps Update Ring Honor, Card #MRH-DS
2009 Topps Ring of Honor, Card #RH54
2010 Topps Update Cards Mother Threw, Card #CMT149
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen, Card #245

2013 Panini Select, Card #120
2013 Topps Archives All-Stars, Card #83-DS
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen, Card #331SP
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini, Card #098

2014 Topps 50 Years of Draft, Card #50YD9
2015 Topps Eclipsing History (with David Wright), Card #EH-10

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies, 21 August 2018

It's cheaper to drive down to Philadelphia to see a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park than it is to travel just a few miles up the road to see the Red Sox. So we went down to see the rubber match of a weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday 21 August 2016.

We sat in section 138, row 8, seats 1-4 and got to witness a shockingly boring game despite seeing four Cardinals home runs. Here are some views from our seats:

Before the game, we took in a lunch. Happily, they offer vegan/vegetarian options which was perhaps as that's what my wife and I are. And I enjoyed a very nice refreshing Victory Hop Devil.

After lunch, we looked at their Memory Lane where they have plaques for Phillies greats as well as a statue, above, of Richie Ashburn.

I was particularly to see John Kruk and it recalled the one game I saw in old Veterans Stadium in the summer of 1993. I have ticket stub for that somewhere, as well as a baseball card pack with Kruk's card on it. Will try to unearth those sometime.

It rained for much of the game; no foul balls came anywhere near us. For a while it seemed as though the Phillies weren't even going to swing their bats, yet they still managed to scatter 9 hits. The "crowd" rightly booed when they failed to send Franco home on a fly out to center field and the Cardinals smashed 4 home runs.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Baseball Numismatics

Blog post updated to reflect trades: 2 September 2016

Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. Baseball was very into numismatics in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. The last time I was home I recovered these from a bin of childhood memories.

7-11 brilliantly offered coins in the bottom of their Slurpee's for a while in the 1980s. Of course, as players of baseball, as fans of the sport, and as children with an insatiable appetite for sugar, we were all about the Slurpee and their coins. Not sure what I wanted more: the coin or the sugar?

The left side are from 1984; the right are from 1986. If any of them are wanted by anyone reading this blog, please contact me and they'll be on their way to you before the sugar rush wanes.


Featured here from 1984:
Dave Winfield (Yankees, #7) TRADED
Bill Madlock (Pirates, #11) TRADED
Dave Stieb (Blue Jays, #13) TRADED
Ron Guidry (Yankees, #16) TRADED
Tony Pena (Pirates, #18)
Rick Dempsey (Orioles, #21) and
Rich Gossage (Yankees, #22) TRADED

For 1986, these are all "Triple Stars":
Slugging Champs: Harold Baines (White Sox), Pedro Guerrero (Dodgers), Dave Parker (Reds), #4 TRADED
Cy Young Winners: Rob Guidry (Yankees), Bret Saberhagen (Royals), Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers), #6 TRADED
Bullpen Aces: Rich Gossage (Padres), Dan Quisenberry (Royals), Bruce Sutter (Braves), #7 TRADED
Rookies: Steve Lyons (Red Sox), Rich Schu (Phillies), Larry Sheets (Orioles), #9 TRADED
Bullpen Aces: Jeff Reardon (Expos), Dave Righetti (Yankees), Bob Stanley (Red Sox), #10 TRADED
Base Stealers: Rickey Henderson (Yankees), Tim Raines (Expos), Juan Samuel (Phillies), #12 TRADED
Bullpen Rookies: Tim Burke (Expos), Brian Fisher (Yankees), Roger McDowell (Mets), #15 TRADED
Sluggers: Jesse Barfield (Blue Jays), Gary Carter (Mets), Fred Lynn (Orioles), #16 TRADED

Topps entered the coin market, too. The following are available to anyone that wants them:

1989 Benito (Benny) Santiago (Padres, #24)
1989 George Brett  (Royals, #34) (2 of them; 1 has a dink it it)
1989 Fred McGriff (Blue Jays, #44)
1989 Cal Ripken Jr. (Orioles, #50) (3 of them)

Also in the scans, but not for trade, are several Darryl Strawberry coins: 7-11 coins from 1984 and 1986 (Triple Stars Power Hitters, with George Bell (Blue Jays) and Dave Winfield (Yankees), a 1990 Topps coin and a 1990 pin.

I'm not even sure I could drink a Slurpee today. I certainly know that if I tried, I wouldn't do like I did back then and combine Coke with Blue Raspberry and Cherry. Relatedly, I'm not sure I could eat a Twinkee. I did have one about six or so years ago, just to try it and it did very little for me. Did anyone out there eat Brown Edge Wafers?  Man, those were the best.

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