Monday, November 28, 2016

Darryl Strawberry 2012 Panini "Prime Cuts" Biography card

This is the first of two Darryl Strawberry relic cards that I bid on, and won, on eBay recently. I was curious about this kind of card as it (the concept) wasn't around (I don't think) back in the late 1980s during the peak and cessation of my primary collecting years.  I did pull a Ken Griffey Jr. relic card from Topps Series 2 earlier this year which I have to be honest was quite exciting in a weird dorky way.

On July 28, 1996, Strawberry hit his third home run of the year at Kansas City. On the day he went 2-4, scoring one run and knocking in two RBI's. There's a bit of a confusion going on here on the card. Panini clearly isn't licensed as there is no logo on Straw's helmet; and, he's clearly wearing a New York Mets uniform in the picture. And the front of the card commemorates his number with the Mets "No. 18", and not the jersey he wore for the Yankees (No. 39 that year). So... weird... I don't really know what's going on but I do hope that the uniform bit is Yankee gray from that day.  but at the same time cool to have. Especially so as this is a serial numbered card, 17 of 25.

Overall I think the relic cards are cool. I'm not going to go crazy buying/collecting them or anything. But the idea of it I like. I still don't have an authentic autograph issue of a Strawberry card but I am keeping my eyes open for this kind of baseball card.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Shoebox of Cards: 1994 Classic 4 Sport

Right, so these are cards from the 1994 Classic 4 Sport card set... I have no idea what they are or anything. It seems to have been a hybrid set incorporating the four major American sports but for pre-professional?

These are the LAST CARDS from the shoebox. I know. Sad.

11 Carlos Rogers
12 Khalid Reeves
17 Aaron McKie
18 Eric Mobley
24 Monty Williams
28 Deon Thomas
35 Michael Smith
36 Andrei Fetisov
42 Gary Collier (2)
43 Shawnelle Scott
44 Damon Bailey
47 Jevon Crudup (2)
48 Melvin Booker (2)
49 Brian Reese

55 Trev Alberts
65 Wayne Gandy
66 Aaron Taylor
72 Rob Fredrickson
73 Shante Carver
74 Thomas Lewis
77 Jeff Burris
82 Eric Mahlum
85 Alex Coleman
88 Greg Hill
89 David Palmer
90 Ryan Yarborough
92 Marlon Bates
93 Bert Emanuel
94 Thomas Randolph
108 Lonnie Johnson
109 Tyronne Drakeford
114 Lake Dawson

122 Jason Wiemer
124 Nolan Baumgartner
125 Jeff Friesen
126 Wade Belak
127 Maxim Bets
128 Ethan Moreau
130 Eric Fichaud
132 Brad Brown
133 Chris Dingman
137 Chris Wells
138 Vadim Sharifjanov
140 Todd Marchant
141 David Roberts
144 Cory Stillman
145 Chad Penney
146 Jeff Nelson

165 Tommy Davis TRADED
181 Mike Thurman
182 Doug Webb
183 Ryan Nye
199 Checklist (68-134)

So if you see anything you want, you know the drill! Contact me. Set these cards free.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Shoebox of Cards: The Rest, Basketball Cards & 1 Football

These are the last of the miscellaneous non-baseball cards in the box. And the second to last post overall.

1991 Pro Line Portraits: David Fulcher, Cincinnati Bengals. Card 33

1994-1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice
64: Negele Knight (Silver Signature)
114: Doug Overton, Washington Bullets
130: Reggie Williams: Denver Nuggets

1994-95 Hoops
310: Michael Adams
311: Darrin Hancock
327: Carlos Rogers
359: B.J. Tyler
384: Bill Blair
376: Antoine Carr
391: Atlanta Hawks Team Card
397: Denver Nuggets Team Card
411: Phoenix Suns Team Card

If you want to provide a loving home for the cards, please do let me know.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

A Shoebox of Cards: Additional Baseball Cards and Sexy Checklists

These are the last of the baseball cards in the box. Probably they should've been included with their respective teams in the earlier blog posts, but I didn't do it that way.

1989 Bowman:
Kirt Manwarring, San Francisco Giants, Card #469.

1989 Topps Big:
Juan Castillo, Milwaukee Brewers, Card #9
Mike Pagliarulo, New York Yankees, Card #28
Don August, Milwaukee Brewers, Card #33
Cecil Espy, Texas Rangers, Card #36
Mickey Brantley, Seattle Mariners, Card #38
Junior Ortiz, Pittsburgh Pirates, Card #66 TRADED
Fred Manrique, Cleveland Indians, Card #84
John Smiley, Pittsburgh Pirates, Card #85 TRADED
Rene Gonzales, Baltimore Orioles,  Card #87
Les Straker, Minnesota Twins, Card #90
Kelly Gruber, Toronto Blue Jays, Card #95 TRADED
Rich Renteria, Seattle Mariners, Card #109

The below cards feature several different sets: 1985 Topps Olympic cards -- don't get too excited "the good one" isn't here. Some Draft Picks, prospects and manager cards...

1985 Topps Olympic Cards:
Sid Adkins, Card #390 (with forged signature!)
Flavio Alfaro, Card #391
Mike Dunne, Card #395
Gary Green, Card #396 (2)
John Hoover, Card #397
John Marzano, Card #399
Pat Pacillo, Card #402

1992 Topps Jason Pruitt, Card # 246, Draft Pick
1992 Topps Brian Barber, Card #594, Draft Pick (2)
1992 Topps Tyler Green Card #764, Draft Pick

1993 Topps Chad McConnell, Card # 161, 1992 Draft Pick
1993 Topps Top Prospects, Relief Pitchers (Mike Christopher, Ken Ryan, Aaron Taylor, Gus Gandarillas), Card #786
1993 Topps Major League Managers, Johnny Oates (Baltimore Orioles), Bobby Cox (Atlanta Braves), Card #501
1993 Topps Major League Managers, Buck Showalter (New York Yankees), Jim Fregosi (Philadelphia Phillies), Card #510

1990 Fleer Major League Prospects, Mike Roesler (Cincinnati Reds) & Derrick May (Chicago Cubs), Card #645

Now for the sexy cards: The checklists.   ALL CHECKLISTS TRADED!

1983 Donruss (443-546)
1992 Donruss Triple Play (89-176), Card #198 (damaged)
1991 Fleer (114-223), Card #715 (for White Sox, Mets, Blue Jays, Dodgers)(damaged)
1992 Fleer (297-397), Card #715 (for Rangers, Blue Jays, Braves, Cubs)
1993 Fleer Series II Checklist (603-720) (for Tigers, Royals, Brewers, Twins, Yankees, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers, Blue Jays, League Leaders, Round Trippers, Super Star Specials)
1995 Fleer Checklist 4 (370-492), Card #597 (for Mets, Phillies, Cubs, Reds, Astros, Pirates)
1995 Fleer Checklist 5 (493-600), Card #598  (for Cardinals, Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Giants)
1988 Topps (265-396), Card #373
1991 Topps (6 of 6), Card #787 (for Mariners, Rangers, Blue Jays, All Stars, Record Breakers)
1992 Topps (1 of 6), Card #131 (for Braves, Orioles, Red Sox, Angels, White Sox)
1992 Topps (3 of 6), Card #366 (for Astros, Royals, Dodgers, Brewers, Twins)
1992 Topps (4 of 6), Card #527 (for Expos, Yankees, Mets, Athletics, Phillies)
1992 Topps (5 of 6), Card #658 (for Phillies, Pirates, Cardinals, Padres Giants, Mariners)
1993 Topps (1 of 6), Card #823
1991 Upper Deck (201-300), Card #300
1991 Upper Deck (601-700), Card #700 (2)
1992 Upper Deck (201-300), Card #300
1993 Upper Deck (211-314), Card #315 (Will Clark)

Any check list collectors out there? You want 'em? Let me know please.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Toronto Blue Jays

This is one of the last few posts from the shoebox of baseball cards that I recently got. It is for the last MLB team. It's for... the Toronto Blue Jays.

I'm sorry to say that they've all been traded away to Mike at Not Another Baseball Card Blog, who did a nice post on them earlier this month. Mike's claimed a bunch of other individual cards, too, because he's the man. They are of Canadians who've played in the majors. I'll send him those cards soon and certainly look forward to seeing that blog post!

1988 Donruss: Kelly Gruber, John Cerutti, Rick Leach, Duane Ward
1988 Fleer: Mark Eichhorn
1988 Score: John Cerutti, Rob Ducey
1988 Topps: Rance Mulliniks, Duane Ward, Jimy William
1990 Donruss: Tony Fernandez
1990 Fleer: John Cerutti, Lloyd Moseby
1990 Score: George Bell
1990 Topps: Glenallen Hill
1991 Donruss: Willie Blair, Pat Borders, Junior Felix
1991 Fleer: Willie Blair, Glenallen Hill
1991 Score: Glenallen Hill, Duane Ward, Jeff Kunkel
1991 Topps: Rance Mulliniks, George Bell (2), Glenallen Hill
1991 Upper Deck: Dave Stieb, Kelly Gruber
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Todd Stottlemyre
1992 Fleer: Todd Stottlemyre
1992 Score: Duane Ward, Jim Acker, Rance Mulliniks (2), Devon White, Pat Borders (2), Pat Tabler (2), Manny Lee
1992 Topps: Pat Tabler, Duane Ward, Ed Sprague
1992 Topps Stadium Club:
1992 Upper Deck: Dave Stieb (Collector's Choice)
1993 Fleer: Alfredo Griffin
1993 Score: Jack Morris
1993 Topps: Eddie Zosky
1994 Upper Deck: Pat Hentgen
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Woody Williams
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Robert Perez

So, that's about it. I have a few more posts for some other things that were in the box, which I know you're looking forward to.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Texas Rangers

What can one say about the Texas Rangers that hasn't been said before?

1988 Score: Jeff Kunkel
1988 Topps: Jeff Russell, Dale Mahorcic, Dwayne Henry, Steve Buechele, Jose Guzman, Oddibe McDowell, Bobby Witt
1989 Donruss: Jose Guzman, Ceclilio Guante, Jerry Browne, Scott May
1989 Topps: Geno Petralli, Pete Incaviglia
1990 Donruss: Jeff Kunkel (2)
1990 Score: Julio Franco
1990 Topps: Gary Mielke (who?), Cecil Espy
1991 Donruss: Kevin Reimer, Geno Petralli, Charlie Hough, Steve Buechele
1991 Fleer: Charlie Hough, John Russell
1991 Score: Bobby Witt, Craig McMurtry, Kevin Belcher (2), Gerald Alexander (2), John Russell, Kevin Reimer
1991 Topps: Kenny Rogers, Jeff Russell, Steve Buechele
1992 Fleer Ultra: Jeff Huson
1992 Score: Kenny Rogers, Jeff Russell, Geno Petralli (3), Gary Pettis (2), John Russell, John Barfield
1992 Topps: Brian Downing, Scott Chiamparino
1992 Topps Gold: Wayne Rosenthal
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Geno Petralli
1993 Fleer: Terry Mathews
1993 Score: Roger Paulik TRADED
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Doug Strange

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Seattle Mariners

During the period these Seattle Mariners baseball cards represent they were not so hot, finishing in the bottom half of the division more often than not, despite having Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, and Randy Johnson (would be a good name for an certain kind of actor, no?) among others, on the squad.

Anyway, lots of commons here. I was a fan of Harold Reynolds when he was a player and I like him quite a bit, too, as a analyst. There are to Reynolds cards here. But also lots of cards for great mediocre (is that an oxymoron?) players, too.

1987 Donruss: Mike Trujillo
1988 Donruss: Mark Langston, Bill Wilkinson
1988 Score: Harold Reynolds
1988 Topps: Ken Phelps, Dave Valle, Steve Shields,
1989 Topps: Mike Kingery, Dave Valle, Bill Wilkinson
1990 Fleer: Keith Comstock, Dennis Powell, Bill Swift, David Valle
1990 Topps: Greg Briley
1991 Donruss: Keith Comstock, Mike Schooler, Greg Briley (2)
1991 Score: Marc Newfield, Erik Hanson, Mike Schooler (2), Greg Briley, Pete O'Brien, Gene Harris, Mike Gardiner, David Burba
1991 Topps: Bill Swift, Russ Swan
1991 Upper Deck: Mike Gardiner (2), Harold Reynolds (Collector's Choice), Roger Salkeld, Jeffrey Leonard
1992 Donruss Triple Play: David Valle
1992 Fleer: Henry Cotto, Pat Rice
1992 Score: Jay Buhner, Mike Jackson, Brian Holman, Greg Briley, Alonzo Powell, Pat Rice
1992 Topps: Brian Holman, Bill Krueger, Mike Jackson, Greg Briley, Russ Swan
1993 Fleer Ultra: Rich Amaral
1993 Leaf: Norm Charlton
1993 Score: Erik Hanson
1993 Topps: Erik Hanson, Rich Amaral
1993 Upper Deck: Lance Parrish
1994 Donruss: Chris Bosio
1994 Score: Dave Magadan, Dave Fleming, Tim Leary
1994 Upper Deck: Roger Salkeld
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Rich Amaral, Erik Hanson (2)
1995 Fleer: Roger Salkeld

I'm about to Obi Wan Kenobi you: "These are the cards you're looking for."*

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*The grammarian in me screams: NO NO. You don't end a sentence, even using the Force, with a fucking preposition.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants, whose monopoly on winning the World Series on even years was broken this year.

Dave Dravecky. Now, I'm not meaning to poke fun at the man. But his 1988 Topps smug smile must've been made fun of (and maybe even gotten him some ladies). Reminds me of Barney from How I Met Your Mother who never could take a bad photograph.

Oh, and there's Todd Benzinger again. And Willie McGee. And Steve Bedrosian. And Kevin Mitchell! Sheesh: you guys get around.

Speaking of getting around. Rick Reuschel is in here from the twilight of his career. Rick is one of my favorite kinds of players. Barely eking into the 1990s, he played in three different decades.

1988 Topps: Dave Dravecky, Jose Uribe, Joel Youngblood
1989 Topps: Robby Thompson, Don Robinson, Dave Dravecky, Ernie Riles
1990 Fleer: Kelly Downs, Scott Garrelts, Candy Maldonado, Ernest Riles
1990 Score: Steve Bedrosian
1990 Topps: Dave Dravecky, Mike Krukow, Candy Maldonado
1991 Donruss: Terry Kennedy (2), Bip Roberts, Trevor Wilson, Jeff Brantley, Robby Thompson
1991 Fleer: Scott Garrelts, Greg Litton, Trevor Wilson
1991 Score: Kevin Mitchell, Rick Reuschel, Francisco Oliveras, Kelly Downs, Mark Leonard, Paul McClellan
1991 Topps: Francisco Oliveras, Rick Reuschel
1991 Topps Cracker Jack I: Will Clark TRADED
1991 Upper Deck: Willie McGee (Collector's Choice), Trevor Wilson
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Darren Lewis, Royce Clayton
1992 Fleer: Kirt Manwaring, Trevor Wilson
1992 Score: Will Clark, Jeff Brantley, Jose Segura, Francisco Oliveras, Steve Decker (2), Paul McClellan
1992 Topps: Roger Craig, Trevor Wilson, Don Robinson, Robby Thompson, Scott Garrelts, Bud Black
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Trevor Wilson, Kirt Manwaring, Jeff Brantley, Bryan Hickerson
1993 Donruss: Dave Burba
1993 Fleer: Bryan Hickerson
1993 Score: Willie McGee TRADED
1993 Score Select: Robby Thompson
1993 Topps: Cory Snyder, Trevor Wilson, Ted Wood
1993 Upper Deck: Mike Felder
1994 Donruss: J.R. Phillips
1994 Score: Trevor Wilson TRADED
1994 Upper Deck: Todd Benzinger,
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Salomon Torres, Dave Burba, Kevin Rogers
1995 Topps Stadium Club: John Burkett

Giants collectors; Take My Cards! Thinking about sending the Roger Craig manager card to Matt Sammon of  Wax Ecstatic (on Twitter: @WaxAndGumStains)

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Monday, November 14, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres: Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. The only team in Major League Baseball to both never win the World Series and never be on the better side of a no-hitter (I think). Which is a shame as they've periodically had good teams. I wonder if Mike Trout is like Tony Gwynn? Premier ballplayer who may never taste the supreme prize.

1982 Donruss: Gene Richards
1982 Topps: Juan Bonilla
1984 Donruss: Mark Thurmond
1988 Donruss: Eric Show, Eric Nolte
1988 Topps: Jimmy Jones, Lance McCullers, Larry Bowa, Randy Ready, Mark Davis
1989 Topps: Dennis Rasmussen, Greg Harris, Chris Brown, Randy Ready
1990 Donruss: Calvin Schiraldi
1990 Topps: Bip Roberts, Dave Leiper
1991 Donruss: Greg Harris, Mike Pagliarulo, Garry Templeton
1991 Fleer: Paul Faries, Benito Santiago
1991 Score: Rafael Valdez, Dennis Rasmussen, Fred Lynn, Derek Lilliquist (2), Rich Rodriguez, Calvin Schiraldi, Tom Lampkin, Benny Santiago,  Benny Santiago (The Franchise)
1991 Topps: Mike Dunne, Calvin Schiraldi, Derek Lilliquist (2)
1991 Upper Deck: Craig Lefferts, Andy Benes
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Darrin Jackson
1992 Fleer: Andy Benes
1992 Score: Craig Lefferts (2), Tim Teufel, Benny Santiago, Jerald Clark, Larry Anderson (2)
1992 Topps: Bip Roberts, Craig Lefferts, Thomas Howard, Greg Riddoch, Ricky Bones, Jack Howell
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Jim Vatcher
1993 Leaf: Bruce Hurst
1993 Score: Dan Walters TRADED
1993 Topps: Kurt Stillwell, Doug Brocail (Coming Attraction)
1993 Topps Stadium Club: Guillermo Velasquez
1994 Score: Ricky Gutierrez
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Gene Harris, Dave Staton
1995 Fleer: Joey Hamilton
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Eddie Williams (Special Edition)
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:

Lots of collectible cards here if you're not concerned about them being mass produced. But, for the price of free -- you want them...

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals. Get your Baseball CARDinals. See what I did there? Can you tell it's getting towards the end of the stack? I can. It's really difficult, believe me, coming up with even more boring ways to write about these cards. Should've called this blog Boredom Every Night. Am I right? (Now's the time to leave a comment telling me amazing this blog is and how cute I am.)

Jose Oquendo! The ultimate in utility. Makes Brock Holt - and even Kris "I can play anywhere" Bryant - seem lazy. I got totally hosed on Cris Carpentar. It's not THE Chris Carpenter. D'oh! Though I had landed some pretty sweet rookie and early cards until the whole math thing dawned on me. Granted, the current, correctly spelled, Chris Carpenter has had so many major injuries it must feel like, sometimes, he's been pitching for 27 years!

1987 Topps: Curt Ford, Vince Coleman
1988 Donruss: Terry Pendleton
1988 Topps: Jose Oquendo, Jack Clark, Tom Lawless, Tom Pagnozzi, Todd Worrell
1989 Score: Jose Oquendo
1989 Topps: John Costello, Ken Dayley, Steve Lake
1989 Cris Carpentar, Curt Ford
1990 Donruss: Frank DiPino
1990 Fleer: Cris Carpenter, Alex Cole, Jose Oquendo, Dan Quisenberry
1990 Topps: Paul Coleman
1991 Donruss: Milt Thompson, Joe Magrane (2), Frank DiPino
1991 Fleer: Jose DeLeon, Ken Hill, Jose Oquendo
1991 Score: Bryn Smith (2),  Vince Coleman (2), Bob Tewksbury, Rex Hudler, Ken Dayley (3), Ray Lankford, Ray Stephen, Omar Olivares, Mike Perez
1991 Topps: Jose Oquendo, Bryn Smith
1991 Upper Deck: Bernard Gilkey
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Feliz Jose, Todd Zeile
1992 Fleer: Ken Hill
1992 Score: Felix Jose, Jose DeLeon (2), Ken Hill, Tom Pagnozzi, Cris Carpenter, Ray Lankford, Bob Tewksbury, Willie Fraser
1992 Topps: Rex Hudler (2), Jose DeLeon, Scott Terry, Rheal Cormier TRADED
1991 Upper Deck: Pedro Guerrero (Collector's Choice)
1993 Fleer: Cris Carpenter, Omar Olivares
1993 Score: Ozzie Canseco TRADED
1993 Topps: Rheal CormierTRADED
1994 Score: Erik Pappas
1994 Upper Deck: Allen Watson
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Geronimo Pena
1995 Donruss: Rheal Cormier TRADED, Geronimo Pena
1995 Score: Gerald Perry

You want 'em? Just say so already.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Pittsburgh Pirates

Like the Cleveland Indians cards, as well as the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, and (spoiler alert) Toronto Blue Jays, all of these Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cards were claimed before I posted this. But, then, why still post it? To show what was in the box & as a consequence what ya'll missed out on.

1987 Topps: Rafael Belliard, Bob Walk, Johnny Ray
1988 Donruss: Bob Walk
1988 Topps: Barry Jones
1989 Topps: Mike Dunne, Glenn Wilson, Ken Oberkfell
1990 Fleer: John Smiley
1990 Topps: Billy Hatcher, Jeff King, Mike LaValliere, Gary Redus
1991 Donruss: Mike LaValliere (2), Don Slaught (2), Jay Bell
1991 Fleer: Mike LaValliere, Bob Patterson, Randy Tomlin
1991 Score: Jose Lind, Bob Kipper, Dann Bilardello, Bob Walk, Kurt Miller (1st Round Draft Pick), Mike York (Rookie Prospect) (3)
1991 Topps: Bob Patterson
1992 Donruss Triple Play: John Smiley (2)
1992 Fleer: Bob Kipper
1992 Score: Bob Walk, Jay Bell (4), Bill Landrum (2), Bobby Bonilla, Gary Redus (2), Curtis Wilkerson, Joe Redfield
1992 Topps: Bob Kipper, Stan Belinda
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Stan Belinda, Lloyd McClendon
1993 Donruss: Danny Cox
1993 Fleer: Gary Redus
1993 Leaf: Stan Belinda
1993 Score: Blas Minor, Doug Drabek, Mike LaValliere, Gary Varsho
1994 Score: Steve Cooke
1994 Upper Deck: Randy Tomlin
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Rich Aude, Blas Minor, Paul Wagner
1995 Fleer: Orlando Merced
1995 Fleer Ultra: Carlos Garcia


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Friday, November 11, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Philadelphia Phillies

Hey, Topps used Jeff Jackson's yearbook photo! I think that shirt is from Alexander Julian's 1988 Colours line.

1987 Topps: Greg Gross, Shane Rawley
1988 Donruss: Bruce Ruffin
1988 Topps: Shane Rawley, Rick Schu (2), Mike Maddux
1989 Fleer: Shane Rawley
1989 Topps: Phillies Leaders, Steve Jeltz
1990 Donruss: Pat Combs, Roger McDowell, Don Carman, Von Hayes (MVP)
1990 Fleer: Don Carman
1990 Topps: Jeff Jackson, Charlie Hayes
1991 Donruss: Mickey Morandini, Dickie Thon, Darrel Akerfelds, Ken Howell, Steve Lake, Terry Mulholland (Highlights)
1991 Fleer: Sil Campusano. Jason Grimsley
1991 Score: Ken Howell, Randy Ready, Jose DeJesus, Chuck Malone, Tommy Greene, Jason Grimsley, Sil Campusano
1991 Topps: Jason Grimsley, Bruce Ruffin
1991 Topps Cracker Jack I: Len Dykstra TRADED
1991 Upper Deck: Darren Daulton, Darrin Fletcher
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Mitch Williams
1992 Fleer: Pat Combs, Lenny Dykstra, Tommy Greene, Terry Mulholland
1992 Score: Dicki Thon (3), Randy Ready, Pat Combs (2), Mickey Morandini, Tommy Greene, Ron Jones, Tommy Greene (No-Hit Club) (2), Jason Grimsley
1992 Topps: Mike Hartley, Danny Cox
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Wally Backman, Tommy Greene
1992 Upper Deck: Joe Boever
1993 Score: Todd Pratt TRADED
1993 Score Select: Mickey Morandini, Ben Rivera
1993 Topps: Mickey Morandini, Stan Javier
1993 Upper Deck: Terry Mulholland, Dave Hollins (Peter Gammons "Inside The Numbers")
1994 Score: Darren Daulton TRADED, Rickey Jordan, David West TRADED
1994 Upper Deck: Milt Thompson
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Wes Chamberlain, Norm Charlton
1995 Fleer: Lenny Dykstra
1995 Score: Ricky Jordan

I remember coveting Ricky Jordan cards when he first came up. Another instance of a highly touted prospect either not living up to expectations, or the expectations just being unreasonable. It's really difficult to determine which is the case, often. And, a classic name here in these cards: Dickie Thon. Sounds like an adult film in which a character kind of goes on a bender.  If you are a Phillies collector, or know one, please get in touch if you think these cards will make you happy. If you hate the Phillies and need cardboard for kindling fires, do write, as well.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Oakland Athletics

Periodically in baseball there comes along a player with the most un-baseball name of all time. My vote for this shoebox goes to Kirk Dressendorfer.

And another instance seeing Willie Randolph as a non-Yankees player. That's just weird. Another another Willie, McGee, as a non-Cardinals. Terry Steinbach well represented; I also have some 1987 Topps Mark McGwire's and Jose Canseco's if anyone is interested.

1987 Topps: Joaquin Andojar
1988 Donruss: Rick Honeycutt
1988 Topps: Storm Davis, Mike Davis, Tim Birtsas (2), Gene Nelson
1989 Fleer: Gene Nelson
1990 Fleer: Lance Blankenship, Mike Gallego, Terry Steinbach
1990 Topps: Carney Lansford
1991 Donruss: Mike Moore (with forged signature!), Gene Nelson
1991 Score: Willie Randolph, Gene Nelson, Willie McGee, Ray Young (2), Terry Steinbach
1991 Topps: Mike Moore
1991 Upper Deck: Willie Randolph
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Kirk Dressendorfer (seriously)
1992 Fleer: Mike Gallego
1992 Score: Mike Gallego  (3), Joe Klink, Ernest Riles, Willie Wilson, Troy Afenir
1992 Topps: Gene Nelson, Terry Steinbach (2), Mike Bordick, Dave Stewart, Brook Jacoby
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Willie Wilson
1993 Pinnacle: Willie Wilson
1993 Score: Eric Fox
1993 Score Select: Jeff Russell
1993 Topps: Eric Fox
1994 Score: Rick Honeycutt TRADED, Troy Neel
1994 Upper Deck: Mike Bordick, Terry Steinbach
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Kurt Abbott
1995 Fleer: Steve Karsay
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Brent Gates, Eric Young (Special Edition & Special Edition Silver Signature)

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: New York Yankees

Lots of New York Yankees cards here. Some, like Hensley Meulens, reminds me of so many hot prospects that truly seemed to have fizzled to the status of historically irrelevant: Kind of like this blog. Otherwise, looks like Jay Buhner and Roberto Kelly might be the bigger names? And that's not saying too much. Besides them, just commons and minor stars from the period before the Yankees re-became the Yankees.

1988 Donruss: Jay Buhner, Jerry Royster
1988 Topps: Cecilio Guante, Gary Ward, Neil Allen (2)
1989 Donruss: Rich Dotson
1989 Topps: Pat Clements, Roberto Kelly
1990 Fleer: Mike Blowers, Greg Cadaret
1990 Score: Roberto Kelly
1990 Topps: Luis Polonia
1991 Donruss: Mike Blowers, Jim Leyritz, Oscar Azocar
1991 Fleer: Dave LaPointe
1991 Score: Matt Nokes, Chuck Cary, Andy Hawkins (No-Hit Club) (2), Steve Adkins (2)
1991 Topps: Roberto Kelly (2), Alvaro Espinoza, Lee Guetterman, Alan Mills
1991 Upper Deck: Mike Blowers
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Pat Kelly, Scott Sanderson ("Little Hotshots"), Matt Nokes
1992 Fleer: Alvaro Espinoza, Roberto Kelly
1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier: Charlie Hayes
1992 Score: Alvaro Espinoza (2), Hensley Meulens, Pat Kelly, Tim Leary, Eric Plunk, Carlos Rodriguez (2)
1992 Topps: Steve Farr, Roberto Kelly, Mike Witt, Matt Nokes (All-Star), Eric Plunk (2), John Habyan (2)
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Andy Stankiewicz
1993 Fleer: Jeff Johnson
1993 Score: Scott Kamieniecki TRADED
1993 Score Select: Pat Kelly
1993 Topps: Randy Velarde, Scott Sanderson
1993 Upper Deck: Steve Farr
1994 Donruss: Dion James
1994 Fleer Ultra: Bob Wickman
1994 Score Gold Rush: Jim Leyritz
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pat Kelly
1995 Fleer: Jim Leyritz, Terry Mulholland
1995 Topps Stadium Club: Brian Buchanan
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Roberto Kelly (Special Edition Silver) TRADED
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Jim Leyritz (Special Edition) (2)

If you'd like these cards -- all of them or some of them -- please leave a comment with your email or contact me at the email listed towards the top left of this page!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: New York Mets

Today is the day where baseball cards are the perfect distraction from what's going on in the larger world. So, what better way to spend the time than reading this list of New York Mets cards from the shoebox?

The 1987 Topps Kevin Mitchell is among the best of that set. The action at the plate with post-slide dirt filling the air is quite memorable. Lord knows what the Expos catcher Mike Fitzgerald is looking for! His face mask is  by Mitchell's right foot.

Great Mets cards here, even if they are from the mass produced era. The 1988 Topps Dave Cone card has a forged signature on it. This was done by the former owner when he was a kid, so cut him some slack.

Still Available (as of 9 November 2016):
1990 Topps: Jeff Innis
1991 Score: Gregg Jeffries
1992 Topps: Doug Simons, Daryl Boston, Chris Donnels, Vince Coleman, Gregg Jeffries

1987 Topps: Kevin Mitchell
1988 Topps: Kevin Elster, Dave Cone (with forged signature), Terry Leach, Doug Sisk
1989 Donruss: Roger McDowell
1990 Fleer: Ron Darling, Mackey Sasser
1991 Donruss: Julio Valera, Mackey Sasser, Daryl Boston, Alejandro Pena
1991 Fleer: Tom Herr
1991 Score: Daryl Boston, Frank Viola, Pat Tabler, Charlie O'Brien
1991 Topps: Mackey Sasser, Jeff Innis
1992 Donruss Triple Play: "Fun at the Ballpark"
1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier: Paul Gibson, Junior Noboa
1992 Score: Mark Carreon (2), Kevin Elster, Hubie Brooks, Daryl Boston, Jeff Innis, Howard Johnson
1992 Topps: Doug Simons, Daryl Boston, Kevin McReynolds, Kevin Elster, Chris Donnels, Hubie Brooks, Vince Coleman, Gregg Jeffries
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Anthony Young
1992 Upper Deck: Gregg Jeffries (Checklist), Dave Magadan, Kevin McReynolds, Anthony Young
1992 Upper Deck:
1993 Fleer: Mackey Sasser
1993 Fleer Ultra: Sid Fernandez
1993 Leaf: Mike Maddux
1993 Score Select: Willie Randolph
1993 Topps: Pat Howell
1993 Topps Gold: Sid Fernandez
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Kirk Presley
1995 Fleer: Jim Lindeman, Josias Manzanillo, Pete Smith
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Ryan Thompson (Special Edition)

Willie Randolph as a Mets is as odd as Darryl Strawberry or Dwight Gooden as a Yankees. If you see anything that you want here -- they make great stocking stuffers -- lemme know.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Darryl Strawberry: 2016 Topps cards

Given that I have kind of dived right into the baseball card collecting hobby again after a long, long, long break, I thought I should try to get the current year's Darryl Strawberry cards.

I'm still debating about how I feel about this insistence on publishing baseball cards for long-since retired players. I get why it's done, and I'm potentially a hypocrite for buying them - for feeding the monster - and then criticizing them.

Anyway, Topps put out the 1985 style #1 draft pick card of Strawberry, but it wasn't the same picture as was featured in that set and, as well, the text on the back of the card isn't the same, either.

Topps Bunt started issuing digital baseball cards in 2012. It wasn't surprising that they opted to try printing this cards as well. Full size cards, I was rather thinking this could have been a mini-card in the old-school Topps Mini style, because a 'bunt' is a small kind of hit.

In the Topps Bunt|16 card above, for some reason this stance reminds me of Curtis Granderson. Am I alone in that?

I just found out recently that Topps put out something called a Gold Label set or series a short while ago and I saw that there were three Strawberry cards in that. They certainly never shy away from capitalizing on the hobby and I'm sucker enough to go out and get them. Probably.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Montreal Expos

One of the best things about this shoebox full of baseball cards was these Montreal Expos. Some people call them now the Washington Nationals but it's a different thing. The Expos are gone. But, they live on in these cards with some classic contributors like Tim Wallach, Dennis Martinez, and Delino DeShields. And to boot, like the Expos from Montreal, these cards are gone too.

1987 Topps: Mike Fitzgerald, Randy St. Claire
1987 Topps Mini Leaders: Floyd Youmans
1988 Donruss: Mike Fitzgerald, Tim Wallach (2)
1988 Topps: Tom Foley, Joe Hesketh, Casey Candaele, Herm Winningham
1989 Donruss: Pascual Perez
1990 Donruss: Dennis Martinez, Tim Burke
1990 Fleer: Mike Fitzgerald
1990 Topps: Marty Pevey, Mark Gardner
1991 Fleer: Scott Ruskin
1991 Score: Mike Aldrete (4), Dennis Martinez, Delino DeShields, Drew Hall (3), Howard Farmer, Mel Rojas, Nelson Santovenia (2), Jerry Goff
1991 Topps: Nelson Santovenia
1991 Topps Crack Jack I: Shane Andrews
1991 Upper Deck: Brian Barnes, Tim Burke, Dennis Martinez, Mike Fitzgerald, Barry Jones
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Tom Foley, Marquis Grissom
1992 Score: Delino DeShields, Marquis Grissom, Ivan Calderon, Scott Ruskin, Chris Nabholz, Larry Walker, Ron Hassey, Barry Jones (2), Bret Barberie (3), Doug Piatt
1992 Topps: Mark Gardner (name in gold), John Vander Wal, Tim Wallach, Doug Piatt, Bill Sampen, Chris Haney
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Bill Sampen
1992 Upper Deck: Tim Wallach
1993 Score: Mel Rojas
1993 Score Select: John Vander Wal
1993 Topps: Marquis Grissom, Mark Gardner, Darrin Fletcher
1993 Topps Gold: Greg Colbrunn
1994 Fleer Ultra: John Eischen
1994 Upper Deck: Gabe White
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Cliff Floyd, Sean Berry, Tavo Alvarez
1995 Fleer: Wil Cordero

As usual, if you see something, say something.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins. Am I right? Is this thing on? Take my cards. I dare you.

Some studs here like Jack Morris, Jeff Reardon, and plenty of Steve Bedrosian's 1992 Score card. Wasn't so lucky to land a Kirby Puckett, but apparently someone called Brian Harper was good enough to get a Donruss 1991 MVP card (although his 1990 campaign wasn't that impressive).

1987 Topps: Allan Anderson, Steve Lombardozzi
1988 Topps: Greg Gagne, Gary Gaetti
1989 Topps: Gene Larkin, Brian Harper, Tom Herr, Jeff Reardon
1990 Donruss: John Moses
1990 Fleer: Gary Gaetti, Greg Gagne
1990 Topps: Allan Anderson
1991 Donruss: Kevin Tapani, Juan Berenguer, Brian Harper (MVP)
1991 Fleer: Randy Bush, Terry Leach
1991 Score: Mark Guthrie
1991 Topps: Allan Anderson, Al Newman
1991 Upper Deck: Willie Banks, Pedro Munoz
1992 Donruss: Jack Morris
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Brian Harper, Kevin Tapani, Shane Mack
1992 Fleer: Gene Larkin, Mike Pagliarulo
1992 Leaf: Donnie Hill
1992 Score: Steve Bedrosian (4), Mike Pagliarulo, Gene Larkin (2), Pedro Munoz, Allan Anderson
1992 Topps: Rick Aguilera, Tom Kelly, Brian Harper, Kevin Tapani, Scott Erickson, Pedro Munoz, Junior Ortiz (2)
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Randy Bush
1993 Fleer: Tom Edens, Jeff Reboulet
1993 Score: Pat Mahomes TRADED
1993 Score Select: Rick Aguilera, Pedro Munoz
1993 Topps: Gene Larkin, Scott Leius (2), Mike Pagliarulo
1994 Fleer Ultra; Matt Walbeck
1994 Score: Rick Aguilera TRADED, Gene Larkin
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Scott Leius
1995 Fleer: Steve Dunn
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Kent Hrbek

I mean, at least Randy Bush is in here so we can all kind of chuckle in a 9-year-old way.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Milwaukee Brewers

Tony L over at Off Hiatus Baseball Cards greedily took one of these cards. The only, coveted 1995 Fleer card which he claims he didn't already have but, we know. Tony...we know.

These Milwaukee Brewers baseball cards are right for the picking, like late apples.

1987 Topps: Chris Bosio
1988 Donruss: Bill Wegman, Ernest Riles
1988 Topps: Rob Deer, Earnie Riles (2), Teddy Higuera, Greg Brock, Joey Meyer, Juan Castillo, Rick Manning
1989 Donruss Diamond King: Chris Bosio
1989 Topps: Charlie O'Brien, Chris Bosio
1990 Fleer: Jim Gantner, Ted Higuera, Mark Knudson
1990 Topps: Joey Meyer
1991 Donruss: Dan Pleasac, Jaime Navarro, Tim McIntosh
1991 Score: Dave Parker, Rob Robinson, Jim Gantner, Edgard Diaz (2), Bill Krueger (2), Dale Sveum (2)
1991 Topps: Jim Gantner, Darryl Hamilton
1991 Upper Deck: Darryl Boston
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Bill Wegman
1992 Fleer: Jim Gantner, Ted Higuera, Julio Machado, Dale Sveum
1992 Score: Chris Bosio, Jim Gantner, Franklin Stubbs (2), Mark Knudson, Doug Henry, Cal Eldred
1992 Topps: Bill Wegman, Jim Gantner, Teddy Higuera, Cal Eldred
1993 Leaf: Jaime Navarro TRADED
1993 Score: Darren Holmes TRADED
1993 Score Select: Cal Eldred
1994 Fleer Ultra: Tyrone Hill
1995 Donruss: Darryl Hamilton
1995 Fleer: Graeme Lloyd TRADED

Blowing bubbles!

If you or any loved one would benefit from these supremely rare Milwaukee Brewers cards, do please get it touch.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Los Angeles Dodgers

Unfortunately for you, these Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cards are all gone. But I wanted to write about them any way, for the record, to again show you what you've missed. Which is fine because I'm NOT a Dodgers fan.

1988 Donruss: Mickey Hatcher, Tim Crews
1988 Topps: Mike Marshall, Alejandro Pena
1989 Donruss: Jesse Orosco
1989 Topps: Alfredo Griffin, Franklin Stubbs
1898 Upper Deck: Jeff Hamilton
1990 Donruss: Mike Marshall, Alejandro Pena
1990 Fleer: Tim Crews
1990 Score: Willie Randolph
1990 Topps: Mike Marshall
1991 Donruss: Juan Samuel
1991 Fleer: Stan Javier
1991 Score: Alfredo Griffin, Jose Gonzalez, Kirk Gibson
1991 Topps: Jim Gott
1991 Upper Deck: Dave Hansen, Kal Daniels, Lenny Harris
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Brett Butler
1992 Fleer: Mike Morgan
1992 Score: Kevin Gross, Kal Daniels, Mike Morgan, Jim Gott, Tim Crews, Alfredo Griffin, Tim Belcher
1992 Topps: Alfredo Griffin (2), Brett Butler, Kal Daniels
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Dave Hansen
1993 Fleer: Tim Crews
1993 Topps: Pedro Astacio, Mike Scioscia, Bob Ojeda, Jim Gott
1993 Topps Stadium Club: Mitch Webster
1994 Donruss: Dave Hansen
1994 Score: Eric Karros, Cory Snyder, Carlos Hernandez, Dave Hansen
1994 Upper Deck: Tom Candiotti, Delino DeShields
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Delino DeShields
1995 Topps Stadium Club: Kevin Gross

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Shoebox of Baseball Cards: Kansas City Royals

Well, no matter what happens tonight or tomorrow, it'll be the four straight, different World Series winner this year. 2013 Red Sox, 2014 Giants, 2015 Royals, and 2016 Indians/Cubs???

From the Shoebox files...the most recent World Series winners, the  Kansas City Royals, here are represented in the beginning of their too-long drought. Back when Danny Tartabull and  Kevin Seitzer were golden prospects. He did finish second in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1987, behind only Mark McGwire, who far out distanced Seitzer in the voting.

I always knew Gary Gaetti as a Twins player and was kind of surprised to see him in a Royals uniform. Gregg Jeffries and Vince Coleman, too. But, those were the 90s.

1986 Topps Mini Leaders: Willie Wilson
1987 Topps: Mark Gubicza, Hal McRae
1988 Donruss: Steve Farr
1988 Topps: Willie Wilson, John Davis
1989 Donruss: Kevin Seitzer
1990 Fleer: Gary Thurman
1990 Topps: Mel Stottlemyre, Jr.
1991 Donruss: Gerald Perry, Steve Farr
1991 Topps: Willie Wilson
1992 Donruss Cracker Jack I: Brian McRae TRADED
1992 Donruss Triple Play: Kevin Appier, Mike MacFarlane
1992 Fleer: Mike Boddicker, Jim Eisenreich, Mike MacFarlane
1992 Score: Jeff Montgomery, Danny Tartabull, Terry Shumpert, Bill Pecota (3), Kevin Seitzer, Steve Crawford (3), Tm Spehr(2), Dave Clark
1992 Topps: Danny Tartabull, Brent Mayne (name in gold), Luis Aquino
1992 Topps Stadium Club: Gary Thurman
1992 Upper Deck: Bret Saberhagen
1993 Fleer: Bill Sampen
1993 Score: Gregg Jeffries TRADED, Wally Joyner TRADEDJuan Samuel TRADED, Brian McRae,
1993 Topps: Jeff Montgomery, Mike Magnante, Mike Boddicker, Rusty Meacham, Chris Haney
1994 Score: Jeff Montgomery, Daniel Howard, John Habyan, Gary Gaetti
1994 Upper Deck: Mike MacFarlane, Brian McRae, Vince Coleman TRADED
1995 Donruss: Mike MacFarlane
1995 Topps Stadium Club: Gary Gaetti
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Felix Jose (Special Edition)

If you are a Royals collector and want any of these, please do let me know. I have some Tom Gordon cards too, if you're interested.

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