Monday, December 11, 2017

5 Darryl Strawberry Cards from Sportlots!

Sportlots is the gift that keeps on giving, it seems. And it's just passed Thanksgiving but I need to express my gratitude again to P-Town Tom for recommending me to that site. Thanks Tom!

Got these five bad boys from AAACards on Sportlots. They are...

1998 Bowman Chrome International, Card #256
1998 Donruss, Card #181
1998 Fleer Tradition, Card #494
1998 Pacific Omega Baseball, Card #171
1999 Stadium Club, Card #7

I already had the Bowman International but I didn't have the Chrome version.

I think I like the photo on the back of the Donruss card better than the front, though I like the angle.

The Fleer card I like quite a lot. The photo of handing a signed ball back to a kid is really wonderful and it's a nice thing to think about baseball players, and other athletics, doing (instead of all the shit things they do). Kind of looks like a big goofball on the back. I like the color-coded teams/years on the back of this card too.

The Pacific Omega was my token "ordered it but I already had it" card of the recent batch. But, two is better than one. What I like about the front of the card is the baseball stitches.

But I was particularly stupid as I already had that awful 1999 Stadium Club card, too. It has got to qualify for one of the worst card photographs of all time -- he looks worse than Willie McGee on a good day. I think in both instances I thought I was getting a parallel but clearly I clicked the wrong buttons. Dope.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Secret Santa: Signed Strawberry

Ok. Well. I don't know yet who had me for Matt's (aka BobWalkThePlank) Secret Santa but I but like to let this person know that their gift was received and is: awesome, appreciated, and out of this world kind.

In 1992, as a member of the Dodgers, Darryl penned a book called... Darryl (with help from Art Rust, Jr.) and published by Bantam in New York. I've read a couple of books about Strawberry and his Mets but this book I don't think I knew about.

And this book was my Secret Santa gift. THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE.

The book came signed and with a Beckett authentication certificate. But I almost don't want to read it as it seems pristine and unread. Might see if my library has it or can get it.

Here's the cover (as you probably figured out, I was his stand-in stunt double for the cover):

And here's the signature on the front free endpaper.

Thanks, Matt, for doing the Secret Santa again. And thank you, Secret Santa, for this awesome Strawberry gift.

Thanks for stopping by!

edited, 7 December 2017, at 13:06
P.S. I found out that the inimitable Wes Moore had me for Secret Santa and that more is on its way to me. Say what?? I'm not worthy. I'm not worthy. I'm not worthy.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

That Bat's Flawless

When Julie at A Cracked Bat tweeted me about the availability for some Darryl Strawberry and John Kruk cards I was so excited for a trade with her as I know from other bloggers that completely spoils her recipients. The goods arrived on none other than Black Friday which made the day Gold Starred for me.

The two Darryl Strawberry cards, both from the 1990 Kenner Starting Lineup sets, were very welcome additions to my collection. They are numbered #75a and #75b on Trading Card Database. So freaking thrilled to have these in my collection. Thank you, Julie.

There were a slew of John Kruk from his most slothful years with the Philadelphia Phillies and two bonus Darren Daulton (R.I.P) cards. First the Daulton's: 1987 Fleer and 1991 Bowman. Two simple, sweet cards.

Julie sent me 11 John Kruk cards. 11. That's uncalled for kindness. And I ate a plate of nachos and drank a nice beer in honor because that seems to me to be the kind of thing 1990s John Kruk would have done.

First up, some trivia. Did you know that Kruk can mean a couple of different things depending on what country you're from? In Polish, Belarusian, and Ukrainian it means "raven". And in Dutch is can mean "crutch", "handle", or "stool". In American, Kruk means "poetical beauty expressed in the finest, most pure metaphor". For example as appears in this couplet, found in a South Philly public toilet:

"My love for you is like the morning Kruk,
Let's say you and I met to ..."

1991 Topps, Card #689

1992 Fleer, Card #537: Featuring John Kruk and, I believe, the late Darren Daulton.

1992 Stadium Club, Card #209: I believe that's Rafael Belliard on the front, number 2 for the Braves. Agree? On the back is John's kindergarten yearbook photo.

1992 Ultra, Card #246

1993 Stadium Club, Card #30

1994 Flair, Card #415: Love this card beyond expression; particularly the specs he's sporting on the back.

1994 O-Pee-Chee, Card #257

1994 Stadium Club, Card #361

1994 Studio, Card #142: This should really be the face that greets you at all airports in this country. It captures everything about this country that is right and good and true. On the back, Kruk is trying to determine the hypotenuse of the baseball diamond. I have to get a Kruk jersey, I think.

1994 Ultra, Card Card #249: I do love a baseball card photo capturing the hitter dropping the bat and making off for first base (at the time of writing, Kruk is about half way down the line). And the card back has three more photographs making this perhaps the best card ever.

1995 Topps, Card #572: I can't look at the card back of this without thinking it's a horror movie and that's the face looking in my window as I'm undressing.

These were outstanding additions to my collection. Three were dupes, but I don't mind at all having a second card for these as it usually promises that one is superior. And 8 were new to my growing Kruk collection.

Julie hit a grand slam with these cards and I am so completely grateful. It was my first trade with her and I can't wait to return the favor. Thanks so much Julie!

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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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