Friday, May 19, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1987 Topps Tiffany

Now, what would this blog be if not combining Darryl Strawberry and his 1987 Topps card(s)? These two lovely ones are the 1987 Topps Tiffany cards and I can't even stand how glorious they are. Can you?


I have to admit I like 460 better than 601 as the posed shot just lacks something. All the All Star cards though were like that though. But it's really 460 that floats my boat.


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Collecting Cutch Contest: Top 10 Darryl Strawberry Cards

So Collecting Cutch is running a contest and I figure I should enter because of how excruciatingly narrow my collecting interest is: Darryl Strawberry!  I suppose I could do a Kruk one, but I have relatively so few cards of him that it just doesn't seem right because I'm sure I'm missing a lot of great ones.

Anyway. The Countdown....

10. 1995 Score Gold Rush #209: I had to choose this one for the outrageous poutiness of Strawberry. A great card, but also one of the worst.

9. 1988 Topps Big #253: I loved Topps Big when it came out and the post-swing shot & head-shot are really classic.

8. 1986 Donruss #197: A very nice photograph here of Strawberry on a Donruss card that is dated, but dates well.

7. 1988 Sportflics #155: Sportflics in and of itself was cool, just a bigger, rectangular version of 7-11 coins.  But the card back on this one won me over.

6. 2005 SP Legendary Cuts Glory Days Material: This was a gift from Bob Walk the Plank and what a sweet one it was. The three-colors are magnificent (I include white in the color count as it's there & matters).

5. 1988 Grenada stamp: Never knew this existed before I got back into card collecting, but it's such a weird, interesting "card".

4. 1983 Topps Traded #108T: This one started it all, but is only 4th place!

3. 2012 Topps Archives #129: Normally NOT keen on players being featured on cards for years in which they didn't play, but this one is beautiful, clean, crisp. Fantastic.

2.1988 Fleer Headlinders #4: Even back in 1988 this card was a favorite and it remains so to this day. I love the newspaper page in the background.

1. 1987 Topps #460: Duh. No brainer.

Thanks, Collecting Cutch for running this contest. If I collected a playing player it would be Cutch. All the entries have been really great to see and read, it's a great idea.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1986 Topps Tiffany

Months ago, I got from https://www.sportlots.com a bunch of new cards that I had longed for when in my youthful first go at baseball cards. They were some Topps Tiffany which couldn't afford back in the day. Now, though, they are largely had for small money.

This is a small, one-card post to highlight the 1986 Topps Tiffany Darryl Strawberry.


Such a beautiful card, crisp looking and bright. It's aged better in the last 31 one years than I have, and for that I am bitter as is only my right. It isn't cut perfectly as I think it's bottom heavy and a little skinny up top? But it's still wicked sweet.

I still have a few more of these to get and look forward to "completing" this "set", if you will, of Tiffany Strawberry's. I'll have a bunch more posts over the next couple of weeks to highlight other "new" cards that I do have. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Now I Feel Like a Collector Again

Getting a surprise in the mail from Kin of so many different web presences made my day. Kin can be found at I Feel Like A Collector Again and at Bean's Ballcard Blog (Also on Twitter). In fact, I think he's probably not just one man, but a Super Man with about 17 arms and 172 fingers.

Kin hit me up with the following John Kruk from 1993 Post. The face of the card shows the swing follow through (I'm talking about the mullet -- not the bat) and the back of the card shows a much cleaner, though probably mid-burp, visage of the beauty & the beast.


There were also two Darryl Strawberry cards included.


1986 KayBee above and 1988 Classic Blue below.


I particularly fancy the KayBee card as I remember these little boxed sets from them; Toys R Us (Rookies), and Rite Aid and the like from when I was in my early teens. I liked all the cards of the guys because I "knew" them all and followed them, but definitely would've paid more close attention to Mr. Strawberry.

Like many of you, busyness has seemed to have taken over my life leaving not as much time for buying baseball cards. Don't think I've bought anything since March, which is criminal. That being said I never blogged about that stuff so hopefully I'll be able to find the time to write and show off some of them.

Thanks Kin, for the very nice surprise cards!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Baseball Every Night Contest Winner

Hello again! Thanks to everyone again for submitting an entry to the Baseball Every Night Contest.

The winner of the contest is...

Tony B from Wrigely Roster Jenga! Congrats Tony and thanks for submitting your favorite card, the 2003 Topps Fan Favorites of Ron Santo, Card #145. And thanks to everyone else for contributing. I really enjoyed reading the stories and seeing the cards.

Now, Tony's going to get a great, unique, one of a kind prize but it's unfortunately going to take a little time to get to him. So, please be patient, Tony, and I'm sure everyone else will look forward to seeing what it is.

Here is the randomized list.

1. Tony Wrigley Roster Jenga
2. Jim at GCRL/Cards As I See Them
3. Oscar / Stealing Home
4. Matt / Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits
5. Mike / Not Another Baseball Card Blog
6. Tony / Off Hiatus Baseball Cards
7. Spyda-Man / 20yearsb42000
8. Mark / San Jose Fuji
9. Bo / Baseball Cards Come to Life
10. Matt / Bob Walk the Plank (#1)
11. The Lost Collector

Timestamp: 2017-05-02 19:35:55 UTC

You're all, though, winners to me.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Baseball Every Night Contest Entries

Hey there. In addition to the links provided in the comments, I decided to start a post that will list the entries, too.

Here is a list of all those brave soles who entered with the faith that I'll come through with something truly unique. I will. Who ever wins will have to be patient though as it may take a little time to complete...

The entrants....

While Matt from Bob Walk the Plank entered 9,769 times, his name will only be entered once. I really enjoyed reading the submissions for favorite cards of favorite players. Thank you all so much for playing!

Winner to be announced tomorrow!

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Friday, April 28, 2017

All Darryl Strawberry Most of the Time

I made a one card trade with Oscar of All Trade Bait, All The Time recently, sending him a Rickey Henderson insert card from the 2016 Topps set. I was happy to send it to him.

In return, I got this sweet 1995 Select Darryl Strawberry card representing the Straw man as a San Francisco Giants outfielder.


I really like the card number on the back inside the home plate. And I like that they highlighted a good thing too, on the back, kind of acknowledging a nine winning streak that he may (or may not) have had much to do with. As a Dodgers fan, I imagine it wasn't too difficult for Oscar to part with this card...

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Was Darryl Strawberry an Angel? Part the Second

The second set of Darryl Strawberry cards that I received recently in a trade from Tom of The Angels, in Order are presented in this blog post.

The first are from 1989 with a Score and a Topps card. Classic right leg lift to launch a ball in the former and a more casual shot in the latter.




Looks like, to me, that 1990 Donruss above and 1990 Fleer below are using photographs from the same game? I miss actual stirrups.




If Darryl Strawberry, above, where in the Hobbit series, he'd be Logoless.   Ladies and Gentlemen, I'll be here all week.


The Dodgers years, aka, we've all been in dark places...



Looking kind of stiff there, Darryl in the below 1993 Donruss card. Now the card back is really cool as it looks like it captured the moment of contact.



Tom really hooked me up with a bunch of great cards. Thanks Tom!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Was Darryl Strawberry an Angel? Part the First

Tom from the awesome Angels in Order sent me a slew of Darryl Strawberry cards. This is the first of two batches as there were so many it just seemed to make sense to divide them up.

The answer to the question of course is no, Darryl Strawberry was not an Angel during his baseball career but happily of course he was able to survive and conquer his struggles. He's now a role model in a different way, arguably a better way.

These cards are from the Mets years and includes examples from 1984 to 1989.  I was astounded Tom sent me a 1984 Topps Rookie. In my mind this is still a very valuable card though price guides might tell you different. At least for me there is a high value associated with it for it hearkens back to the period of time when it was really valuable. This card seems quite well centered with sharp-looking corners and good coloring. There are a few of white printing splotches on the card back.






Gotta love these cards. The O-Pee-Chee font is so different and weird and the white stock on the back made me wonder at first if they issued an O-Pee-Chee Tiffany set? I don't think they did. Anyway, it's quite a contrast to the gray stock below.





I never ever had the Darryl Strawberry box top before this year and don't really ever remember seeing it. And now I have it. This has been a good year. I like this shot so much better than the 1988 Topps base card.




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