Friday, October 20, 2017

Darryl Strawberry in 3-D

Another Sportlots acquisition. This time a single "card" from whoops 24. 

This it the 1986 Topps 3-D card of Darryl Strawberry. A very good, cool card, though the faces on the ones I've seen are kind of meh, with regards to how they look. Legs, arms and bodies all 'translated' a bit better.

I remember having some of these as a kid as this was the height of my collecting as a pre-teen and early teenager.

Now, for the back. Kind of cool. I would have loved something on the back to make it interesting; but then having the tabs for stickers might have been weird. How did you handle the 3-D 'cards' when you had them? I guess the intention, with the stickers, was to tape them to a wall or inside of a locker or something?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

A Darryl Strawberry Tale of Two Pinstripes

I got these two Darryl Strawberry goodies from "jessecar" on Sportlots.

The first is the 1987 Red Foley sticker. Not a perfect cut, but that's ok. When I got this I googled around to see what the sticker albums looked like and a flood of memories kind of came back to collecting these and adding them into the pages. I wonder if the Trading Card Database has fully completed sticker albums on it's website? Have to look into that, or even suggest that this be a feature for these particular sets.

It might be frivolous to have included the sticker back, but, it felt weird just having the one image.

And here is a 1999 Fleer Tradition card. Another one! This time it's the "Millennium" parallel. This one has gold font and an embossed (is that the right word) "2000" logo in the bottom right of the card.

The 1980s Mets uniforms are a beautiful thing and I must prefer them to the, of course, classic Yankees uniforms. What about you?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Michael A Taylor, #ToppsNow

On September 8, 2017, I got a text message from my 12-year-old nephew practically screaming at an inside the park grand slam home run hit by the Washington Nationals centerfielder Michael A. Taylor. I had a sneaking suspicion that the event would be a #ToppsNow moment. (Please note, I find it impossible not to use the # when writing #ToppsNow.) Admittedly it was one of the worst fielding anticipation jobs of all time by the opposing centerfielder who then effectively trotted after the ball. But an inside the park grand slam is just about one of the more exciting plays I could ever want to see in person, and I felt jealousy my sister and her family were at the game watching it in person.

I also knew that I'd be ordering a few of the cards so that I could give them to my nephews and my sister, who is a big Michael A fan.

Her fandom includes having a jersey of his, I believe bought for her by my brother. And when we were at the Nationals spring training facility this March, she was proudly showing off the shirt. The second game we saw, in Jupiter against the Cardinals was quite memorable as we were able to get her jersey signed, and Michael A threw a ball to us at the close of an inning. He was running toward the dugout where we were parked and my nephew was jumping up and down and I was kind of pointing my finger at him. Michael A softly tossed the ball which bounced off my nephews glove and right into my hand. Very memorable.

Michael A signing the jersey
Michael A signing for fans

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Judge for The Judge

When I was growing up I had a built in baseball card collecting network right in my family as I have a twin brother (I'm the pretty one) and my father was also a facilitator, too. So he definitely helped to fuel that passion many of us had and still have for baseball cards. My honorable father was a judge and grew up a big Yankees fan -- in fact I'm the only male on my side of the family that isn't a Yankees fan. So the big apple did fall a bit farther from the tree in some ways.

I was able to take my father to Fenway Park for the first time earlier this year to see the Yankees play the Red Sox. Rick Porcello wasn't too terrible, but he was awful and looked like he was laboring all during the foggy evening's game. It was Aaron Judge's birthday and the Judge both hit a home run and also made a great catch that left him in the first row of the low wall off the right field foul line.

So when Judge tied and broke the rookie record for home runs in a single game, I asked my dad if he wanted the special ToppsNow cards that they would without a doubt offer. Naive fool that I am I thought it would be one card. Well, it was two cards. One for 49 and one for 50. The card for 49 is way better and cooler than for #50. Particularly like the spray chart of his home runs marked by distance. Reminds me a javelin or shot put area in track and field.

The cards printed and shipped way faster than my experience buying a card last year, and actually did so way faster than another ToppsNow card that I bought earlier in September and have yet to feature here. The packaging and shipping is also improved, too, so that makes me feel in general more comfortable with the product. Though I'll remain very selective about buying the cards in the future just because.  So, these cards are featured on the blog but they are going on a little journey to my father.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Two Darryl Strawberry Cards

This is another of my recent Sportlots purchase and features a sticker and a card.

The below is the 1986 O-Pee-Chee sticker for Darryl Strawberry. I liked collecting these sticks, though in their Topps release, and tried very hard to complete all those sticker books. Wish I had kept them, but sometimes on eBay or just Google image searching brings back what the books looks like both empty and complete. It would be neat if Trading Card Database would all for showing the filled in pages. Maybe they do?

And here is another addition to the 1999 Darryl Strawberry cards. Same as the previous post, A Fleer Tradition card. This one though is the "Warning Track" parallel. I feel like the color should have been warning track dirt brown. 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Darryl Strawberry on Sportlots

Got these two nice Darryl Strawberry cards a while back in a Sportlots order. Look for more from this order coming to the blog in the next weeks! In this order I had taken care of a lot of the 1999 needs in my collection.

This one here is the 1999 Fleer Tradition card #564.

And this one here is the 1999 Topps Chrome card #18. Didn't scan well, sadly, but at least he sticks out.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cards from Shane

Thanks to Shane of Off the Wall, the following three Darryl Strawberry cards are MINE ALL MINE.

First up: you could never tell from the scan but this the 1986 Fleer mini.  Scrumptious.

The 1993 Donruss MVP card, below,  is also wonderful and reminds me that I've never had a McDonald's Big Mac before. Nor will I.

But this 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites cards is a stunner. And I mean GORGEOUS.

This was instantly amongst my favorite baseball cards ever of all time. I don't know how others feel about the 1988 design. I liked it then and like it now. And I really like this image of Strawberry and credit Topps for not just going lazy and issuing a reprint of the original 1988 card. In fact I like this 2005 card of Strawberry way way way way way way better than the original.

Thank You Shane!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trading Cards for Cards

Kerry of the very good blog Cards on Cards took some of my Cardinals cards and in return sent me some cards back. All the trade packages I've ever gotten have been awesome but I have to say this one was particularly so.

Two John Kruk's to start off. First his 1986 Donruss The Rookies card. Clean shaved, young and innocent looking. At first I didn't recognize him at all.

Ah, then we get the 1995 Score Hall of Gold card which shows Kruk looking far more the way I expect him. With all due respect to Philadelphia, doesn't he just so well represent your idea of the city? That's part of the reason I call it Filthadelphia.

Next up, some targeted Darryl Strawberry cards. I say targeted as it really looks as though Kerry viewed my PC page and somehow found from his own stash of cards or acquired them cards that were missing from my collection. Each was brand new to me.

This first here in the 1993 Topps Gold. The gold name plate or whatever it's called is just dazzling.

Then my socks got knocked off by this 2012 Topps Archives 1986 card. It's a beauteous thing and everything about it makes me ridiculously happy.

The 2016 Topps Gold Label cards I quite like a lot and have wanted since they came out. I like the design quite a bit. This one is I believe the base card for Class 1.

Then we get a 2017 Bowman Chrome which is a duplicate of one I just got from P-Town Tom. But, two is better than one (most of the time, certainly not always). But in this case it certainly is.

Kerry, thank you so much!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

John Kruk Come to Life

Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life sent me the following 1988 Topps Mini Leaders of Mr. John Kruk. In exchange, I was able to unload some cards on him for which I am quite grateful.

I remember being obsessed with the mini leader cards that Topps put out, particularly in 1987 and 1988. I love the 1988 design; it matched that years "Team Leaders" card but was totally different in design from the base cards. Whereas the 1987 set had the double wood-grain & white border frame. I just really liked the ghostly fogging (particularly on the 1987 Team Leaders, regular sized cards. It's interesting to see how the 1987 design was full scale in 1988 being sans linear/edged borders. I think 1989 by contrast was a let down as it was essentially the same design as the 1988. And then 1990 was back to a colored border and some white frame, too. Maybe this is why I stopped collecting around that time and it had nothing to do with getting older and a shifting of priorities?

Thanks Bo!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Tom 2017'd Me

P-Town Tom and I did a one for one trade recently. I sent him a 2017 Bunt Karl Schwarber (and it should be noted Tom was much more timely and on the (base)ball about posting his post); and the card I got back was this 2017 Bowman Darryl Strawberry. The first 2017 card of his that I've received. Sweet! It being a shiny refractory like card, the thing turned blue when I scanned it. Or, maybe I'm pregnant?

Tom: Thank you so much!!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Bordering on Awesome

Not Another Baseball Card Blog owner Mike and I recently sent some cards back and forth over the border. In return, these two sweet mama-jammies (huh?) came back my way are are now resting in my Strawberry box.

The first card here is the 1990 Bowman. Looks like a classic spring training shot on the front. I've probably said this before a million times but the breakdown of performance by opponent is sweet. They could do this then, before interleague play messed everything up.

The second card was the 2015 Eclipsing History, likely printed at a time when David Wright was still promising. But you have to think due to the injuries he's better off being done? The timing of this card, arriving the Friday or so before the big 21 August eclipse was pretty awesome. I didn't see the spectacle in the sky and I don't need special glasses to look at this card.

As usual: Thanks a million, Mike!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

An Off the Wall Trade: Red Sox for Darryl Strawberry

I recently completed my first trade with Shane of Off the Wall. I met Shane via Twitter and was happy to have a new trade partners and to pass on some Red Sox cards that I didn't need/want.

In return, I got a great lot of five Darryl Strawberry cards that make me quite happy to have.

The first here is a the 1985 Big Apple's Finest sketch of the Straw man. Had never seen this before other than on the Trading Card Database.

The second card is Strawberry's 1987 Action Superstars card number 63.  Looks like he's about to make some sweet contact with the ball. But clearly not a home run shot, the "launch angle" of the bat is all wrong. Probably a low line drive.

The 1990 Topps Sticker backs card is great; the front features Vince Coleman and Jim Abbott. Topps made boys (and men) collecting stickers a cool thing. Scratch-n-sniff was awesome too, as long as it wasn't the diesel or the skunk smelling ones. Remember these?

The 1991 Studio card shows a pensive Strawberry which is diametrically opposed to the Strawberry that he was becoming off the field. Still not keen on the Dodgers cap.

Last but not least, the 1993 Upper Deck "Team Stars" card with Eric Davis. Makes you wonder what might have been...

Thank you so much Shane!

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