Thursday, December 28, 2017

Darryl Strawberry's Ultra Gold Medallion

Hey there everybody! It's early in the morning here and I'm up with a fresh cold...I should be sleeping but I was sniffling so much I was annoying myself and feared annoying my wife to the point where I'd be bludgeoned. How have your holiday's been? I hope restful, with lots of cookies (the edible kind, NOT the internet kind).

It occurred to me that I hadn't blogged for a while which was really selfish since I know how each of my two average daily visitors keeps clicking "refresh" on the blog every few seconds. So, without further ado...

Continuing with my ages old Sportlots purchases of Darryl Strawberry card, we come now to his 1997 Ultra Gold Medallion Edition, Card #G106, acquired from tperkins in trade. In exchange for the card, I traded him cash. Perfect transaction.

The in-the-swing photograph is one of my favorite action shots in all of sports. I try myself to capture the bat swinging whenever I am at a game no matter how far away my seat is. In fact, just this year I almost got it at the game I skived off work to attend when the Pirates and Red Sox made up a rain out on 13 April.

Here McCutchen is just after he hit the ball that ended up being home run into the seats above the Green Monster. This was his first of the year and scored Jordy Mercer. Video here.

The ball may be visible above the Gulf sign??? Maybe?

Here is McCutchen NOT swinging at a very visible, hittable ball later in the game with Marte at first before he was suspended for PEDs.

I wish Cutch has swung because the Sox pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez sucks. I was at a game at Fenway on 25 June 2015 against the Orioles and he blew chunks, at one point giving up about seven consecutive hits.

A lot is going on in this blog post. Appreciate you sticking it out!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Favorite 2017 Baseball Card

I'm entering P-Town Tom's Favorite Card of the Year contest for the second year in a row. Last year my entry was obnoxious and that I wasn't banished shows how good a guy Tom is.

According to my Trading Card Database account, I have a whopping 3 baseball cards printed in 2017 in my collection. And one of them is a dupe. So I really have only two distinct players represented. They are: Darryl Strawberry and Michael A. Taylor (though, sadly, he's in there under Michael A. Taylor and Michael Taylor, which features several different players with that name -- hello disambiguation!)


2017 Chrome's 1992 Bowman Chrome Darryl Strawberry. One was sent to me by P-Town Tom himself, but I'm not sure if selecting this increases my changes of winning or losing. The second card came from Kerry of Cards on Cards.

The other card is a Topps NOW card of the Washington National's Michael A. Taylor's fluky-weird inside the park grand slam (card #573). I bought five of them and gave them to my two nephews, sister, and father.

But I bought other cards printed this year, like some Aaron Judge Topps Now cards for my father. But I cannot select these because I do not own them.

And I do not choose the Darryl Strawberry card because, well, he's in a Dodgers uniform and that's weird. And it makes me frustrated that it doesn't scan truthfully.

So, my card of the year goes to Michael A Taylor for making that an inside-the-park grand slam home run (well, the Phillies centerfielder kind of lolly-gagged after it, which helped). And also for really showing up in the post-season with two very memorable games. But this card because I was watching it on television and my sister, brother-in-law, and nephews were at the game and we were texting up a storm and it's a really happy memory. And also Michael A is my sister's favorite player and he signed her jersey at Spring Training this year and at the same game threw my nephew a last-out-of-the-inning baseball (which he bobbled and dropped and I caught).

Thank you for running the contest, Tom! Thank's Michael A.!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 15, 2017

P-Town Tom's Dupes

So, I'm working on a set of 1992 Topps. My aunt-in-law sent me a package of baseball cards that she found in her house earlier this year and they've been sitting collecting dust for a while. Just after Thanksgiving I decided to sort them and see what I had and to see what was missing. It turned out I needed about 238 cards, which means I had 554. Or something close to it. And Tom was kind enough to send me 93 cards and a few bonus cards as well.

I won't bore you all with scans of all the cards he sent. But here are the cards kind of spread over my keyboard...

I did post a picture and commentary on Twitter though of a couple of them (usually mocking the player photograph).

But, the three bonus cards certainly warrant showing off. You'll have to deal with cellphone camera photographs for these. Yes, of course, Tom's gifts deserve better than this but it's all I can do at the moment...

The first is the 1992 Topps Gold Winner's for John Kruk... Dazzling, amiright?

And the other two were Darryl Strawberry cards. The first being 1992 Fleer The Performer Collection which was sponsored, or what have you, by 7-Eleven/Citgo. And the second being the 1993 Hostess card.

Thank you so much, Tom, for putting a dent into my collection needs. If you have 1992 cards that you'd like to send to me to help me complete my collection please see the list on the new tab set up for it.  I'll keep it as up to date as I can but please do comment or email before sending any. I am grateful for any help!

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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!

And thanks to you for stopping by.