Monday, February 27, 2017

Eamus Fragum

Which translates to Let's Go Strawberry; or we could always go with Darrylus Strawbuli. Or Eamus Metropolitarum. Or maybe I should shut up and just start this blog post already?

Today is National Strawberry Day and in honor of this, I'm taking a small break from posting on the Binder pages.

Tom at Eamus Catulia (a/k/a 'Til Next Year) and I recently completed a trade. This is my blog post about what Tom sent me. 32 Darryl Strawberry cards! I'll feature a nice round number (25) of them here. I've broken the cards down into mini-series: Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Yankees and After. And I've mashed the images into smaller displays so that the page isn't, too, too, long. This does make everything look a bit weird but I know most of you forgive me.

The Mets Years: aka The Wonder Years
1986 Fleer Instant Offense with HOFer Tim Raines, Card #632
1988 Topps Glossy All-Stars, Card #19
1988 Topps Glossy Send-In, Card #22
1988 Topps Tiffany, Card #710
1989 Fleer League Leaders, Card #37
1989 Score Baseball's 100 Hottest Players, Card #50
1989 Score Scoremasters, Card #42
1990 Fleer League Standouts, Card #3
1990 Leaf, Card #250
1990 Score, Card #200
1991 Fleer Pro-Visions, Card #12
1991 Score 100 Superstars, Card #62

The Dodgers Years: The Weird Years
1991 Classic I, Card #T68
1991 Leaf, Card #444 Checklist 357-448
1993 Duracell Power Players II, Card #21
1993 O-Pee-Chee, Card #375
1993 SP, Card #99
1993 Ultra, Card #406
1994 Pacific Crown Collection, Card #322

The Giants Year: The Blink and you Could Miss It Year
1995 Pacific Prisms, Card #121

I guess there isn't much to say about Strawberry's time with the Giants. This Pacific Prisms card reminds me of Q*Bert which I liked played as a kid.

The Yankees Years: The Dynasty Years
1996 Fleer, Card #198
1996 Score Dugout Collection Series 2, Card #78
1997 Metal Universe, Card #123

The Metal Universe card has an awful lot going on and quite frankly scares me. It's got a kind of a Sarlacc thing going on. And, I can unequivocally state that 1996 Fleer is everything that 1995 Fleer is not. What a STUNNING card is 1996 Fleer. I love the look of it, and the feel, and the very matte quality. Ace!

The After Years: aka The Exploiting Ex-Players and Fans Years
2008 Topps All-Rookie Team 50th Anniversary, Card #AR1
2012 Topps Archives, Card #129

Now I'm calling myself out as a hypocrite because I love the 2012 Topps Archives card features Strawberry in a Mets uniform in the 1980 card design. I'm a hypocrite because I'm really not very keen on seeing modern players in "vintage" card designs. Strawberry might have been selected for the 1980 card design as he was the overall #1 draft pick that year. But, maybe this is something different to seeing a hardly-proven rookie like Andrew Benintendi on a 1987-style card? I mean, in 1987, Benintendi was -7 years old. I also love the 2012 Topps Archives card because I had tried to buy it before in a JustCommons order but was denied as the card wasn't actually in stock. Then I forgot about it, and then Tom came through and sent it to me out of the kindness of his baseball card heart.

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