Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Strawberry & Kruk from Lifetime Topps Project

A short while ago, I sent some cards to Lifetime Topps Project. Chris kindly sent me back a slew (15 total) of John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry cards which are quite welcome additions to my own project.

Let's take a look because these cards are so awesome they just have to be seen to be believed.

We'll do the two Darryl Strawberry cards, first. First up is a 1990 Topps Ames All Stars. A card that I've never seen before to be sure, and is bright and glossy as the day it was printed. It sometimes amazes me how well these cards age. Far better than me, for sure!

The second Strawberry was a dupe, but a card as precious (and pouty)! Well, one cannot have too many. It's the 1995 Score Gold Rush. I mean, this has to be one of the best/worst cards ever. Of All Time! I remember giving this face quite a bit when I could play Atari Pitfall.

The 13 Kruk cards are unbelievable.

1989 Upper Deck, Card #280

1990 Bowman, Card #154

1993 Stadium Club, Card #83
1993 Upper Deck, Card #247

Ok, now below we're getting to some dirty Kruk era cards. And the mullet is in full-on glory, too.

Man is he dirrty. Christina Aguilera likes that.

1994 Collector's Choice, Card #168
1994 Stadium Club Dugout Dirt, Card #3
1994 Upper Deck Fun Cards, #230
1994 Upper Deck Scratch Off, Phillies

Seriously - he's so illegally, illicitly sexy this could be the centerfold in an older audience periodical . Sexy laying down John Kruk crotch shot. Let's take a closer look:

Is that a stick logo on your pants or are you happy to see me?

Looks like the Great Goblin from the Lord of the Rings on the back of the Dugout Dirt card. I'm thinking...

Kruk saying "I'll take two hot dogs and a beer after this at bat."

1995 Pinnacle, Card #395
1995 Stadium Club, Card #331
1995 Upper Deck, Card #145
1995 Upper Deck, Electric Diamond Silver, Card #145

That covergirl face.

John looking like the stereotypical truck driver on this card back.

I'm pretty sure in this Upper Deck card that the box of stats on the card back is censoring a uniform malfunction and that Kruk's junk is dangling about. But you'll notice a bit of a oval-shaped thing hanging underneath the totals line...I think that might be...

Might as well see that shot again, this time Electric Diamond style.

2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions, Card #109


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Baseball Card and Beer

Currently, at the moment, in the present time, I am enjoying a beer from Bob Walk the Plank. It's the Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA. It's fantastic.

On the television is MLB coverage of the Spring Training game between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox. The pitcher formerly known as "Big Game James", James Shields, is on the mound and I hope the pitching staff told him in the off season that a high number in ERA isn't good.

I'm a goner. My wife just brought out a Bailey's cheesecake bar with a chocolate crust.

But! Before I "slip away, quietly", I thought I'd show off not a "Pictures of You", but of Darryl Strawberry.

This is a 1996 Fleer Tiffany card. 1996 Fleer is so vastly different and SUPERIOR to it's immediate predecessor that it leaves me a bit baffled. I got the base of this recently from P-Town Tom and was enamored. So I thought that the Tiffany version would make a nice new addition, even if Straw is wearing a Yankees jersey. The Fleer Tiffany is nicer and on different stock than the base, I like it quite a bit. But I actually prefer the "lower", base model. The matte-ness of the image on that base card is timeless.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Incoming Darryl Strawberry and John Kruk Baseball Cards

Since late September I have sent a decent number of cards in many separate packages and envelopes to a collector who seeks Indians cards, as well as a bunch of non-Indians players. I'm always happy to send cards I don't want to someone who does! The other day I got a return package of 15 cards: 13 Darryl Strawberry's and 2 John Kruk's. Let's look at them!

1985 Donruss and Leaf. Classic early Darryl Strawberry cards when there was more promise than a first date in eighth grade. Or... Classique cartes Darryl Strawberry tôt quand il y avait plus de promesse qu'une première date en huitième année.

A lamentably off-center 1987 Topps. This is a strong candidate for a wallet card. However, on the other hand, look at all the beautiful wood grain on the left hand side. Mmmm. Wood grain.

Some 1989 Straw's... No -- you're not seeing double! There are two of the Kmart Dream Team issue. Great card, post swing. I fool myself into thinking it was a home run, but like a first date in eighth grade it was full of delusion.  As for the Bazooka: is there a better reminder of of the 1980s? Very much looks like the Bazooka and Kmart card might have been taken in the same game, if not the same at bat! The Score card is effing sweet. I love the color, the design, the front photograph. Nice. Excellent. A Home Run.

1990 Topps and Score. 1990 was probably, I think, the last year I truly collected and that was that. Girls and running and a job got in the way on continuing the hobby. Which is strange because it was the first time I was earning decent money and could have afforded to really indulge in the hobby. But, like other things, it kind of fell away. It was around this time that I started hitting Ben-n-Jerry's in Old Town Alexandria for twice-weekly pints of ice cream (O! Metabolism!) and dates and things. And buying CD's and probably other things. The image on the back of the Score card makes me laugh. Just a nice, casual, shit-eating grin. I'd love to know what was said or on his mind.

1991: Classic and Score. Torn between two worlds here: Mets and Dodgers. The contrast between the way Straw looks in the back photograph of the base Score card and the Master Blaster card couldn't be more different. Think the Score is an older photograph, possibly, as the double-chin present in the Master Blaster is nowhere near forming

1992 Classic card. Still, I know I'm a broken record, but the Dodgers thing is just unnatural.

Now, let's look at the beautiful John Kruk. I'm not sure in this 1988 Donruss card if he's had to have started shaving yet. That would change...

Four years later, corrupted by the Philadelphia Phillies, Kruk because a beast more feared in looks than a velociraptor.

I adore the 1992 Topps cards, particularly those that feature the image on the back, like this, of the player's home stadium. ADORE!

Only 3 out of the 15 were cards were new for my player collections, but several others gave me a second card, which is always nice. They are back-up plan cards or just-in-case cards. Like, if someone I know wants/can't find a card and I have two of them I wouldn't hesitate to send one along (Straw's 1983 Topps Traded card being among a few exceptions!).

Thanks for the cards. And, as usual...

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