Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1989 Bowman Tiffany

1989 saw Bowman bring its sexy back. And they had a Tiffany issue, too. This is the Darryl Strawberry card in that set. The card back for me is a favorite as I have said before on this blog. The breakdown by team is a very cool feature and couldn't be done today because of the inter-league games: might require either a fold out card, or one with a digital display or something.

Speaking of inter-league play... how do you feel about it? Do you like it? Hate it? Indifferent? I admit it was cool earlier this year to see the Pirates play in Fenway Park, but I also feel like those games could be better if they were playing AL teams; that playing AL teams would have more an an effect on their season. It was the regular season but it looked like Spring Training. My own preference is to do away with it.

I also still cannot for the life of me figure out why Houston was moved to the AL West instead of putting Milwaukee back in the AL? I mean, put Milwaukee in the AL Central and move Kansas City to the AL West. Would that have worked? I'm sure there would have been a way to do it....

A Cracked Bat is running a contest and if you don't enter you cannot win.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Topps Tiffany UK Minis

It's good to be back! Kind of...

So Topps branched out to the UK with this mini-cards and, of course, Tiffany had a go at them too. This is the 1988 Topps Tiffany UK Mini card for Darryl Strawberry. It is small, but it packs a punch in its coolness.

The "Talkin' Baseball" feature is interesting as it explains a facet of the game to the British audience. However the explanation is wrong, of course, because it does happen that the visiting team breaks the tie and ends up winning, too, right?

Speaking of extra innings, how do you feel about the recent talk following the 18 inning affair between the Yankees and Cubs? My own feeling is that they should play until someone wins. 18 inning games are the exception rather than the rule, so why make sweeping changes based on an anomaly? I'm a hypocrite, in some ways, because I didn't watch and likely wouldn't have, but I feel like the conversation and call-for-change that this game (and other looong ones) elicited says more about US than it does about the game itself. Are the players complaining? It seems the outcome of the game is up to them and if they get tired, well, they need to suck it up and try harder. It's their jobs!

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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 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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