Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bo's Little Fun Baseball Card Game Came to Life and Spoiled Me

Bo of Baseball Cards Come to Life played a Little Fun Game and I was fortunate enough to be a winner of sorts.  I put my name on number 18, for Darryl Strawberry of course, which was for the 1989 Donruss Rookies set. To my my absolute one stole this from me. I guess they know that I am prone to tantrums and vengeance?

In addition to sending the 1989 Donruss Rookies set to me, Bo sent six John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry cards from the massive cache of cards he recently acquired. I only wish I had wider interests as this would have been a brilliant way to get a lot for a little.

The Kruk's:

1986 Topps Traded

1987 Topps Base

1994 Pinnacle

1995 Donruss

And, of course, the Strawberry's:

1994 Pinnacle

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes

Thank you so much Bo!!

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Kruk & Strawberry from Nick

Today some great guys were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. And, as well, so many of you seem to have been at the National this weekend... I wasn't. So here's a blog post about two recent cards I got of the two guys I collect...

I "met" Nick V (twitter) from my Topps 2017 Series 2 group box break and I'm sure glad I did. He signed up for the San Francisco Giants and ended up being the "big" winner of the relic card. Nick sent me two cards as thanks, a 1993 Hostess John Kruk odd ball card and a 1991 Topps Micro All-Star Darryl Strawberry card, too. I've gotten now several cards as thanks for the break. It's so nice and over the top. I'm really very grateful. So now I'll show off the cards:

First the Kruk:

And then the Strawberry:

I particularly love this little micro card. I scanned it at 600dpi to give it some help in looking respectably big.

Thanks Nick!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Darryl Strawberry: Owl Night Long (Owl Night)

Night Owl Cards, like P-Town Tom, sent a few cards my way as thanks for the Topps Series 2 box break. And, like P-Town Tom this kindness was uncalled for but much, much, much appreciated.

The title of this post, Owl Night Long (Owl Night) comes, of course, from Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)".

My wife and I were on a plane with Mr Richie in May when we were on the way to New Zealand. He sat behind us from Boston to LA but we left him alone unlike most of the other people. He had been in Boston receiving an honorary degree.

The three cards were all absent from my collection are each so so cool.

First up is the 1992 Score 100 Superstars card.

Next up is the very bizarre 1992 Topps Kids card of Strawberry's head on top of a really beefed up Barry Bonds, I mean cartoon body.

Last up, but not least, is the 1993 Upper Deck Team Stars card featuring childhood buddies Strawberry and Eric Davis. In theory this was a dynamic duo, but just about four or five years too late.

Night Owl hit a massive home run!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Recent(ish) COMC order

Earlier this year, in May, Check Out My Cards offered a sale on their website. This was just the impetus I needed to actually buy my first cards in a few months. Though in the end I don't think I did something right as I didn't get free shipping; but whatever. I got cards! Darryl Strawberry cards, too.

I concentrated on 1991 and earlier, filling in some needs from when Strawberry was playing with his one true team, the New York Mets.

Here's a list of the cards:

1986 Sportflics #56 with Steve Sax and Pete Rose    
1986 Sportflics #97
1987 Fleer Glossy #23  
1987 Fleer Glossy #629 Magic Mets  with (CarterFernandezGoodenHernandez)SSS
1987 Fleer Glossy #638 Sluggers from the Left Side (with Don Mattingly)    
1987 Fleer Glossy #WS11 (with Ray Knight)
1987 Leaf/Donruss #4, Diamond King
1987 Topps Glossy Send-Ins #32  
1987 Topps Woolworth Baseball Highlights #29 (with Marty Barrett)
1988 Fleer Glossy #151    
1988 Fleer Glossy #637 / (with Eric Davis) SS    
1988 Fleer Award Winners #40    
1988 Fleer Baseball MVP's #37
1988 Kenner Starting Lineup Talking Baseball, Card #22
1989 Fleer Glossy #49
1990 Bowman Tiffany #141
1991 Topps Tiffany #402 AS

And now (now now) the moment you've all been waiting for: Here are the cards! With some commentary.

There is something weird going on above; seeing a Pete Rose/Darryl Strawberry face-mash thing is super weird.

This card reminds me of Jeff Pearlman's wonderful The Bad Guys Won. Though a couple of those guys are more misfits than magicians.

The above four "glossy" Fleer cards are pretty sweet. I particularly like the one with Mattingly.

Uh, Ray, where is your hand?

A lot of people like Diamond Kings. I think this one is particularly awful.

This send-in glossy All-Star card is all kinds of sweet; as is the Woolworth's Baseball Highlights card from the 1986 World Series. I think the photograph is fantastic with both players looking at the upmire and his left arm calling Strawberry safe just visible. Mmm. Depicts a kind of edge-of-your seat intensity of which the World Series is known.

These two cards, the Award Winners above and Baseball MVP's below, are from two of Fleer's 8,638 30 to 40 card sets that they were issuing back in the late 1980s. If they were around today I'd look for the 150k issues of position players with more than 150 strikeouts per year.

More Fleer glossy, the base card below is beautiful. The card with Eric Davis is pretty nice too considering they were childhood friends. Man, they were fearsome.

Every order seems to include a dupe...the above Starting Lineup card is the dupe. Dope!

Another Fleer glossy, this time 1989 base. 

The above 1990 Bowman and below 1990 Topps All-Star card are Tiffany set issues. As usual they are bright and stunning.

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