Monday, August 28, 2017

An Off the Wall Trade: Red Sox for Darryl Strawberry

I recently completed my first trade with Shane of Off the Wall. I met Shane via Twitter and was happy to have a new trade partners and to pass on some Red Sox cards that I didn't need/want.

In return, I got a great lot of five Darryl Strawberry cards that make me quite happy to have.

The first here is a the 1985 Big Apple's Finest sketch of the Straw man. Had never seen this before other than on the Trading Card Database.

The second card is Strawberry's 1987 Action Superstars card number 63.  Looks like he's about to make some sweet contact with the ball. But clearly not a home run shot, the "launch angle" of the bat is all wrong. Probably a low line drive.

The 1990 Topps Sticker backs card is great; the front features Vince Coleman and Jim Abbott. Topps made boys (and men) collecting stickers a cool thing. Scratch-n-sniff was awesome too, as long as it wasn't the diesel or the skunk smelling ones. Remember these?

The 1991 Studio card shows a pensive Strawberry which is diametrically opposed to the Strawberry that he was becoming off the field. Still not keen on the Dodgers cap.

Last but not least, the 1993 Upper Deck "Team Stars" card with Eric Davis. Makes you wonder what might have been...

Thank you so much Shane!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Vocabulary Words and Off Hiatus Cards

The following four cards were sent to me from Tony L off Off Hiatus Baseball and Collecting the 1980s baseball card blogs fame. He was responding to an Agony Aunt article that I had published about needing more Darryl Strawberry cards. He took a break from listening to Afropop and Belarusian alternative music and found these bottom-fishing cards somehow, somewhere.

I can just picture Tony now, drinking chai and hogging the clicker from his wife, to watch Brewers games, to see a Thames direct deposit a dinger of a ditzy hanging curve (does he have trouble with the curve?) after his seeming decadelong stint out of MLB. Many would love to have been a fly-on-the-wall for Thames' time overseas. He's inked up and ripped, but from biofuel or zen I'm not sure. The next time up the pitcher may throw a kneecapping fastball at him if he showboated around the bases.

Suspicions about Thames' amazing April had a lot of people looking for the smoking gun. Using their touch screen digitizing tablet's, telecommuting geeks free from ever contracting STD's---eating string cheese, taking megavitamins because they never get outside and dreaming of ladies with tramp art wearing string bikinis, getting daily wake-up-calls from their supermoms---poured over each at bat, indexing strikes and balls and swings and fouls and hits as if on life support looking for the answers. They didn't find them but the pitchers sorted it out...

These are some works a thread of tweets last week that were added to the dictionary the year I was born. Tony of course dropped a tweet that this should be a blogger challenge... And you poor souls are the recipients. Hope I did alright.

Thanks Tony!

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Darryl Strawberry's 1987 Donruss Super DK

Got this Darryl Strawberry 1987 Donruss Super DK from Sportlots recently. Though, like a dummy, when I was opening the packet I clipped a corner off the big card. So sometime in the future I may look to acquire another one.

I'm not a massive fan of Diamond Kings in general; or, at least, this one is really awful of Strawberry's face (the post-swing batting image is much better). I am a fan though of the border. 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Topps Bunt and Stadium Club Up For Grabs


In July I bought a package of Topps Bunt and Topps Stadium Club so that I could scratch that itch of opening up some packs.

I've already traded several which will be clearly identified. Otherwise, the cards are available on a first request basis. And stuff. Word.

2017 Topps Bunt AL Teams:
Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox: base and blue parallel: TRADED
Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox, Infinite TRADED
Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox, blue parallel TRADED
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians: TRADED
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals TRADED
Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals TRADED
Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins TRADED
Jharel Cotton, Oakland A's TRADED
J. A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays: TRADED

2017 Topps Bunt NL Teams
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks TRADED
Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs TRADED
Jose Reyes, New York Mets TRADED
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates TRADED
Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Seung-Hwan Oh, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Manny Margot, San Diego Padres TRADED
Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants: TRADED
Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants: TRADED

2017 Topps Stadium Club:
Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners TRADED
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers TRADED
Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox, Power Zone TRADED
Jose Peralta, Cincinnati Reds TRADED
Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles TRADED
Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians: TRADED
Jason Varitek, Boston Red Sox, sepia parallel: TRADED
Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals: TRADED
Andres Galarraga, Colorado Rockies TRADED
Denard Span, San Francisco Giants: TRADED
Willie McCovey: San Francisco Giants: TRADED

Please contact me via comments or email if you have that already if you want anything here.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

John Kruk Trade with Talking Smack Cards

Jimmy from the Talking Smack Cards recently wrote to ask if a couple of gold parallels from 2016 Topps were still available and am I ever glad that he did. I was able to send him a couple, and in return, I got a few John Kruk cards missing from my collection. That's a win-win. Always happy to send the cards I don't want to someone that does.

The three John Kruk cards I got back all represent him as a Phillies player, which is how I like best to remember him.

1991 Fleer, Card #402

1993 Ultra, Card #90

1993 SP, Card #14, All-Star

Thanks Jimmy!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

A Darryl Strawberry eBay Oddball Order, Part 2

This is the second post of cards from a recent(ish) eBay order that saw me get plenty of oddball baseball cards of Darryl Strawberry but also features a couple of parallels, too. These are from the 1990s so Strawberry here is a member of the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees.

1990 Topps TV All Star, Card #56

Another card that I like quite a bit. A post swing, probably a screaming single up the middle? The card back features Strawberry's career best stats which shows how great he performed in 1987, probably because Topps had such a cool design.

1990 US Playing Card Silver, Card #King/Hearts

For a while I bet he was the King of Hearts.

1992 French's Mustard, Card #17 (with Rickey Henderson)

Team logo's? We don't need no stinkin' team logo's. Seriously, eat tater tots with mustard and thank me later.

1992 Mr Turkey, Card #24

1992 Sunflower Seeds, Card #20

How there haven't been more sunflower seed and bubble gum sponsored cards is beyond me. We had Bakooka for a while...was there ever a Double-Bubble or a Big League Chew issue? I used to love Big League Chew.

1995 Score Hall of Gold, Card #HG36

Apparently I'm incapable or ordering cards without getting a dupe. This is the dupe, and I'm a dope. Doah!

1997 Topps Stadium Club Members Only Parallel, Card #82

I like this card quite a bit even though Stawberry is in Pinstripes. This is a Members Only parallel of the Stadium Club set. Coming out on the top step, tipping the cap, getting an ovation. It captures some great action on the part of the player and the fan. That kid in the front row with his left arm raised mirroring Strawberry's is awesome. I think that's what baseball is all about (at any age).

The seller included two Mets team logo Panini stickers from 1991 and 1992 as freebies which was a nice thing to do. If anyone wants these, please let me know.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Darryl Strawberry eBay Oddball Order, Part 1

Recently decided I needed some oddball cards in my life and found a seller on eBay (bamcards) who had a ton of them. I bought 12 off him for a hair over $24 which was roughly $2 per card. $4.95 shipping, too. Seemed worth it and, well, I wanted them... I had intended on concentrating on cards from the New York Mets years, but I did veer a bit into the Dodgers and one Giants card...

The 1984 card and sticker puts a mini-dent into my endeavor to have all of his 1984 cards. I'm nearly there, though the TCMA Tidewater card will have to wait for a really special occasion or something.

 1984 All Star Game Program Insert, Card #69

This All Star game "Card" is really tiny, though still gargantuan compared to 1991 Topps Micro.

1984 O-Pee-Chee sticker, Card #385

1986 All Star Game Program Insert, Card

The 1986 All Star program insert wasn't listed in the Trading Card Database so I went and bought a copy off of eBay for about $6 with free shipping, scanned all the "cards" and put them into the DB.  There are no "backs" in a sense like the 1984 one show above, but on the back of Strawberry is Mike Fitzgerald, then catcher for the Montreal Expos. They really did not put a lot of effort into the Strawberry card as it's just a cropped version of the 1985 insert.

1987 Stuart, Card #1c

This is shown as card 1c from the 1987 Stuart Bakery set. I guess they were issued in panels of 3? in the tcdb, the other number 1 cards are fellow Mets Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez.

1989 Topps/LJN Baseball Talk, Card #44

I have no idea what LJN Talking Baseball is but I love this card. It's taller than the regular issue and has this weird plastic thing on the back with a centered circle which I guess is a push button? Perhaps at one point this would have "spoken" something? I dig the on card facsimile autograph, too.

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