Sunday, February 25, 2018

Card Show! & More

Last week might have been a record for buying and receiving cards and this week I hope to be able to showcase them all. First up, are a two cards I got for me at the Mansfield card show, where I was happy to meet the legend Mark Hoyle.

First we have a John Kruk Ultra card from the Phillies Finest set. 

Next up is the 1960 Bill Mazeroski card. I was thumbing through some old vintage stacks and this one caught my eye. So for $5, marked down from $15, I bought it. I may have paid about right for it; I may have paid a bit much. It doesn't much matter as it's a great 1960 card and he ended that year with a pretty memorable hit.

Waiting for me in the mail one day was Topps' annual Topps Now Free Mike Trout Card. I'm a little surprised it wasn't Aaron Judge, to be honest. But this is a nice card to have anyway. And I like the design of this card quite a bit more than the previous two years. And the design of the card back is neat, too. Though in some ways it looks like a scratch off gift card.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Nick's Pacific Kruk

Nick V recently-ish sent me a 1995 Pacific John Kruk, Card #331. It's written in English and in another language, which I think is Spanish. Of course I'm jokstering, I know it's Spanish. It's Spanish, isn't it?

What I love about this card is just about everything. Bilingualism aside, I love the bottom left of the card front with the Phillies logo on a baseball. And on the back, I like the baseball diamond that's visible, with the outfield. It's great seeing the two languages as well. I don't know Spanish, so I can at least learn a few words here and there to impress myself.

Thanks Nick!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Jason is the real Champion

Continuing Jason's cards that he recently sent to me... he send me two packs of the 1984 Donruss Champions cards. Happily I did open them and I was pleased with ten cards I got. The puzzle pieces are not so exciting as you'll see later.

The first pack yielded:

Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox, Card 16;
Reggie Jackson, California Angels, Card 9;
Babe Ruth, New York Yankees, Card 1;
Checklist, Card 60; and
Don Sutton, Milwaukee Brewers, Card 41.

I've already had offers for the checklist (women wanting me to impregnate them; millions of dollars, Nick Foles' Super Bowl Ring, etc.). The puzzle piece in pack 1 was for pieces 28, 29, and 30. Sexy.

The second pack brought to my collection:
George Brett, Kansas City Royals, Card 15;
Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves, Card 8;
Jeff Burroughs, Oakland A's, Card 7;
Fred Lynn, California Angels, Card 59; and
Tom Seaver, New York Mets, Card 40.

And to ensure none of you lose sleep with wonder and worry, the puzzle pieces in the second pack were 46, 47, and 48. My conscious is now clear. They are shown above to Don Sutton (he wanted it that way).

Thanks, Jason, for these cards and those two Darryl Strawberry ones. You are the real champion... were you even born in 1984?????

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

2 by 2 from Mr Carter

I sent Jason over at the Writer's Journey (as well as Handling Aright) some 2018 Topps Reds from a couple of Target boxes I bought. I didn't expect anything in return but I was happy beyond expression nonetheless when he said he could send me a 1991 Baseball Card Magazine card of Darryl Strawberry which I did not have in my collection.

The other day the card showed up, along with Strawberry's 1993 Donruss card. That's the first set of two alluded to in the title of this post.

The other two things in the parcel were to unopened cellophane wrapped packs of Donruss' Baseball Champions Yesterday & Today from 1984. This set has a checklist of 60 cards and in the packs I have the chance to score 10 cards out of the set (that's 1/6th: my math skills are MAD tonight) and some pieces for their Duke Snider puzzle.

The first pack has card 16 Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox showing on top; the back is card 41, aka Don Sutton of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The second pack shows card 15 George Brett of the Kansas City Royals on top and Card 40 (that's Tom Seaver of the New York Mets for you laypeople) on the back.

As of right now, I haven't opened them. But this is curious. Showing cards are 15 and 16; back cards are 40 and 41. I wonder if the 3 cards inbetween will also be number neighbors?  There's only one way to find out! And that's in the next Baseball Every Night blog post.

How's that for a cliff hanger?

Thank you Sir Jason!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Once A Met

I have a new trade buddy and if the inaugural trade is anything to go by, Woooo-weee! Mark from Once A Cub sent me a Tweet about  card he had of Darryl Strawberry and it was delivered today. Amazingly with the the stamp being cancelled! Sadly the envelope was a little mangled which had me slightly nervous. But all is fine because the card inside was packaged well and came out perfect.

The card,  you may be interested to know, was the 2005 Diamond Kings Heritage Collection card, HC-5. It has an authenticated game worn jersey and an autograph as is SN/100. This card is number 006/100. I believe on TCDB it's the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings - Heritage Collection Signature Jersey set. My mouth dropped when I pulled it out of the wrapping and it hasn't closed yet. My wife is currently throwing things at me.

Seriously. Look. Just drool.

Matt picked this up a few years ago, he told me, in an eBay auction as an add on to maximize shipping. He mentioned that neither Darryl nor Strawberry was spelled correctly which is how he seems to have gotten it for a song.

I wish it said "Authentic Jersey" rather than "Authentic Item" because I can't help but wonder if Donruss bought a bunch of used jock straps or something. Well. Either way I'm not touching the fabric.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Another Set Bites the Dust

At the baseball card show I went to on MLK Jr Monday, I got a set of cards I'd been wanting for ages and ages. 1982 Topps Traded, complete WITH Ripken. If you can read the price on the sticker, you may think I lost my mind. But, I got the set, Ripken included, for $80.

The whole set looks really nice, with sharp corners. Just the only complaint I have it is that the cards are bowing.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Personal Cards

Andy and Mark are the masterminds who created the Baseball Beyond Batting Average podcast that is available through a number of different listening platforms, most recently Sticher but also Spreaker and then also though Crapple's iTunes.

The first card to show off is the Offical BBBA Podcast card featuring the hosts: Mark and Andy, or Andy and Mark.

The next card was a 1980 #1 Draft Pick card for Darryl Strawberry from the good old 1985 Topps set. I was 10/11 when this card first came out.

I really like Mark's style. It's uniquely his own but also true to the original. This is true transformation. I'm honored to have the two above cards.

Back in October, I think?, I was voted the MVP of an episode which was remarkable considering they mostly hate me, make fun of me, and generally antagonize me, which I thoroughly deserve. I probably antagonize them, so all's fair.  As part of this they made a custom card. I am, was, and will remain always grateful. Mark did the card front and Andy did the card back. They captured me to a T. And it's obviously my most valuable card in my small collection.

I'm sending two signed cards back to them, signed, per their instructions.

In the package that came, a BBBA podcast card featuring the awesome hosts as well one of Darryl Strawberry's 1985 Topps First Round Draft Pick card. Expertly drawn. And then there was more!

Including two 1993 Cardtoons cards of Darryl Razzberry and Monster Truck.

John "Monster Truck" Kruk:

The Strawberry/Razzberry card seems to be, maybe???, his first card in a Giants uniform. Which is weird that it's a 1993 card but he wasn't on the Giants until 19 June 1994.

The last one I'll highlight is this little card... it's only a SIGNED 1989 John Kruk card. This is my first Kruk autograph. I think I want more.

Mark and Andy. Thank you so very much for the cards. You guys are awesome & your podcast is Great.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Another Gold Strawberry

This is another Sportslot acquisition, but this one from jarloxfl.

It's 1996 Ultra Gold Medallion, Card #107

That's it! That's the blog post.

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