Friday, August 31, 2018

Darryl Strawberry's 2009 Yankees Ring of Honor

Hi! How are you? I hope that things are going well. It seems like today's a good day to post this considering the Yankees just traded for Andrew McCutchen who will join an historical roster of outfield greats to don pinstripes. Good luck, Andrew! (I'd say "Good luck, Cutch", but I'm sorry, that nickname for some reason only seems to apply to him as a member Pirates... does that make sense?)

Back in May I got this 2009 Topps Ring of Honor Darryl Strawberry card showing him wearing a questionable uniform but recognizing his contributions to the 1999 World Series champion Yankees.

I have already the Mets version which is the "right" version which P-Town Tom sent me back in July of 2017.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Triple Threads

Got this bad boy in a recent (May) Sportlots purchase. I got another one from Wes shortly afterwards so, now I have two! I suppose by rights this should have been blogged about oh about three months ago; but I've been busy so I appreciate the slack you're cutting me.

This is Darryl Strawberry's 2008 Topps Triple Threads card, SN's 0872 of 1350. 


I'm not totally keen on the 2005-2009 cards that you see a lot of. It seems like they were just making cards to make cards. Don't like red? There is black, gold, emerald, platinum, relics, framed, etc. etc. etc. Flooding the market with flimflam: just crap to fleece collectors. Then again, I'm the dink buying them, so call me a hypocrite.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

1992 Complete Set and More!

I got a starter set if 1992 Topps from my aunt a year or so ago and it was enough of a starter set to go the whole way and build it. It got contributions from a number of people to do this, and I think I acquired, personally, maybe just one card. Which is just remarkable.


The most recent stack of cards finished the set off and it included a group of needed Darryl Strawberry and John Kruk baseball cards , too. These came from Jeremy D, a Rays collector!


Thank you to all who gave cards to me for this project!

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

John Kruk, Darryl Strawberry and Stadium Club

Recently completed a trade with Kin (Twitter) who needs no introduction. He sent me a righteous stack--two stacks, actually--of 2018 Stadium Club cards for the set on which I am working.


And tucked in the middle of the them were some Darryl Strawberry and John Kruk cards. Two of the Kruk's were awesome new additions to my collection.

1993 Pacific Spanish, Card #238 (bottom right card)
2005 Upper Deck Classics, Card #117 (first row, second to last)


I can honestly say that I had ever seen them before! I love the Pacific card because it shows the ball perfectly belt hit, Kruk's eyes on it.  Great shot. The Upper Deck card...  I'll be honest, it's kind of a creepy, skeevy photo.

In addition to Kin's 2018 Stadium Club cards, I got additional help for my set from Matt (Once a Cub; Twitter) and Greg (aka Night Owl; Twitter).


Matt's cards are on the left and I totally tried to be "meta" with the image showing a photo of the cards on my keyboard on the computer while also taking a picture of the cards on the keyboard. Totally worked. Right? And Greg's cards are on the right. Greg included a 1993 Post card of John Kruk. Sweet! The Sandberg and the Trout were generous. I like how pensive & philosophical Trout is.

Thank you Kin, Matt, and Greg! Your generosity is very much appreciated. I'll hit y'all back with cards in the near future I hope.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

2018 Topps Insert Darryl Strawberry

Got this sweet card back in May with a host of others that for various reasons I never blogged about. This is Darryl Strawberry's ever-so-sweet 2018 Topps flagship insert card.


I'm of two minds on this kind of thing. I like the re-use of the design for players that were playing at the time with new images. For example, here is Strawberry's 1983 Topps Traded card:


I know, it's scrumptious, too.

But, I'm less satisfied or pleased or whatever with current players on the older design. Does that make sense? Am I just weird? A hypocrite? I

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Community Fun

My first trade with Jon of Community Gum couldn't have been a nicer, easier trade I don't think. I sent him a couple of 2018 Stadium Club cards and in return the haul you see below.

Like an idiot I filed all the cards away before scanning of photographing everything, but this is an overview just after I opened the package...


1992 Topps
10 cards towards my set including Ken Griffey, Jr.

John Kruk
1995 Finest Refractor, Card #319
2013 Gypsy Queen, Card #66

That 1995 Finest is my second Kruk card in a White Sox uniform.

Darryl Strawberry
1988 Score Box Cards, Card, #17
1988 Series 1 Red Stars, Card #1
1988 Topps Stickers, Card #96 (with #41 George Brett)
1989 Baseball Card Magazine '59 Topps Replicas, Card #26   
1989 Classic Travel, Card #8
1989 Classic Travel, Card #108
1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Baseball's Best Three, Card #10
1990 Classic Blue, Card #33
1990 Fleer Baseball MVP's, Card #37
1990 Score 100 Superstars, Card #15
1991 Classic II, Card #NNO (with John Olerud / Dwight Gooden / Jose Canseco - Toronto Blue Jays / New York Mets / Oakland Athletics)

I did scan one of the cards as it was missing an image on Trading Card database:



Jon -- you simply knocked it out of the park with this. By bringing me 10 cards closer to my 1992 Topps set is super awesome; and then the 15 completely new John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry cards really was unparalleled. Thank you so very very very much.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wiz Kid

Mark M of the excellent Baseball Beyond Batting Average podcast and his son recently started shedding years worth of baseball cards on Twitter. I was the lucky claimant of the Washington Nationals cards and in the box, Mark included a few bonus pieces. No, I'm not going to show the 200+ cards he sent, I'm mean but not that cruel, but I though I'd show off the few cards...

The first is this magnificent 1991 Nobody Beats the Wiz card.


Now, that is exciting.

Also, Mark graciously took the time to peruse my Strawberry needs list and found two other cards missing from my collection: 1991 Donruss Grand Slammers and 1992 Classic. The latter was accidentally completely missing from my list.


Mark included three unopened packs of cards for 1987 Donruss, 1990 Fleer, and 1992 Stadium Club Series 1.

While all the above are totally awesome... the pièce de résistance was another custom hand-drawn card. This time, John Kruk's 1989 Topps Traded card.

One word, two syllables:  STUNNING.

Mark I am much obliged to you and  your son for your kindness. Thank you so much!

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