Friday, September 28, 2018

Darryl Strawberry: 1989 Topps Stickers All-Star

This card! This card is a card and a sticker. it almost looks three-dimensional. Almost? Maybe?

It's another Sportlots 18 cent purchase. It's the 1989 Topps sticker. Strawberry is his All-Star sticker. The bonus is the classic Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernandez.

When you collected Topps and Panini stickers back in the day did you fill in the sticker books? I know I did.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Darryl Strawberry: 1990 Star "Ad Card"

Scored this Star "ad card" the other day on eBay! The seller listed this as being from 1990; so I'll go with that for now in the absence of better and more definitive information. There is PSA graded Frank Thomas that lists the years in a range from 1988-1992.

Pretty righteous bubble-blowing card, I think, and also featuring Strawberry in a classic Mets road uniform. There is nothing wrong with this card.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Darryl Strawberry: Topps Tribute Blue

This blue parallel Darryl Strawberry Topps Tribute card is SN'd 212 of 219. I do not like it as much as the previous one where the borders are all whited and ghostly.  However, what I do like about this card is the subtle nod to NYC in the SN... 212 is the area code there! Neat! I just realized this as I was writing the blog post up, so don't think it was anything other than a happy accident.

How do you feel about parallels? Either straight up color variations or "special" SN'd ones? Me, I know I buy them every once in a while and I'm sure I've received them (gratefully, by the way) as trades, but they just don't do much for me.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Darryl Strawberry: Topps Tribute

This is Darryl Strawberry's 2009 Topps Tribute card. I think it's a beaut. The really white borders remind me of 1998 Fleer which I liked a lot; it's just missing those red and blue stripes.

This is another one of those cards where Straw's pose is very reminiscent, to me, of Curtis Granderson's stance and swing.

The coloring on the back of the card is like parchment or papyrus, even, and I think is a really nice looking back.  In 1986 you'd have thought Strawberry's four World Series championships would have been a Mets Dynasty. Not the cross-town team.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Darryl Strawberry's 2010 Obak Mini

I blame Julie. She sent me the Obak regular card in early May or late April and so I had to go and get the Mini version so it could have some company.

This is the 2010 Tri-Star Obak card for Darryl Strawberry.  I don't know what Tri-Star is and I don't know what an Obak is either. It's cool, though.

But I'm not a fan really of cards with the logos and what not airbrushed out. But I do like this particular card.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Darryl Strawberry: 1989 Holsum Shafer Disc

For some strange reason I kind of really like these disc cards that were so popular in the late 1980s. I feel like they exist because of the success of other circular "cards" like the 7-11 coins and Topps coins.

They are mostly all the same I guess... I mean the same Strawberry image is on 1989 Holsum, Holsum Shafer's, King B, and Rainer Farms. So I wonder if it was more like a regional issue like all those 1987 disc cards seem to be? Am I wrong? Probably. Anyway, the Strabwerry image appears on the JJ Nissen Super Stars regular format baseball card as well! Only Tetley Tea disc, in 1989, used a different image.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018


You know and love Chronicles of Fuji ..., well, I sent Mark a card a while back and, well, he sent me back a solid envelope of John Kruk baseball cards with a Darryl Strawberry on top!

The John Kruk's: 1986 Topps Traded, 1991 Upper Deck, 1991 US PLaying Card (4 of Spades), 1992 Pinnacle, 1993 Donruss, 1993 Upper Deck, 1994 Stadium Club Dugout Dirt, and 1995 Finest.

The Strawberry was the radical 1991 Fleer Pro-Visions card.

Here is a photo of the haul:

That 1993 Donruss is a pretty sweet shot capturing the ball bare milliseconds before Kruk's glove was fully open to receive it.

Thank you Mark!  I hope to find something else in my wanderings!

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