Tuesday, November 19, 2019

1990 Team Mets Tropicana

Apparently Tropicana sponsored cards, too. This Darryl Strawberry is from 1990. It's the Team Mets Club issue featuring a checklist of nine players. Cone, Elster, Fernandez, Gooden, Jeffries, Johnson, Miller, Strawberry, and Viola.  It's an attractive card, I really like the orange and blue curvy border. 

This card was clearly cut from a sheet or some other product but I don't mind.

Not that orange juice is weird... But, what's the weirdest food product you can think of that issued baseball cards?

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Friday, November 15, 2019

1991 Classic I: Friendly Foes

This is a card I got back in September; part of a little spree to get mail to me at my new address. It's from the 1991 Classic set. It features former teammates Dwight Gooden (left wearing the Mets uniform) and Darryl Strawberry (right wearing some atrocious jersey with some heinous unintelligible word on it). I know the directions and descriptions I've listed are helpful. You're welcome.

In 1991, there was the Classic Game (200 cards) and then three additional series (numbered I [99 cards], II [100 cards], and III [100 cards]). Strawberry was in the Game, I, and II series.

Classic was a "game" apparently but I don't remember playing it. I don't remember how to play it. Do you?

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Custom Nick

Nick V (website) made some custom cards which highlights his remarkable talent and creativity. He sent me two from the batch that he made of my two PCs: John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry. Both in my wheelhouse; and both welcome additions. I have some hand drawn customs of both from Mark M, too. So I guess at this point I'm happily building a subset of customs. 

The first is a screen shot from a film called The Fan which starred Kruk along side some no name actors called Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes. I don't think I ever knew about the film, but how Kruk was snubbed the Best Actor in the Oscars that year is offensive, frankly.

Goodness is that man beautiful!

Next we get a very happy looking Darryl Strawberry. This card & design is so attractive I could scream.

The white outline around the head & shoulders shot in the bottom right corner is exquisite. It makes the card pop. This is simple, elegant, beautiful, and is pants down finer than most designs I've seen in recent years by the big card makers.

The card back is brilliant too as it shows complete career stats---which I really like. An absolute joy of a baseball card.

Thanks Nick!

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Two 1989 Baseball's Best Two

I got these two Broder-like cards a while ago but never pimped them on the blog. They are from 1989. They are unlicensed. There seems to have been a lot of unlicensed cards in this era. They look and feel rather cheap; and the information on the cards is minimalist. There is very little effort put into it, but perhaps I'm just spoiled by the hand-drawn and thoughtfully creative customs I've received of late?

Sometimes I really see Curtis Granderson in Strawberry and this card of him in the batting cage really kind of reminds me of the Grandyman.

Do you collect unlicensed cards? I go back and forth between coveting them and being angry at going after them (mostly because it seems I cannot get a handle on which ones I have, how many there are. They all look the freakin' same).

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Kindness of Night Owl

Several weeks ago, everyone's favorite nocturnal owl sent me the below two Darryl Strawberry items. Both are very awesome additions to my PC. 

The first is a 1992 Scholastic Sport Shots Collector's Book. Never knew this kind of thing existed? Did you? Other books included Barry Bonds, John Olerud, Roger Clemens, Cal Ripken, Jr., Don Mattingly, Nolan Ryan, Bobby Bonilla, and Ken Griffey, Jr., to name several. They did older, retired people too like Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson. Neat. They also made them for other sports. But, who cares about them?

Probably one of the few books I can safely say I read in less than one day. It's cute, too. At 44 pages it matches Strawberry's number for the Dodgers. I wonder if Ripken, Jr.'s, was only 8 pages?

The card Greg included was the base Stadium Club card for 2019. Another generous collector previously sent me the red parallel. But having the base was kind of something I really wanted. And, voila, Night Owl read my mind!

Thanks Night Owl!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

1989 Action Superstars

Contrary to the words on the back of the card, Darryl Strawberry does not look like much of an Action Superstar in this 1989 baseball bard. He's just hanging around with a stick and a donut.

They don't really make wrist sweatbands like that anymore! (Though I see Under Armour makes them.) Maybe I should say, they don't wear wrist sweatbands like that anymore. Which might account for all the batting glove adjustments that these guys make which adds minutes to games.

Rounded corner cards are good but they suck to crop.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Stands for Bull Signing...

At every home Phillies game this year, Greg "The Bull" Luzinski is there signing stuff for nothing. Though technically it's not for nothing since one has paid to get into the ball park. But he signs as much as you feel like putting in front of his face.

So I set out acquiring a lot of his 1971 to 1981 baseball cards with him in Phillies gear. In March 1981, after the 1980 World Series win,  Luzinski was "purchased" by the Chicago White Sox. As a White Sox is how I remember him since my interest in baseball and baseball cards bloomed around 1982-1984. After 1984, Luzinski was granted free agency from Chicago and was done with baseball. His 1985 Topps card is rather memorable as by then I was really big into collecting.

I got to a point where I decided to get the year issue for O-Pee-Chee and Topps and that's how they are presented below. A couple token representative cards are in there like the 1975 Topps Mini and 1976 Hostess. And the last three cards are the 1981 Donruss, Fleer, and Fleer Star Sticker. I did not attempt to get any of the other cards issued in this time period which I might regret one day and also none of the leader or other representations in cards, either.

I have a spot open for the 1974 O-Pee-Chee which I cannot find.


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Saturday, October 12, 2019

John Kruk for your Thoughts

Jon from the blog A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts sent me a PWE with a single John Kruk card. 

Way back in 2017, Topps did this "Rediscover Topps" stamp thing on their older cards. This one appears to be the bronze stamp. There is also gold, red, and blue. (There are 16 trillion inserts, but wade through the list here to find them. Or use CTRL+F for "rediscover".) Oh, there is silver, too.Anyway, there doesn't seem to be an official checklist available on TradingCard Database because I had to manually add Kruk and  his card number to the Bronze insert set. I guess they are kind of like frankensets? 

This is a great card, Kruk's first base issue with the Phillies. I had never seen one of these in person and don't have any of the Strawberry's that were issued.

Thanks Jon! (Jon is also on Twitter so check him out there, too).

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

3 Cards from Marc

Marc Brubaker sent me two stickers and a baseball card recently and he made my day in doing so. They are of... John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry.

This is Kruk from the 1989-1990 period because he's wearing number 11. (He then went to 19, to 28 and ultimately to 29).  This is his 1991 Panini sticker! Men and stickers! Who'd've thought we'd be so stoked about stickers?

Following that is Darryl Strawberry with the New York Mets. This is a very similar shot to Strawberry's 1988 Topps baseball card. Heck fire and broomsticks it might even be from the same at bat and game? But it's not as in the Topps card he's wearing a shin/foot guard.

Then we get a modern card: 2019 Stadium Club red foil. This is my second 2019 card for The Man. I'd pose like that, too, for whatever his salary was.

Marc! Thank you very, Strawberry much.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The end of the season

I'll get back to baseball cards with the next post, but this one will be about the end of the baseball season. 

This is the second time I've seen the final game of the baseball season. The first was a few years ago when Pittsburgh was relevant.  That was exciting because that weekend series meant something.

This game didn't really mean all that much and the attendance was abysmal. I sat in a different section (421) than was my normal seat as we were there with a group of people. The view was amazing as we could see not only 98.5% of the field (just a bit of the right field corner we couldn't see) but also the beautiful view of the city in the distance.

The crowd was not into the game and the Phillies didn't do much (how could they with what they have) and ended up losing the game. 

What a view! What a sky!


Bryce Harper on the follow-through after a single up the middle.

I went to 11 games this year. 10 at Citizens Bank Park and 1 at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the one game I saw at their home park against the Marlins. And the Phillies went 5-5 in the 10 games. So an exact replica of their 81-81 season.

I loved all the time at the games in the sun and breezes with the food and drinks and the time away from the house and life. Can't think of a better way I'd've spent all those Sundays than at the ballpark.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

OPC from Tom

Tom, aka Waiting Til Next Year, sent me a card in reciprocation for my sending him the Baez National Baseball Card Day card. A PWE for a PWE. A very comparable and mutually beneficial trade.

The card I got in return was one that Tom noticed wasn't on my list of Strawberry cards: 1991 O-Pee-Chee All-Stars Darryl Strawberry. Well, it is listed now!

Who's down with OPC? Yeah you know me!

It is my 816th unique Darryl Strawberry card. (Note I've received a few more since I drafted this post a few weeks back.)

The card is bright, fresh, stunning and bi!  Bi-lingual.

I know Tom is approaching a Sandberg milestone; The Lost Collector just did with his Tino Martinez collection. My collecting has dropped off this year but I'd like to make a push for 900 within six months. I think it's do-able I just have to probably go shopping since my trade stock is just about nil!

Thank you so very much, Tom!

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Friday, September 20, 2019

PK Custom Rookie Card and Patch

Mark M draws baseball cards. He also draws custom cards inspired by photographs, his mind, interactions, etc. He previously drew these cards, too. Talent through the roof and I mean that sincerely. I couldn't even trace very well.

He also draws custom patches as can be seen below with my custom PK logo replica patch card. Very lovely and very creative. I've never had a logo before! The "shhhhh!" is a nod to my training as a librarian/archivist. Took a whole graduate level course on "shhhhh!" (I got a C-).

On Bloomsday I was going through some older family photographs while building a special photobook/album for my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary and I posted a rather douch-y photo of me from an event in New York City last century in June 1991. You can see in the comments that Mark's evil podcast partner Andy egged him on to draw the PK rookie card.

The 1989 design is wonderful; as is the reference to the greatest stat no-longer tracked: the GW-RBI. The GW-RBI is the pre-WAR metric for a batter's contribution to his teams winning a game.

Mark thoughtfully sent some additional cards SN'd to 5 with his twitter handle on the back. I'll likely hold a contest where one of these, signed, will be the prize. Bet I get like 14,000 entries!

Thanks Mark!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Red Sox versus Phillies, Citizens Bank Park

To my surprise Rick Porcello looked decent yesterday in the game between the Red Sox and the Phillies. It was the second to last game I'll be going to this season. He was up against a largely anemic Phillies team and Jason Vargas, who really reached back to throw his 84 miles per hour fast ball. I wonder if that screws up a batters timing?

I must not have been paying too close attention because I didn't realize Christian Vasquez hit two home runs!

Why does J.D. Martinez have his whole name, "J. D. Martinez" on his jersey?

I was thrilled mostly not to have to see Jackie Bradley Jr. play. I'd've liked to have seen Betts, but he's in a quasi-down year. At least he seems less impactful and noticeable this year.

There is no better place to watch baseball than at the ball park. I've loved my Sunday package of games but have little intention of buying another package again next year. We'll go to a handful of games for sure, but this spring and summer we had less going on than we will next year.

Some photos!

I should have some baseball card blog posts soon as we're more and more settled in our new house. Plus in addition to envelopes from Marc B and Mark M, I did put an order in to Sportlots and those should trickle in over the next week or so.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Darryl Strawberry Limited Edition Set

I got this nice Barry Colla Collection box set of 12 cards a long time ago, in September of 2016. And I realized recently that I never showed it on the blog. Maybe your lives were collectively better off? Well, sorry. Not really.

This set was issued 15,000 and mine is 9,702. It came in a nice small box.

The best thing about it is, obviously, that it's Darryl Strawberry. The worst thing is the heinous uniform he's wearing.

After his first season which was decent--he was an All-Star and was voted 9th in the MVP award--Strawberry's tenure with the Dodgers wasn't as good as perhaps anyone wanted it to be. It was marred by injury and substance abuse.

Based on your own collections and team interests, who are some notable big free agency signings that did not quite pan out ? Two big, notable, and recent ones I can think of are Carl Crawford (Red Sox) and Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees).

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