Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HSCA Santa Claused me

I partook in Jon's Secret Santa this year who had taken over for Matt of Bob Walk the Plank's previous helm.  My gift was sent to Rekindling The Cardboard Flame, and I went' effing all out on that one! Well, Brian of Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary had me and he floored me with his kindness, generosity, and attention to my wants/needs.

First up were the two Christmas-themed cards.

Let's move on, now, to some John Kruk. First up is his 1984 Cramer Las Vegas Stars rookie card. This is one I was literally going to go after in 2019. It's absolutely amazing and is my first minor league card of a PC (either Strawberry or Kruk) that I have and now I really feel like I need more.

Can't go wrong with a Sports Illustrated for Kids card.  Love the photograph of the bat on the ball logo.

I love these Members Only Stadium Club cards. Wondering what's in his back pocket? Dip?

And now for some Strawberry's! This is the  1990 Donruss Grand Slammer Green border. #Awesome.

And then a black-ink of the 1991 Starting Lineup card. I love this post swing "watching the bomb" photograph. Photos like this bring me back to those games I got to watch in person of Strawberry playing or from seeing him on TV. The head-shot looks like a much younger Strawberry.

This promo card card drove me nuts for a few days and I tried to find more. There seem to have been about five promo cards make for the 1992 Silver Star Baseball Holograms: Strawberry, Will Clark, Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr., and Roger Clemens.

Another card that sent me into a spiral of lost productivity at work. A 2008 St. Paul Saints card. There seem to have been 32 that were released. Most of them of players, but this one and one of Bill Murray show non-team guys.  Wonderful!

Well, the above would have been more than sufficient to WOW me in this Secret Santa exchange but Brian went above and beyond by including some delicious Hall of Famers in the package. So, we have here a 1973 Topps Joe Morgan which has rendered me speechless.

And then a 1979 card of the great, late Willie McCovey. I have McCovey's 1978 card, too. So this is a nice additional card for the collection. Some players just simply exude cool, awesome, and class. That's what I think of when I see Willie McCovey who, though he played for more than the Giants is for me one of the all-time faces of the franchise.

Brian! You are incredible. Thank you so very much. Sincerely.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. That Kruk Stars card is really cool

  2. It's possible that there's a Strawberry St Paul Saints card out there from the brief stint he played for the team. The records of their team sets are spotty because they didn't use the major card production companies. Some years they didn't print very many or any sets at all...

  3. That Saints single is awesome. Talk about an obscure Straw card!

  4. That Kruk Vegas Card is a keeper

  5. It's so weird to see a thin John Kruk, cool card though!

  6. I love the early SI for Kids cards. And that Kruk minor league card is sweet! He's actually skinny ;)

  7. skinny little Kruk. I like the SI best with the bat on logo. Intentional or wonderful coincidence?