Friday, March 29, 2019

Darryl Strawberry: 1989 Topps Tiffany Team Card

I tried, a while ago, to get all the Topps Tiffany cards featuring Darryl Strawberry. I thought I had them all but I was, as usual, wrong. Why? Because I forgot about the team leaders cards. I haven't even really ever tried to find any Strawberry cards where he appears in the photograph of some one else's card. Do you know of any? I don't.

This card is just sweet. I do like the brightness of the card back. Just looks fresh; and the baseball background on the card number and Topps logo gives me the best feeling.



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Thursday, March 28, 2019

We're Talkin' Fantasy Baseball

Verlander Arenado
Talkin' baseball
The kiiiiiid and Joey Votto...

So on Twitter, Jeremy T suggested that the regular people that submit #Bleechertweets to Buster Olney and Josh Macri's daily BBTN Podcast form a Fantasy Baseball league and he got 12 people to sign up. We drafted the other day and somehow I fell into the number 1 pick. It was a snake draft so I went first in first round, last in the second round, first in the third round, etc. etc.

So with my first pick I predictably picked Mike Trout. I am wondering if he was picked first in every single league? I almost picked Nolan Arenado. But decided to go with Trout.

Here is my line up:

C: Gary Sanchez
1B: Paul Goldschmidt
2B: Daniel Murphy
3B: Matt Chapman
SS: Marwin Gonzalez
2B/SS: Brian Dozier
1B/3B: Luke Voit
OF: Mike Trout
OF: Rhys Hoskins
OF: Andrew McCutchen
OF: Brandon Nimmo
OF: Michael A. Taylor
UTIL: Andrelton Simmons

Bench:
C: Jorge Alfaro
3B: Maikel Franco
2B: DJ LeMahieu

Pitchers:
Patrick Corbin
Miles Mikolas
Jake Arrieta
J.A. Happ
Steven Matz
Joey Lucchesi
Ross Stripling
Adam Ottavino
Sean Newcomb

How did I do? I'm going to try very hard to get rid of the Yankees--and most particularly and urgently the Dodgers--just on general principle. I'm confident Steven Matz's arm will fall of by his second or third start of the year. Matt Chapman's going to come back down to earth. And I'll end up finishing 15th out of the 12 "teams".

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

2019 Major League Baseball Predictions!

Here are my predictions for the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

NL EAST
Atlanta
Philadelphia
Washington
New York
Miami

NL CENTRAL
Milwaukee
St. Louis
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
Chicago

NL WEST
Colorado
Los Angeles
Arizona
San Francisco
San Diego

AL EAST
New York
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Baltimore

AL CENTRAL
Cleveland
Minnesota
Chicago
Detroit
Kansas City

AL WEST
Houston
Los Angeles
Oakland
Seattle
Texas

I'll do my postseason predictions and other stuff like awards later.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Bonus Amazing John Kruk Baseball Card

Carl (Twitter) sent me another John Kruk card and this one may actually just take the cake. This is Kruk's 1994 Select card and it's quite incredible. In fact, there aren't many other words for it so I'll shut up....


Thanks Carl. You're amazing!


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Friday, March 22, 2019

1982 Topps Rod Carew

Anytime you can have a Rod Carew card in your collection you have to have one. This is a spare as I have one in my 1982 set. And so it was awesome to include him in my HOF collection. He retired after the 1985 season but in a seemingly quasi-rare occurrence, Carew was issued a 1986 Topps card which means I may have to go out and get one of those, too, to have his complete stats. I'll trade someone this card for it. Anyone? Anyone?

Carew was elected into the HOF on his first ballot, 1991. Got a solid percentage of the vote with 90.5%. He went in that year with Fergie Jenkins and Gaylord Perry. Not a bad Hall class. 


What team do you think of when you think of Rod Carew: Twins or Angels?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9 for 9

Carl (Twitter) sent me 9 John Kruk's the other week and he went 9 for 9 in his packet that brought me to a respectable 150 unique John Kruk baseball cards. This level of detail on his part is truly awesome and I am so grateful. Here are the cards listed followed by some images!

1987 Fleer Glossy, Card #420
1989 Fleer Update, Card #U-109
1993 Flair, Card #105
1994 Collector's Choice Silver Signature, Card #168
1994 Donruss Special Edition Gold, Card #7
1994 Fleer, Card #594
1994 Fleer All-Stars, Card #44
1994 Leaf, Card #347
1994 Upper Deck Home Field Advantage, Card #276

Glossy goodness on this 1987 Fleer card.

Pinstripes on the 1989 Fleer design is a nice touch. And the theme is picked up two cards below, too.

The hint of mullet on the superimposed on the card front is enticing. And on the back, I think Kruk is pretending to be a beaver or chipmunk or something?

Classic Collector's Choice Kruk Crotch-Shot embellished with a silver signature.  The 1989 Fleer pinstripes appear here, too.

Maybe that ball is a big high?

The 1994 Fleer front of the card is an all-time ugly, unflattering photograph.

This is another unflattering card front image; I totally love the All-Star "patch", if you will, from the summer classic in Baltimore that year.

Love the back of the Leaf card below with the ticket stub with vital stats and the image of the stadium. A lot of stuff going on but nice. Just wish there were more stats but I don't see how they could have done that.


OMG Carl, Thank You!

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Friday, March 15, 2019

1980 Topps Robin Yount

Robin Yount. Man was he exciting to watch. And I only got the odd game here and there growing up if they were on a nationally television broadcast or perhaps playing the Orioles, which the Brewers did back then because they were in the right league. 



I like the 1980 Topps design, though I know some don't. Through six years, the card back says, Yount had already hit more triples than anyone else in the history of the Brewers! And just think, in the age of wicked speedsters Vince Coleman and Rickey Henderson, Yount tied for lead the AL majors in triples in 1988 (only Andy Van Slyke of the NL Pirates had more with 15)! He still leader the Brewers with 126 career triples and Ryan Braun is the closest active player with 46. Yount's record is safe.

And who doesn't marvel at his 11 GW-RBI's from 1978. That along probably got him into the Hall of Fame.

This is a card that has been languishing in my collection for a long time and I was able to move it from the one area into my HOF collection. Though it isn't his last card with a full range of stats... which is the area I think I might really develop that subset of my collection. Might have to invest in that one sometime unless someone has an extra 1994 Topps card hanging around that they'd like to send me? "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

Yount was a first ballot HOF winner with 77.5% of the BBWAA vote. Is that just squeaking in, do you think?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

HeavyJ's Strawberry's and more

My Twitter friend Heavyj28 sent me some baseball cards. I bought some vintage cards off him back last year and posted about it in January. I'm thrilled to get more cards from him and need to look into a return package sometime soon.

I was able to get mostly straight scanning ... so here are all the cards. Looks like the back of Rollie Fingers might be leaning up a bit. I'm hardly perfect and this is further evidence of that. But, the cards are perfect. Thanks!

Here we have:

1986 Darryl Strawberry New York Mets Super Fan Club, Card #8
1992 Darryl Strawberry Jimmy Dean, Card #9
1977 Bert Blyleven, Card #630
1977 Rollie Fingers, Card #523
1967 Ron Fairly, Card #94
1991 Frank Thomas, Card #79

The Strawberry's fill in that collection. The Blyleven, Fingers, and Thomas will add to my cards of Hall of Famers; and the Fairly card is a really nice sample of 1967 Topps. It's well centered, with surprisingly square, almost sharp corners, and good coloring. Little dinks here and there; and I can only hope I look this good at 52 years old when and if I hit it in about 7-8 years. Fairly had a fairly long career (21 years) and played for six teams & I think it's fairly safe to say I never heard of him before.

Thanks HeavyJ28!!!!!

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Friday, March 8, 2019

1975 Bob Gibson

Fearsome pitcher Bob "No Relation to Debbie" Gibson retired after the 1975 season in which he was an abysmal 3-10 with a career second-worst ERA of 5.04. But, that did not prevent him from being elected into the Hall of Fame in 1981 by the BBWAA. 

This baseball card would not have received any Hall of Fame votes for the back of it; but for $1.00... It'll suffice for now. I bought it on eBay and scans of the back were not shown. This should have been a warning; but I was really attracted by the front of the card because it was one of the more centered copies available. If you can call this card centered. I find a lot of 1975 Topps cards are miscut. 

Gibson was one of those rare players--rare for these days--who stayed with one team his whole career. I frankly love this and it could even be developed into a collecting focus -- players who played  a minimum of __ number of years for the same team. Brooks Robinson, Gibson, Cal Ripken, and Jeter & Rivera all come to mind among the increasing few and proud.


What do you think? Should I just upgrade this card?

If you are interested in stats and Cardinals starting, consider giving the Baseball Beyond Batting Average podcast a listen as they discuss historical St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers in their 41st episode. Bob Gibson gets some air time as you might image, as well as many others like John Tudor. One pitcher not discussed was his cousin John Tudor Mellencamp.



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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wes is Moore

Wes sent me some cards too. A lot of us were beneficiaries of his insane box breaks from late last year. Mine were delayed in getting to me because of my move but I did get them. Wahoo.

Four cards. At least one more is on the way, too. So, that's a good thing.


Here is a 1986 Topps Traded John Kruk X-RC.

Here is a Darryl Strawberry 1984 Topps rookie card. Yes please.

And then we have a John Kruk 1993 Donruss 90's Dominators Batting Average. Pretty neat card.

And lastly we have a John Kruk 1988 O-Pee-Chee. I'm not sure if this is always the case, but in 1988, O-Pee-Chee has a different ordering of cards from the Topps set. Kruk's 1988 Topps card was number 596 and the Canadian counterpart was 32.

I love getting rookies. I love getting O-Pee-Chees! Do you like getting O-Pee-Chees??

Thanks Wes!

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Friday, March 1, 2019

1974 Topps Johnny Bench

1974 Topps Johnny Bench! What a nice card. I got this in my childhood collecting years and kept it all this time and it's a nice vintage card of  a Hall of Famer. To boot, it's from my birth year, too, so it's an added reason to love it.

Bench's last year was 1983 and in 1989 he was elected into the Hall of Fame with 96.4% of the vote. He went in via the BBWAA vote with Carl Yastrzemski who was just off him with 94.6% of the vote. It was both players' first time on the ballot. That year, too, the Veterans committed voted in two players: Al Barlick and Red Schoendienst.

The back of the card is rife with information. Stats, factoids, accolades, full name, facsimile signature, and cartoon!


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