Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Darryl Strawberry: 1990 Wonder Bread Stars

Well, the airbrushed hat is lamentable, but is that ever a nice fresh smile on Strawberry's face. While I won't touch it now unless it's the only option, I grew up on Wonder Bread. So I like having this card. I honestly don't know if I knew of this card back in the heyday of collecting as a teenager.

I love the Wonder Bread logo, too. It's fun.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Darryl Strawberry: 2018 Topps Baseball All-Stars

Another 2018 Topps issue, this in their classic All-Star design. While I typically like seeing new Strawberry cards in the old, classic designs, this one isn't a particular favorite by any means. It's ok. But it's weird to me that the card is the 1983 design--a year for which he was not an all-star--but talking, on the back, about the 1985 All-Star game.

It's annoying, too, that when you Google image 1983 Topps All-Star baseball cards the top returns are from this issue and not the original.  George Brett looks baffled in both his original 1983 version and the 35th anniversary one.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Krukking with Carl

The other week Carl (Twitter) DM'd me to say he found a John Kruk card that was missing from my collection. Which is great, because at my age sometimes a surprise mail day makes my heart skip a beat: which is dangerous.

The card is John Kruk's 1993 Score Select State National League leaders card for batting average. In 1992, Kruk finished tied for third with Bip Roberts behind Gary Sheffield and Andy Van Slyke. 

A very welcome addition to my collection. My 170th unique Kruk card.

Thanks Carl!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

1981 Topps Ozzie Smith

A while back I was ordering cards from The Battersbox and decided to spend another dollar or so to make the order be a round number, or something. This Ozzie Smith Topps card from 1981 was the bonus card and filled in a year missing from my project to have one Topps card from every year and even better if the representative card is a Hall of Famer.

I have the whole 1981 Topps set, but I wanted a separate card for my little sub-collection. And for that matter I have all complete sets for the whole of the 1980s but haven't gotten around to acquiring separate cards for this collection for 1983-1990. I'll work on that... But enough rambling: here's the card.

1981 Topps Ozzie Smith

I'm trying very hard to limit the tangential directions that my collection goes. I have the Strawberry and Kruk PC and this one. I'm working another little project that should be completed pretty soon.

How many mini collections do you think is average? How many do you have? 

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

eBay Code: John Kruk edition

With the eBay code I blogged about last week I decided to go a little fancy with my John Kruk cards. It was $5 off an order of $10 and so I splurged and got this 1984 Cramer Las Vegas Stars card for a shade over $3. I have now both cards from this set issue and I'm stoked about it.

Then we get this beautiful 1987 Topps Toys 'R Us Rookies card which I know I had in the set back in the day. Those small 30ish-40ish card sets were a lot of fun to find and collect back in the day. Fairly certain this was taken the same day as was Kruk's 1986 Topps Traded card. You think so too?

Frankly the only thing sexier than John Kruk is a silhouette of John Kruk.

Found this 2017 Trader Jack McKeon Box set card randomly and thought, "I kind of like this". So I snagged it. It's a 58 card set that seems to feature Padre greats.  If Kruk were absent it would likely have been described as "guys that played for San Diego" such as the 3G's: Garvey, Gossage, and Gwynn. I'm glad to have two images of Kruk as opposed to some card backs that just feature the SD logo. These cards were given to people who bought a special ticket package back in 2017.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

eBay code: Darryl Strawberry edition

A short while back I had a eBay code for $5 off an order of $10 and so I went out and got some baseball cards. This is the Darryl Strawberry card I got. It's the 2019 Silver Pack 1984 Topps Baseball Chrome.

Not totally a fan of these Chrome Silver Pack thingies but then I guess I'm something of a hypocrite for buying it? I figured for $1 or $2--whatever it was--it was worth it to see it in person. The back is as bright and crisp as the old Tiffany cards, and I like seeing an alternate looking card for players who were issued a card in an historic set. I would almost prefer that these cards were printed on older gray stock. I wonder which is more expensive to produce?

I also got some John Kruk cards, but that's for another post.

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