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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