Saturday, November 30, 2019

Does Chernobyl explain 1995 Fleer?

1988 Fleer is one of their best designs of all time. It's bright; and the red, white, and blue color scheme is as American as it gets. The ghosted fogginess at the top of the player image and just below the name/position/team name labels is a technique Topps would use, that same year, on it's Major League Leaders Mini  set, as well as team leaders in the base (full size) set. It's interesting to see what the hot technology trends looked like in any given year, or in successive years (Score's colorful sets I think influenced Topps 1990 design). That still doesn't really explain 1995 fucking Fleer. 

Nothing does. Maybe, actually, it was Chernobyl?  

I think it was. It is the only explanation.


Anyway, I like the design of the set, but many of the images are really boring. Steve Carlton was confounded.

This is the 1988 Fleer Glossy card for Kruk and I appreciate the very helpful help of several people on Twitter for helping me see the difference between it and the base card. I love the ball where it is as it captures a moment you see quite regularly in any given game.

I suppose Fleer Glossy is much like Topps Tiffany and that these both were kind of what lead us to where we are now with umpteen different color parallels.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

1992 Sports Card Price Guide

Another Darryl Strawberry card in a bizarre uniform (why do I bother collecting these?). This is from the 1992 Sports Card Price Guide. 


This set features 80 cards across baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. The checklist seems to be predominantly baseball, which is right because it's the best sport. Will Clark is card Number 1.

The card featured in the bottom right of the back is Darryl's 1990 Score card (#200).

I wonder if his card still accounts for 80% of the value of the 1983 Topps Traded set? On Trading Card DB, he is priced at $25.00. Tom Seaver's the next highest price at $1.70. Even Billy Martin's manager card is $1.35!

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

John Kruk!!!! cards

I recently went on a little binge of John Kruk cards. The majority of my collection has come from generous traders or gift givers. So buying cards hasn't been as much of a necessity. And I'm grateful for that.

But as I literally have sent off all my extra and unwanted cards to others.... trade packages have dried up. So the other day I bought 31 cards and this is the first post looking at them. We have four here.

The first is 1986 Sportflics Rookies. What is it that makes the Sportflics kind of "break", in that they don't really change images as well as they used to? Or, were they always this kind of clunky? The text on the back of Kruk's card is voluminous, but a good read nonetheless. He was called a "free spirit", which I love, and we were told he ate a pizza a day. Which kind of explains a lot.


This 1987 Donruss card is actually the variant with the back of the card being flipped. Our bible the Trading Card Database says that "Factory Set version: Back bottom matches with front left." Here he's using batting gloves...


And below he is not! Kruk can do it all... This is the base of John Kruk's 1987 Fleer. I needed it, having previously gotten the Glossy. That's going about things backwards, right?


And then the gloriousness of 1987 Topps. Made brighter by this being the Tiffany version. Scrumptious.


I wonder if anyone out there collects the cards that are referenced on the backs of cards? And then stores them side-by-side in a 9 pocket page? That would be a kind of a fun project. In this instance, the card next to Kruk would be 1968 Topps George Culver, #319.

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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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