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.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I remember the Sportflics as always being kind of clunky, but it would be interesting to find out if anyone else remembers differently.

    1. Yeah, I think I remember them being clunky back then, too. But they seem "slower" now.

  2. Lol. A pizza a day... definitely explains a lot.