Tuesday, December 31, 2019

1992-1993 Cartwrights Aces

Uh. Normally Aces are pitchers. But Cartwrights 1992-1993 Aces card didn't seem to take that into consideration.

The set features just twelve cards. And they got it right by having Darryl Strawberry be Card No 1. He's clearly the best of the lot: Nolan Ryan, Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey, Jr., Tom Glavine, Cal Ripken, Jr., Roger Clemens, Ryan Sandberg, Tony Gwynn, Kirby Puckett, Mark McGwire, and Deion Sanders.

Er. Actually, looking at all those Hall of Famers he's probably only better than Sanders and McGwire. Clemens should be in.

I'm not entirely sure what Cartwrights was. I'm not entirely sure I even care. This is a wonderful card. Google seems to insist it's a department store in a Hallmark movie.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

2019 Topps 1984 Topps All-Stars

This is another one of my 2019 Darryl Strawberry card acquisitions. It's the 2019 Topps 1984 Topps All-Stars.  I've said many times before that I don't always like seeing modern players on old card designs, but contradictory (kind of) I don't mind seeing different images of player that did have historical cards. 

The thing I like about this card is almost everything. I don't know if this picture was from 1984, doesn't look like it. But it would have been really neat if it was. The 1984 set of course featured 1983 All-Stars so even though DS made the team that summer, he didn't have a card for his efforts.

But Topps over did it. As usual. I thought that they were issuing sleek looking new cards of all the players that played in the 1984 summer classic, but, silly me... One look at the checklist will show you that there are fewer actual 1984 All-Stars (starters, pitchers, reserves) than other players.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

John Kruk 1988 Score Young Superstars and Sportflics

John Kruk was included as a "Young Superstar" on this 1988 Score card. Not all the guys on this checklist went on to have super careers, but it's always interesting to see card companies attempt to prospect, be they Young Superstars, Rated Rookies, or Future Stars.

The card back image looks remarkably like that on the 1988 Sportflics card below and I'm curious if it was from the same game & photographer. I think this is from ye olde Jack Murphy Stadium.

The 1988 Sportflics card is a bit trippy with all the "images" somewhat visible. These cards, both of them, continue to "free" spirit and swing narrative that accompanied Kruk in his first years in the bigs.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2019 Topps Series 2 SP "Legend"

2019 was a strange year for me; I moved after 20 years in Massachusetts and lived most of it with my in-laws. And their terrible dogs. I drank a lot. But happily now I'm in my own house which is great. 

I bought very few packs of baseball cards, and spent some of that disposable cash in a package of tickets to go to every Phillies home game. It was great until Segura got McCutchen hurt. The rest of the season was lost. My only non-Phillies game was at Nationals Park and it's been scientifically proven that my attendance that swelteringly hot July 4th day that my attendance led to their winning the World Series. 

I'm not sure if there are any "Card of the Year" contests out there, but that doesn't mean that we can't all have a card that we favor! I have just give 2019 cards and my favorite is this Legend card from Topps, Series 2. It's a short print card and I think it's pretty amazing. 

So... I've shown you mine. Now you show me yours. (By "yours" I mean your favorite card of the year.) Do a blog post and link here in the comments!

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Friday, December 13, 2019

2 1988 John Kruk Fleer cards

By 1988 when these two John Kruk cards were produced, Fleer was in it pretty thick with small, supplementary sets for collectors.

They had Star Stickers, All-Stars, Headliners, as well as wax box bottoms. Oh, and

Fleer Award Winners
Fleer Baseball All-Stars
Fleer Baseball MVP's
Fleer Baseball's Best Sluggers vs Pitchers
Fleer Exciting Stars
Fleer Hottest Stars
Fleer Kay Bee Team Leaders
Fleer League Leaders
Fleer Mini
Fleer Record Setters
Fleer SuperStars

Ridiculous. But at least there was Topps, Donruss, Sportflics, Classic,  and Score that year, too, to give some diversity. Topps out-producers all these sets, in a current year, by mid-February. And I thought monopolies were supposed to be illegal or something?

Here we have 1988 Fleer Star Stickers and Fleer Superstars for Kruk. 

I bet they don't make cleats like that any longer.

Check out that physique.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Ohohoh oh oh... Hangin' Tuff

So. Another Darryl Strawberry as a Dodgers. I don't know how many more of these I have to show off from a relatively recent spree. But there are a couple. If you can't beat 'em, for God's sake don't join 'em. Thank goodness there are some Mets cards in this batch.

But this is the the 1991 Tuff Stuff magazine card for Darryl Dynamic. It came in the October 1991 issue of the magazine in which he was also the cover dude.  

Pretty basic card front design. The back has standard vitals and information. Straw definitely filled out in eight years in the bigs.

Darryl's rookie year was far more impressive than the most recent ROY to don a Mets uniform.

Look at that leg kick.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

It's Friday I'm in Kruk

This is the 1988 Fleer mini John Kruk card. What I love about this card and set is that it features different images than on the base set. Yet has the same bright, beautiful reds, whites, and blues.

It is not commonly know, but the Cure's original title for their 1992 song "Friday I'm in Love" was "Friday I'm in Kruk". They first met Kruk in Philadelphia in on Thursday September 21, 1989 when they played a concert at the old Spectrum. Kruk and the Phillies were playing a day game in Chicago against the Cubs. He went 0-4 in part because he had tickets for the concert. He flew to see them play, which impressed Robert Smith. They hung out into the wee hours of the morning (Friday morning), and then Kruk later flew to St. Louis for the weekend series. This is true because Kruk wasn't in the lineup (as punishment) on the Friday game. Smith wrote "Friday I'm in Kruk" the next day on the bus up to Mansfield, Mass.

I've worked with the famous Kruk-Cure archive and found the original lyrics:

I don't care if Kruk gets fat
It might help him when at bat
What do you all think of that
It's Friday I'm in Kruk.

Monday you can travel far
By bus or train or even car
I'll be waiting in the bar
It's Friday I'm in Kruk.

Just a sec, wait
John is stepping up to the plate
And John Kruk never hesitate...

And so on...

All of this is true.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

1991 Sports Educational

By 1991 when this Darryl Strawberry card was issued, he had left the right coast to go to the wrong coast. His uniform is lacking a certain something -- a certain je ne sais orange, as the French might say. I'm on a Darryl-as-Dodgers binge at the moment which is unhealthy.

This is his "Sports Educational" card. His what?

According to this Amazon.com description <accessed 2 December 2019>, it "Includes 2 pages of Baseball trading cards. This workbook takes the child through the experience of owning and building a major league baseball franchise."

The magazine also has cards from other sports but who cares about those? Baseball was first. Followed by football and hockey. It rightly didn't count basketball as a sport.

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