Friday, January 31, 2020

John Kruk 1991 Topps Micro

If I could have a dollar for every time I've heard, "It's so small. It's so cute", I'd be rich.

Of course I'm talking about all the times I've shown off this John Kruk 1991 Topps Micro card. It's great to have at parties, dates, the gas station, customs and immigration. Try it.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

1993 Upper Deck Then and Now

By 1993 I was out of collecting, though I must have bought one pack that year because John Kruk, of the Phillies, was the cover guy, and I still have that wrapper in a scrapbook. I could sell it, it's probably worth a couple million.

How do you define nostalgia? Does a certain amount of time have to pass for something to be nostalgic? To pull your heart strings? For Upper Deck, it was a ten year period. They brought out a holographic Then and Now insert (as well as a 5th year anniversary of their inaugural 1989 set, which was only four years old at that time.... someone missed basic math in elementary school, I guess).

The 18 card insert features places from 1951-1983 who had had an impact on the sport. Some, like Howard Johnson, seem out of place though I recall him being really good for a few years at the time. I'm sure modern day stats will get him into the Hall of Fame, too.

Anyway, this long preamble is just to show off Darryl Strawberry's card.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

HOFer Derek Jeter

One area of my collection I want to build upon this year is the HOF project whereby I get the final Topps card of players in the Hall of Fame. Why? I've already said but since you probably don't remember, I think it's great to see the players career statistics on the card. I guess I should say their largely traditional stats to acknowledge the existence of other stats. Anyway, Topps doesn't always include the players final year, but that's ok.

I pre-emptively acquired Derek Jeter's final Topps card from 2015 because I figured he was a sure thing when it comes to HOF voting. I wanted to get it for .18 cents before the price went up to .19 cents.

This is probably one of the happiest baseball cards you could own. The things I like best about it are tied together: that he's in his home pinstripes and as such, at a game at Yankee Stadium.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

John Kruk 1990 Sportflics

So. I remember being really impressed with Sportflics back in the 1980s but by 1990 I was basically over it. What about you?

I never collected these cards after the first few years it was on the market, so this John Kruk card, a new acquisition, was very new to me. The picture on the back is wonderful.

I think he's eyeing someone's nachos.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1986 Big Apple Mets/Yankees

For Christmas my brother gave me this 1986 Big Apple Mets/Yankees set. He has no idea how or when he got it, and neither do I. Oh, wait. Actually, I do know. He gave it to me on Christmas. Duh.

The set features mostly awesome players at the time including a joint card of Dwight Gooden and Don Mattingly. They feature individually, too. The main allure of the set for me is, of course, Darryl Strawberry. He's the man. 

There are six Mets and 5 Yankees. Which is about right; and Mike Easler for me seems the weirdest guy included. I love him on the Pirates; his 1983 Topps card is one of my all time favorites --- along with Johnny Ray's. However, be that as it may. I'd've selected Dave Righetti. Why? 1986 was the only year Easler was on the Yankees and while he had an admirable year, Righetti was smokin' in relief for his team that finished second in the AL East. 

It's a solid set all things considered. Thanks brother!

Who would you have put in this little, special set?

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Friday, January 3, 2020

John Kruk 1989 cards

In my recent John Kruk buying binge, the first of its kind and likely not the last, I got these two needed 1989 cards. The first is his Donruss Baseball's Best card. 

A lot of these special sets and the like narrowed it down to 12 or 24 or 33 or 40 or so cards. Donruss wanted to be more inclusive by selecting 336 of the "Best" players. Were Chuck Crim or Gene Harris really the best? That's rhetorical.

If you were creating a Best subset, how may cards would you include?

The second likely needs to preamble. But in case you like words, it's Sportflics!

I got hosed because I was going to say how clever it was that Sportflics placed this card 8th in the set and how ironic it was considering that was his jersey number for the Padres until I realized this was card 184 in the set. Bastards.  That's just confusing.

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