Friday, February 28, 2020

John Kruk 1994

To brighten up your Friday, here are some 1994 John Kruk cards I got a while back but never showed off. 

First up is Kruk's "Blinded by the light" Bowman card. We have pictured a goatee and clean shaven. In the card back: seriously: how do you get hair like that. 

Now we get the 1994 Fleer Sunoco card.  We have here bearded and goatee'd.

And last but not least, is Topps Gold.

You know the funniest thing is that we're all nostalgic for those powder blue and maroon Phillies uniforms from the 70s and 80s. But the red Phillies logo with stars dotting the i's and the pinstripes have been around for the majority of my life, and possibly yours, but they still don't look quite right. Do you know what I mean? Funny? Well, maybe not literally. But it's just weird that I cannot accept it.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

1985 All-Star Game Program Insert

The old mid-80s All-Star game insert "cards". This is a tiny thing, possibly bigger than Topps Micro. I'll have to compare then.

Do you collect these for your PCs of players or Team sets? I have the 1984 and 1986 Strawberry one, too. They seemed to be a thing from 1981 to 1986 (per searching Trading Card Database). So, it's nice to have all three Darryl Strawberry appearances in this "oddball" "set".

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A couple of comments lead me to take this photograph which I hope illustrates the size of this card. they are:

Topps Micro, All-Star Insert, Topps Mini Leaders, Donruss standard baseball card.

Friday, February 21, 2020

John Kruk 1993 pt 2

Wait, there is more 1993 John Kruk goodness? This follows last Friday's first batch of some newer 1993 Kruk cards in my PC. I'm spoiling you. You do deserve it.

I went on a big spree to fill in some gaps in my Kruk collection at the end of 2019. My own trade bait for cards is dry... I mean it's non-existent. So in order to get cards I've reverted to buying them, which is fine as I think it's fun.

Here are Pinnacle, Score Select (OBP leaders), and Upper Deck Fun Pack.

Oh did he have that ball squared up. Bet it was a sharp single to the right fielder past a diving second baseman. 

Kruk was always just behind Bonds. Here, finishing second in OBP in 1992, while previously finishing just behind him in the 1986 Rookie of the Year voting

Baseball was so easy for Kruk he often played on his knees to psych out the other teams.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

1991 More Little Big Leaguers

Everyone's favorite Reds collector Jason (Writer's Journey Blog and Twitter) sent me a kind greeting card the other day. In the card were two 1991 baseball cards of the two players that I PC: John Kruk and Darryl Strawberry. They were from a series called Little Big Leaguers! 

Here is Young Kruk:

At first I was confused by Kruk's being called an "Outfielder" but a quick look at his 1991 stats shows he played more games in the outfield (87) games than at first base (61). OK, so far enough. We learn something new, potentially, every day. And his being on the Giants clearly foreshadowed his role in the film The Fan. (Hat-tip to Nick Vossbrink for his custom card.)

And now for Strawberry:

Oh, Darryl. Thou doth not look very happy in this photograph. I'm frankly not feeling the "love" of anything in this photo....

Except that I do love the card. Jason,  you hooked me up with two great baseball cards and I really appreciate it. Thank you so much!

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Friday, February 14, 2020

John Kruk 1993

Here are three terrifically attractive John Kruk cards from 1993. Another Bookmark card to accompany my Darryl Strawberry one

John does not look very pleased in his mugshot on the card back.

The next two are both Fleer Oddballs. I think everyone knows Fruit of the Loom as a brand. They put out a 66-card set. But the other one, pictured on top, is Atlantic Collector's Edition (25 card set).

I have no idea what Atlantic was. Do you? What I like in particular is that they are all connected with Fleer's flagship design but that the Atlantic one features different photographs on the front and back. Fruit of the Loom and/or Fleer pulled a Topps and got lazy, I guess, and reused the same photos.

I wonder why they squeezed that "of" in there for the numbers and didn't just go with a / (12/25) or 33/66)... unless that's a serial number convention? Would it have been so back then?

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

1993 Diamond Marks Bookmarkers

Bookmarks. Get your Bookmarks!

I use older, common 1980s and 1990s era baseball cards for bookmarks all the time. Currently a 1989 Topps checklist is in one book. And though extremely rare, another book has a 1987 rookie John Kruk card.

But in 1993, someone actually did put out actual bookmark baseball cards! This 120 card set measures in at 2.5 by 5 inches. That reminds me of something else...

Anyway, I have the Strawberry one, pictured above. It's 1993 Diamond Marks Bookmarkers.  They are fun and appear to have been produced by Barry Colla. Do you have any? Do you use common, dupes as bookmarks? Do you read books* at all?

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*real books, printed on paper.

Friday, February 7, 2020

John Kruk 1992

Topps Kids had to have been hokey in 1992 and I think perhaps it hasn't aged very well, either. What do you think about it? 

On the card back, "Bootnose" is the best nickname presented; the other two are staid. But I'm sure they probably aren't allowed to print half the nicknames these guys actually have.... Do you know of any inappropriate nicknames for players?

In its fourth year of printing cards, Upper Deck produced this solid, 26 card Homerun Heroes insert set. With 21 long balls, 1991 was Kruk's most prolific home run hitting season in the bigs, topping his previous high of 20 from 1987. It would also remain his career high, too. It's weird to think that at this point in his career he was well beyond the midpoint, with just a few years left.

I really didn't know how to orient this card back and so went the way I did so you could read the text on the back.

Anyway, one thing to remember about this Upper Deck insert set is that there were only 26 teams back then, and they selected one player from each team. Kruk was not known for his home run prowess. However, he lead that team that year, hitting three more than Dale Murphy who finished with 18. He was probably their best player that year, even stealing 7 bases and not getting caught once. (Murphy and Daulton also stole bases that year without getting caught. Mad speed.)  Todd Zeile was the Cardinals representative in the set. He lead his team with 11 home runs. A weak team, but holy moly look at their stolen base numbers! 9 players with double-digit steals!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

1993 SCD Sports Card Pocket Price Guide

The answer to the question on the back of the card, "What jersey # did Darryl wear in New York?" should be common knowledge. If you don't know it's 18 then you can bugger off.

This card is pretty fantastic even though the back is wickedly miscut. I'm ok with that even though ideally it would be perfect. The colors on the front of the card baffle me, though they do stand out. It makes me want veggie hotdogs. 

SCD Sports Card Pocket Price Guide issued a 104 card set in 1993. It had baseball as well as other "sports": football, basketball, and hockey. But who cares about those? I think they must've chosen this write up on the back to intentionally link it to Strawberry's jersey number in Los Angeles (44). And this is another example of "What if" with that price for his 1983 Topps Traded card. And that's down $10 from the previous year...

Do you put ketchup and mustard on your veggie hotdog, too?

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