Monday, March 9, 2020

Baseball Card Blog Influencer

Who doesn't want to be an "Influencer"? This is what I hope will be a "Blog Bat Around".

The other day I was thinking about "desert island" things. Records, books, beers, and even baseball cards: those things you'd want with you if you were stranded on a desert island. This "bat around" though is about the baseball cards I'd want with me on that island if I was stranded. This was in part a response to my tweet showing of a Ryne Sandberg card that has always been one of my favorites. I've never had such a great response to a tweet. So thank you all! And then Jason Carter read my mind and posted a tweet asking people to share the Five Cards They'd Keep. They don't have to be rare or expensive cards. In fact, it might be better if they aren't. There's probably a better story if it's a common card that elicits a superb memory.

First and foremost: Darryl Strawberry. I probably should have selected one or two different cards, but since 1987 has to be a card I have with me who better than my favorite player. His 1983 Topps Traded and 1984 Topps cards are near misses.

Next up is 1983's Ryne Sandberg. My second favorite player growing up and this 1983 Topps is a card I have and will always cherish. When I reunited a few years ago with my baseball card collection I was astonished to see how many Sandberg cards I had. I've given a lot of them away as there were things like 72 of his '88 Donruss card and I think I have about two of everything after 1984.

I had to pick this 1956 Roberto Clemente cards because it remains, as it was around 1985 or 1986 when I got it, the most expensive baseball card I ever bought ($80) and I wanted it so badly I spent all my money to get it.

I am putting this Ken Griffey Junior card on my Desert Island cards because it's probably the best card I've ever pulled out of a pack. Yes, it's better than that 1989 Bo Diaz card in the same set. (But just barely.)

That's 4.

Number five has to be special. I'm going with another old card: Ralph Kiner. This one a black and white card that is another one of my earliest purchases. When I'm on the desert island, it'll be nice to hava throwback to a time before there was color. I was a Pirates fan in 1979 when I first became aware of baseball. They were playing my then local hometown team the Orioles in the World Series and their hats just made me like them. I was five, shut up. They remained my favorite team through circa 1983 or 1984 when Darryl Strawberry came into my awareness as a 9-10 year old. (I liked strawberries (the fruit) a lot, so it was kind of easy to gravitate to him.)


Those are my five desert island cards (today---they could very easily change tomorrow!). What are yours? If you play, please include the url to your blog post or Twitter thread in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. 2 Pirates make the list? Awesome card selections

    1. Damn skippy. If I chose a modern day card it would have definitely been McCutchen from his Pirates days. Probably his 2018 Topps #200 (BASE: White Jersey) because the tip of the cap is a classy move.

  2. Nah, the Diaz is better.

    Mid '80s and the '56 Clemente was already 80 bucks! Sheesh, I've got almost no chance.

  3. Oh man... this is a great question. But it's already hurting my brain. I can think of two cards that truly stand out... but the rest would be a battle royale. I might try to give this a shot this weekend.

    1. Here's my BBA post...

  4. I don't think that I could narrow it down to just five cards, but I'm sure hoping that some other people will participate, because these kinds of posts are always fun to read.