Friday, March 13, 2020

John Kruk 1995

This is John Kruk's 1995 Ultra (by Fleer) card. Believe it or not I got it in November last year.  

By the time this card was issued, Kruk was a free agent, but he later took his awesomeness to Chicago (AL)---signing for $1,000,000 on May 18, 1995---for the last year of his career. It's a shame he couldn't have finished things out in Philly. He played in 45 games, the last of which was on July 30th. (He went 1-1 with a single as the DH and was pinch hit for by Frank Thomas.) He then retired. I like, a lot, some of his stats. Career games: 1200. Career home runs: 100. Career Batting Average: .300. Solid. 

In 1994 Kruk played in just 75 games for the Phillies. He had four stolen bases and a .302 average.  1994 broke his streak of three consecutive All-Star games. 

Not sure how I feel about the card back photo of him wearing glasses. They just look weird. The vital stats are kind of hidden by his head and left shoulders. The inset color photograph is weird. The color of the back of the card also interferes with the clarity of reading the stats. Even the blue is too close to the gray. On the whole, Ultra let me down. 


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6 comments:

  1. Not the best year for Ultra. It's hard to visualize Krukster stealing bases.

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  2. I would've thought he'd of finished with more home run's than that?

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    1. Me too. But I guess he was more of a doubles and singles guy.

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  3. Agree with Julie. This isn't the greatest Ultra design. But it's pretty cool that Kruk singled in his final MLB at-bat.

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    1. I was happy to learn that detail. Much better to go out that way.

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