Friday, July 31, 2020

John Kruk: 1989 Fleer Glossy

One of the more confused Faces of John Kruk. I always know he was on the Padres for a few years but yet somehow seem most to associate him with the Phillies. Which is probably normal.

Fleer Glossy (Flossy, if one is prone to portmanteau-ing) is, for me, one of the harder parallels to discern. Here is John Kruk's 1989 Fleer Glossy card. Don't you feel better for seeing it? 

Frankly these kinds of things are, well, kind of annoying. I prefer truly discernible differences in parallel sets. I daresay I even think color parallels are better. I'm biting my tongue. I'm mad at myself for feeling that way. I guess Fleer Glossy is supposed to be like Topps Tiffany? Maybe?

How'd the first week of baseball go for you? Are you happy about it? Frustrated? 

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  1. Yeah I think these were Fleer's answer to Tiffany.. But at least there were discernible differences between base and Tiffany. With these, it's just glossy or not..

  2. Always figured Fleer's response to Topps Tiffany was their tin glossy sets. I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference by looking at the card fronts... but the back is a dead giveaway with the blue tint and the Collector's Edition watermark.

  3. Yeah I appreciate the color swap on the back. I still don't understand the difference between Topps Traded and Topps Traded Tiffany. I suppose these made more sense back when the base paper was pretty cheap.

    Also, for whatever reason I've always been more of a spoonerism guy instead of a portmanteau guy.

  4. Portmanteau? Well, I guess I can go back to bed now that I've learned my one new thing for the day. I do like "Flossy"!
    Baseball is frustrating me... especially when hear about how the NBA & NHL don't have any testing issues. Yet, it came out yesterday the Marlins weren't following guidelines and later a couple of Cardinals tested positive.