Friday, October 30, 2020

Darryl Strawberry: 1993 Topps Micro

Continuing this recent foray into 1993 Topps cards, this is the micro version. It's so tiny. It's so cute. If I could have a dollar for every time I've heard that I'd be able to afford a 1956 Jackie Robinson PSA 10!

Micro is, for me, dumb. But, I needed the card so I had to buy it. Does this make me a hypocrite? I hope not. How do you feel about micro? I really liked the mini-leaders cards Topps issued (and Fleer's mini, too, I guess). But these micro cards ...  

All I can say is thank goodness they didn't do the Marlins and Rockies inaugural micro sets! 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Darryl Strawberry: 1993 Topps Inaugural Rockies

And, this is the Colorado Rockies version of the 1993 Topps card. You will undoubtedly remember I showed off the Marlins version previously. The Marlins have, of course, a more illustrious history than the Rockies, but strangely the Rockies I suspect have had a better experience and fan base and are, therefore, more successful. Let's see how it plays out with their all-time records: 

The Marlins are, all time, 2021-2343, .463 W-L%. And the Rockies are 2059-2314, .471 W-L%.  

Vastly better. 

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Darryl Strawberry: 1993 Topps Inaugural Marlins

In 1993, Topps promoted two new teams to MLB: the Florida Marlins and the Rolocado Cockies. Or, Colorado Rockies. They did this by putting the new team logos on the front of some of the cards. I guess this is a parallel set. I've long wanted these and was lucky enough to acquire them. This is the Marlins issue. 

The front of 1993 Topps is, I think, an all-time best design. The back is something, though, of a disaster comparatively. It's fine, but it's just so chunky and blocky and I don't like the leaning tiles with the straight stats. I prefer things more harmonious (or, also known as same-y/same-y). 

It was kind of Topps to find something nice to say about Strawberry's 1992 season. Not sure there was a large pool of information from which to choose. 

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Friday, October 23, 2020

2 Strawberry's from Beau

Everyone's favorite One Millions Cubs collector Beau (Twitter) recently sent me a stack of Strawberry cards. Some were dupes, but happily, some of those dupes were vast improvements on my existing cards.  So, that's a win! There were two in cards in particular that I wanted to highlight today. 

The first is this bronze "card" of Strawberry's 1984 Topps Rookie card. It's small, but it's super heavy and in some ways reminds me of a mini Han Solo frozen in carbonite.  It's astonishing. 

I simply cannot get over this "card". TCDB has that there are nine total cards in this set that was seemingly issued between 1983-91 Topps Gallery of Champions Bronze Premiums. Strawberry's clearly the biggest name on the list. He's certainly taller than Pete Rose. 

The other card is this full size 2020 Allen & Ginter card. (On Wednesday I showed off the mini version.) Again, I really love all the numbers spelled out. Really makes you read it. 


Beau! Thank you so much!!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Strawberry's & More from Marc

Marc B sent me some cards recently and I am a grateful dude. These three cards of Darryl Strawberry all come from 2020 sets. The top two are from Donruss and are a throwback to their 1986 design. Because everyone knows the 34th anniversary of anything is a big deal.

These are Donruss Optic. One is regular and one is Holo Optic. One even has "Prizm" on the back. They are super shiny and whatever coating is on the top one didn't scan well; but the one before scanned much better. 

I've gotten now four 2020 Donruss cards as gifts from friends. This is amazing. 

Marc wasn't done. He also included the 2020 Allen & Ginter mini card. The border is elegant; beautiful. My favorite part about any A&G card is that all the numbers on the verso are spelled out.

But, in preparing this blog post, Marc sent MORE cards! There were two Darryl Strawberry cards, and then a bunch of Nationals card. I'm no longer actively collecting Nationals cards (was doing so for my nephews but they've stopped) but these are welcome and some of them are shiny! 

The Strawberry's are the base Donruss 2020 and, as well, the Holo Pink variation! My first truly Pink Card!

Dude! Marc! Thank you so much! All very welcome new cards to my collection!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

HOF Mike Piazza

October is National Pizza Month. Go eat pizza. Now. 

Mike Piazza (and some others) appeared in an episode of Married With Children (S9 EP11). I've never been in a movie or a TV show, but Oliver Platt played the role of a gay architect in the film Three to Tango and his character has my name. Have you had this happen? Where a character in a movie or TV show has your name? Or, have you yourself been in one? 

I haven't got anything else to say about him other than he's another HOF guy who ended his career with the A's. Like Frank Thomas the following year (2009) and kind of Tim Raines (2000, though Raines played a few games in 2001 and 2002, he didn't do enough to get another base card). 

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Friday, October 16, 2020

John Kruk: 1992 Upper Deck Team MVP Hologram

Three simple words: John. Kruk. Hologram.

This 54 card set issued by Upper Deck in 1992 features team MVPs. Kruk shared the MVP status bestowed by Upper Deck with relief pitcher Mitch Williams. I haven't gone team by team, but it seems like one position player and one pitcher was selected for inclusion. That's fair.

There were 26 teams back then. So I know you did the math really fast. That's 52. And I know what you're thinking, too: But the card set, you said, was 54? You wouldn't like lie to us, would you? What's the diff? Pray, do tell. 

Well, since you asked, Upper Deck issued cards numbered one and two in the set---especial---of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Terry Pendleton. Especial, and super creepy looking. Go check 'em out. 

Not quite sure what the image in the hologram is all about, but Kruk may be sliding into a base or doing a knees-bent push-up or plank, or, possibly, humping the ground. I'm not going to say anything else other than...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Card from The Lost Collector

The Lost Collector sent me a card the other day. It's wordy. And one of the words isn't even a word, I don't think. It's the 2002 Topps Super Team Retrofractors featuring 1986 World Series Winning Mets Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, and Dwight Gooden. This card is SN 1955/1986. It's a great card that joins the base of it, as well as Straw's other, regular, solo card. 

Thanks so much, AJ! I love this card and didn't even realize I didn't have it!

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Monday, October 12, 2020

HOF Roberto Alomaro

Roberto Alomar!! He earned 90.0% of the vote in his second year on the ballot in 2011. In 2010, he was given 73.7%. Just missing. He was a bright star when he came up with the Padres. He was clearly outshined in his first year or so by John Kruk, but after 1990, he decided he couldn't stand San Diego with out him and fled to Toronto. That's the really (un)true story. 

He had a 17 year career and seemed, frankly, transient. In those 17 years he played for seven different teams. His longest tenure was with the Toronto Blue Jays with whom he won two World Series. He was elected to 12 All-Star teams. He won 10 gold gloves and four silver sluggers. He was an All-Star game MVP and an ALCS MVP. A career .300 hitter, and lead the league in a standard batting state twice. In 1999 he scored 138 runs and had 13 Sacrifice Flies. That's it. His standard fielding has no bold stats. 

So, great job in getting into the Hall of Fame! I guess you were great!    

This is Alomar's 2005 Topps card. It's clearly a Spring Training card. It has the look of those classic 1970s cards but this is rather ugly. In fact, I think it looks awful. But what's curious about it is that he never played a game with them! He signed with them on January 20, 2005 and retired from baseball just two months later on March 19, 2005.  Remarkable! So, he played for seven teams, but was a member with eight. 

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Friday, October 9, 2020

John Kruk: 1992 Panini Stickers

1992 John Kruk! Quite a different thing to 1993 John Kruk! I think that's Darren Daulton in the background... just avoiding the jagged shark bite design on the left side of the sticker. 

This cold weather looking shot looks to be at Wrigley Field, no? So you thinking maybe April of 1991? Or, July after a cold front?

The Phillies did visit Chicago on April 15-17 of 1991. The weather on the 16th at game time was 54 degrees. And it was 50 degrees the following day. Brrrr. 

I don't have anything else to say. I kind of lost my momentum on this post reading the box scores. I did not know that George (formerly Jorge) Bell played for the Cubs. I gotta get out more! Bell liked Chicago so much after the 1991 season he signed with the White Sox and finished his career with two years on that team. 

How 'bout them Astros!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Darryl Strawberry: 1993 Pinnacle Slugfest

Pinnacle apparently produced Sportflics cards which I never knew and by the time they started printing traditional cards I was out of the hobby. This is the 1993 Slugfest card which was a 30 card set issued that year. It was issued along with a Hometown Heroes subset which featured, I think, just seven cards. 

The hope on the back of the card!

Sadly Strawberry didn't have a good 1993 season. Or 1994. Or 1995. Etc. I tell you the smile on the back of the card is something awesome. Just beautiful! 

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Monday, October 5, 2020

HOF Craig Biggio

Craig Biggio. That guy. Elected into the Hall of Fame in 2015 with some guys that were far more worthy. It was his third year on the ballot and he received 82.7%, which was up from his near miss at 74.8% the year before, and his 68.2% in 2013 when NO ONE was voted in by the BBWAA.

He got some love from the fans, being selected to seven All-Star teams. He won four Gold Gloves for his work at second base and five Silver Sluggers. He was versatile, playing Cather, 2B, all three outfield positions, and serving as a DH in his twenty year career, all with the Houston Astros. 

He came up in the late 80s when I was still into baseball and I guess had his best years when I wasn't following the sport as closely. And then around 2001 when I got back into it, he was winding his career down. Very similar to how I feel about Bagwell. Maybe his 3,060 hits is enough to have gotten him into the Hall? 

He came up as a catcher before being moved around. And in his final year he caught two innings of a game which is always a nice kind of homage to a player. 

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