Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Darryl Strawberry: 2005 Donruss Team Heroes and more

In 2005, another Donruss set was Team Heroes. This is the Darryl Strawberry card in that 400 card set. 

The designs a bit different, but the photograph is glorious. When it comes to card backs and Donruss I don't expect much concerning stats and my expectations were met. Because some of those stats still stand, or because he's in the top ten in most offensive categories, is it possible to say that Darryl Strawberry is the greatest Mets hitter of all time? I think so. His eight years with the Mets were the most impactful when compared to that same stretch of time for other players. Is that me being a selective historian?

I wanted to show off, also, some cards that I recently got from Kin. The BIG 5x7 Allen and Ginter is from 2018. I  happily bought that one, but the rest of the cards were all generously given. The 1989 Donruss was a variation I needed (I scanned my other one of this, too); and the 2018 Chrome Refractor was also new. There were two Strawberry's and 1 Kruk's, I think, that were upgrades. Very happy! Thanks Kin!

The above Strawberry card--from the border colors on the front to the colors on the back--looks like Halloween. Don'tcha think? Well, funnily enough I'm reading a book right now (The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, published in 1857) and in it she writes of a "Jack-o'-Lanthorn". And I was like hold on a sec... and sure enough a lanthorn is an archaic way of spelling lantern. In addition to meaning a man with a lantern, or ignis fatuus (foolish fire), it can also mean "something misleading or elusive"

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Team Heroes and it's not him as a Yankee?! Booo!

  2. Man, that Stadium Club photo Strawberry is amazing. It's like he's a cobra about ready to unwind and strike. So very cool.

    1. That card looks a lot like Tim Teufel's 1990 Leaf card. Also Terry Kennedy, Mets also wearing long sleeves. Very similar angle, albeit from the other side of the plate. Same game?

  3. Gotta love the late 80's, early 90's Donruss variations. I feel like they find new ones every couple of years.