Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Darryl Strawberry: 2021 Topps Living

 Today I'll share my first 2021 card: Darryl Strawberry's Topps Living Set card. I hemmed and hawed about this after P-Town Tom DM'd me about it on Twitter. I've hated the set since it was announced & begun, but I knew even back then that once they did a Strawberry that I'd probably buy it. Fortunately, this card is relatively harmless in it's representation of the player. And I particularly love that they seem to have used a non-Topps image of Strawberry for it. Like they couldn't pool from an image they had the rights too?

The image of Strawberry may be sourced to several cards. Most notably the 1990 Wonder Bread and 1990 Post (see this, er, post). But I feel like this image shows a much younger Strawberry than he was in 1990. Possibly many years earlier as a similar outfit, complete with white undershirt, appeared on his 1984 Donruss baseball card. Or from his 1985 Topps First Round Draft picks era.  You get the point. 

The card back is problematic, namely for the Dugout Quiz. Why would Topps include a quiz on the back of a black player whose answer is Kenesaw Mountain Landis less than six months after Landis' name was removed from the MVP award?  Topps just cannot keep out of their own way and I'm willing to bet there are at least twenty million other baseball related quizzes they might have done instead. 

Players I most dislike, National League Central:

Chicago Cubs: Craig Kimbrel
Cincinnati Reds: Nick Castellanos 
Milwaukee Brewers: Jackie Bradley Jr.
Pittsburgh Pirates: N/A
St. Louis Cardinals: Yadier Molina

I feel a failure about the Pirates but I'm just so completely unmoved by their lineup. Plus, they have a beautiful ballpark.


  1. Pittsburgh's ballpark is my favorite in all of MLB. Good call there.
    I'm glad to see a copy of the Strawberry card found it's way to you. :)

  2. I think Yadi is one of those polarizing players. I'm one of those fans who like him. He's my favorite current Cardinal.

  3. Definitely one of the nicer Living Set cards I've seen.

  4. Topps actually produced a lot of the '80s food issues, though I'm not sure if they did Wonder and/or Post.