Wednesday, March 04, 2015

1988 Donruss Pop-Up

One pop-up card, three puzzle pieces, and five All-Star cards...that seems like a lot for 35 cents! At the time in 1988 I don't remember ever seeing these in stores and I've only opened backs of them more than 20 years later. Let's rip this!

Here's my pop-up, Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog. He's featured here as we managed the National League Champion Cardinals and this pop-up set focuses on All-Star players and managers.

Whitey Herzog Pop-Up

I always feel a little misled when Donruss packages proclaim "three puzzle" pieces but those three pieces come on the same card. In my mind I'm always expecting three of these cards. This year's puzzle was of Warren Spahn...

Puzzle Pieces #46, #47, #48
...and here's what the completed puzzle looks like. This card is from the regular Donruss set and I believe there is also a version of it made with little puzzle pieces as well.

1988 Donruss #588 Waren Spahn Diamond King Puzzle

And here are my All-Stars...Ripken, Greenwell, Canseco, Cone, and Strawberry. If I was to have guessed which player collection that I own would be damaged by new in 2015 I would have never guessed it would be Cal Ripken, JR. This Gregg Zaun hazing story makes me sad and I have no doubt it is true. It frankly just doesn't make me want to continue building a collection of his cards.

#5 Cal Ripken Jr.
#15 Mike Greenwell
#2 Jose Canseco
#44 David Cone
#34 Darryl Strawberry

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

2014-15 Panini Donruss Basketball

I'm not a big basketball guy, but I figure I'd pick a couple packs up on my latest trip to my LCS to get my appetite ready for Heritage later this week and of course Donruss Baseball later this month.

The only name I recognized out of the base cards was this guy.

I also got a Court Kings insert.  Very good looking insert and it had a matte finish that kind of shows up in the scan.

 I also got an Elite insert.  Hey I actually know who this is.

 Of course the biggest surprise was that I didn't get one of those famous Donruss/Panini blanks, nope it was an honest to goodness relic card.  Not only that, but a pretty big name.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2014 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 2

Much like my recent return to trying to keep up with WWE story lines, I've also made an attempt to pick up a couple packs of each new Garbage Pail Kids release that appears at my local Target. My pack had some interesting subjects including parodies I wasn't expecting to find, i.e. The Walking Dead, Dr. Doom, and Ghost Rider. Here's what I pulled: 

#83b Chiseled Chad
#82b Cracked Mack
#93a Rick Grimey
#84b Foggy Augie

#92a Bomb Ed
#121a Cuckoo Kevin

#91a Door Knox
#106a Eyecicle Ira [Green Border]

#126a Trey Cycle

Garbage Pail Kids Battles #2 Flo Sing vs. God of Warren

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

1993 Upper Deck Baseball Series 2

Upper Deck with series 2 featuring rookies, prospects, players in new teams during middle of 93 season. 15 cards in a pack but careful on opening. The UV coating made the cards stick together. On to cards.
510 - Rondell White - a rookie at time he played all the way to 2007.
477 - Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry - remember they were suppose do big things for Dodgers?
449 - Derek Jeter - the holy grail of that year as this is one of his rookie cards of that year. Stay with Yankees in his entire Hall of Fame career before retiring after end of last season.
594 - Kevin Maas - came in the league then cooled down
547- Tim Wallach - after years with Montreal Expos he became a Dodger in a trade. He still with Dodgers organization either as minor league manager or coach
537 - Dave Hansen
533 - Walt Weiss - in his only season with Marlins who were expansion team at the time. Signed with Rockies the following year to 97. Wound up back with Rockies as current manager.
701 - Steve Bedrosian - after spending 92 season away from baseball he returned spending three seasons with team he started out with the Braves. Things came full circle for him.
 661 - Chris Hammond
A12 - Ivan Rodriguez - fifth anniversary insert card that falls in 1:9 packs. This reprint of Pudge from their final update set from 1991.
771 - Junior Felix - signing autographs for the fans
 783 - Mike Hampton - his rookie card in Mariners uniform. He would get traded to Astros where he became All-Star. Who did Mariners get? Eric Anthony. Mariners got burned.
678 - Charlie Leibrandt
709 - Dave Eiland
731 - Jay Howell - after spending most his career in west coast he goes east at member of Braves.