Category Archives: Darryl Strawberry Collection

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – 2004 Donruss Elite – Elite Team – New York Mets

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – 2004 Donruss Elite – Elite Team – New York Mets

I love cards that celebrate team success – and this card does exactly that…

And of all of the teams that I enjoyed watching during my youth, the first one that actually won something was the 1986 New York Mets.

So when I saw this card, I had to grab it!!  Not only does it celebrate that same team that I have so many memories of watching as a kid.  But it also features my three favorite Mets, and three guys that I have built player collections of – Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry, and Dwight Gooden!

Oh, and the card is numbered 871/1500…

Darryl Strawberry 2008 Topps 50th Anniversary ‘All Rookie Team’

Darryl Strawberry 2008 Topps 50th Anniversary ‘All Rookie Team’

What a great looking set, and a spectacular card of ‘Straw’.

The coloring of the card is perfect, and I really like how Topps brought back some of their original design elements when celebrating their 50th anniversary of their ‘All Rookie Team’. 

From the bold Green background, to the oval design that contains the player’s info, to that beautiful trophy.  All of it screams vintage, and that makes this collector very happy!

Here’s the card:

I think it’s time that I consider putting this entire set together..  Time to do a little homework…

Happy Birthday Darryl Strawberry!!!

Happy Birthday Darryl Strawberry!!!

Darryl Strawberry turns 49 years old today.

Darryl Strawberry made an immediate impact on the sport during his debut in 1983.  The league’s Rookie of the Year played like a seasoned veteran and quickly became the centerpiece of the New York Mets and their championship roster.

Equipped with the perfect blend of speed and power, Straw’s talents landed him on 8 consecutive All-star teams while he and the Mets took baseball by storm.  His career home run total of 335 and stolen base count of 221 along with his 1,000 career RBI show just how versatile and steady he was.

Strawberry had his share of setbacks during his career that didn’t allow him to become the MVP that he had the talent to be.  Yet he still found himself as a member of 3 World Series Championship teams!!!

Happy Birthday ‘Straw’!!!

Darryl Strawberry 2005 Upper Deck Classics ‘Post Season Performers’

Darryl Strawberry 2005 Upper Deck Classics ‘Post Season Performers’

Serial numbered as 882/999, this card is fantastic to look at.

Brimming with bright and vibrant colors, as well as a very classic looking framing design, when I saw this card I had to scoop it up.

And as a big of Darryl Strawberry from his days of playing with the Mets, I have a ton of memories of watching taking his cuts at the plate.  And many of those memories include watching the ball sailing over the outfield wall too!!

Come see what I can easily call the best looking  modern issue of ‘Straw’ in my collection thus far:

Broder’s National League All-Stars Starring Andre Dawson, Darryl Strawberry, and Eric Davis

Broder’s National League All-Stars Starring Andre Dawson, Darryl Strawberry, and Eric Davis

Kind of a fun oddball card here.

Without being stamped with a year of production, I am guessing that this card was issued, and the photo taken, sometime around 1985/86.

I don’t know much about the Broder releases, but from what I can gather through my web searches, Broder was making unlicensed baseball cards in the 1980’s and into the 90’s.

Kind of revolutionary…  Kind of illegal…

Either way, a great card of three of my favorite outfielders of the 1980’s!!!

Hey Look, It’s Darryl Strawberry!!!

Hey Look, It’s Darryl Strawberry!!!

If you are a frequent follower of ’30-YOC’, and I hope that you are, than you know all about my Darryl Strawberry dilemma.

Straw was doing a signing at the memorabilia shop in the mall and it was being held at the same time of the card show.  I actually went a different route than I normally would but I still got my Strawberry signed ball, and I saved roughly $32 in the process.

But still, Strawberry was there and I wanted to see him in person.

Luckily for me, Alfredo was going to get a jersey signed, so I tagged along to check it out.  Not only did Darryl provide an incredible autograph for Alfredo, but he also have him not 1, not 2, but three great inscriptions.  The jersey came out beautifully!!!

After Darryl signed the jersey, he gave us both an opportunity to get a photo-op with him.  And we both take advantage.

Here I am with one of my baseball heroes – the 1983 NL Rookie of the Year, an 8-time All-star, and 4-time World Series Champion!!!

Good times!!!

The End To My Darryl Strawberry Saga – I Bought A Signed Ball!!!!

The End To My Darryl Strawberry Saga – I Bought A Signed Ball!!!!

If you have been following ’30-YOC’ over the last few weeks than you know that I have been very excited about an upcoming signing with Darryl Strawberry that is happening at my local mall.  In case you missed it, you can re-read that story here.

And once I found out what the shop was charging for Darryl’s autograph, I did a little Strawberry inspired homework.  And you can read all about that here.

While nowhere close to life or death drama, I tossed and turned for a few nights about this and then I finally pulled the trigger:

A great addition to my signed baseball collection, I really think that I made the right move by buying this ball.  I am a big Strawberry fan and supporter, but with the money I saved by going this route, I can possibly scoop up another signed ball soon.


My Darryl Strawberry Dilemma!!!

My Darryl Strawberry Dilemma!!!

Ok, so let’s get right down to it….

A few weeks ago I found out that Darryl Strawberry would be doing a signing at the local memorabilia store near my house.  To date, this shop has held signings with Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, and Josh Johnson.  And all of them have been outstanding when it comes to organization and fun.

So, naturally being a big Darryl Strawberry fan, I wanted to add his signature to my growing collection of signed baseballs.  And since I already have a few un-signed balls in my possession, all I would need to do is buy the autograph ticket and I would be all set.

And then I found out what the shop was charging for ‘Straw’ – $49.00!

While not a heck of a lot of money, $49 is not cheap either.  And since I have paid $40 or less for guys like Ozzie Smith, Gary Carter, and Fergie Jenkins, $49 seems awful high for a guy who is not as decorated as the above-mentioned players.

And then there is the fact that Darryl doesn’t really provide a consistent signature.

First, there is this:

Then, this:

And then this:

You see what I mean, right??  Pretty drastic differences, huh???

Ok, so now on to the dilemma.  While I am perfectly content on paying for an autograph and potential photo-op with ‘Straw’, I am not positive that I am willing to plunk down $65.00($49 for the auto and another $15 for the ball and case costs) for what may be a miserable looking signature. 

Oh, and then I found this on Ebay:

For just $19.99, I can get this official Rawlings game ball that has been signed pretty nicely by the Mets star player.  And it comes with a COA from the company that hosted a signing with him not too long ago.  And for just $19.99 plus another $8 for shipping, I am coming in way below what I would have to pay to get the signature done in person…   It’s missing an inscription, and I love inscriptions, but I am not sure that an inscription makes up for the almost $40 discount!!!

What to do, what to do!!!

What would you do??  Let me know, I would love some feedback on this one!  Thanks.

Coming Soon: Darryl Strawberry Signing!!!

Coming Soon: Darryl Strawberry Signing!!!

While cruising through the mall this afternoon with my wife and kids, the memorabilia store pulled me in yet again.

This time, it was this poster that did it to me:

And you better believe that I am going to be there!!!

Darryl, I’ll see you on the 15th!!

My Darryl Strawberry ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

My Darryl Strawberry ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

Now that my Darryl Strawberry player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #1 – 1983 Topps Traded

For the first time in my ‘Fab 5’ series of posts, a rookie card claims the #1 spot as a favorite card in my player collections.  And it was not Fergie Jenkins or Andre Dawson or Dave Winfield or Rickey Henderson – It’s Darryl Strawberry’s 1983 Topps Traded rookie card!!!

I love everything about the 1983 Topps design.  From the team-themed colors to the large action photos.  I can honestly say that there are very few cards from this set that I don’t care for.

And now my Darryl Strawberry collection is complete!!