Monday, October 23, 2017

A Drinking Trade

Matt from Bob Walk the Plank and I have trade beer a couple of times now with me sending him selections from my local, regional brewer Trillium and he sending me things it would be hard to get in Massachusetts. The 12 most recent that Matt sent me have been surprising good to me. I'm a fairly die-hard IPA drinker who has over the years lost much of my former love for stouts, porters, lagers, and the like. (Pilsner's can kiss my tuchus; have never liked them.)

Anyway, I should have saved the photos I took of all 12 of the beers Matt sent. I frankly don't know what happen to the photos I did take. But anyway, Matt sent me six stout/porters, three Oktoberfest's and 3 in the IPA family.

The five I drank without photos of are: Mokah (Southern Tier); Wake Up Dead Nitro (Left Hand); Porter (Big Timber); Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout (Terrapin Beer); and Sumatra Mountain Brown (Founders).

The seven remaining are pictured below:





For those textually inclined, these are:

Blackout Stout (Great Lakes); Oktoberfest (Port City); Oktoberfest (Foothills); Oktoberfest (Great Lakes); Coastal Evacuation Double IPA (Cape May); Mothman Black IPA (Greenbrier Valley); and Beach Session Ale with Orange Zest (Carton Brewing).

I don't have the best vocabulary for the one's that I've been drinking, or even the palate to define or distinguish what it is I am tasting -- concentrating first on the stouts and porters. But I'm bothered that "craft" brewers feel compelled to make them all with coffee and even chocolate. I like coffee. I like chocolate. I like beer. But not together. Combining the three masks, I feel, probably inherent deficiencies with the product and it has had the effect, to me, that each of them is exactly indistinguishable from the next. In other words, they all taste the same. Though, blissfully, some of them make me more buzzed than the next, for which I am grateful as I love that feeding of floating a few inches above the ground. The un-differentiation therefore makes them very low on the likelihood I'd ever seek them out on my own. This criticism aside, I'm grateful for having the opportunity to have sampled them and I hope get more in the future. My epitome's in porter's and stout's are London Fuller Porter and Guinness. Those are the one's that I base others against. It's unfair, but such is the way it is. But, that being said, only I drink those only in, say, London or Dublin, respectively. If you ever get the chance to visit either brewery, like me, you'll be ruined from experiencing them in other venues.

Thanks Matt! Trillium is on the way to you now.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Darryl Strawberry in 3-D

Another Sportlots acquisition. This time a single "card" from whoops 24. 

This it the 1986 Topps 3-D card of Darryl Strawberry. A very good, cool card, though the faces on the ones I've seen are kind of meh, with regards to how they look. Legs, arms and bodies all 'translated' a bit better.

I remember having some of these as a kid as this was the height of my collecting as a pre-teen and early teenager.


Now, for the back. Kind of cool. I would have loved something on the back to make it interesting; but then having the tabs for stickers might have been weird. How did you handle the 3-D 'cards' when you had them? I guess the intention, with the stickers, was to tape them to a wall or inside of a locker or something?


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Monday, October 16, 2017

A Darryl Strawberry Tale of Two Pinstripes

I got these two Darryl Strawberry goodies from "jessecar" on Sportlots.

The first is the 1987 Red Foley sticker. Not a perfect cut, but that's ok. When I got this I googled around to see what the sticker albums looked like and a flood of memories kind of came back to collecting these and adding them into the pages. I wonder if the Trading Card Database has fully completed sticker albums on it's website? Have to look into that, or even suggest that this be a feature for these particular sets.


It might be frivolous to have included the sticker back, but, it felt weird just having the one image.

And here is a 1999 Fleer Tradition card. Another one! This time it's the "Millennium" parallel. This one has gold font and an embossed (is that the right word) "2000" logo in the bottom right of the card.


The 1980s Mets uniforms are a beautiful thing and I must prefer them to the, of course, classic Yankees uniforms. What about you?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Michael A Taylor, #ToppsNow

On September 8, 2017, I got a text message from my 12-year-old nephew practically screaming at an inside the park grand slam home run hit by the Washington Nationals centerfielder Michael A. Taylor. I had a sneaking suspicion that the event would be a #ToppsNow moment. (Please note, I find it impossible not to use the # when writing #ToppsNow.) Admittedly it was one of the worst fielding anticipation jobs of all time by the opposing centerfielder who then effectively trotted after the ball. But an inside the park grand slam is just about one of the more exciting plays I could ever want to see in person, and I felt jealousy my sister and her family were at the game watching it in person.


I also knew that I'd be ordering a few of the cards so that I could give them to my nephews and my sister, who is a big Michael A fan.

Her fandom includes having a jersey of his, I believe bought for her by my brother. And when we were at the Nationals spring training facility this March, she was proudly showing off the shirt. The second game we saw, in Jupiter against the Cardinals was quite memorable as we were able to get her jersey signed, and Michael A threw a ball to us at the close of an inning. He was running toward the dugout where we were parked and my nephew was jumping up and down and I was kind of pointing my finger at him. Michael A softly tossed the ball which bounced off my nephews glove and right into my hand. Very memorable.

Michael A signing the jersey
Michael A signing for fans



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Friday, October 6, 2017

Judge for The Judge

When I was growing up I had a built in baseball card collecting network right in my family as I have a twin brother (I'm the pretty one) and my father was also a facilitator, too. So he definitely helped to fuel that passion many of us had and still have for baseball cards. My honorable father was a judge and grew up a big Yankees fan -- in fact I'm the only male on my side of the family that isn't a Yankees fan. So the big apple did fall a bit farther from the tree in some ways.

I was able to take my father to Fenway Park for the first time earlier this year to see the Yankees play the Red Sox. Rick Porcello wasn't too terrible, but he was awful and looked like he was laboring all during the foggy evening's game. It was Aaron Judge's birthday and the Judge both hit a home run and also made a great catch that left him in the first row of the low wall off the right field foul line.

So when Judge tied and broke the rookie record for home runs in a single game, I asked my dad if he wanted the special ToppsNow cards that they would without a doubt offer. Naive fool that I am I thought it would be one card. Well, it was two cards. One for 49 and one for 50. The card for 49 is way better and cooler than for #50. Particularly like the spray chart of his home runs marked by distance. Reminds me a javelin or shot put area in track and field.


The cards printed and shipped way faster than my experience buying a card last year, and actually did so way faster than another ToppsNow card that I bought earlier in September and have yet to feature here. The packaging and shipping is also improved, too, so that makes me feel in general more comfortable with the product. Though I'll remain very selective about buying the cards in the future just because.  So, these cards are featured on the blog but they are going on a little journey to my father.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Two Darryl Strawberry Cards

This is another of my recent Sportlots purchase and features a sticker and a card.

The below is the 1986 O-Pee-Chee sticker for Darryl Strawberry. I liked collecting these sticks, though in their Topps release, and tried very hard to complete all those sticker books. Wish I had kept them, but sometimes on eBay or just Google image searching brings back what the books looks like both empty and complete. It would be neat if Trading Card Database would all for showing the filled in pages. Maybe they do?



And here is another addition to the 1999 Darryl Strawberry cards. Same as the previous post, A Fleer Tradition card. This one though is the "Warning Track" parallel. I feel like the color should have been warning track dirt brown. 



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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Darryl Strawberry on Sportlots

Got these two nice Darryl Strawberry cards a while back in a Sportlots order. Look for more from this order coming to the blog in the next weeks! In this order I had taken care of a lot of the 1999 needs in my collection.

This one here is the 1999 Fleer Tradition card #564.


And this one here is the 1999 Topps Chrome card #18. Didn't scan well, sadly, but at least he sticks out.


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