Thursday, December 14, 2017

Toronto Box Day 14 - Looking at Junior

We will see a bit of Junior later, but first....

The bottom two are French, the top two are just great for different reasons. I will happily take '91 Studio Jays, and late 80s Leaf Russ Courtnall is nice too! Russ was a solid player no matter where he player, but in Toronto was a decent enough time for him.


One for the error binder here. Obviously just a printing error - the misplaced hologram logo, and a second, or part of one up top. I gather just misplacement when these were put on, but I will take it.

Then we get to the dupes...


A bunch of Junior Felix here. I remember when he came along and was supposed to be a solid addition to the outfield, however that didn't really materialize. Just two years in Toronto, and only four more in the majors before leaving the MLB diamond at the age of 26. He did end up in Mexico for a number of years posting .900s OPS and having good seasons until the age of 33 - who knew!





Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 43 89 26
New Other 13 8
Dupes Base 157 217
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 218 316 26 560

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Toronto Box Day 13 - Visit From The Nord

A couple more cards today of Wendel Clark post his time in Toronto:

As much as I'd rather him have stayed a Leaf, at least he didn't move to the other Quebec team. I should also just clarify - this was after his first stint in Toronto (he had two more). Actually, interesting that other than Toronto, Wendel never spent more than one season somewhere else (Nordiques, Islanders, Lightning, Wings, Black Hawks). At least he did return to Toronto for finishing off his career in the blue and white.

Wendel was in the news again a bit last year with Auston Matthews breaking his Maple Leaf  record for goals in a rookie campaign.

Wendel didn't have the career which would have put him into the Hall of Fame, but he was beloved enough that Toronto alone would have put him there as, though he didn't have the points in his career to get in (564 points in 793 games), he was the heart of Toronto for a good number of years.

Though a couple Wendel Clark cards which are not in the Leaf collection, there were plenty of good Leaf adds today (almost HALF the cards today, which is amazing).




Getting into 1994-95 cards, I didn't have much so seeing these are great adds for the collection.

As for the dupes (including one Jay card):



As you can see, though I needed a number of the cards from 1994-95, there were additional dupes I didn't "need" per se.

As an aside - I will say that foil that scans fairly well will include 1994-95 Ultra - you can actually read it fairly well here.

Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 42 86 26
New Other 13 7
Dupes Base 144 195
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 204 290 26 520

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Toronto Box Day 12 - Those mid 90s colours...

In a nutshell, pre-junk wax cards had generally clean, simple designed while the junk wax era started a bit experimenting with some different colours to varying effect (think 90s Topps, 91 Fleer, 90 Donruss), then as junk wax years ended, the mid 90s on into the 00s, there was some idea to splash about as much colour as possible into some cards.

Yeah, some examples here in the new for my collection cards....guess which ones I am talking about...


No - it isn't the Score design....might be that glaring Fleer set. I don't think they could cram more colour into the background. Thankfully, this is (I think) ahead of some of the headache inducing designs that tried to hypnotize, but still.


Selling mistakes on cards, always good for an error binder add (Osbourne on the front instead of Osborne).


In case I wanted to see a non-Leaf uni Fleer card, here is Wendel after leaving Toronto. This design is much less irritating though with the slightly muted background colour.

As for the added duplicates...




I'm not sure I can think of a worse foil faux pas front that 1993'94 Donruss hockey cards. With how lage the foil stamp is, and the fact that you lose the player name, number and brand name all in the one stamp, might as well just have a picture on the front with nothing else.

Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 42 67 23
New Other 13 7
Dupes Base 143 178
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 203 254 23 480

Monday, December 11, 2017

Toronto Box Day 11 - There'll Be Days Like This

First, congrats to Alan Trammell and Jack Morris for getting into the Hall. Iknow Jack won't go in as a Jay, but I definitely remember his time in Toronto fondly, and happy to see him getting in. Alan had such a great time with Detroit, another guy that definitely deserves it too.

So...days like this....I don't necessarily mean it as a bad thing either. Today, there are many duplicates because almost all the cards are from a single set (1991-92 Upper Deck Hockey). I do have almost all of these already, but I was missing one card in getting a team set. Silver lining is, I am not missing that card any more...


Of course it would be one of the most awesomest Leafs of the 90s too...but this Wendel is mine now....

As for the rest of the cards, not much to really say than to show...



Yeah - a lot of Upper Deck here....can't really say much else about it!

Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 42 57 22
New Other 13 6
Dupes Base 134 159
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 194 224 22 440


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Toronto Box Day 10 - Lotta Leafs

No mix of hockey and baseball cards today - 40 cards, 40 Leafs. Works for me in general, because if I had my choice, I'd go for Leafs right now because between the two, I have many less Leafs than Jays. This is reflective in the "new to me" today as there are 15 out of the 40.



A bit of a cheat because a few of the 1990-91 Pro Set, and 1991-92 Score cards are duplicates for which I needed a second copy because of the near complete sets I have for these. Still counts though!

I am torn on the 1994-95 Score cards. I am thrilled to get them because they are new to me...but man, the design is so mid-90s. Also, amazed to see that the stretching foot on the boards pose (here by Rob Pearson) was done in at least a couple cards as we have seen one in 2007-08 Upper Deck (Adam Foote I believe).

Still, plenty of duplicates which are heavy on the Parkhurst....




Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 42 56 22
New Other 13 6
Dupes Base 133 121
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 193 185 22 400

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Toronto Box Day 9 - Not sure about 400...

So one non-Toronto card today...

I think Dave Winfield is generally not remembered as a Blue Jay - though he did win a World Series with the team, he was only in Toronto for the one season of 1992. He spent many years in San Diego and as a Yank before hand, and even spent time in California, Minnesota, and Cleveland. A 12 time all star, happy that Toronto gave him the one World Series ring he had over his Hall of Fame career.

There were some new Jays in this bunch though...

If there is one early 90s set I don't have all the Jays for and really want to set, it is '91 Studio. Love these poses because at least they are in a posed setting. If it is a field shot, it should be game action, not the spring training pose on the field, or pre-game pose.

The Tony '88 card is the Leaf version (I do already have the DOnruss version). Also - yay for more 1994 Donurss!




Back when Triple Play was a decent set for kids to collect. A shame they brought it back and brutalized it with the faux cards of 2012 and 2013. Of course it helped being licensed back in the early 90s, and a decent design, even if it tries to incorporate 1990 Donruss red and 1991 Fleer yellow.

Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 42 41 22
New Other 13 6
Dupes Base 133 96
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 193 145 22 360


Friday, December 8, 2017

Toronto Box Day 8 - What does it look like?



I didn't have a couple of these in my want list because they were not listed as Leaf cards. Both the '96 Score cards for Gartner and Gill were listed under the team name shown on the front. I want them in my collection because they are still shown in their Leaf uniform. So I can understand why in the checklist they are not listed as Leafs, but I am glad to get them here otherwise I may not have ever realized I wanted them.

The other sleeper "hit" from this group is the Kenny Jonsson Upper Deck SP insert card.

Still plenty of keeper dupes too...

Not sure if Gruber is looking for a "junk shot" on this "junk wax" card, or if he is mid-limbo contest fall.


A couple more examples of cards that would be tricky to collect as a Leaf collector as two of the 1991-92 Pro Set cards are Flames cards as shown.


If I ever do a "caption this" card post, I'd have to pick that Mike Krushelnyski as the first one - just such a horribly timed pic.

Almost 100 new to me Jay cards at this point from the box!

Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 34 41 21
New Other 13 6
Dupes Base 102 96
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 154 145 21 320

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Toronto Box Day 7 - Talkin' Baseball

All baseball today. Not as many keepers as in prior days though...

Let's take a look at Todd Stevens - someone I frankly don't remember ever hearing about. Truth be told, looking at his career, I can understand why. He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1989 amateur draft, but to his credit decided that going to college was important. He was then drafted in the first round of the 1992 amateur draft as shown here. He never did put on a Jays uni for Toronto, but did make it to the majors getting into 30 games with Detroit, then a single game the next year with the Padres. Not the greatest of playing careers in the majors.

He ended up sticking around the minors until 1998 at which point he stopped playing at the age of 26. He turned to coaching and accomplished the task of Pacific League Champs as manager of the Sacremento RiverCats.

As for the rest...

Some standard late 80s cards...


I wonder how many multiple bat cards there are to be had. That would make an interesting collection, and Fred McGriff looks like he approves.


I liked the look of Derek Bell, just wish he turned out a bit better for the Jays - never really did it for me.


Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 34 32 21
New Other 13 5
Dupes Base 94 74
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 146 113 21 280






Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Toronto Box Day 6 - Hockey heavy

Today, well, like it says, heavy on hockey!

Another day of more than 10 new to the collection cards (all Leafs here). Goes to show that my collection is still quite young and missing a lot of simple holes from mass produced sets, but what can I say - it is a hobby, doesn't take up my every waking moment, and I collect as cheaply as possibly (generally speaking). Besides, as long as I have maximum fun, don't really care about getting every Leaf card out there - that goal would be insane.



My favourite of these would be the 1995-96 Select Andreychuk, with the cover still on (as it should be). As for the '91 Score, again some different sets here given the language on the back but most of these are bilingual which I didn't have before.


One for trade - even if it is Wendel, the Islander uni just doesn't cut it for my collection.

The dupes today...


A little excessive in the Upper Deck duplicates department today, and only one Jay card today.

Blue Jays Leafs Other
New Base 27 32 21
New Other 13 5
Dupes Base 61 74
Dupes Other 5 2
Total 106 113 21 240