Saturday, May 28, 2022

1992 McDonald's Donruss vs Topps

 Today I want to bring up something I find interesting. In 1992 McDonald's had baseball cards for sale with purchase. According to the TCDB, the Donruss McDonald's MVP cards were sold only in GTA, but I got a bunch of them from my uncle who would eat at McDonald's in Thunder Bay. 


I'll talk about the Donruss cards first. The base set is 26 cards, one MVP from each team. 

As you can see the design is standard 1992 Donruss but the McD's mark in the corner. I've pulled a couple images to show a comparison to the flagship Donruss set. The McDonald's cards use different images.. 

In some cases I think the photo used on the McD's set is nicer than the one used in the main set.
If you want to check the checklist for this set out, You can go here!

And now the backs of the cards
As you can see, it's the same, aside from the McD's logo on the back and different numbering. Actually, a small detail I noticed as I wrote that.. The MLB and MLBPA logos are in different orders..
Along with the 26 card base set is a 6 card Blue Jays Gold subset.
No photo on the back of this card and the MLB, MLBPA, and McD MVP logos are all in colour. 

The front is a full bleed photo with a gold foil MVP logo and a gold foil Donruss logo that they started using more often on the sets starting in 1994. There were also 1000 Alomar autographs that were in the set, but it's unknown how many were redeemed. 
The Checklist for this subset was
1. Roberto Alomar
2. Joe Carter
3. Kelly Gruber
4. Jack Morris
5. Tom Henke
6. Devon White

Now. The Topps McDonald's Baseball's Best cards were apparently distributed in the NYC and Philadelphia area, but they may have been more widespread than that. This information was taken from the Baseball Card Pedia.. 
This set was 44 cards, but not all teams were represented. In fact there was only one team not represented. My poor Montreal Expos were overlooked in this set. 
The Jays have three cards: Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, and Derek Bell

As you can see, the McD's logo and player's name are foil stamped, the Topps logo is tucked into the corner.. The team name is underneath.
I do like the look of these over the Donruss MVP cards and even the base 1992 Topps set. I think 1992 Topps is one of my least favourite sets, but I digress..

Logos aplenty on the back of the card. MLB, MLBPA, Topps and McDonald's all having real estate on the back. It's not a bad back at all. 

I wanted to show a Fisk back to see how busy it got with a long-term player..

As above, if you want to take a look at the checklist, It's right here!

So there's a quick and dirty look at the two versions of McDonald's cards that came out in 1992. 
If anyone has any more information about either set that I may have missed or just flat out didn't mention, let me know. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A Nice Oddball

 Well, I'm looking forward to finally getting out of the hospital.. Monday I move my stuff over and Wednesday I move into my new place. Email me or DM me on Twitter if you want my new address..

Today I came across a card I've been meaning to show for a while. It's an interesting card but at the same time, kind of mundane. 

So my oddball is.....
A 1993 Topps Card??
I know you're saying "Mike... That's not an oddball.. Thousands of these things were made. People have been using these things for insulation!

And while that may be true... There is something special about this card..
And the back gives what's special about it... 

It's a porcelain 1993 Topps Joe Carter card! 
I don't remember where I got it from, but as you can see it was "limited" to 5000 copies. 
I'm rather happy with it and it really fits my collection more than the 1982 Topps Cal Ripken porcelain card I have..

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Collecting Question

 I've been thinking about starting a new collection.

I've found people in different sports with the last name Matson or Mattson. 

So. I posed this question on Twitter, but does anyone collect cards of people with their last name?

Monday, May 16, 2022

Northern Expos-ure

 In preparing to move, I've found cards I'm not honestly sure I've ever covered on here. So if I show stuff I have before.... I'm sorry..

These cards are from Flying V Cards and Breaks. 

Here's the business card..

So the name of this post is a pun, obviously.. Expos! 
Some 71s, a couple 74s, a 72, and a Zellers Gary Carter.
I think the Morton must be from Spring Training. 

Another 74, this time Ken Singleton. Again, it looks like a Spring Training photo. Tim Wallach in a 1983 Stuart Bakery from the Expos team sets. And two more Zellers Carters. 

These are nice cards. If I showed them before, I apologize. Otherwise, enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Stuff I Brought With Me

 So yesterday I spent time out of the hospital. I went to my old residence to see what was there and to maybe start packing. Got a little done but I found a bunch of cards I forgot about. I don't honestly know if they're catalogued or if I've talked about them before but here's a selection..

I found out about this Historic Autos set and saw it had Russ Ford in it. One is base, the other is numbered to 299.

Frank O'Rourke. The Big League is rather.... Well Loved.... But still decent for a 1934 issue. Pete Ward in an Orioles anniversary issue. O'Rourke in a Target Dodgers issue, and a George Gibson with a hole punched in it..

Ted Bowsfield. One as a Red Sock and one as an Athletic. The 63 Rookie Stars is there for Ron Taylor. Matt Maysey is from Hamilton Ontario and is a Brewer in that team issued set. Wrigley goes into my stadium collection.

More Bowsfield. A Jeff Heath stamp. The Conlon is Jack Graney. He was a player and broadcaster. There's an award for best Canadian sports broadcaster named for him.
The Jenkins auto is from the Canadiana set. 

Two more Bowsfield cards. The backs are different. 
The Washington Park card is from the same set as the Ford. 
Dirk Hayhurst dressed as the Garfoose.. 
Finally, a reprint of a George Gibson card. 

As I said, I may have shown these before. If it is a repeat, I apologize, but at the same time, these are nice to visit. 


Thursday, May 5, 2022

A Life Update

 I hear you running for the exits already.. It's ok.. lol

I just wanted to let everyone know I did get an apartment in an assisted living building. I will be discharged and be moving at some point this month. Once I'm settled I'll give those who need it my new address and contact information. 

I'm happy and nervous about the move. I hope it all goes well for me. I need to get out of the hospital. The zoo-like atmosphere in this ward is getting to me. 

I did get a few more cards added to my stack on COMC..

I found a few of these from the same set Andre Dawson here..

Of course as soon as I saw Fergie I needed it.

Crime Dog!

The card that introduced me to this set..

Is it me, or does it look like Reggie Cleveland is stifling a laugh or grinning due to a loud fart?

One thing I didn't know.. He was a pitching coach for the St Catherines Blue Jays

Rob Butler. I kind of like the fact that after a while the Chiefs used the same template as the Jays for the uniforms. 

Rob Ducey. 

Rock! I think I got most of the Expos in the set.. I'll have to look

So that's what's going on and what I most recently added to my card stack.. 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Kind of a Biggs Deal

In my current situation, I get cards well after the fact. They go to my old address and from time to time my friend will deliver mail to the hospital. Well, I got a bunch of envelopes from Kerry Bigs from Cards on Cards. 

I don't recall making a deal or anything, but I did get a nice stack of Expos cards. I didn't scan them all, but I took a nice selection of them..

Well, lookie here.. I get this again! Hey this goes towards the Expos Project.

Raines and Samuel.. Samuel was better than I ever gave him credit for..

This Floyd is cool. I love the Big O in the back. 

Brandon Phillips was an Expo minor leaguer. He was part of the package that went to Cleveland for Bartolo.

One of the more boring Diamond Kings cards.. The later versions and the Panini sets aren't as much fun to me as the old Donruss..

El Presidente El Perfecto!

Casey Candaele's mother was a baseball player. 

Pedro as an Expo.. Love it

I'm trying to decide if I want to put this in my Canadians binder or if I want to throw this in my Expos.. Obviously this is an Expos card originally, but it's an anniversary stamped thing. 

Doug Piatt. Spent one season in the majors.. Cool card though. 

Thanks Kerry!