Tuesday, November 21, 2017

When did he go to a single name?

Ok - so I am trying to finish up with the Thanksgiving cards I got from my sister, so I am going to try and cover the last few sets tpday as well as the usual Santa Lot cards.

1990 Fleer
For this 660 card set, I went from about 130 to now about 370 cards for the set - still plenty to go, but as with most of the rest of these sets being junk was era, it'll get done eventually I am sure.

Error card pickups

Not sure how you get the spelling wrong for Cal Ripken on a card that calls him a player of the decade, but Fleer managed it!

Speaking of Cal, I appreciate the card with Tony Fernandez as this is about the only way he will make it into my Jays binders!

I don't know why, but I hadn't realized the Player of the Decade cards were such a bit subset in Fleer 1990 - 10 cards - as I only saw one growing up and figured it was like 1991 Score's card of Ryne Sandberg's "Man of the Year" card. Yeah, didn't have the internet as a reference tool for the masses in 1990.

1988 Topps
So the cards are all fairly bent, and it isn't worth taking a huge chunk of the set as cards for a set, instead I just pulled the keepers - Jays and errors and stuck the rest aside to go.


Small error on the McGwire Record Breaker, but one all can see - the white spot right behind his foot in the bottom right corner.


We have seen these all before (give or take), but I still get a smile every time I see that Cecil Fielder card...so young!

1987 Leaf

This is one of the sets I saw and that I was looking forward to. The set as a whole is only 264 cards. The stack of goo cards I have from the set is about 400 cards. Since I only have 6 cards from the set, I don't expect to finish it, but would be happy to be over 150 when done. So where did I end up?

213 of 264! Much better than I expected, and puts it up there in probably my top 10 to finish.

Though I have most of these in 1987 Donruss version, didn't have any in Leaf, so all excellent adds and ensure my status as a Canadian.

Also can't forget the Leaf Kings - just as good as Donruss Kings frankly.

I was glad when the White Sox moved to the Black and White scheme from the Rew, White and Blue.

1993 Fleer

The first of the last two sets which are both on the "newer" side as far as the Thanksgiving cards are concerned, being 1993. I won't be chasing completion of the set since it is 720 cards, I only have 27, and I don't have that many to go through, they are all from the first series as it was released in two, but any card I don't have is a good add.

Yeah, so about 175 cards - plenty short, but that is okay.


A handful of needs filled, though still a number of cards short of a team set.

Did get a couple inserts though

These scan much better than in hand because, having been a bit stuck together, they have some sparkle stuck to them, and are a bit off on colouring. Still good enough for my collecting though.

We will end with a single error card as well...

1993 Donruss

Finally, the last set. The cards are all Series one, but there are a lot so may get it mostly completed, at least that was my thought going in. Well, I ended up about 88% done on series one - 396 cards as a set. So, will probably get it done sooner than later if I can. As for showing here, how about some Jays and inserts...

I must have missed this one Donruss Diamond King when pulling the others, and the full picture front Spirit of the Game cards are pretty nice.

The Devon White card perfectly shows what I remember about him most as a lead off hitter for the Jays - speed so blazing that his helmet flies off.

Speaking of sets, and one I touched on not long ago - 1986 Topps. I still have a long way to go, but did another trade with CKbeber329 which covered some needs from the set...

All I have to say is...nice to see you Saxy boy.

Appreciate the quick trade, and look forward to doing more.

Lastly, Santa Lot Highlight today:

Like these "gold" parallels, though I still don't get the name differences with metal, refractors, etc.

The rest

Okay, so Ichiro - when did he go to the first name only? I know I have seen a couple cards with this presentation, but still - when did it actually happen? Will he go into the HOF as a singular name? In this design it does look pretty good with overcrowding a name in at the top - but just really made me think.


Oh Charles Oakley....was a definitely solid and beloved player. The whole incident that happened where he got kicked out of a game he was watching (maybe a year and a half ago or so?) kind of makes me shake my head - and not just at Oakley. Won't change the solid career he had though.

Through 10040 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 card pure base)
- 3 Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Hockey Checklist Subsets (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics Platinum #64 Marcel Dionne Platinum 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps Base and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 159 19
Inserts / Var Kept 341 49
Error 16 2
Keep 1960 311
Doubles/Sell 1615 226 1539 3005 299 38
Doubles Inserts / Var 121 4 125 211


  1. He was going by Ichiro in Japan before coming over to the US..

    1. I did not know that - so the question is then...why have him use first and last name then go back to one...or am I just remembering it incorrectly and making it up...