Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On The Hunt For An 86 Donruss Canseco RC !

I know what your thinking.I could find it on Ebay for 10 bucks or less without having to go through packs only to come up short all the time.Well ,the reason why I'd rather find an 86 Donruss Canseco in a pack has everything to do with the amounts of counterfeit ones that pop up on Ebay. I recently picked up an 86 Fleer Prospects Canseco and something about It just doesn't seem right.It feels very thin,almost paper like.Not having one to compare it to ,I took the loss and moved on.I don't want the same to happen with the 86 Donruss as it is a card that I've been wanting since childhood and i'd be really bummed if they sent me a counterfeit.I don't trust  the wax packs as those are far from tamper proof and can easily be searched and then repacked.Not only that,but I managed to scoop up this rack pack for 99 cents and 2 bucks shipping,so I took the chance.Rack packs are cool because they are sealed in plastic packaging and even though I suppose they could also be tampered with,i hardly doubt anyone would take the time to do so and then sell the pack for 99 cents.Anyways,my pack was somewhat of a dud as it failed to relinquish the famed Canseco RR card.I did however come away with an awesome second year Puckett and Todd Worrell RR card.These cards are beautiful imo,especially the Rated Rookies.I'm in love with Donruss's 1986 and '87 product.Throw the new Panini 2014 design in there as well.Well,better luck next time I guess when I open up my second Rack Pack of  1986 Donruss baseball cards!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Is It Obvious That I'm Still A Canseco Fan?

Every now and then a new Canseco related item will make an appearance here at my  Sport's Pub as he was my Idol growing up.As a kid,I hit with an open stance like him,swung ferociously hard like him,and even imitated his nervous twitch whenever I'd step up to the plate. Canseco was "THE SHIT" from  mid to late 80's ,and those who didn't love em',hated em'.There was no in between really.He was either crushing the ball for your favorite team or hitting a granny against them.I was an Oakland fan,and made  it a point to catch as many Oakland A's games and Canseco AB's as someone living on the east coast could.There was a time where I thought that I could never forgive Jose for what transpired during the infamous steroid trial,writing a tell-all  book and throwing certain ball players under the bus.Then I came to a realization.Everything he said was true!Baseball was throwing him under the bus for something everybody in the game had been guilty of doing also.And he didn't really snitch on anyone as MLB already knew what was going on,but,whatever.Anyways,regardless of the facts,I've learned to forgive and forget and I feel MLB should do the same by letting these guys back into game(Pete Rose, Canseco etc.) Yeah,yeah,yeah they did things they weren't supposed to but the contributions  to the game are indisputable and far outweigh the penalty imo.The long end short of it Is If MLB wants to ban players on the basis of moralities and poor decision making,then someone in the upper echelons of Major League Baseball should also be banned for turning a blind eye to it all.The people who run MLB are beginning to take on this enlightened,Illuminati-esque complex and It's really starting to piss me off. Wheeew,Holy rant!O.K. now that I've got that off my chest we can proceed to the initial purpose of this post and that is to showcase any and  every new Canseco item to make It's way into the Pub.Yesterday I got two items in the mail - 1988 Jose Canseco Kenner Starting Lineup figure and  a 2001 Topps Chrome reprint of  Canseco's 1986 Topps Traded rookie card!Both are tremendously awesome items and ones I would have loved to own as a kid.1988 marked the debut of Kenner Starting Lineups so essentially this would be Canseco's rookie SL figure.

I never gave much thought to the fact that none of these SL figures had batting gloves.No batting helmets either.A few years later, Kenner would add those batting gloves and batting helmets to certain figures in the line. Here's my 1998 Canseco next to the '88 version.

Now on to the reprint!I would have killed to have a chromed out Canseco RC as a kid!It really Is a beauty.I had no clue this card even existed until recently coming across it on Ebay.Comparison shots below :)

I had to take this baby out of the loader and enjoy It's raw- someness! 
Stay tuned for new additions to the Can-Stash!