Saturday, October 13, 2018

To Be A Winner ...

To Be A Winner...

I seriously can't get the damn theme song out of my head.For the last week or so It's been on replay. I've found myself scouring ,these last couple of days,for 1988 Starting Lineup figures,loose or MOC.I think It's the fact that alot of these figures just weren't available to me as a kid due to them being sold based on team location.For instance,I grew up In Upstate NY so we got tons of Mets and Yankees players. I think this would change in later years as I remember a lot of  other teams being readily available and on the pegs from 1989 and on.

You know you're in trouble when you start marking figures off on a checklist.This was done with paint on the cpu ,I didn't want to write on the card backs.It's a little hard to see but the ones I currently own have the box next to them filled In.As you can see I have a looong way to go.

Here are my newest acquisitions.

From Left to Right - Ozzie Smith,Ozzie Guillen(just realized that they're both shortstops and named Ozzie),Eddie Murray,Wally Joyner, ,Rickey Henderson

My favorite of this bunch Is Ozzie Guillen. Firstly ,because  it's Ozzie Guillen.I have an Oziie Guillen action figure.How cool Is that?!?Plus ,the uni with the player number on the pants.Classic!Not to mention the face Is pretty spot on.It was hit or miss with these figures In '88 with alot of guys getting the same head sculpt.Guillen's was on point.Check out 

Here's Guillen's 1986 Topps RC.Not from my personal stash ,I was too lazy to dig it out and snap a pic.Here's the link for the pic below 

More SLU goodness on the way!!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My New Obsession!

Before I start gushing over childhood Kenner Starting Lineup memories,give this video  a click.Is It not the most 80's sounding thing ever!?!This could have easily been a G.I. Joe theme song.

Isn't It great!In fact ,all of their commercials were pretty damn epic.And now,on to the post...

Kenner 1988 Starting Lineup MOC /1990 Bo Jackson Loose

The first line of Kenner Starting Lineups came out In 1988.At that time,I was still into G.I. Joe but transitioning into baseball fandom.Baseball was kind of Ideal for me as I was able to watch real,live heroes play out in front of me on my television screen.Each with their own super power! Jose Canseco(my favorite player at the time)  could hit a baseball a country mile. Bo Jackson had a cannon for an arm and guys like Dwight Gooden and Nolan Ryan were masters of deception, every time they went out on the mound and racked up strikeouts.I was already into action figures so In my world ,the stars had definitely aligned when these figures came out.A very belated thank you to Kenner ;)The truth Is,I liked these figures a little too much.Yeah,the next part of this story involves things I did to obtain them that I'm not particularly proud of.I was young and impressionable,and when an older friend of mine told me that all you had to do was remove them from the packaging and walk out of the store with them,undetected,I was In.I know, not cool.I don't put the blame on him as I was old enough to make the right decision and chose not to. My collection grew ten fold.One day ,my cousin and I got greedy and went back to the  same store multiple times and that's when they busted us.I had Joe Dimaggio In my coat pocket and my cousin had a hooded sweater on, filled with Tiger handheld games ,lol. I shouldn't be laughing , but looking back on It now I find It somewhat comical.If there are any kids reading this ,please don't try this at home.It's not cool to steal,from anyone or anywhere at anytime.Earn your shit ;)

I got It bad  from my parents .And then one day ,while playing at a friends house ,his phone rang.He picked It up and said It was my dad on the phone.My dad was  kind of excited on the other line as he went on to tell me how he had found a bunch of  those Starting Lineup figures I liked so much on clearance.He picked up 5 figures for me and wanted me to come home to check them out.Poor dad had an eye for sales but certainly not for baseball players :( Most of the figures were commons .I seem to remember alot of Cleveland Indians being In that mix.Pat Tabler,Mel Hall.Anyways, you gotta love and admire the man for trying.I certainly didn't deserve them.

So here's the back of the packaging.As you can see I'll be in over my head If I try to go after every last one of these figures. I'm mainly going to be picking up personal favorites and ones I had a kid.Some will be loose ,some in packaging.

If you haven't gotten a good look at these before,check out  Bo Jackson.He was one of the few to have a player accurate head sculpt.This is probably because this figure Is from 1990 I believe.The earlier run of figures were pretty generic looking.

So ,yeah,shameful memories aside,I'm pretty obsessed with these figures right now.I'm trying to pick up as many of the first run MOC as most are pretty cheap these days.Some of the more expensive ones I'll probably pick up loose and spend less.Well.that's all for today kids,and  remember "To be a winner ,be strong and ready to fight......and don't shoplift!"  ;)