Product Highlight: Darryl Strawberry 1989 Saranac Glove

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Saranac.  Wasn’t that the name of a character that Johnny Carson use to play?  Oh wait!  That was Carnac the Magnificent.

Cards containing pieces of glove are seen throughout the hobby today.  Its ironic because at one time it was the other way around.  Collectors would buy gloves to get cards versus buying cards with gloves in them.  Relic cards really turned this industry upside down.

Saranac Gloves is a glove manufacturer which is still around today.  They make gloves for all types of uses including sports.  In the late 1980’s, Saranac struck up a deal with New York Mets superstar Darryl Strawberry to support their line of batting gloves.  Marketing thought it would be a good idea to package a baseball card with the gloves they wanted Strawberry to wear.  Instead of using a standard photograph, Saranac hired artist Dan Gardiner to paint a picture.  Upon seeing the final piece of work, Darryl Strawberry wasn’t satisfied with the way he thought his nose looked.  Apparently they didn’t check with him as the painting was being worked on.  By the time they found out he wasn’t happy, Saranac already had the cards printed and ready to go.  I guess it was too late to make any changes, and the whole thing was scrapped.  All printed cards at the time were ordered to be thrown out.

Whenever an unreleased card is suppose to be trashed, someone almost always doesn’t follow through.  Its hardwired into a collectors brain to automatically notice that this would create a rare card.  A few found their way out.

Pricing can be all over the place.  Most aren’t in the best condition, which leads me to believe these could’ve been dug out of the trash.  Rumor has it that at one time this card sold for up to $500.  I’ve only seen one, and it was fairly beat up.

I wonder what happened to the original painting?  Do you think Darryl Strawberry would sign one of these cards if he were attending a show?

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One Response

  1. regarding the darrell strawberry Saranac card.aka the nose card. what is the card worth? there is almost no info on this card. i was glad i stumbled across this. i stopped researching on the card a year ago.thats because i have 2 of them and they are in mint condition. can you get me some info on the card and how i could sell them. thanks

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