Saturday, November 28, 2020

Roiding with Jose

All right!  In a previous post, I mentioned that I am going to try to complete my Steroids project, and today I am spotlighting one of the players on that list.  Jose Canseco! 

For those of you who don't know how I am doing this, I will be attempting to get:

-the entire Topps base run (flagship) from each players playing career.
-a relic or autograph of each player
-4 nine pocket sheets of the 'coolest' cards I can find of each player.  Think refractors, die-cuts and colorful stuff.  Rare and serial numbered could make the cut too!

Here is what I need for Jose:

Topps Base Needs:


Relic or Auto card - I do have a Jose relic, but it is in my keeper collection, so I need another for this little endeavor.

Sheets of Coolness: below is what I have so far for Canseco.  Can you beat any of these?  Then let's talk trade!  Also, notice that I only have 3 pages so far, I want 4.

My favorites from this page are the three on the right side.  The Flair is kind of wacky.  Strange colors.  But lots of color!  The Obak is kind of cool, with the minor league team.  But I can tell you from personal experience, Tacoma does not have palm trees!  And the Leather & Lumber is just a good looking card.  It is also serialed /2499.

The cards on this page that I might want to find something better for are:  The Lumber Company (upper left) and Studio (dead center).  One reason is that I prefer Canseco as an Athletic, but mostly these 2 cards just don't pop for me.  They would be just fine if I don't find anything better though.

On this page, my current faves are the second row.  I have always loved the Star Stickers sets, and that Jose is a classic from my middle school years.  Same for the Donruss Highlights.  And the ProVisions has long been a classic subset.  All A's cards on this page and the next!

None of these scream 'replace me', but the Bazooka is a little tired and dull.  

On the last page, I like them all, and they will probably all make it through. Just classic examples of the godfather of steroids!

If you have Canseco's (or any of the other Steroids Boys) that I need, feel free to reach out and get a trade started!


  1. McGwire: 1989 Donruss, 1989 Topps, 1988 Score, 1988 Score Rookie Sluggers (with Matt Nokes), 1990 Donruss All-Star

    Clemens: 1990 Topps, 1989 Topps All-Star

    Pettitte: 1995 Fleer Update

    A Rod: 2020 Allen & Ginter

    Palmeiro: 1992 Score, 1990 Topps

    1. Not sure I need any of those, but I appreciate the help!

  2. I added Juan Gon, Arod, McGwire and a Pacific Palmeiro to my new pick pockets. ;)

    1. Awesome, thanks! Most generous of you. And thanks for the heads up on the pick pockets opening up! I'm hoping to have some stuff coming your way soon.

  3. Whoa. There are a few cards here I've never seen before. Most notably... that 1987 Fleer Record Setters card... which is fantastic. As soon as I rest my back and get mobile... I'll start digging through my boxes and send you some stuff. Hopefully you're able to use some of it.

  4. That first picture had some great cards. But the provision is pretty epic

  5. Awesome start on Jose, looking forward to seeing updates as things progress and you get a fourth page and/or bump other cards out!