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I Am Re-Committing Myself To The Roots Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

I Am Re-Committing Myself To The Roots Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

On Sunday night, I eluded to the fact that I was really starting to miss my favorite players from my youth – the ones that shaped my love for the game that has carried me, my collection, and this blog for many years.

I specifically detailed how I wish that I paid a little more attention to the guys that have left us early – like Tony Gwynn, Gary Carter, and Kirby Puckett.

Well, I am now ready to do something about it.  And in a major way.  I am going back to the roots of ’30-Year Old Cardboard!

After publishing that post on Sunday, I spent a few hours organizing my cards even deeper than I had before.  And for a very small handful of players, I expanded on my detailed player collection Excel spreadsheets to include every single card of them I own, just like I have done with my Dawson, Jenkins, Palmer, etc. collections.

This process confirmed to me that I can go after quite a bit more.  So, that is my plan.

I am digging deeper on some of the original player collections I built when I got back into collecting in 2008.  And in many cases, I am going back after the guys I originally built player collections of when I first got back into the hobby.  Absence certainly does make the heart grow fonder…

Have I added more cards of these guys since?  Sure, I have.  And they are now documented and accounted for.  But, in many cases, I limited my original collections of them to specific brands, years, and teams.  As an example, I restricted my collection of Dave Winfield to all major-brand baseball cards up to 1989.

Well, now I am opening the flood-gates.  I am going BIG!!

Get ready for a lot of vintage oddballs, limited edition cards, and super stuff from the 1980’s.

As for the player that I intend to highlight and showcase – the list is baseball royalty:  Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Wade Boggs, and Eddie Murray.

Here is a picture of my collection of these five HOF’ers as it stands tonight:

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And in the very near future, I am hoping that each of these rows will look a lot more full.

Buckle up everybody, it is going to be a fun, fun ride!!

Thanks for reading.

 

The Death Of Tony Gwynn Has Left Me Feeling A Bit Empty…

The Death Of Tony Gwynn Has Left Me Feeling A Bit Empty…

It has been two months since one of my baseball heroes, Tony Gwynn, died.

And since his passing, I have spent more time reading articles written about him, watching videos about him, and learning more about him.  I was sad the day that he passed.  And I am still sad about it today.  Lately it seems like more and more of the players I enjoyed as a kid are gone.  Gary Carter blew me away a few years ago, and then back in July, Tony Gwynn left us too.

As I watch modern-day baseball, I crave for the legends that shaped my love for the game.  I miss watching them play.  I miss cheering for them.  I miss impersonating their batting stance and swing with my buddies at the park.

Do I love the modern game?  Of course I do.

But my true passion is the baseball and the players that starred during my youth – Pete Rose and 4,192, Mookie Wilson’s error, Canseco’s 40/40, Bo Jackson breaking bats over his knee, Andre Dawson throwing out runners going to third, Rickey Henderson cruising around the base paths, Dwight Gooden striking out dozens during each appearance, Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run, and the list goes on.  These are the players and moments that made me fall in love with the game.

So, as I always tend to do, I am going to go back to enjoy the sport and hobby from my youth.

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ is heading back to the 1980’s!!!

Will I still follow modern players and teams?  Without a doubt.  Will I still collect modern cards?  Of course I will.  But, I will once again be paying more attention to the players and teams and cards that made me fall in love with this great sport and hobby during my childhood.  If I can learn more now, great.  And if I can conjure up more memories of those great times, I am all for it.

I think that this will be a lot of fun.  And I hope that you are ready to go back to the 1980’s with me.

Let’s Go!!

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Celebrating The Blog Today. Happy 6th Birthday To ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Celebrating The Blog Today.  Happy 6th Birthday To ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Yep, the blog has reached another milestone – 6 years!

What started as a journey in 2008 that I did not know where it would go or how it would get anywhere, ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ has become a part of my life, a very enjoyable part.

Since August 8, 2008, this blog has been chugging right along.  No Baby steps with this thing – right to walking, jogging, running, and now a marathon.

In existence for 2,191 days, I have missed just one day since 8/8/2008 in which I did not submit a post for your enjoyment.  And that missed day came during the first two weeks – so, you could say that I have a 5 year, 11 month streak going.  Look out Cal, I am coming for you!!!

In all seriousness, this blog the world to me.  It has allowed me the opportunity to enjoy the baseball stars I enjoyed during my youth while also getting the opportunity to learn even more about the great history of the game and engrossing myself in the action of today.

I have met some great people over the years as a result of ’30-YOC’ – some I have not talked to in years, others I speak with on occasion, and some I talk to almost daily.  And I love all of it.

From me to you and from you to me, Happy Birthday ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.  I may run the blog, but this blog is for all of us.

Thanks for the great times and memories.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for all of us!!

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Reader Jared Fires Over A Huge Lot Of Cards, Perfectly Crafted For A Collector Like Myself!!!

Reader Jared Fires Over A Huge Lot Of Cards, Perfectly Crafted For A Collector Like Myself!!!

I’m like a kid in a candy store tonight as I had a HUGE bubble mailer waiting for me when I got home from work.

And as soon as I had time to rip it open, I did.

And the treasures inside are plentiful and super.

I won’t even start showing them off to you now.  I’ve got to sort.  I’ve got to organize.  I’ve got to drop them into penny sleeves.  I’ve got to say ‘THANK YOU’ to Jared again for the great gift.

And, since I am such a nice guy, I will give you a little treat too:

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Enjoy.

And get ready to see a lot of new cardboard being shown off at ’30-YOC’!  Stay tuned.

I Found This Pretty Neat Collectible And I Ripped It Open!!

I Found This Pretty Neat Collectible And I Ripped It Open!!

While shopping at Target this weekend, I made my way to their small, but crammed, trading card aisle.  As usual, the area holding the sports cards was unkept and a mess.

Still, I dug in to see if anything caught my eye.  I have not purchase a lot of new products lately through retail – the last was a blaster of Gypsy Queen right after the release.  So, I was hoping to find something neat and new that would get me excited.

And I did.

But, it was not resting on a shelf – it was hanging on a peg.

It was a 2014 Topps NL All-Star Team set.  And it featured a clear, plastic shell allowing me access to see the top card.  A card of Mr. Bryce Harper.

So, I examined it to see what the story was as I had not seen this kind of set before.  And then I took it to one of those self-scan price check machines – $4.99.  I was sold.

I bought the set.  Here it is:

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An it has a pretty deep, 17-card checklist, though not all of these players actually made the squad this season…

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The cards are the same as the cards from Series 1 and Series 2, but they have a neat NL All-Star logo right above the team logo.

And after much deliberation, I decided to rip the package open.  Why?  Because the set has four of the current players that I collect included, and a search on Ebay for these singles did not net me any positive results.

For $4.99, I added cards to four of my player collections:

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And now I have all of these ‘extras’ to enjoy as well!!

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I’s say that was a good $4.99 spent.  And to get technical, my wife has a Target credit card so she saved 5% with the purchase so the set actually cost me $4.74 or $0.28 per card.

Not too bad, huh?!?!?

 

Don Mattingly 2014 Topps Archives – Base – WHAT A MUSTACHE!!!

Don Mattingly 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Yes, Don Mattingly sported one of the more famous mustaches in baseball during the 1980’s, but I don’t recall it being this big and bulky…

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Wow, Topps really took us back.

This mustache is ‘One For The Ages’.  It’s right up there with Jose Canseco’s mustache from his 1986 Donruss card and Greg Maddux’s sweet ‘stache from his 1987 Donruss ‘Rated Rookies’ card.

I LOVE IT!!!

Yogi Berra 2014 Topps Archives

Yogi Berra 2014 Topps Archives

Gotta love seeing Yogi Berra included in modern baseball card sets – I know that I do.

And he made the checklist for the newly released 2014 Topps Archives set this year.

His card was in the ‘1989 Topps’ portion of the set, and the card looks great.

Have a look:

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Of all of the players that Topps recycles that starred during the 1950’s, Berra could very well be my favorite.  The images used of him all look great, and I really enjoy checking out those old, wool Yankees uniforms.

Another great modern card of Yogi Berra for my collection – YES!

Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

No, I am not trying to turn myself into a ‘Machado Super-Collector’.  At least not yet…

But, when I saw this card, I had to grab one for my collection.

As you see below, the colors and the Topps 1986 design are simply a perfect match.

Have a look:

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First off, you have the three main colors of the card – Black, Orange, and White.  It all just works well toegther – from the lettering on the top of the card to the bill on Machado’s helmet and everything in between.

And the image selection is sweet too.  Not only did Topps give us an image that works, but they centered it perfectly.  We’ve all seen #13 make this sign after connecting for a home run, and Topps captured it perfectly.

Nicely done, Topps.  Nicely done.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Box Of 1988 Score Baseball Cards – YESSIR!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Box Of 1988 Score Baseball Cards – YESSIR!!!

The same seller with the Marlins goodies and assorted bargain bins had a full table of vintage wax.  And the table was loaded.

I must have walked by his display three or four times before I finally decided to really look and see what he had.

I’ve bought 1980’s wax boxes at card shows in the past, but it has been a while.  And since I have not ripped any modern wax since the Series 1 release of the 2014 Topps set, my desire to tear into some baseball card packs has been building.

So, I checked out his assortment and narrowed it down to a few random boxes.

Eventually, I opted for a box of 1988 Score baseball packs.  The box has 36 packs, and as many of you know this was Score’s debut set.  The packs were packaged in a clear plastic versus foil or wax paper, and you can see the top card on each pack if you focus your attention towards it.

Here is my buy:

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The box is a bit tattered, but the packs are more than fine.

In addition to that, the bottom of the box features four cards…

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And wouldn’t you know that I got one with Andre Dawson on it!  And Darryl Strawberry and Rickey Henderson too.

Here is a look at the opened box:

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And here is a stack of some of the packs…

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As for what I am going to do now, I am not quite sure.

While I don’t need all of these cards in my collection, and I have no desire to build this set, I am excited to rip into some of them.

Maybe I will give a few to my boys.  And maybe I will offer up a few of them on my blog.

Time will tell.  But, I can guarantee that when I rip into them, I will share the cards with you right here.

Thanks for reading.

Happy 4th Of July!!!

Happy 4th Of July!!!

Have a great day today. Try to go out and enjoy the weather if you can. And try to take in a local fireworks show if you’re able to do so.

But more than anything, try to take a moment to reflect on what ‘Independence Day’ is truly about. We live in an amazing country and although we may not all agree with the daily happenings of our government and leaders, we are in a much better position than the rest of the world!!!

For me, I will be with my family and some friends of the family as we enjoy a nice South Florida night.  We’ll have some snacks and some drinks.  And we’ll be sitting in the outfield in which our boys played baseball for the last four months – sounds like a perfect night to me.  Maybe we’ll bring our gloves too!

Happy 4th of July!!!