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A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer, Fergie Jenkins!!!!

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer,  Fergie Jenkins!!!!

On the way in to work this morning, I made a quick stop at my local USPS building so I could drop a very special package in the mail.

One of my collecting goals for 2014 is to add some bulk to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.  So, I am taking a few steps towards making that happen.

This very special package is headed to Mr. Jenkins this morning!!!

mystery box

As soon as it is returned back to me, I will unveil the goodies inside!!

Dissecting The Horrible Product That Is 2014 Donruss

Dissecting The Horrible Product That Is 2014 Donruss

It took me some time to put it all together, but I have finally figured out the true origins of the 2014 Donruss Baseball product that was released a few months ago.

And while I, like many other collectors, was excited about the idea of a new Donruss product to collect in 2014, I have to say that this set fails, and it fails miserably.

But, I was really not sure why I did not like it as much as I actually did.

So, being the ‘numbers guy’ that I am, I took out my ‘thinking cap’ and dug in to truly analyze the set and it’s design.

And what I found is that many of the main attractions from the 2014 Donruss set are simply pieces of other card sets merged into one – a morph, if you will.

First, let me show you the card by itself.  Then, I will explain my findings further.

Here is the base card of my main-man, Giancarlo Stanton.


Not a bad card when standing alone.  Sure, there are no team name or logos on the card, but it is what it is.  And to be honest, I don’t think a Marlins logo or banner would drastically affect my opinion of the finished product.

Now, on to the breakdown…

For comparisons’ sake, I have pulled a few cards from my collection to match up to the 2014 Donruss design.

First, the ‘New’ Donruss logo is the same as the ‘Old’ Donruss logo featured on their 1981 design – just enlarged with a slight splash of color.


From there, Donruss gave us the same border design as they did in 1987 with their base set product.


Almost identical!

And if that was not bad enough, Donruss also stole from their competitor, Topps.  Yep, right from the people they are competing with.  Donruss stole the team banner design from the 1978 Topps set.


Pretty blatant if you ask me…

And friends, that is why this product fails.  A true stinker!  Nothing original.  Nothing new.  And nothing to look forward too.


The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

It has been a long time since I did one of these ‘Evolution’ posts, so I thought it would be a good time to get back and take a peek at my full collection with one single, solitary picture.

The growth of my collection over the last few months has stalled a bit as I have focused more time, energy, and funds into my modern player collections and the start of my 1975 Topps set build.

Still, while the growth in terms of size is not what it has been in the past, the growth of these player collections has been phenomenally fun!!

Between my Dustin Pedroia, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton collections, each has grown by leaps and bounds.  And while I never thought that I would truly get ‘into’ collecting modern players, I am happy about how rewarding this has been thus far.  And I look forward to seeing how much I can grow each of them in the coming collecting year.

Also, as you can see in the below picture, the three albums that I have dedicated to my Marlins teams sets have filled up nicely.  I don’t yet need to expand to a fourth album, but that may be my reality by the end of 2014.

Lastly, you will also see the binder I am using for my 1975 Topps set build in the lower right corner of the picture.  I have all of the pages pre-loaded, and I am trying to keep it as organized as possible so as I add new cards to my set, I can quickly drop them into the spots reserved for them.



Next time around I will not wait this long to show of the full collection.  It has been too long and I truly enjoy keeping this process rolling as it is a nice way to celebrate the growth and progress of ’30-YOC’.

Oh, and someday soon I see my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ expanding to a fourth box…

Thanks for reading.  Have a nice night.

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Donruss”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Donruss”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Donruss”, I Think…


Dawson diamond king

For the first time in almost a decade, the Donruss brand of baseball cards has a new release for the collecting community.  And while the company may have new ownership, it is going to be nice to see that old Donruss logo again in the hobby.

But, what is the first word that you think of when you hear the word Donruss?

For me it is, DIAMOND KINGS.  Donruss had some pretty sweet releases during the early stages of their brand during the 1980′s and mixed in with their base sets was a few hobby-changing elements: Rated Rookies, vintage-style graphics, etc.

Enough said.

And now, When You Hear The Name “DONRUSS”, You Think Of…

1975 Topps Set Card 21/660 – #61 – Dave Winfield, Padres

1975 Topps Set Card 21/660 – #61 – Dave Winfield, Padres

Progress: 21/660

Player Name:  Dave Winfield

Card Number: 61

Team:  San Diego Padres

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  22 years, 1973-88 and 1990-1995

Notes From His 1975 Season:  1975 was Dave Winfield’s second full season in the majors.  He elevated his game play in 1975 as he scored 74 runs in 143 games as compared to 57 runs in 145 games in 1974.  He also stole 23 bases in 1975 which put him on a seven year run of double-digit steals in a season.

Notes From Career:  Dave Winfield was a 12-time All-Star who dominated from both sides of the game.  He won 7 Gold Glove awards for outstanding defense in the outfield while also collecting 6 Silver Slugger awards for being one of the best hitting outfielders in the game.  Winfield connected for 465 home runs during his career while collecting 3,110 hits and 5,221 total bases.


Fergie Jenkins 2012 Panini Cooperstown – Crystal Parallel

Fergie Jenkins 2012 Panini Cooperstown – Crystal Parallel

Shockingly, this is just the second card of Fergie Jenkins that I have picked up from the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set.

It’s not for lack of effort or desire – but it is one of availability.

While I was able to build the Andre Dawson rainbow with relative ease, this Jenkins collection has been very tough to put together.

The set features 4 cards: Base, Crystal, Blue Crystal, and Red Crystal.

I grabbed the base card from the set more than 12 months ago – January of 2013 to be exact.

And now, after a very long and unsuccessful year of shopping, I have nabbed the Crystal version of the card.  The card is serial numbered to just 299 copies – mine is #267/299.




Hopefully I can wrap up this 4-card doozie by 2016.  Stay tuned.

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE JENKINS”

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE JENKINS”

Once a year I try to give a complete recap of my major player collections.  This gives me a chance to time-stamp the full collection on my blog so I can keep this data stored in an easy to find manner while also getting to share the information with the great readers of ’30-YOC’.

In the past this has served me very well as I have met some great player collectors through these posts – and also struck up some great trades too.

This is 30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE JENKINS”.

Here is a complete breakdown of my entire Fergie Jenkins baseball card collection:

  • total cards – 290
  • cards from playing days – 65
  • cards issued post retirement – 225
  • relic cards – 48
  • in-person / TTM autographs – 8
  • certified autographs – 18

My Fergie Jenkins collection of cards is easily one of my favorites – it is also the hardest collection to grow.  For the vintage stuff, the cards that have eluded me are ones that carry very high price tags (true oddball stuff or rare OPC cards).  And for modern cards, I pretty much have everything of him that has been issued and is not a very low-serial-number.

I hope that both Topps and Panini continue to include Fergie in their new releases as this is the only way that I will be able to truly add bulk to my collection.

My fingers are crossed that the 2014 checklists have the last name of ‘Jenkins’ included on many of them!

fergie jenkins photo


A Gift To Myself – My New Fergie Jenkins Signed Cooperstown Collection Jersey!!!

A Gift To Myself – My New Fergie Jenkins Signed Cooperstown Collection Jersey!!!

I had a very solid Ebay holiday season when it comes to being a seller.  I was able to offload quite a bit of the cards that did not fit into my collection (primarily from modern box breaks) and it resulted in a PayPal account that saw a nice increase in ‘available balance’.

Instead of shopping for small things that would slowly chip away at my balance and net me a big stack of cards, I sought out some higher end stuff that I normally would not purchase on my own.

Ultimately, I ended up scoring two pretty unique and incredible pieces for my collection.

This is item #1 – a signed Fergie Jenkins Cooperstown Collection Cubs jersey






The jersey is awesome, and it comes inscribed with the inscriptions I would be seeking if I was attempting to get a jersey done on my own.  And the Silver paint pen is exactly what I would use if doing this on my own.  I could not go wrong with this piece!!

The seller that was offering the jersey is always selling them for $159 as he had Jenkins at a private signing a few years ago and has quite a few extras.  Well, during the holidays, he listed a bunch of items with a starting bid price of $0.99 and I was on it from the start.  I paid $44.00 for this signed jersey, and it is a perfect complement to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.

I cannot believe that I got this piece for so little.  Adding a signed jersey to my Fergie Jenkins collection has been on my ‘to do list’ for some time, and to do so at such a high quality rate while extremely affordable allowed me to go after another piece which I will show off in the coming weeks.

As for now, I will sit back and enjoy this beauty!!!

And if you’d like to see how my ‘Ultimate Jenkins‘ collection is coming on, click the link and check it out.

1991 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, And Rod Carew Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1991 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, And Rod Carew Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

Fergie Jenkins was a 4-time All-Star that amassed 284 wins as a starting pitcher.  Owner of seven 20-win seasons, a no-hitter, and a Cy Young award, Jenkins was one of the best and most consistent performers in the 1970s.

Gaylord Perry is a member of the ’300 Wins Club’ with 314 major league victories.  During his 22 years as a pro, Perry collected 3,534 strikeouts, with eight seasons of 200 or more.  Perry was a 5-time All-Star and a 2-time Cy Young Award winner.

Rod Carew is one of the greatest hitters in major league history.  A member of the ’3,000 Hits Club’, Carew amassed 3,053 hits in 19 major league seasons.  Carew was an 18-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year, MVP, and 7-time batting champion.

Jenkins was voted into the Hall of Fame on his third ballot in which he collected 334 of 443 votes cast.

Perry was voted into the Hall of Fame on his third ballot in which he collected 342 of 443 votes cast.

Carew was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in which he collected 401 of 443 votes cast.

Here Is The 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes ‘Fergie Jenkins Rainbow’!!!

Here Is The 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes ‘Fergie Jenkins Rainbow’!!!

I’m really enjoying Panini this year.  And between the Cooperstown and Hometown Heroes sets, I am very impressed with what they’re issuing from their creative team.

I am also impressed, and happy, with the players that they have been choosing for these great-looking sets.

This year, Panini included Fergie Jenkins is the base portion of their ‘Hometown Heroes’ set.  Each card from the base set has two alternate versions – a state stamp version and a zip code stamp version.

And, I am very pleased to announce that I have secured all three.

Here is a peek at the full lot, first card-by-card and then the complete rainbow.


Jenkins Panini Base

State Stamp Version:

Jenkins Panini State

Zip Code Stamp Version:

Jenkins Panini Zip

The Rainbow:

Jenkins Panini Rainbow

Oh, yeah baby!  That is how you do it.  I love it!!!!