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Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Keith Hernandez turns 60 years old today.

Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.

Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so.  Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.

Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals.  Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year.  He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well.  A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!

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Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Donruss All-Star

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Donruss All-Star

While not brimming with action, I will take this All-Star baseball card of Cal Ripken Jr. from the 1988 Donruss set over almost any Topps-issued All-Star cards from the same decade.

Here is the card:

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I dare you to find a regular issue Topps All-Star card of Ripken that is better.

Double-Dog Dare.

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter ‘Pastime’s Pastime’

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter ‘Pastime’s Pastime’

I am almost 100% done going after cards from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card set.

Unless I come across some of the more limited print cards of the main guys that I collect, I have no plans to keep shopping for cards from the set.

During my last purchase of cards from Sportlots.com, I did grab a few that I did not obtain during my primary A&G buy.

Among that lot is this sweet card of Andrew McCutchen from the ‘Pastime’s Pastime’ subset.

Have a look:

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The theme of the card is neat, but I find them to be a bit too dark overall.  I will say that the White, home uniform that Cutch is wearing in this shot helps put the attention directly where it should be – on him!  Some of the other ones that I have picked up that show players in darker uniforms do not work nearly as well…

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Chrome – Base

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Chrome – Base

Yessir, I scored this bad-boy for just $0.18 last week during a little shopping adventure on Sportlots.com.

Have a look:

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This is the base card of Dustin Pedroia from the recently released 2014 Topps Chrome baseball card set.

The Chrome looks great, and it is nicely complemented by all of the Red accents supplied by the Red Sox uniform that #15 is wearing in this image.

I like it!

Contest Time – ‘6th Annual Pick The Award Winners Contest’

Contest Time – ‘6th Annual Pick The Award Winners Contest’

Finally!  Another fun contest being held by your good friend at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

I have hosted this contest for the last 5 seasons, so why not go for six in a row…

The rules – To qualify for the contest all you have to do is select who you think will win the Rookie Of The Year awards, Cy Young Awards, and Most Valuable Player award in both leagues.  Each correct answer will earn you 2 points.  To make things interesting, I will also award an additional point if you correctly name the second place player for the 2 MVP awards.  In total you have to submit 8 players and designate who will finish in first and second place in the MVP race.

A correct entry ballot will look something like this:

AL ROY –

NL ROY –

AL Cy –

NL Cy –

AL MVP Winner –

AL MVP 2nd

NL MVP Winner –

NL MVP 2nd

Entries are due by 10:00PM EST on Sunday so get your homework done and submit your picks quickly so you’re eligible to win.

And what is the prize, you ask?

How about this?

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6 packs of 1988 Score baseball cards for the winner!!

Great prize, huh??   Yeah, I thought you would like it!!!

Sound like fun?  Then submit your picks into the comments section of this post.  Good Luck!!!

1988 HEADLINE: Kirk Gibson’s Blast Gives The Dodgers A 1-0 Lead In World Series

1988 HEADLINE: Kirk Gibson’s Blast Gives The Dodgers A 1-0 Lead In World Series

On this day in 1988, Kirk Gibson made baseball history with a walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

In an improbable fashion, Gibson limped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning to face off against the greatest closer in the game, Dennis Eckersley.  Hobbled by injury, Gibson was barely able to move his hips, but he did get wood on the ball.  And it sailed over the fence for a game-ending, legend-making home run.

Gibson’s blast is one of many World Series highlights that gets attention as the World Series begins.  It is one of the greatest moments in baseball history, and some of the men on the field that day have been considered the best of their era.

Amazingly, that would be Gibson’s lone at-bat in the 1988 World Series.

He sure did make the best of that one shot, huh?

Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 1998 Fleer Skybox Dugout Access – I Have An Idea To Make This Card Better…

Cal Ripken Jr. 1998 Fleer Skybox Dugout Access

The theme of ‘Dugout Access’ is a very neat one and a great one for a baseball card set.

I just wish that the theme extended beyond the name and logo.  I wish it was carried forward to the image being used on the card as well…

This is Cal Ripken, Jr’s card from the 1998 Fleer Skybox ‘Dugout Access’ set:

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Like I said, the name of the set is really cool.  And the logo designed around the name also works pretty well.

Now, just imagine if the image used of Cal for this set looked more like this:

Or like this:

Now that is true ‘Dugout Access’.