Monthly Archives: January 2009

1983 Topps Oakland A’s Team Leader w/Rickey Henderson

1983 Topps Oakland A’s Team Leader w/Rickey Henderson

I know I’ve got some work cut out for me as I try to get closer to the end of this collection of cards.  With the announcement that Rickey will be enshrined at Cooperstown this summer, his cards have seen a spike in demand and prices and I still have several cards to try to grab.  I am going to try to get the older stuff first as I know that the cards issued in the late 1980’s are still easy to find in great shape.

Wish me luck as I continue on this journey… 


Happy Birthday Ernie Banks!!!

Amazingly, Ernie Banks is turning 78 years old today.  I have seen recent pictures of Ernie at various Cubs and baseball related events and he looks great!!

‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization.  His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’.  Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.

Unfortunately Banks never played 1 single inning, never batted 1 time, never took the field 1 time in the playoffs.  For someone that means so much the sport of baseball and specifically to the city of Chicago, it would have been great to see Ernie Banks play when the games counted the most! 


Happy Birthday Nolan Ryan!!!

Yep, Nolan Ryan turns 62 years old today.

It’s hard to believe that we will soon be entering the 16th season since ‘The Ryan Express’ derailed his baseball career.  For any collector and baseball fan in general that was active in the 1980’s, we all have a Nolan Ryan moment ingrained in our heads.  For me, it was the speech I did in 10th grade about Ryan’s incredible feat of 5,000 K’s.  I actually had the game taped and used the strikeout of Rickey Henderson as the ‘ice breaker’.  It was pretty cool and I believe I got an A for the speech.  I remember saying something along the lines of ‘Nolan Ryan has done this 5,000 times.  Nolan Ryan did this 1,500 times before any of us were born.’

Anyways, ‘Happy Birthday’ to one of the game’s ultimate competitors!!!  Nolan Ryan is and will always be remembered as the guy that was unbelievably dominant yet was never rewarded with an individual honor for his pitching performances. 


“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #1

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #1

Eddie Murray – 1978 Topps – #36

I have chosen Eddie Murray as the rookie that debuted in the 1970’s as the most complete baseball player while also having a significance in the hobby of collecting baseball cards.

Where do you start with this baseball superstar? 

Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003, Murray is one of the most deadly hitters the game of baseball has ever seen.   As a switch-hitter, Murray was indefensible.  He can be described as the perfect combination of power and control at the plate.  Murray is a member of the very small 3,000 hit & 500 home run club.  In the history of baseball, only 4 players have ever accomplished this spectacular feat and Murray is one of them(the others being Aaron, Mays, and Palmeiro).  With 3,255 hits and 504 homers Murray has distinguished himself as the best all-around hitter to debut during the 1970’s.  In addition to his incredible hits and home run numbers, Murray was also a key source of run production.  With 1,917 RBI and 1,627 runs scored over the course of his career, Murray was a constant force at the plate.

The awards and accolades on Murray’s resume are impressive – Rookie of the Year, 3-time Gold Glove winner, 3-time Silver Slugger winner, and an 8-time All-star.  And while Murray was never able to capture the MVP award, he did finish in the Top 10 in 8 times.

Eddie Murray played in 3 World Series contests and won 1 championship title with the 1983 Baltimore Orioles.

Congratulations go out to Eddie Murray who is ’30-Year Old Cardboard’s’ choice as the Top Rookie from the 1970’s!!!!


Incredible Cards Given From 1 Andre Dawson Fan To Another…

I don’t believe that anyone follows the ‘Hawk to the Hall’ blog quite like I do.  I’ve used Charlie’s site as a source of inspiration a he has built an incredible collection of a player that we both call our favorite – Andre Dawson!

Charlie and I have chatted via email and blog comments over the last several months and recently he told me that he had pulled some cards for me.  How cool is that?  Someone that collects and cherishes cards of the same player that I do was willing to share.  Needless to say, I was thrilled by this and couldn’t wait for the cards to arrive.

Well, they have and I am more than pleased.  I’m actually quite humbled by Charlie’s generosity.  Let me share the goodies with you…


A 2004 Donruss card featuring a piece of game-used jersey of Andre’s.  If you look very closely on the left side of this swatch, you can see the famous Cubs pinstripe.


2 cards I was missing for my player collection – 1986 Fleer base card & 1986 Donruss Diamond Kings.  SWEET!!!


Great cards of Andre in the Expos, Red Sox, and Marlins uniforms….  I have to admit some of these Red Sox and Marlins cards are pretty cool.


A handful of Cubs cards I already owned but I will never say ‘No’ to adding more to my favorite Cubs’ collection.


And lastly, 5 cards of ‘The Hawk’ in a Cubs uniform that I did not have.  Such perfect additions to my collection!!

All in all, 26 cards were sent and 26 cards will be taken care of and appreciated.  Charlie- I cannot ‘Thank You’ enough for these great cards and I am already working on some ideas as to how I can return this wonderful favor.

Bobby Bonilla Autograph Through The Mail Success!!!

In just 13 days Bobby Bonilla, also known as ‘Bobby Bo’, returned all 4 of my cards to me signed to perfection!! 

I have always liked his signature.  The loops he has incorporated into the ‘B’s’ in his name really make this a great signature to look at.

I am extremely happy to add this 6-time All-star and member of the 1997 World Series Champion Florida Marlins to my collection.

Thanks ‘Bo’


Another Mystery Box Is In The Air…

Incredible!!!  2 boxes in 2 days.  Wow – I really hope that this works out well…

Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to share the contents and joy(hopefully) of this 6X6 inch cardboard box as soon as it is returned back safely to me…


“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #2

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #2

Mike Schmidt – 1973 Topps – #615

I am treating this card the in the same manner that I am treating the Molitor/Trammell rookie card.  This is classified as a Mike Schmidt rookie card only.  Ron Cey had a wonderful career and is a personal favorite of mine, but to be fair it is very clear that the hobby sees this primarily as a Mike Schmidt rookie card.

Mike Schmidt’s credentials are as impressive as any player to play the game in the last 50 years.  If you were to look up the definition of a ‘power hitter’ and ‘defensive specialist’ you could very easily see a reference to Mike Schmidt in both sections.

Schmidt played for 18 seasons with the Philadelphia Philles and was and still is the face of the franchise for many baseball fans.  His raw power at the plate drew fans to the ballpark as he put on incredible displays of power while launching ball after ball into the outfield stands.  With 548 career home runs, Schmidt blasted 30 or more home runs in 12 of his 18 seasons in the majors.  And with 1,595 RBI, he certainly took advantage of have players on base when he was at bat.  Schmidt has a career batting average of .267 and hit .300 or better just 1-time.  But his job was to produce runs and that is exactly what he did – and at an unbelievable rate too.

And then there is the defense…  Schmidt was a 10-time Gold Glove winner at 3rd base.  His range, cannon of an arm, and desire to scoop up every ball hit in his direction made Schmidt the most dominant 3rd baseman during the 1980’s.

Elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, Schmidt was a 12-time All-star.  Schmidt may also be the most highly decorated player from the 1980’s as he won 3 MVP award – in 1980, 1981, and 1986. 

Mike Schmidt competed in 2 World Series match-ups – 1 in 1980 and 1 in 1983.  His Phillies team in 1980 won the title in 6 games but lost in 7 games in 1983 to the Baltimore Orioles.  During their drive to the title in 1980, Schmidt amazed the baseball world while hitting .381 with 2 home runs and driving in 7.  These impressive stats led to him being votes the World Series MVP of the 1980 Fall Classic.  Unfortunately in 1983 he could not duplicate his success as he accounted for just 1 hit in 20 at-bats and hit a poor .050.


Ripping Into A Pack Of 1990 Donruss – Pack 3

I received 4 packs of 1990 Donruss in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #3

Mark Davis, Fred McGriff, Charlie Hayes,  Mike Davis, Kirby Puckett, Tom Foley, Ed Whitson, Luis Polonia, Andres Thomas, Terry Steinbach, Paul Sorrento, Todd Frowirth, Dennis ‘Oil Can’ Boyd, Rich Monetleone, Geno Petralli, and Ray Searage.

2 great stars in this pack that I am excited to add to my collection – McGriff & Puckett!!!



1984 Topps All-Star Dave Winfield

1984 Topps All-Star Dave Winfield

Just 3 cards left and my Dave Winfield player collection is complete.  To see the status of all of my current player collections, click here.

I like this 1984 All-star card.  In the 80’s Topps did a pretty poor job of highlighting the All-star cards and although this card does not scream ‘THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN BASEBALL’, it is a lot better than some of their other issues during the decade – especially the 1985 version.