Monthly Archives: April 2009

Bash Brothers 2.0

I tend to compare players of today to players that I cheered for as a kid.  And for some reason, I continue to compare the Florida Marlins of 2008 & 2009 to the ‘Bash Brothers’ from the Oakland A’s teams of the late 1980’s.

Although the fish have nobody hitting moon shots, they have a very solid line-up of players that can deliver the long ball.  Amazingly, they don’t have a single player with the physique of a Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, or Dave Henderson, but they still blast their fare-share of home runs.

If it’s not Dan uggla, it’s Jorge Cantu.  If it’s not Jorge Cantu, it’s Hanley Ramirez, If it’s not Hanley Ramirez, it’s Jeremy Hermida.  And if it’s not Jeremy Hermida, it’s Cody Ross!!!  You’ve got to love the Fish!!! 

5 More Modern Cards Featuring The Hawk…

And the collection continues to grow.  I picked up these 5 beauties over the last few weeks via www.sportlots.com and good old www.ebay.com.

With the original goal of my Andre Dawson collection behind me, I am quickly building a very nice, and nice-looking stack of more modern stuff.  I’m a sucker for the old Expos uni’s too….

Check these out: 

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Did you know…

Did you know that Eddie Matthews is the only person to play for the same franchise(Braves) in three cities:  Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.

*factoid courtesy of ‘Grand Slam Baseball’

“Now Pitching For Your Florida Marlins, Right-Fielder, Cody Ross”

Am I the only one that cringes when a position player takes the mound?  Actually I more than cringe, I get pissed off!

Haven’t we seen guys lose years off of their careers for this exact same move(Canseco)?  Aren’t the Marlins paying Cody Ross to be out in the outfield on a daily basis?  What if he threw his arm out?  I know it was just 19 pitches, but he was averaging in the mid-80’s and to me that is just not good for the team.  I don’t care that he was a pitcher in high school – he is a professional outfielder.  Hell, ‘The Fish’ were down by 11 runs at the time.  If he got hurt how mad would they be that it happened in a game that they had very little chance of winning.

Cody, please stay off of the mound.  Work on your hitting, and keep playing right field.  We don’t need to lose you to this kind of silliness..

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Ted Simmons

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Ted Simmons

Who knew?

21 major league seasons is what Ted Simmons gave us.  7 Top-20 MVP finishes too.  For some reason, I just cannot remember Ted Simmons from his playing days.  Yet, his numbers are pretty solid.  A career .285 hitter with 248 home runs and 1,389 RBI, Simmons certainly had his share of success in the big leagues.  Simmons was also a very versatile fielder as he spent periods of his career playing 1st base, 3rd base, catcher, and 2 outfield spots.

Super?  Maybe, maybe not.  Solid?  No doubt!!! 

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1985 Fleer Rickey Henderson

1985 Fleer Rickey Henderson

Fleer got it right in 1985.  In my opinion they had the best issue of cards in that year.

There is nothing about this card that doesn’t work.  The photo is incredible and indicative of something anyone would see in a game featuring Rickey Henderson.  And the team-themed borders are perfect compliments.  The Yellow and Green of the Oakland Athletics uniform was used throughout the card’s design by Fleer, yet it doesn’t take away from the centerpiece of the card which happens to be an incredible photo of ‘The Man of Steal’ himself!!!!

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Pete Rose Used To Be A Great Spokesman For Baseball

It’s a shame that a guy who accomplished so much on the baseball diamond is no longer a part of this great sport.   I love Pete Rose, and I support any movement to get him back into baseball at any capacity possible.

During his great career he was a great spokesman for the sport.  Just 1 example of that can be seen here:

New Book To Read – ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

I got this book for my birthday a few months ago and just cracked it open this week.  I always have a book around and I am finally getting  to this one, even if it’s a few months later than I had planned.

Published in 2007, the content of the book is pretty accurate and is only missing details and stats from the 2008 and 2009 seasons. 

With 468 pages chock-full of baseball stories, quotes, anecdotes, and trivia, I am excited to get into it and see what new things I can pick up about our beloved sport.  I also thought that this would be a great way to share some interesting tidbits from the book with you as I check out the content of these 468 pages.  I have added a new category to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ called ‘Did You Know…’ and will periodically post some fact, stories, and trivia questions that I found in the book that I felt were worthy of sharing.

Stay tuned as the first ‘Did You Know…’ should hit the site in the coming days.

2 Contest Winners – LA Dodgers & St. Louis Catdinals!!!

We have a winner – 2 actually.

Both the Dodgers and Cardinals picked up their 12th win of the season last night which means that both Burnseez and Albuqwirke get to take their pick of which autographed card they would like to  add to their collections.

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Congratulations to the 2 of you!!!!  And ‘Thank You’ to everyone who played!!!!

Stay tuned as 30-Year Old Cardboard’s next contest is right around the corner…

Where Am I Supposed To Go To Get My Storage Boxes Now???

You may recall from a few weeks ago that I posted about the last local baseball card shop near my home closing it’s doors.  If not, you can read that story here.

So, my question is this – Where am I supposed to get my storage boxes now?

I don’t use albums.  I have everything I own in penny sleeves or top-loaders and their all neatly organized in my cardboard boxes.  I am going to need to buy something soon to accommodate the new stuff I have added to my collection and another 3-row box seems like the perfect choice.  So where do I go?  The closest hobby shop that I know of is 25+ miles away from my house, and it’s hardly worth the gas money to buy a $3 box.  The web doesn’t seem like a logical choice either because the shipping charge would be more than the cost of the box.

For all of you collctors out there that keep your cards in plastic sleeves and cardboard boxes, please tell me how you’re getting your supplies!  Thank you.