Daily Archives: July 9, 2009

‘You Collect Players From The 80’s But Don’t Have Any….’

This is a true story.

I don’t share my blog with co-workers very often.  For whatever reason, I guess that they will all become addicted to ’30-YOC’ and somehow get in trouble for being on the site for hours and hours while our employer pays them.  I’m just trying to look out for their best interest.

But sometimes I cannot help myself, especially when someone expresses an interest in what I am doing.  With that being said, let me tell you now that I carry a notepad with me at all times.  At work it is stashed away at my desk but is convenient enough to me if I need to quickly jot something down that pops into my head.  During my lunch break, I am constantly scribbling down new ideas and thoughts as to what I can add to the blog and to my collection.

About a week ago, a fellow co-worker asked me what I was writing down every day and since I knew he was a sports fan he became the first one at my new workplace that I shared ’30-YOC’ with.  I told him the premise of the site, and since we’re the same in age he recalled several memories of the same era in baseball and players that he cared for during that time.  I quietly passed him a link to the site and quickly forgot about it.

Yesterday at 7:52 in the morning he shows up at my cube and says, ‘Dude, you collect players from the 80’s but don’t have any cards of Cal Ripken, Roger Clemens, George Brett, Don Mattingly, Gary Carter…’  He went on for what seemed like minutes.  In reality he probably mentioned 10-12 guys that were the stars of the sport during that glorious decade.  But you know what, he is 100% right.  For all of the Dawson, Henderson, and Winfield cards that I own, I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to obtaining cards of the players that I enjoyed watching and collecting during my youth.

So Thank you, employee ‘X’.  You have opened my eyes, and I am already working on a few new goals for my card collection that will continue to honor the players that have left a lasting image on me.

There are 2 things that I can assure you:  (1) I have shown my readers each and every card that I own through this blog – nothing has been skipped or passed over.  (2) I will continue to show you all of my purchases as long as interest remains there.  The players from the 80’s are special to a lot of us and I enjoy reliving many of those memories and sharing them with you.

Stay tuned as there is a lot more to come as the baseball card collection at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ continues to take flight!!!

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1972 Topps Fergie Jenkins

1972 Topps Fergie Jenkins

I was able to grab this 1972 Topps Fergie Jenkins card for a very low price and am surprised as to how great the condition of the card is in since it’s 37+ years old!!

While the ’72 Topps set is not on my ‘favorites list’, it’s nice to add another of the missing pieces to my Fergie Jenkins player collection.  Now I am just 2 cards away from having every Fergie Jenkins card issued during the 1970’s.  I am hoping to wrap up this decade’s set of cards within the next few weeks.

For me, the ’72 design screams ‘Disco’.  And although that may be premature by a few years before  the disco craze hit the US, the color scheme and graphic details certainly are reminiscent and should remain in the 70’s.

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Celebrity First Pitch – Pau Gasol

Fresh off of his 2009 NBA championship, Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers headed over to Dodger Stadium to throw out the first pitch in front of the very excited home team and fans!!!

I can only imagine that during those awkward seconds before Gasol makes his way to the mound that they are showing highlights of him and the Lakers’ championship win on the big screen.  Otherwise his pose, stare, and smile are a little creepy…

Ken Griffey Jr. Honors Michael Jackson

Always a class act, I wanted to pass along this story about Ken Griffey Jr.  Enjoy!!!

From Yahoo Sports – July 8, 2009 – Written by David Brown

As Mariners slugger Ken Griffey Jr.(notes)strolled to the plate for his first at-bat Tuesday night, the sound system at Safeco Field grooved to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

Griffey’s apparent tribute to the King of Pop, who was memorialized Tuesday, extended beyond the sonic. Close inspection of Griff Jr.’s grip on the bat showed a bare left hand and a white batting glove worn on his right.

Griffey usually wears dark blue gloves on both hands.

From Jim Moore in SeattlePI.com:

Before Tuesday night’s game at Safeco Field, Ken Griffey Jr. said he was going to honor Michael Jackson by wearing one white batting glove in his first at-bat, and I thought he was kidding.

“Man, you’re gullible,” Griffey said.

Tricky. Griffey’s tribute turned out to be earnest and effective. He drew a walk but — sorry — he didn’t moonwalk to first base (VIDEO). If he had, Griffey would have been the first big leaguer since Jimmy Piersall in 1963 to go backward ’round the bases.

In his subsequent at-bats, Griffey reverted to his usual two-gloved stance. He finished 1-for-2. No one wants to be defeated, but Griffey’s M’s were, 12-4, by the Orioles.

After the jump, check out a close-up of Griffey’s tribute and an old-school shot of Jackson with everyone’s Mommy and Daddy from the ’80s.

Griffey struck an accurate pose — MJ also wore his sequined glove on the right hand while going au naturel on the left.

Griffey was barely in his teens when Jackson, at his zenith of popularity, visited the White House in 1984.

Just 7 Games Out Of First Place, Have The Toronto Blue Jays Given Up???

Just barely past the half way mark of the 2009 baseball season and the Toronto Blue Jays sit 1 game above .500 and in 4th place in the AL East.  And while this division is extremely competitive, it’s very curious as to why the Blue Jays would be making news now.  Especially when it’s news about tearing apart the nucleus of their team.

First it was the Roy Halladay rumors that broke earlier in the week.  From The St. Louis Dispatch to ESPN to The Toronto Star to Fox Sports  – all of these media outlets ran with the story that the Blue Jays would listen to trade offers for the ace of their rotation.  Halladay has been one of the best pitchers this decade and should rank in the Top 5 in everyone’s active pitcher lists.  Why would the Blue Jays, who are a 6-game win streak away from heading back to the top of the division, even put that kind of news out there?  As a player in that locker room, no one should feel safe if they’re considering moving their most valuable piece.

And then today news hit that former stud closer, BJ Ryan, has been released.  While Ryan was not meeting the standards this season that he had set in prior years, he was still due roughly $15 million dollars over the next year and a half so the Jays cut him a check and let him walk.  I would love to be in his shoes – he is now able to sign with anyone he wants and can literally pick where he would like to go and not have his contract terms limit his options.  In 2005 Ryan notched 36 saves.  A year later in ’06 he rang up 38, and in 2008 another 32.  You’ve got to believe that there will be a ton of teams ready to gamble to see if BJ can return to a very recent form in which he was one of the game’s best closers.

Right now I feel sorry for the Blue Jays fans that are out there.  With 77 baseball games left in the regular season the team is well within reach of making it to the playoffs but it appears that their management team does not think that it will happen.

Toronto, I feel your pain…

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