Daily Archives: August 14, 2009

Cody Ross Autograph Signing Tomorrow!!!

I’ve been preparing for this day for 2 weeks now.  Cody Ross, who is easily the most fun guy on the team to cheer for, is doing a public signing for free at a Dunkin’ Donuts around the corner from my house.  I’ve racked my brain and I believe that the last non-team event I went to like this was for Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway back during their glory days with the Miami Heat.  So, yes it has been a while!!!

It will be a very busy day tomorrow.  First is the signing, followed by a birthday party for one of my son’s classmates.  Then it’s back to the house for a family party for my youngest son’s first birthday!!!  I guess my point is that it may take some time, but I will certainly do my best to get pictures from the signing on the site for you to enjoy.

On top of getting to meet Cody and get a few autographs and hopefully a picture of him with me and my boys, I have eluded to giving him some kind of gift.  Here is the scoop – I am dying to get an interview with Cody for this blog.  My exhausting attempts with the Marlins have been a wild goose chase which has led me nowhere.  The interview is all typed up and ready to go.  It’s in a ’20 Questions’ format and I have done my best to allow for short answers.  I don’t expect Cody to sit there and let me fire my questions away at him during the signing, so I have put together a little package for him.

The contents: 


 80% of the cards I have of Cody were not for me, but for him.  I know he has young children as well and they would probably get a kick out of seeing ‘Daddy’ on so many baseball cards at 1 time.


The interview along with a self-addressed-stamped-envelope so he can answer it at his leisure and return it to me easily. 


And all of this is now wrapped up and ready to hand over in a nice and neat package.

Hopefully this works out well.  I tried to make the interview a fun process for him and something that he would enjoy answering.

Stay tuned to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ as I will be bringing you pictures from the Cody Ross autograph signing as well as an interview with the man himself(hopefully)!!!!

Andre Dawson Game-Used Memorabilia Card #4

I recently scooped up 4 more Andre Dawson Game-Used memorabilia cards at a combined price of just over $9.00 with shipping included.  This is card #4 from that purchase.

Check out this beauty!!!

This card is from the 2004 Donruss Playoff ‘Tools of the Trade’ set.  The card is numbered 200/250 and features a piece of game used bat and jersey from Andre Dawson’s days with the Chicago Cubs.

Almost everything about this card is perfect.  The design looks great and has a really strong ‘baseball feel’ to it.  I like what they did with the 2 swatches by making them the centerpieces of the card.  The Blue logos and lettering throughout the design of the card work well with the Cubs’ color scheme. 

My only complaint about this card is the size of the player’s picture that was selected.  There is an awful lot of ’empty’ space in this card’s design and I think that a little effort could have been made to use a better picture of Andre while also keeping the bat and jersey pieces as main components of the design.

Either way, a card like this becomes an instant favorite in my growing collection of Andre Dawson game-used memorabilia cards!!!

Dawson GU 4

Celebrity First Pitch – The Michelin Man

 Who knew he had it in him??  And this whole time we thought he was just a cheap rip-off of the ‘Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’!!!

I think I counted 2 bounces before it reached the catcher.  2, maybe 3!!!

Did You Know…

On Arpil 23, 1952, Hoyt Wilhelm won his first game and hit his first home run, which became the only home run he ever hit in 1,070 games.


**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’