Daily Archives: January 1, 2010

30-YOC’s Collecting Goals for 2010

I figure that January 1 is as good of a time as any to make my collecting goals for the upcoming year formal.

Without dancing around it, I’ll get right down to what you can expect to see me focus on in 2010.

Player collections.  Simply stated, I am a player collector.  I enjoy honoring my favorite players by collecting their cards and showing them off on this blog.  As of right now, I need 1 more card of Fergie Jenkins and Eddie Murray to go and those collections will be complete.  I still have some road ahead of me to finish my Billy Williams, Jim Palmer, Darryl Strawberry, and Greg Maddux collections.  As soon as I get closer to finishing those off, I will definitely add a few more guys to go after.

Subsets.  Collecting a 792-card set does not appeal to me at all.  But putting together a subset of 6-10 cards that celebrate specific player or team achievements is right up my alley.  I compiled some great subsets in 2009 and look to continue that in 2010.

Autographed Baseballs.  Right now I have 18 signed baseballs in my collection.  I consider all of them to be quality pieces, with many of them belonging to players that impacted my enjoyment of the sport and hobby during my youth.  My goal is to add 8-10 more signed balls to my collection while sticking to my original rule that each player has to have a special significance to me and my collecting ways.

TTM Autographs.  As long as TTM collecting remains fun, I will participate.  From January through Spring Training and into the 2010 regular season, I will be putting cards and other items in the mail with the hope of bringing home some great autographs for my expanding collection.

Vintage Singles.  I would love to put together player collections of some of the biggest stars from the 1960’s and 1970’s.  My budget won’t allow that – but that doesn’t mean that I cannot pick up a few singles of some of these guys.  I’d love to add 8-10 quality cards of these guys to my collection in 2010.  I want Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson and Reggie Jackson and Johnny Bench and Bob Gibson and Willie McCovey and Pete Rose and Rod Carew and the list goes on and on and on.  I can’t wait to get going on this. 

There you have it – My goals for my collection in 2010.  Now I know that they can change during the course of the year, but I happen to be pretty good at sticking to my guns and I think I have some great collecting ahead of me!!

So what are your collecting goals for 2010???

Happy New Year!!!

From all of us(it’s really just me) at 30-Year Old Cardboard, to all of you out there – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Wishing you a wonderful 2010!!!

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #24

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #24

Andre Dawson 2003 Donruss Signature Series – Notable Nicknames

An absolute ‘Must Have’ for an Andre Dawson fan, this Notable Nicknames card is awesome!!!

Numbered 405/750, Donruss did a great job with this bad-boy!  While incorporating several different design elements, they did an excellent job of keeping 100% of the focus on Andre and his mighty swing!!

The colors of the card’s design work and really allow for the Blue an Red of the Cubs’ uniform to PoP!!!

Andre has one of the most popular nicknames in baseball, and Donruss did ‘The Hawk’ and his fans justice with this release!!!

Great work!!!

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #23

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #23

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Lumberjacks

This is one of those cards that could have been so much more if the designers had put a little more thought into it.  Serial numbered 31/438, I am wanting more than I got with this one…

I get the whole ‘lumber’ reference – and it’s a good one.  Andre Dawson swung some heavy lumber during his days and he has 438(the cards are numbered to 438 too) home runs to show for his efforts. 

But the card lacks originality.  More than half of the card is empty space.  The Dawson photo is the smallest element of the design.  And the pictures of trees make sense but don’t bring the card and it’s theme together. 

Donruss had a great idea with this card – if it were properly executed it could have been a classic.

If I had the ability to create one of these ‘Lumberjack’ cards, I would have started with a faded background of nothing but bats alternating from top to bottom.  They would be clearly visible but faint so they did not detract from the main features.  From there, a picture of Andre dead-center with him wearing an old-school Expos uniform.  The picture would be an action shot, with him appearing to have just crushed a home run.  For the lettering of the card, they would be both in the header and footer of the card set in Expos, powder-blue banners.  The lettering would have a similar appearance to what letters on a bat look like – with that ‘burned’ feel.

Oh well, that is just my 2 cents – not like anyone cares about that…

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #22

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #22

Andre Dawson 2002 Donruss Classics – LEGEND

Numbered 674/1500, this card is perfection!  I love each and every design element that Donruss incorporated into the card.  And what’s best about it is that no single part of the design takes away from the great color photo of Andre.

The Gold colors throughout give the card a sense of royalty.  And then you add the Cubbie Blue banner with Dawson’s name and you have a very eye-catching headline!!  The bottom of the card brings it all together with more Gold accents and another banner featuring the word ‘LEGEND’. 

Easily one of the classiest cards I have picked up of ‘The Hawk’!!! 


Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #21

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #21

Andre Dawson 1988 Topps Coin

This was another fun little oddball that I picked up recently.  I had seen these on Ebay for quite some time, but never pulled the trigger.  Luckily Craig included one for me in his ‘Grab Bag #2’ so my hunt was over.

The Topps coin is a nice piece, and it fits perfectly in a top-loader that is designed for thicker cardstock. 

If you’re a player collector, and your guy has a coin/card, get one!  They’re pretty cool!!

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #20

Countdown To 2010 – 24 Dawsons In 24 Hours – Card #20

Andre Dawson 1994 Fleer Extra Bases Bookmark

This is the second Andre Dawson bookmark that I picked up at the baseball card show I attended in December.

Again, being featured in a Boston Red Sox uniform, this card was issued by Fleer in 1994.  The photo is the centerpiece and it features an action shot of Andre watching the ball sail into the outfield.  I have to wonder if this one turned into a hit or an out.  I guess we’ll never know for sure, but I will say he got on base safely…

That is now 2 Andre Dawson bookmarks – and both are from his days with the Red Sox.  Hopefully I can find one of him in a Cubs’ uniform soon!!!