Daily Archives: March 16, 2010

New Guest Writer To Join ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

New Guest Writer To Join ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

I am thrilled to announce that ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ has added a new author to the blog. 

I would like to introduce all of you to Mark, better known as psugator02.  He is a South Florida based baseball fan and autograph collecting king. 

Mark has agreed to share his incredible autograph stories with all of us with his very own series on ’30-YOC’.  His series, to be titled ‘On The Road With psugator02’ will make its debut in just a few short days and you’re all in for a great treat.  Mark takes autographing very seriously and will do just about anything and go just about anywhere to add new pieces to his collection.  Constantly on the road, it is not rare to find him in one county one night and then 4 counties away the very next afternoon – and all in the name of nabbing those hard-to-get autographs!!

From Key West to Cooperstown.  From rookie phenoms to Hall of Famers.  Mark has ‘graphed them all!!  And now he’ll share those stories with you.

Mark is a fabulous writer and his ability to tell stories about his quests will make you want to read more.  Also a very skilled photographer, he will certainly add a new element to this blog, and it should be quite entertaining for all of us.

A fan of both major league and minor league baseball, Mark will take it on the road during the upcoming baseball season.  Whether it’s taking off in search of Hall of Famers or staying local and working on teams that visit the Florida Marlins during the season, Mark will be there with Sharpie in hand.

What does this mean for me?  What does this mean for ’30-YOC’??  Well, it’s very simple.  I love this sport, this hobby, and this blog.  And I have no plans of stopping or slowing down my enjoyment of either of them.  I strive to make ’30-YOC’ a well-rounded and complete authority on both the sport of baseball and the hobbies of collecting baseball cards and autographs.  Mark’s experience and expertise with in-person autographing is a needed and welcomed addition to the coverage that you have grown to expect and enjoy from ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Please join me in welcoming Mark to the ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ family. 

This is going to be a fun ride with psugator02!!!

TTM Failure – Mark Prior

TTM Failure – Mark Prior

I know that Prior spent a ton of time with the Padres during and after Spring Training last year.  So when camp opened up this year I figured I would send a few cards his way in hopes of obtaining an autograph or two.  While I had not seen his name on their ‘active roster’ I do know that many big leaguers and former players still make the trip to get work in.

Unfortunately, my mail was never claimed and I got this back:

My letter to Mark Prior.  Just sitting there alone in Arizona.  Wanting to be loved and taken in.  But it was just left there unclaimed.  Sad, huh??  😦

If anyone knows of Prior’s whereabouts, I would love to re-send this out to him.  I haven’t seen his name pop up on any of the Spring Training reports that I read or any of the autograph sites that I visit.

If you know where Mark Prior is, please help!  Thanks!

Jim Palmer 1977 Topps – 1976 Wins Leaders

Jim Palmer 1977 Topps – 1976 Wins Leaders

This card from the 1977 Topps baseball set commemorates the great starting pitching during the 1976 baseball season.

The wins leaders for that season were Jim Palmer from the American League, and Randy Jones in the National League.  Both guys finished the season with 22 wins a piece.

For Palmer, ’76 was a great season.  Winning his third Cy Young Award in four years, Palmer went 22-13.  He started 40 games that year, completing 23 of them.  He compiled a low 2.51 ERA while striking out 159 batters while walking 88.  And he did all of this while hurling 315 innings!!

Did You Know…

Steve Garvey was playing first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs on April 8, 1974, and was playing first base for the San Diego Padres when Pete Rose broken Ty Cobb’s hit record on September 11, 1985.  He was the only player to appear in both games.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – I’m sure he has some unique stories he could share about these incredible occasions.  I remember him vividly during Rose’s record – I was not even born when Hank did his thing…