Daily Archives: June 18, 2010

A Busy, Busy Weekend Lies Ahead. And a Baseball Card Show Too…

A Busy, Busy Weekend Lies Ahead.  And a Baseball Card Show Too…

It’s not often that a weekend in which we are staying home is so packed with things to do.  But that is exactly what lies ahead of us and the next 48 hours are going to be very fun, and exhausting too….

Along with the routine of going to the library to grab some new books, both of my boys have been asking for the water park.  Lucky for me, the city we live in has one that meets their needs so as long as the weather holds up, we’ll be spending some time at the Coral Springs pool and water park.

The Coral Square mall is also holding their monthly baseball card show this weekend and I am dying to filter through some bargain bins again.  I may be getting a bit spoiled by having a monthly show in my backyard – I hope it sticks around this time!!

Oh yeah, my sons also have a date with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy Story 3 crew.  This film has been getting mentioned every day in our house for the last three months – I am happy that it is finally here.  I wonder who is more excited for this third installment, them or me…  🙂

All of this stuff to do – and it is just for Saturday…

As we all know, Sunday is Father’s Day.

Along with having dinner with my wife’s family, I also have something special in store for my soon-to-be 4-year old – Marlins tickets!!!  I went to a game against the Braves a few weeks ago and thought going to see the team play on Father’s Day would be fun.  The Rays are in town and since that is a team that I normally don’t get to see live, I jumped at the chance to grab some tickets.  We’ve got good seats too – seventh row right along the Marlins’ bullpen.

I am ready to get this weekend going!!

Check back with ’30-YOC’ on Sunday as I will bring you pictures and stories from the Marlins/Rays baseball game.  And then on Monday, I will offer up a full baseball card show review from Saturday’s show that I will be attending.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

My Greg Maddux Player Collection Is Complete!!!

My Greg Maddux Player Collection Is Complete!!!

It took some time, but I am proud to announce that my Greg Maddux player collection is now complete.  I stuck to my guns and was able to collect all of the major brand issues of Maddux during his first stint with the Cubs from 1987-1992. 

Collecting these cards brought back a lot of old memories of when I lived in Chicago.  Maddux had yet to reach his full potential with the Cubs, but we can all say that he started to show signs of greatness in those first few years with the team.  And while 99% of the baseball world first thinks of the guy that I call ‘The Professor’ as an Atlanta Brave, I still look very fondly on his time with the Chicago Cubs.

Here are all of the cards from the set.

What a blast!!!

I am going to see what I can do about adding a few Game-used or certified autographs of Maddux to my collection.  And if I have my way, they too will feature him while wearing ‘Cubbie Blue’.  Something tells me that these cards will not come cheap…

And as I do with all of my newly completed player collections, next week I will show of my ‘Fab 5’ from this great set.  The ‘Fab 5’ will start on Tuesday as I will have a day-long baseball card show review for you on Monday.  Stay tuned…

Orel Hershiser 1986 Donruss

Orel Hershiser 1986 Donruss

One of my least favorite card designs from the 1980’s, Donruss did not bring too much more to the table with this awful picture of Orel Hershiser.

Still, another card knocked off of my ‘Needs List’!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Brock!!!

Lou Brock turns 71 years old today.

A classic player that has no equals in today’s game, Lou Brock was a player of extraordinary talents.  A man who could run like the wind and hit like a machine, Brock was a baseball stud during his 19-season career.

With 5 top-10 finishes for the MVP award, Brock solidified himself as a top-notch player early in his career and maintained that ranking throughout his playing days.  A star in the making with the Chicago Cubs, Brock really established himself as a superstar when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals.  It was there that he became baseball’s all-time stolen base king, a member of the 3,000 hits club, and a Hall of Fame player.

Of all of the players that started their careers in Chicago and then moved elsewhere, and there are plenty, it is Brock that I wish had never left. 

Happy Birthday Mr. Brock!!!