Daily Archives: November 1, 2010

Contest Time – ‘Pick The Award Winners’

Contest Time – ‘Pick The Award Winners’

Yep.  Another fun contest being held by your good friend at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

I did this contest at the end of the last two seasons and it was very fun to see who everyone was predicting to win the post-season awards.  So this year I’ll be holding a similar contest with just a slight change in how it will be played.

Onto the rules.  To qualify for the contest all you have to do is select who you think will win the Rookie Of The Year awards, Cy Young Awards, and Most Valuable Player award in both leagues.  Each correct answer will earn you 2 points.  To make things interesting, I will also award an additional point if you correctly name the second place player for the 2 MVP awards.  In total you have to submit 8 players and designate who will finish in first and second place in the MVP race.

A correct entry will look something like this:



AL Cy –

NL Cy –

AL MVP Winner –

AL MVP 2nd

NL MVP Winner –

NL MVP 2nd

Entries are due by midnight on Saturday so get your homework done and submit your picks quickly so you’re eligible to win.

And what is the prize, you ask?

How about this?  A box of 1988 Donruss baseball cards – 36 packs in total!!

Sound like fun?  Then submit your picks into the comments section of this post.  Good Luck!!!

Juan Marichal 1971 Topps

Juan Marichal 1971 Topps

I couldn’t pass this one up.  And while it is kind of a fun card, even though it offers us a posed image, what I really like is that it is a different shot of Marichal than what most of his cards featured during his playing days.

You see, Juan Marichal was/is very famous for his amazing leg kick during his wind-up.  And, he is so famous for it that most of his cards captured that image for their issues.

So, here on this 1971 Topps card, it is kind of nice to see Juan close up….

1989 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Andre Dawson

1989 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Andre Dawson

Headline  – “Dawson Logs Double Figures In HR And SB”

The Story – Chicago, IL.  October 2, 1988:  Cubs’ Andre Dawson has attained 10-or-more Home Runs and Stolen Bases for the 12th consecutive season, a major league record.  The former mark of 11 straight campaigns was set by Bobby Bonds from 1960 through 1979.

Happy Birthday Fernando Valenzuela!!!

Today is Fernando Valenzuela’s 50th Birthday!!!

So here is a ‘Happy Birthday’ cheer for a man who captivated the sport of baseball and the city of Los Angeles when he debuted as a major league player in 1981.  I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for Fernando and the ‘Fernando-Mania’ that followed as he became a baseball star, there would be fewer Latin players in the sport today.  Of all of the Latin players that have been in the league since 1980, Valenzuela’s impact on the sport and in the Latin sports culture should be recognized as the greatest.

Amazingly enough, Valenzuela still gets out there and competes.  Although not at a major league level anymore, Fernando can still be seen in Mexico and other Latin countries playing the sport he loves.

Happy Birthday Fernando!!!  You are a true inspiration!!!