Daily Archives: November 23, 2010

Ryan Braun Collection Up For Grabs!!!

Ryan Braun Collection Up For Grabs!!!

I decided a few weeks ago that collecting modern players was just not doing anything for me.

And while I enjoy watching him play the game, I have not only decided to stop collecting Ryan Braun’s baseball cards, but I am going to offer my collection up to you, the readers of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

In this group, I have rookie cards, serial numbered cards, and a great starter set of 34 cards.  This lot would make a great addition to anyone’s collection who also values this player’s skills.

What do I want in return?  Not much, I will leave it up to whoever offers me something.  I’m not picky – but I do love my vintage guys!!!

Here is a peek at the collection:

Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested!

Thanks.

Joe Morgan 1984 Topps Traded

Joe Morgan 1984 Topps Traded

Even though it is part of the Topps Traded set issued in 1984, Morgan spent the entire season with the Oakland A’s.

Growing up in the Oakland area, it is kind of cool that he got to play in front of his ‘home’ fans during the final season of his big league career!!

I like the ’84 Topps design – and I am really digging all of the Green on this card.  Between the vertical lettering running down the right border, to the nameplate across the bottom, it all ties in very well with the photo used on this card and Morgan’s Oakland A’s uniform.

Ozzie Smith 1984 Topps All-Star

Ozzie Smith 1984 Topps All-Star

By the start of the 1984 baseball season, Ozzie Smith had done quite a bit to cement his status as baseball’s best at shortstop.  So, even while his offensive numbers were not up to speed during the ’84 season, it is not a shock to find out that he made and started at short for the National League All-Star team.

Of his offensive output that year, the stat that stands out the most are Ozzie’s 17 strikeouts.  In 484 plate appearances, Ozzie struck out just 17 times.  That number is simply amazing – just 1 strikeout in every 28 at-bats.  That equates to just once per seven games!!!

Truly remarkable!!!  Truly an All-Star!!!

Did You Know…

Mike Morgan holds the record for playing for the most different teams.  From 1978 to 2002, Morgan appeared for 12 twelve teams and compiled a career record of 141-186.  He pitched for Oakland, New York, Toronto, Seattle, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Texas, and Arizona.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Man that’s alot of address changes to process by the USPS…  LOL!

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Isaih Thomas – November 20, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Isaih Thomas – November 20, 2010

Utah Valley State at Florida International
4:15-5:15 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20

I was already in Miami for something else so I figured I’d stop off at FIU on the way home to try my luck with former Pistons’ star Isiah Thomas, who coaches at the school (though I don’t see how he’ll be there much longer considering his dismal record but that’s a story for another day). Parked in the commuter lot and then scoped out the venue. Asked a very nice FIU student who was working security about Thomas. “Where does he park his car?” She pointed to the spot. “Is he here yet?” Said the girl: “He was here earlier but he had to leave. He’ll be here between 5 and 6.” So I plop myself under a tree and enjoy the beautiful weather that is South Florida. I’m guessing it was 74 most of the day. Like clockwork, Thomas pulls into the parking lot at 5:06 p.m. I wait for him to gather his things and then approach him.

He’s carrying a briefcase. I tell him that I collect sports folders — I want him to think that I’m a collector to prevent an ebay lecture — and ask if he’ll sign. I’m gonna try to recollect how the rest went down.

Thomas: If I sign for you, please tell your fellow collectors that I didn’t sign.
Me: Why would I do that?
Thomas: Because I don’t want anyone else coming after me to sign autographs.
Me: I don’t understand.
Thomas: Well they’ve been searching me out at restaurants and at airports.
Me: Well, you know that I would never do something like that. I draw the line at certain places
Thomas: I appreciate that but just tell your friends that I didn’t sign for you.
Me: I have to blog about it.
Thomas: No you don’t. Tell your friends I didn’t sign for you.
Me: OK. If that’s what you want.
Thomas: I don’t have a problem with people making money off me but I’m getting tired of signing at airports and restaurants.
Me: Have you ever had someone knock on the door to your home?
Thomas: Actually, that has happened to me a few times.
Me: You do realize that I would never do that.
Thomas: Yeah, you seem like a cool guy.
Me: What kind of a team is Utah Valley State?
Thomas: To be real honest with you, I hope they suck.

A lot of celebrities talk to you but none ever seem to try to make any kind of connection with you. I’ve gotten Thomas before but this time for whatever reason — maybe because I was the only grapher there — he tried to connect with me. As he walked away we shook hands, he smiled and then he thanked me for my kind words. I’m sure he would’ve done two items but I only had one thing with me.

Isiah Thomas: 1/1 (sports folder for coltsfan)

By the way, FIU held on to win the game 65-62.