Daily Archives: January 1, 2011

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2011 Collecting Goals

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2011 Collecting Goals

By now you all know that I am a very disciplined collector.  And while I do veer from my main goals from time to time, I do keep my focus pretty strict on the players, subsets, and team sets that I am after.

And that brings me to my collecting goals for 2011.  2010 was a blast, and I am hoping that this new year follows suit.  I was able to add some incredible pieces to my collection over the past twelve months and with a strict focus and decent amount of luck, I am hoping to do the same in 2011.

Enough chit, chat.  Let’s do this:

1)  Andre Dawson collection.  My Dawson collection is nearing 800 unique cards.  And as the amount of base and common cards continue to run out, I am left needing to stock up on low-numbered modern cards, certified autographs, and game-used relic cards.  My goal is to get to 850 by the end of the year – roughly 1 new card a week.  And since I have no clue as to what is in store for 2011 releases that may feature ‘The Hawk’, I may have to splurge a bit on some higher end cards.

2)  Subsets & Team Sets.  I will continue to put together subsets from the 1980’s.  I love the history that they re-introduce, and I get a kick out of how quirky some of them are.  I am also roughly 1/3 of the way done with my 1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds team set.  I should be able to knock that one out within the next few months, which should conclude my tribute to ‘The Big Red Machine’.  In regards to other team sets, we’ll see where the future takes me.

3)  Signed baseball collection.  Right now my collection stands at 43 signed balls.  And I could not be happier with how this part of my collection has grown.  I am going to attack in full force in 2011 and hope to get to 55 by the end of the year – I figure that a ball a month is do-able.  Oh, and I already started a list of who I am going to try to go after.  You’re going to be very impressed – especially I can pull them off!!!

4)  Player collections.  Currently I am working on 7 different collections, and while I may be in a bit over my head from time to time when trying to stay organized and neat, I have no intention of stopping or quitting the ‘PC’ game.  And the mental list of guys I want to go after in 2011 is pretty strong.  Stay tuned.

5)  I am going to become a Fergie Jenkins Super-Collector.  Don’t worry, I am not giving up on Andre Dawson.  But I am making room for Fergie.  After all, he is my favorite pitcher of all-time, and I have already collected all of his major brand releases from his playing days.  It will be a lot of fun – and there are some great oddballs of Fergie from both the 70’s and 80’s too.

So there you have it – 5 challenging, and hopefully fulfilling quests for 2011.  As always, my plan is to document this journey for you.  So stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ all year-long as the ride will certainly be a fun one!!

What about you?  What are your collecting goals for 2011?  Please share.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Eddie Murray 2005 Upper Deck Classics – ‘Retro Rookies’

Eddie Murray 2005 Upper Deck Classics – ‘Retro Rookies’

This ‘Retro Rookies’ subset issued by Upper Deck in their 2005 UD Classics set is one of my favorites from the decade.

The cards are feature excellent photo choices, and this one of a young Murray shows the slugger ‘doing work’ while at the plate.

I think what I find most appealing about these cards is the use of great color.  Upper Deck went all out with their paint brushes for this series as the colors are very vibrant and immediately draw your eye. 

Specifically on this Eddie Murray card, the Orange really pops!

Check it out: 

Ozzie Smith 1988 Score

Ozzie Smith 1988 Score

Nice card right?

Now imagine it with a border that matched the Red of the St. Louis Cardinals…

Even better!!!

But a great job by Score with their debut issue.  I love this set!!!

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 2011!!!