Daily Archives: February 18, 2011

Saturday Will Be A Baseball Filled Happening – YES!!!

Saturday Will Be A Baseball Filled Happening – YES!!!

It has been WAY too long since I was able to dedicate some weekend time to the sport that I love.

But that call changes tomorrow when I attend the 2011 Florida Marlins FanFest.  And from there, I am heading to my first baseball card show of the year!!

FanFest is always a fun time, and I am looking forward to getting back into a baseball frame of mind as I get the opportunity to mingle with other Marlins’ fans as well as hopefully some players.  I will try my best to grab a few autographs while I am there as well as maybe pick up a few treats for my sons.  And of course, I am really hoping that I can meet up with a certain member of the Hall of Fame that happens to work for the Marlins(Andre, are you listening?).

I am also excited about heading to a baseball card show as the last one I went to was in November of 2010.  With the new 2011 Topps cards out, I am hoping that I can find a few new gems for my collection.  And I also am getting very close to finishing off a few player collections – maybe something I find at the show will inspire my next round of PC’s.

So, here is what you can look forward to over the next few days – pictures from the Marlins’ FanFest from the weekend and a full baseball card show review on Monday.

Have a great weekend – I know that I will!!!

Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, and ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, and ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

It’s official now.  This is post number 3,772 that I have written for ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

And the baseball related significance of this moment is that I have now passed Hank Aaron and rest in third place behind the two greatest hitters in major league history – Ty Cobb and Pete Rose.

It didn’t take as long as I expected that it would to get here, I guess I got on a bit of a hot streak.

Next up for me is the infamous 4,192.  Based on my history, that milestone should be met sometime during the summer.

But tonight, it is all about celebration.  Tonight, we are popping bottles, Tim Lincecum style!!!

‘My First Time’ – Barry Bonds – May 30, 1986

‘My First Time’ – Barry Bonds – May 30, 1986

The Setting – Pittsburgh, PA, Three Rivers Stadium

From Bonds – ‘When I got into that game on the 30th, my dad drove over to see it from Cleveland.  I went 0-for-5 with three punch-outs, playing center field.  Extra inning game, we lost.  I faced Orel Hershiser and he threw a lot of stuff off the plate that were called strikes.  I was wearing number 7 then, I wanted number 24 but some other dude had it.  As soon as they released him, I grabbed it.’

The boxscore – Dodgers 6, Pirates 4.  Bonds goes o-for-5 with 3 strikeouts and a walk.

Eddie Murray 2002 Fleer ‘Fall Classic’

Eddie Murray 2002 Fleer ‘Fall Classic’

This is a great looking baseball card, right here!

From the 200 Fleer subset named ‘Fall Classic’.  It is very fitting that Murray gets added to a set that celebrates the World Series as he competed in 3 World Series match-ups, winning just 1 title in 1983.

During that series in ’83, the Orioles battled with the Phillies, winning the prize in 5 games.  In that 5-game match-up, Murray hit just .250, but he did collect 5 hits, including 2 monster home runs, to help the Orioles capture the championship 4 games to 1.

1988 Topps New York Mets Team Leaders Starring Gary Carter!!

1988 Topps New York Mets Team Leaders Starring Gary Carter!!

There is no question that Gary Carter was a team leader for the New York Mets during the 1988 baseball season.

But what is funny to me is that on the back of the card it list’s the teams statistical leaders, and Carter is not listed one time.  Not the batting average leader, the home run leader, the hits leader, or the RBI leader – kind of funny that the guys that lead the team in all statistical categories on the back of the card are missing from the front…

And who is that next to Gary?  I cannot quite tell, I am leaning towards Kevin McReynolds but it may be Kevin Elster…  Do you know??