Daily Archives: April 2, 2012

Mark Grace 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia ‘Tools Of The Trade’

Mark Grace 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia ‘Tools Of The Trade’

I like most of the cards that came out of the 2004 & 2005 ‘Tools Of The Trade’ sets.

And with the exception of a few questionable player/team combinations, I think that Playoff put together a very solid set and design for us with these issues.

And this Mark Grace card, from the 2005 set, is no exception.

Have a look:

Just a fantastic looking baseball card that captures Mark Grace and his Chicago Cubs uniform perfectly.

This card is serial numbered as 107/150, and I paid just fifty cents for it!!  And I am glad that I did!!


Lee Smith 1987 Topps

Lee Smith 1987 Topps

1987 would be Lee Smith’s final season as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

In that campaign, Smith compiled a 4-10 record while appearing in 62 games.  He collected 36 saves that year while compiling a 3.12 ERA.  Smith was also able to amass a 10.3:1 strikeouts to walks ratio as he fanned 96 batters in 83 innings of work.

On December 8, 1987, Smith was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Calvin Schiraldi and Al Nipper.

1968 Topps Game – Bill Freehan

1968 Topps Game – Bill Freehan

Bill Freehan spent 15 major league seasons playing with the Detroit Tigers.

Primarily a catcher, Freehan was the core to the Tigers infield for the duration of his playing days.  He was named an All-Star in eleven of his fifteen seasons, and he also captured the Gold Glove Award five times.

Some of¬†Freehan’s¬†offensive stats include – 1,591 hits, 241 doubles, 200 home runs, 706 runs scored, and 758 RBI.

Freehan was a member of the Tigers team that won the World Series in 1968. 

Progress – 16/33

Happy Anniversary Cecil Fielder!!!

Happy Anniversary Cecil Fielder!!!

On this day back in 1996 Cecil Fielder stole the first base of his major league career!!!

It took 1,097 games, but he finally did it.  Congratulations!!!


Happy Birthday Don Sutton!!!

Happy Birthday Don Sutton!!!

Don Sutton truns 67 years old today.

Don Sutton was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1998.¬† With a career win-loss record of 324-256, Sutton had double-digit wins in 22 of his 23 seasons.¬† With 3,574 strikeouts and a career ERA of just 3.26, Sutton was a dominant pitcher in the National League from his rookie season in 1966 through the mid 80’s.

Happy Birthday Mr. Sutton!!

Al Kaline – Take Two!!!!

Al Kaline – Take Two!!!!

Alright gang, here we go again.¬† This time, I am taking the advice of some experienced TTM’ers and am sending this baseball to the great state of Michigan.

I’ll keep you posted as I tackle ‘Round Two’ with Hall of Famer, Al Kaline.

Wish me luck!!!

30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2012 ‘OPENING DAY CONTEST’!!!!

30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2012 ‘OPENING DAY CONTEST’!!!!

I’m not sure what the people who create baseball’s schedule were thinking, but the 2012 calendar is a little rough to look at – especially the first few days…

So, I am officially calling April 5th the ‘Opening Day’ of the 2012 season.

And with that announcement, I am bringing you a contest that you are going to want to get in on – Trust Me.

One, or possibly even both, of these cards can be yours if you win!!!

Here is how the contest will work.

First, you should review the schedule for Opening Day on April 5th – here is a link.

Ok, now on to the contest…

You will have to supply me with two numbers – (1) is the number of home runs that you predict will be hit on Opening Day and (2) is the number of strikeouts that you predict will be recorded on Opening Day.

Please keep your selections in this format Р(X) HRs,( X) Ks so I know which number you have selected for each category.

If you are the player that comes the closest to predicting the correct number of Home Runs hit on April 5, without going over, you will win this:

And if you are the player that comes the closest to correctly predicting the number of strikeouts recorded on April 5, without going over, you will win this: 

Up for grabs are some great relic cards featuring Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Jim Palmer.

Maybe you will win one of them.  Or, if you are really, really on with your predictions, you can win BOTH!!!!

So, get going and make your predictions.  Simply leave a comment on this post telling me how many home runs and how many strikeouts you predict will occur on Opening Day.

I will take all picks up until midnight of April 4.

Good Luck to everyone and ‘Thanks for playing’!!!!