Daily Archives: April 28, 2012

Andre Dawson 2008 Upper Deck Goudey ‘Sport Royalty’ – Mini Red Back

Andre Dawson 2008 Upper Deck Goudey ‘Sport Royalty’ – Mini Red Back

This is the third card of Andre Dawson that I have scored from the 2008 Upper Deck Goudey set.

As part of the ‘Sport Royalty’set, I really like these cards and I wish that there were more variations available like relics and autos.

So, for the set I now have the base card and the mini with the Blue Back.

And now this one, a mini with a Red Back.

Here is the front, which is no different from the others:

But the back certainly is:

 

A great addition to my Dawson PC!!!

Thanks for reading.

Rickey Henderson 2003 Fleer Tradition

Rickey Henderson 2003 Fleer Tradition

While my preference when it comes to collecting baseball cards of Rickey Henderson is to have him wearing his Oakland Athletics or New York Yankees uniform, I still gladly take on the remainder.

Henderson was that kind of guy in my eyes – flashy, but supremely talented!!!

And in Fleer’s 2003 Tradition set, they gave us a pretty solid image of a 43-year old Henderson who could still swing the lumber.

But, Rickey’s numbers in 2003 were far from great – .208 batting average, 15 hits, 7 runs scored, 1 double, and 2 home runs.  He could still steal bases though – in three attempts, he was successful in each!!

Atta Boy Rickey!!!

Tony Gwynn 1984 Donruss

Tony Gwynn 1984 Donruss

As a kid collecting baseball cards in the 1980s I remember owning a player’s second year card was just a tad as cool as having his rookie season cards.

But, I cannot imagine that a 9-year old would ‘Ooooh’ and ‘Ahhhh’ over a baseball card that looked like this one…

Have a peek:

Nothing against Tony Gwynn as he did not do it..  But this is simply a terrible offering by Donruss.

Happy Birthday Barry Larkin!!!

Happy Birthday Barry Larkin!!!

Barry Larkin turns 49 years old today!

One of the most respected players from his era, Larkin was as classy of a player in the league as there was during the 1980’s, 1990’s, and into the 2000’s.  A 19-year veteran who spent his entire career in Cincinnati, Larkin was the centerpiece of the Reds’ team and their lone constant.

Larkin’s abilities were endless.  Solid hitter, great defender, base stealer, home run hitter…  Larkin excelled at each and every aspect of the game.  In his best season in 1995, he won the MVP award.  In that season, Larkin hit .319 while collecting 158 hits, 98 runs, 51 stolen bases, 66 RBI, 15 home runs and the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

I cannot wait to hear that speech this summer!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Larkin!!! 

Happy Anniversary Frank Robinson!!!

Happy Anniversary Frank Robinson!!!

On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson hit the first home run of his major league baseball career.

Just 20 years old, and playing in his first full season in the majors, Robinson didn’t waste too much time in making an impact with the Cincinnati Reds.  At home and in front of a terribly small crowd of just over 4,000 spectators, Robinson went 2-for-4 collecting 2 RBI.  1 hit was a double, and the other was a 2-run home run off of Cubs’ pitcher Paul Minner.

And as they say, the rest was history!!  Home run #1 was officially in the books – and one of the game’s greatest sluggers was born.

Robinson ended his amazing career with 586 homers.  He currently ranks in 7th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

Me & Hall Of Famer Wade Boggs!!!

Me & Hall Of Famer Wade Boggs!!!

Tonight was a great night for your host of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

I met one of my childhood baseball idols – Hall of Famer, and one of the best hitters of his generation, Wade Boggs.

Boggs was doing a signing very close to where I live.  It was hosted by the same place that brought Reggie Jackson in last month.  If you missed that story, you can revisit it here.

I found out the Boggs signing a few weeks ago, so I had plenty of time to prepare.  So, I went armed with some pretty cool stuff (bat, mini helmet, some cards).  Unfortunately, he was only signing the promotional photo that the sponsor had provided – but I cannot be upset about that at all – It was a thrill to get to talk to and meet Mr. Boggs and I am just happy to have had the chance.

The line was pretty steady and was probably 50-60 deep while I was there.  He was extremely personable and when I told him that he was the reason that I learned how to read a box score as a young kid, he told me that he learned to do it at just four years old.  I told him that I was around 7 or 8 when I learned how, and that it was a lot of fun to track his success on a daily basis.

Here signed this photo for me:

We shook hands.

We took a picture together:

And I was on my way home.

Thank you Mr. Boggs!!!  I am one very happy fan.

And I also hooked up with my buddy Alfredo tonight too – it has been too long my friend, we’ll have to do it again soon.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great night!