Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

Rod Carew 1981 Topps

Rod Carew 1981 Topps

I believe that it was in 1982 that Topps started issuing All-Star cards as an additional card in the set versus simply adding an ‘All-Star’ headline to the player’s base card.

So, in 1981 Rod Carew had one card in the Topps set to collect.

And this is that card:

One year later, Carew had three card to go after.

And yes, I own all three!  🙂

Happy Birthday Wade Boggs!!!

Happy Birthday Wade Boggs!!!

Wade Boggs turns 54 years old today!!

As a kid growing up in South Florida I had no ‘home’ team to cheer for.  So I adopted several players, one of them being Wade Boggs.  I was a third baseman and I batted third for a few years during my Little League career.  Choosing Boggs as someone to emulate was an easy choice as he was one of the greatest hitters of the 1980’s.

Boggs’ career has been punctuated by achieving several baseball milestones – All-star appearances, Silver slugger awards, batting championships, Gold Gloves, a World Series title, 3,010 career hits, a lifetime .328 hitting average.  Wade Boggs has done it all, and most of the time he did it the best!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Boggs!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Lanc Parrish Turns 55 years old today.

Lance Parrish was a stud catcher for 19 seasons in the big leagues.  A 7-time All-star and 3-time Gold Glove winner, Parrish captured the hearts of Detroit Tiger fans with his passion for the game and desire to win.  A leader on their 1984 World Series championship team, Parrish helped lead the Tigers as the anchor of their amazing infield.  With a career batting average of .252 with 324 home runs and 1,070 RBI, Lance Parrish was a solid contributor at the most difficult position.

Happy Birthday Mr. Parrish!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Brett Butler turns 55 years old today.

I am not talking about the comedian here…

I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff.  Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.

During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290.  One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.

The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt.  With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base.  He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.

During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils.  After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Butler!!!

Happy Birthday ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams!!

Happy Birthday ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams!!

Billy Williams celebrates his 74th birthday today!!!

One of the most beloved Chicago Cubs of all-time, Williams was a fan favorite from his debut back in 1959 and is still a face of the franchise 50 years later.  His charisma, talent, and devotion to the game and city of Chicago have kept Williams in the public eye more than 30 years after his retirement.

On a personal note, Billy Williams is a large reason as to why this blog exists.  When his autobiographyhy came out a few years ago I knew I wanted a copy.  That book triggered a domino effect that is still moving today.  The book re-kindled my passion for baseball cards which led me to Fergie and Andre and Rickey and Dave.  And all of that led me to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Thank you Mr. Williams.  I never got to see you play in person.  I have met you one time.  Yet you have impacted my life more than you will ever know.

Happy Birthday Billy Williams!!!

Williams Photo

Andre Dawson Card #1,000 – 2010 E-Topps T206 Mini Cycle Back

Andre Dawson Card #1,000 – 2010 E-Topps T206 Mini Cycle Back

My friends, the time has come for me to announce that my Andre Dawson player collection has reached a very magical number.

Officially, I am now the owner of 1,000 unique baseball cards that feature my favorite baseball player of all-time.

This milestone was not an easy one to reach, but it has been a lot of fun.

When I got back into this hobby during the summer of 2008, I did not own a single Andre Dawson baseball card.  But when I knew that I wanted to focus on collecting his cards, I went right for the gusto; my first purchase was his 1977 Topps rookie baseball card and I showed it off on this blog on 8/10/2008.

And now 46 months later, I can show off the 1,000th card in my collection.

Here it is:

Issued by Topps in 2010, this card is part of their eTopps series, and is serial numbered as 470/749.

I like the whole uncirculated/never-been-touched-by-human-hands and I find this card at this time to be a fitting addition to my collection.

Something tells me that the next 1,000 are going to be a lot tougher to bring home.  But I will certainly try!!!

Thanks for reading.