Daily Archives: August 18, 2012

Reggie Jackson 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber – “Naturals”

Reggie Jackson 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber – “Naturals”

I love bringing new Reggie Jackson baseball cards into my collection.  He is one of the very few players that I like to collect where I am not too concerned about the uniform that he is wearing – give me A’s, Yankees, Angels, or Orioles – I will gladly take them all on.

My latest pick-up of a Reggie Jackson card comes from the 2005 Donruss Leather and Lumber set.  And Reggie is sporting his California Angels uniform.  And I love it.

The card is serial numbered as 596/2000.  And while the card does not feature a piece of game-used bat, the card’s design certainly does work well with the ‘Lumber’ theme that the set has been tagged with.

Have a look:

Mike Schmidt 1987 Fleer All-Star Team

Mike Schmidt 1987 Fleer All-Star Team

As a kid, I remember that pulling one of these cards from a pack of 1987 Fleer baseball cards was as thrilling as pulling a certified autograph today.  Randomly inserted into packs, it took some work to build these sets back then.

I like these cards because of the graphics – the wording in the upper-right corner reminds me of the beginning of the Star Wars movies.

Other than that, this set is not too impressive.  The player images are not well placed and you feel like you can almost see the glue used to paste them on top of the background.

Baseball card design has come a long way in the last 25 years.

Happy Birthday Roberto Clemente!!!

Happy Birthday Roberto Clemente!!!

Today is Roberto Clemente’s birthday.  He would have been 78 years old today.

One of the most dynamic Latin baseball players of all-time, Roberto Clemente was a pioneer for putting Latino players on par with the rest of the baseball world.

And Clemente was the star of the show!!

A 12-time All-star boasting enviable offensive and defensive skills, there was nothing that Clemente could not do on a baseball diamond.  The owner of 3,000 career hits, 240 home runs, and 11 Gold Glove trophies, Clemente was one of the brightest stars in the National League for the better part of 18 years.

Clemente competed in two World Series championships, winning titles in both 1960 and 1971.  In ’71 he was the World Series MVP largely due to his .414 batting average, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI.

Happy Birthday Mr. Clemente!!!

CONTEST TIME – The Battle For The National League West

CONTEST TIME – The Battle For The National League West

The battle for the lead in the National League West is the tightest race for division supremacy in baseball.

Not surprisingly, it is the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers who are fighting it out for the division crown.

These two teams will battle each other in a 3-game set that starts on Monday, the 20th.

And since I pay attention to both teams.  And since I really like the pitching staffs from both, I thought this would be a great opportunity to hold another contest at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

So, here is how it will work – Guess the total number of strikeouts from this 3-game series.

Yes, it is that easy.  Simply leave a comment on this post with what you expect to be the total number of combined strikeouts from both teams.  And after the three games are over, I will tally up the final number and the person that is closest to the actual number, without going over, is the winner.

And with pitchers like Kershaw, and Cain, and Billinglsy, and Linceum, and Bumgarner taking the mound, there could be a lot of K’s!!!

The winner will get this prize – a lot of baseball cards featuring a Hall of Famer from each team, Juan Marichal and Jackie Robinson!!!

So, get going.  Make your pick right now.  I will keep the entry window open for this contest until Sunday night at 8PM.  And on Monday morning, I will recap all of the players and their picks.

Good Luck everyone!!!