Daily Archives: October 13, 2012

Ken Griffey Sr. 1975 Topps

Ken Griffey Sr. 1975 Topps

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs.

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.

Johnny Bench 2007 Upper Deck Goudey ‘Heads-Up’

Johnny Bench 2007 Upper Deck Goudey ‘Heads-Up’

Another fun card from the 2007 Upper Deck Goudey ‘Heads-Up’ subset.

And this one looks really good.  The artist did a great job with the body of the player, and Upper Deck found a picture of Bench’s face that works perfectly with it.

Have a look:

Would have been cool if the artist had Bench flashing the sign for a fast-ball or curve-ball…

Other than that, superb!!!

2001 Fleer Tradition Seattle Mariners Team Leaders Card w/Rickey Henderson

2001 Fleer Tradition Seattle Mariners Team Leaders Card w/Rickey Henderson

I have always been a big fan of the ‘team leader’ baseball card.  It is nice to see the history of the game preserved in this manner, and it dates back a good 30-40 years.

I picked up this card from the 2001 Fleer Tradition set because it featured Rickey Henderson as a team leader.  Henderson led the Mariners with 31 stolen bases in 2000.

Have a look:

I have to say that Fleer ripped off Topps’ famous ‘floating heads’ baseball cards that have found a recent resurgence in today’s hobby.

And I don’t know why Fleer felt compelled to add the team leader notes of Alex Rodriguez and Paul Abbott to the front of the card, but not their faces?  Kind of odd to have so much extra text with nothing to match it up to…

Reggie Jackson 1987 Classic – Green

Reggie Jackson 1987 Classic – Green

Classic issued a bunch of small-sized baseball card sets in the late 1980’s.  The cards were licensed, but not very original.

If you collected cards in the late 1980s, and even into the 1990’s, I am sure that you had a few of them in your collection.  I was a player collector, so naturally I went after the guys that I liked best.

This Reggie Jackson card is from one of the Classic sets that was issued in 1987.

Call this one the ‘Green Border Set’:

I do like the banner that Classic used for the player’s name.

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

Eddie Matthews had a solid 17-year professional baseball career.  And while his individual achievements and team success were on par with the biggest stars of his era, it was his quiet approach to the game that kept him out of the limelight.  Playing alongside Hank Aaron for most of his career kept the spotlight off of him as well…

Still, Matthews was quite the slugger, and he put up very impressive numbers.  Clubbing 512 home runs during his career, Matthews hit 25 or more home runs in 11 consecutive seasons, and 12 in total.  A run-producer, Eddie knocked in 100 runs five times while also scoring 100 or more runs 8 times.

Matthews was a 9-time All-Star and perennial candidate for the MVP award.  He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.

He helped lead his 1957 Braves and 1968 Tigers teams to World Series championships.

Happy Birthday Eddie Matthews!!!

My ALCS And NLCS Predictions

My ALCS And NLCS Predictions

Wow, I dare anyone to look me in the eye and tell me that baseball is boring…

These 2012 playoffs have been the most drama-filled playoffs that I can recall.  Each series has featured unexpected heroes and thrilling momentum changers.

And while I am not trying to ‘toot my own horn’, it should be mentioned that all four of my championship series predictions were right on as the Yankees, Tigers, Giants, and Cardinals have advanced to their division’s championships.

So, now it gets a little harder, but I am ready to formalize my picks for both the ALCS and NLCS.

Here we go:

New York Yankees VS Detroit Tigers

Yankees in SIX

St. Louis Cardinals VS San Francisco Giants

Giants in SEVEN

I think that the Giants/Cardinals series is going to be fantastic.  And I will not be surprised at all if a new baseball legend is born during this match-up.

So, now that my predictions are official, tell me who you’ve got!!!

A Sweet Giveaway To Commemorate 600,000 Hits!!! You’re Going To Want To Get In On This One!!!

A Sweet Giveaway To Commemorate 600,000 Hits!!!  You’re Going To Want To Get In On This One!!!

As I am sure that you have heard by now, ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ has reached yet another blogging milestone – 600,000 Hits!!

And as a token of appreciation for the incredible readers and followers of this blog, I am going to be giving away some sweet baseball cards.

4 cards to be exact.  And they’re all from the same set.  And they’re all gems!!!

Have a look:

I told you that they were great!  You’re looking at rookie baseball cards of Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Randy Johnson.  All four of these players will be Hall of Famers.  And in my humble opinion, all four will be elected on their first ballot as well.

So, do you want in?  Do you want to add these four rookie cards from the 1989 Fleer set to your collection?

If so, simply leave a comment on this post telling me that you want in.  I’ll keep the entry window for this giveaway open until 8:00PM on Sunday night.  All names will be thrown into a randomizer and then I will announce the winner on Monday morning.

Best of luck to everyone that enters.

And thank you all for making ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ as much fun as it has become.

Have a nice night.