Daily Archives: October 19, 2012

Florida Marlins 1995 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Team Set

Florida Marlins 1995 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Team Set

I’m cruising right along with my Marlins team set collection.  And as I continue to go back into the history of the team, it is always fun to recall a player that has been forgotten or a memory that seeing a certain card conjures up.

My most recent purchase is the 1995 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice set.

Have a look:

What stands out most about this set is the backdrop of Wrigley Field being present in three of the cards.  Since the Cubs still played a lot of day games, it made sense that a lot of game photos came from Wrigley as the natural light made the task of collecting great images a bit easier.

And as a fan of Wrigley, I am happy to see its presence!!

Jim Palmer 2011 Topps Marquee – Copper

Jim Palmer 2011 Topps Marquee – Copper

The cards from the 2011 Topps Marquee set are beautiful.  They are as close to real photographs that I have seen from a recent issue. 

I wonder how this set was received by the card collecting community when released in 2011.  I have to assume that it was not ‘a hit’ as it did not return in 2012.

Maybe it was the price point?  Maybe it was the checklist?  Maybe it was the missing something that collectors were craving?

Either way, I am happy to scoop up cards from this set when I can.

And this one of Jim Palmer is fantastic.  This is the Copper version and it is serial numbered as 155/199.

Take a look:

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Archives – 1954 Topps Design

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Archives – 1954 Topps Design

Talk about a beauty!!  This card is from the 2012 Topps Archives set and it features Cal Ripken on a card with the 1954 Topps baseball card design.

Have a look:

I told you that it wa sweet!!!

Cal is one of those guys that probably could have played in the sport during any of the eras.  He had the skills, the size, and the drive to do well.  And I think that he would have been a superstar!!!

There are not too many others that I can say that about…

Reggie Jackson 1987 Topps Glossy Send-In

Reggie Jackson 1987 Topps Glossy Send-In

At the start of the 1987 baseball season, Reggie Jackson was back with the team that he started his career with, the Oakland Athletics.

In their ‘Send-In’ set, Topps included Reggie while wearing his California Angels uniform from the prior season.

Some hobby purists may have been upset to not see Reggie wearing the uniform that he wore in his final season on this card.  But I am cool with it the way that it is. 

For this collector, any card of Reggie is a good one!

And here is the 1987 Topps Glossy ‘Send-In’. 

1973 Topps ’72 Home Run Leaders With Johnny Bench & Dick Allen

1973 Topps ’72 Home Run Leaders With Johnny Bench & Dick Allen

Coming out of the 1972, there was a new ‘Home Run Champ’ in the National League and his name was Johnny Bench.

Bench elevated his game in 1972, and it is nice to see that commemorated in the 1973 Topps baseball card set with this card:


Bench mashed 40 home runs in 1972, the second highest tally trailing the 45 home runs he hit in 1970.

Bench holds the 1st and 3rd place rankings for home runs hit in a single season by a catcher.  2nd place is occupied by Javy Lopez with 42.

Oh, and Dick Allen hit 37 dingers in 1972.

Contest Time – ‘4th Annual Pick The Award Winners’

Contest Time – ‘4th Annual Pick The Award Winners’

Yep.  Another fun contest being held by your good friend at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

I did this contest at the end of the last three seasons and it was very fun to see who everyone was predicting to win the post-season awards.  So this year I’ll be holding the same contest again.

Onto the rules.  To qualify for the contest all you have to do is select who you think will win the Rookie Of The Year awards, Cy Young Awards, and Most Valuable Player award in both leagues.  Each correct answer will earn you 2 points.  To make things interesting, I will also award an additional point if you correctly name the second place player for the 2 MVP awards.  In total you have to submit 8 players and designate who will finish in first and second place in the MVP race.

A correct entry will look something like this:



AL Cy –

NL Cy –

AL MVP Winner –

AL MVP 2nd

NL MVP Winner –

NL MVP 2nd

Entries are due by 8:00PM EST on Sunday so get your homework done and submit your picks quickly so you’re eligible to win.

And what is the prize, you ask?

How about this?  4 packs of 2012 Topps Update baseball cards!!

Sound like fun?  Then submit your picks into the comments section of this post.

I will post a list of all of the participants on Monday with their selections.

Good Luck!!