Daily Archives: January 2, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-3 – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-3 – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#3 – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers

SANDY KOUFAX

The dominant day – October 2, 1963.  On this day in 1963, Sandy Koufax and his Dodgers teammates were on the verge of capturing the 1963 World Series title.  Facing the Yankees, and with their ‘ace’ on the hill, the Dodgers won the game and the title.  As for Koufax, he was superb – complete game, 6 hits allowed, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 15 strikeouts against 10 batters.

Progress – 3/15

1984 Topps NL Active Career Batting Leaders With Pete Rose, Bill Madlock, and Dave Parker

1984 Topps NL Active Career Batting Leaders With Pete Rose, Bill Madlock, and Dave Parker

That is some pretty solid company that Parker is with, huh?

And to think that he is known today as more of a power hitter than a contact hitter.

I bet that his lifetime batting average of .290 would have something to say about that!!

Go Get ‘Em Cobra!

Happy Birthday David Cone!!!

Happy Birthday David Cone!!!

David Cone turns 50 years old today.

Immensely talented, Cone was a dominant force over the course of his 17-season career.  With a lifetime record of 194-126, along with 2,668 strikeouts, Cone was often the leader of the rotation and set the pace for some of baseball’s greatest teams in the 1990’s.  In his best season as a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1994, David Cone won the Cy Young award.  With a 16-5 record alongside a 2.94 ERA and 2.44 K:walk ratio, Cone dominated the American League.  During his 17-year career, Cone finished in the top 6 for the Cy Young award a total of 5 times.

The individual highlight of Cone’s career is the perfect game he pitched in 1999 against the Expos.  As incredible as the no-hitter is, the perfect game is outstanding.  Cone dominated the Expos for 9 innings as he struck out 10 batters while not allowing any player for the Expos to reach first base.

David Cone may be the best example of a player being ‘in the right place at the right time’.  Cone has 5 World Series Championship rings. Simply Amazing.  Cone won 1 title with the Toronto Blue Jays and 4 more as a member of the New York Yankees.  In 15 post-season match-ups, Cone has a record of 8-3 with over 100 innings pitched.

Happy Birthday Mr. Cone!!

Happy Birthday Bill Madlock!!!

Happy Birthday Bill Madlock!!!

Bill Madlock turns 62 years old today.

One of the most underrated hitters of his era, Bill Madlock was a master at the plate!!

A 4-time batting champion, ‘Mad Dog’  finished his 15-year career with a .305 batting average.  His 4 batting titles included final averages of .354, .339, .341, and .323.

Madlock was a 3-time All-star and was part of the 1979 World Series championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.  In that championship match-up, Madlock was phenomenal.  In 7 games, he hit .375 while collecting 9 hits as well as scoring 2 runs and driving in 3.

Happy Birthday Mr. Madlock!!!

30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2013 Collecting Goals!!!

30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2013 Collecting Goals!!!

This post has been in the draft stage for several weeks as I prepared for this moment.  I had a very fun time crafting my 2012 collecting goals post one year ago and will make it an annual tradition for as long as ’30-YOC’ is a part of my baseball card hobby.

And now that we have officially entered 2013, it is time to go!  My plans for the collecting year are ready to be revealed, and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead of me.  Some of these tasks will be tough, and some will be a breeze.  Either way, they will all be focal points of where my collecting energy is focused on during the course of 2013.

Let’s Go:

1 – Andre Dawson player collection.  My Dawson collection has shaped up very nicely.  I added some bulk to my autograph and relic collections in 2012.  I am hoping to bring more certified cards into my collection in 2013.   My goal is reach 1,100 unique cards this year.  I currently set with 1,056.  If Dawson is in a handful of 2013 releases, I don’t think that this will be a problem to accomplish.  In addition to cards, I am going to try working on a few new projects that will bolster both the size and quality of my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.  I promise that it will be FUN!!!

2 – Fergie Jenkins player collection.  The size of my Fergie Jenkins collection increased nicely in 2012, but I did not meet my collecting goal of 284 cards.  I am at 248, and will work to get to 300 by the end of the year.  The problem lies with Fergie not being in too many base sets.  He gets into a lot of autograph subsets, but not the main set, and that hurts the ease of nabbing new/affordable cards.  I am going to have to go back to the 1970s and 1980s to hit my goal.  Luckily, there are enough oddballs out there that I still need.

3 – Jim Palmer player collection.  The first year of building my Jim Palmer set was awesome.  I have 197 different Palmer cards in my collection at this time.  I am going to shoot for 270 as my goal.  Between keeping up with his 2013 releases and there being a ton of 2012 and 2011 cards that I need of him, I am hoping I can do this.  In addition to that, there a lot of oddball cards of Palmer from the 1970s and 1980s that I want to scoop up too.  Lastly, I really want to nab a few more auto and relic cards of Palmer as the year goes by.

4 – Player Collections.  Overall, my current player collections are coming along nicely.  I should complete my Alan Trammell, Dave Parker, Rollie Fingers, and Eric Davis collections in the coming months.  I am still chipping away at some of the other PC’s I am working on too – Tony Perez, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Johnny Bench, and of course Billy Williams.  If all goes well, I will add some new (old) cards of each of these guys to my collection in the coming year.  And after I complete a few more PC’s, I have some great ideas for a few more to get started on.

5 – Florida/Miami Marlins team sets.  I am loving my album of team sets that pays homage to the history of the Florida/Miami Marlins.  I currently have 46 completed team sets of ‘The Fish’ in my collection, and I look to build the count up to 80 in the coming year.

6 – Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set.  I scooped a few cards from this set at a recent card show.  I love the look of the card’s special logo, and I think that building the set would be a great challenge.  The set is not large, and I am not certain as to how they were obtained back in 1999, but they seem to be on the rare side as I do not find them readily available.  This will be a blast! 

7 – Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set.  Like the Nolan Ryan set, this is another one that I cannot wait to go after.  I have just one card from this set, but it was enough to get me interested in the whole thing.  Like the Ryan card, this set that honors Hank Aaron has a superb Golden logo that really stands out as a great graphic feature of the card.  I am ready to go after this one – Now!

8 – Signed Baseball Collection.  My signed baseball collection is looking SWEET!!  I am just under 100 signed balls as we start the 2013 collecting year.  I will have no problem reaching the magical number of 100 this year, but my goal is about more than that.  This year, I am seeking quality over quantity!!  I already have two balls in the works that have that goal in mind.  Now, it is time to stick with that goal and execute for the entire year.

And there you have it.  It’s a lot, but it is a lot of fun too!

As always, things will take me off path.  I hope that I have the willpower to get back on track when that happens as each of these goals means a lot to me. 

I hope that you will follow me on this journey.  I am excited to get started and also excited to share it with you on my blog.  And, I may have a few surprises along the way too…

I am also very interested in hearing about what others have in mind as they start to think about their collecting goals for the upcoming year.  So, if you have some formal or informal goals, please share as I would love to hear them.

Thanks for reading.  And Happy New Year!!!