Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-9 – Phil Niekro, Cleveland Indians

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-9 – Phil Niekro, Cleveland Indians

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#9 – Phil Niekro, Cleveland Indians


The Dominant Day – June 22, 1986.  On this day, Phil Niekro pitched a 2-hit gem for the Indians at the age of 47.  Both hits were given up by Niekro in the first inning, but from there on he was superb.  The pitching line looks like this: 9 innings pitched, 2 hits allowed, 1 earned run, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks, and a win!

This 2-hitter was the 16th time that Niekro went the distance in his career while allowing either 1 or 2 hits.

Progress – 9/15

Joe Morgan 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Sticker

Joe Morgan 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Sticker

Of all of the 2012 in-set subsets that I have yet to collect that interest me, the 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers subset is very high on the list for me to go after.

I love the design.  I love the shout-out to the vintage sets of the late 1970’s.  And I love that Joe Morgan was included in the set.

I picked up this card for the low, low price of just $0.18 on www.sportlots.com.

Take a look:


This card will serve as a reminder that I eventually want to collect the full set.

Until I make that a mission of mine, I will keep it on my desk as a reminder…

Dave Parker ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1982 Donruss

Dave Parker ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1982 Donruss

Now that my Dave Parker player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #3 – 1982 Donruss


While I would prefer to see both of  his feet in this image as I am a sucker for the ‘full-body action shot’ on my baseball cards, I will let this one pass.

The photographer needed to zoom in just a bit more to capture the action.

And as you can see by the little hunk of wood that Parker is still grasping, he really got a hold of the pitch on this swing.

With the bat shattered, I have to imagine that with Parker’s 6 foot, 5 inch, 230-pound body that he could swing as hard as any player in the majors!!!

Alan Trammell 1988 Donruss All-Star

Alan Trammell 1988 Donruss All-Star

I don’t recall how these cards were issued, and I am hopeful that one, or many, of the great readers of this blog can provide that information.

The All-Star cards that Donruss issued in 1988 are a lot better, in my opinion, than what other brands were doing with their All-Star subsets.

While many either featured gawdy graphics or posed photos pasted on top of dull backgrounds, Donruss gave us great action.

This is Alan Trammell’s 1988 Donruss All-Star baseball card:

Of all of the All-Star themed cards of Trammell that I have secured so far for the player collection that I am building of him, this is my favorite!

Will it be challenged?  Stay tuned to find out…

Did You Know…

In the amazing history of the St, Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols holds the team record for most consecutive seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBI, and a .300 batting average.  He accomplished this feat for ten consecutive seasons, 2001-2010.


New Series Coming To 30-Year Old Cardboard – ‘Million Dollar Question’

New Series Coming To 30-Year Old Cardboard – ‘Million Dollar Question’

That’s right gang, another new series is coming to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Next Tuesday night marks the debut of ‘Million Dollar Question’.  It will become a regular Tuesday feature at ’30-YOC’ and will solely be baseball card related.

I have had so much fun interacting with the great readers of this blog on Thursday’s with my ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ series that I decided to dedicate another night for us to chat with each other.

This new series will be aimed to get the readers to reply with quick answers to a single hobby related question.  Some will be ‘fill in the blank’ questions and some will be of the ‘multiple choice’ variety.  But, they will all be fun – I can promise you that!!!

So, starting next Tuesday, get ready for ‘Million Dollar Question’!!!

See you then (and hopefully before too).

Million Dollar Question