Daily Archives: March 17, 2013

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Silver Slugger 1987 National League Commemorative Card w/Metal Bat Insert

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Silver Slugger 1987 National League Commemorative Card w/Metal Bat Insert

When the 2013 Topps checklist began circulating on the web, I was immediately drawn to one particular card from the set.

The card was not part of the base set, and would not be easily attainable.  And without even seeing a scan of the card, I knew that I would do everything needed to bring one home.

The card features Andre Dawson and it commemorates his Silver Slugger winning campaign of 1987.  As you can see in the scan below, the card looks fantastic.  It features a very heavy metal bat insert that looks just like a real Silver Slugger Award.

Check it out:


The set features just 25 players, both old and current.  I am really happy that Andre was included in this set, as this card is a fantastic addition to my Dawson collection.

Thank You Topps, Great Work!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Chrome

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Chrome

I have a decent sized stack of 2012 Miami Marlins cards that are in desperate need of organization.  I’ve been lazy about it, but something tells me that with minimal effort and a computer by my side, I can possibly add 2-4 new team sets to my Marlins portfolio.

I don’t think that I have all of the cards needed for the 2012 Topps Chrome set just yet, but I scooped this card up of Giancarlo Stanton just in case.  And if it happens to be a double, I will gladly put it with the small collection of Stanton cards that I have.

Who knows, maybe a new player collection will be born soon…  🙂


Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’

Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’

I am still ‘On The Fence’ when it comes to my opinion of this ‘CHasing History’ subset from the 2013 Topps Series One release.

On one hand you have ‘chases’ that have already been concluded, like this one of Rickey Henderson chasing Lou Brock’s all-time steals record in 1991.  Does it make sense to have this moment in baseball history part of a set in 2013 when it happened more than 20 years prior to the release?  I’m not so sure…

But, I will say that the cards look fantastic – bright colors, great use of Silver, superb graphic elements, and excellent photo choices!!



Carlton Fisk 1983 Fleer – YUCK!!!

Carlton Fisk 1983 Fleer

If it wasn’t for the vintage Chicago White Sox logo and Carlton Fisk’s batting helmet, this card would surely be a contender for ‘Worst Card In The PC’.

Have a look:


I’m sorry that I had to put you through that…

I will do my best to make it up to you with the next card of Fisk that I feature.  Stay tuned.

100 BALLS!!!!

100 BALLS!!!!

This post has been 4 1/2 years in the making.

When I started ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ in the summer of 2008, I had one signed baseball in my collection – a Billy Williams ball that I got signed in the in 1989 while living in Chicago and attending a Cubs Convention with my dad.  Mr. Williams was so friendly towards me; both my dad and I became instant fans!!  I lugged that ball from state to state and from house to house for more than twenty years.

And once I decided to get back into the hobby of baseball card collecting, I dusted off my Billy Williams ball, bought a new UV-protected case for it, and kept it on my desk for inspiration.

Fast forward to today and I am happy to be celebrating that I now have 100 autographed baseballs in my collection.  The collection, just like my cards, is focused around men that helped shape the history of the game in prior decades as well as the players that impacted my love for the sport during my youth.

I’ve got Marlins.  I’ve got All-Stars.  I’ve got Cy Young Award winners and MVPs.  I’ve got World Series heroes and I have Hall of Famers.

I have signed balls in my collection that I never really thought that I would obtain.  And, of course, I have some balls in my collection that I wish I never did obtain.

But, I tell you what – I love this collection.  And for as much as my Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson and Willie Mays signed balls mean to me, the single best ball in my collection is still that old National League ball signed by Hall Of Famer, Billy Williams.

Here is a look at my full collection of signed baseballs:


And a peek at the gem of my collection, my Billy Williams ball:


I already have plans in place to add more baseballs to my collection.  And while I don’t have a target number of balls that I want for this extension of my baseball card collecting hobby, I am pretty confident that the collection will continue to blossom in the coming years!

Thanks for reading.