Daily Archives: March 20, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-14 – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-14  – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves

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#14 – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves


The Dominant Day – October 17, 1991.  In Game 7 of the NLCS, John Smoltz pitched his best postseason game of his career.  He threw a complete game shutout while striking out 8 batters and allowing just 6 hits.  Smoltz threw 123 pitches in the contest and was the leader of the Braves as they advanced to the 1991 World Series.

Progress – 14/15

Jim Palmer 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘HOF Heroes’ – Silver

Jim Palmer 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘HOF Heroes’ – Silver

If you are a player collector, and your player or players of choice happened to be featured in the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings subset, you have a lot of cards to go after.

As for my and my personal collection, my top three guys are all a part of this set – Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, and Jim Palmer.

I have not counted it – but I would guess that between the three players I collect, there are at least 60+ cards to go after.  With the colored variations, relic cards, and autographs, this could be quite a project.

And as for my progress, I am doing fairly well, but I could do a whole lot better too.

This is the ‘Silver’ versions of Jim Palmer’s card.  It is serial numbered as 17/50.


2012 Panini Cooperstown ‘Famous Moments’ – Robinson Claims Triple Crown, 1966

2012 Panini Cooperstown ‘Famous Moments’ – Robinson Claims Triple Crown, 1966

I am so in favor of celebrating monumental baseball events.  And the more rare the feat, the more attention it should receive.

So, when I saw that the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set contained an insert card that celebrated the 1966 Triple Crown won by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson I got really excited because Robinson is one of my favorite legends of all-time.

And then I saw the card…


And my excitement faded away rather quickly…

What is that a colonial sink??  Ugh….

Jim Rice 1988 Fleer

Jim Rice 1988 Fleer

There are a lot of team color combinations that don’t work so well with the 1988 Fleer baseball card design,

You have the Mets…

You have the Pirates…

You have the Padres…

And then you have some teams that the set’s design works masterfully with, like the Boston Red Sox.

This card is proof:


Jim Rice is a lucky, lucky man!

Panini America Signs Nationals Ace Stephen Strasburg To Exclusive Autograph Deal

Panini America Signs Nationals Ace Stephen Strasburg To Exclusive Autograph Deal

**Hat-tip to reader Matt for passing this story over to me.

From Beckett.com

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The ace of the Washington Nationals has a new home.

Panini America announced on Tuesday that it has signed Stephen Strasburg to an exclusive autograph deal.

Terms of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed. The right-hander was previously a Topps-exclusive player beginning in 2010, when he captivated the baseball world with his dominating debut that was later derailed by injury.

“Stephen Strasburg is one of the most dominant pitchers in the game today; and one of baseball’s most popular and collected players,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared release. “His exclusive presence in our licensed MLBPA trading card releases is a huge development for us and will add even more excitement to our roster of products. We’re honored that Stephen has entrusted us – exclusively – to represent and protect the integrity and collectability of his autographed trading cards.”

Strasburg, a 15-game winner last season, will have his first autographs in 2012 Prizm, which arrives in April. There, he will appear in his USA Baseball uniform. Panini also has the USA license locked up exclusively.

Strasburg appears on 942 different baseball cards from his career valued at more than $24,700. He appears on exactly 150 certified autograph cards.

“I’m excited to announce my relationship with an innovative company like Panini and deliver my autographs to baseball collectors exclusively in Panini trading card products,” Strasburg said. “I’m looking forward to working with Panini and joining the ranks of their other exclusive athletes for trading cards.”

Strasburg is the company’s first exclusive baseball player. He joins the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving from the NBA and Andrew Luck of the NFL, who is a Panini Authentic(memorabilia) autograph-exclusive player.

And The Winner Of The Vintage Lot Of Baseball Cards Is….

And The Winner Of The Vintage Lot Of Baseball Cards Is….


Congratulations, Spiegel83!!!

Here is a look at how the ‘randomizer’ spit the names out:

Here is one more look at the prize:


Thank you to all that participated in my giveaway.  And trust me when I tell you that this is just the start of a full season of giveaways at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ as we head into the 2013 baseball season.

Speaking of that, my ‘4th Annual Opening Day Contest’ will launch next week so please stay tuned.

Congrats again to Spiegel83!!!

‘Million Dollar Question’ – ‘Which Set From The ’80s Boasted The Best Rookie Card Roster?’

‘Million Dollar Question’ – ‘Which Set From The ’80s Boasted The Best Rookie Card Roster?’

I had a lot of fun last week both writing the post and engaging in the comments left with my ‘What Rookie Card From The 1985 Topps Set Has Had The Most Staying Power’ post for ‘Million Dollar Question’.

I thought we could expand on this a bit further.  And I think that the results will be even more spirited.

So, for this week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’, I want you to tell me which baseball card set from the 1980’s offered the best and most memorable rookie cards.  Which set has the best crop of rookie cards that a collector would have been thrilled to pull back in the 80’s and still be excited about either owning or buying today?  We’re talking quality, not quantity here folks!!

I have just one rule:

  • Base sets only – no traded, updated, rookie sets allowed

And now that I have laid the groundwork for this episode of ‘Million Dollar Question’, it is only right that I participate as well.

If I had to choose a single set that offered the greatest crop of rookie cards from the 1980’s, I would go with 1983 Topps!

The set offers a large crop of rookie cards, and among them are three standout rookies – Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, and Ryne Sandberg.  Sure, there are other rookie cards in the set worth noting like Willie McGee, Dave Dravecky, Gary Gaetti, and others, but for me, this set is known as the Boggs-Gwynn-Sandberg set.

1983 Topps Rookies

I gave strong consideration to a few other sets, and some of them will get votes tonight.  But for me, the 1983 Topps baseball card set offers rookie cards of 3 legendary players, 3 Hall of Famers, and 3 guys that for the most part are tagged as one of the greatest players in their team’s history.

And now that I have revealed my selection, it is your turn.  What set issued during the 1980’s do you feel offers the greatest crop of rookie cards that has had staying power for more than two decades??  Let me hear it.

1983 Topps Box