Daily Archives: April 7, 2013

8,500!!!

8,500!!!

No, this was not today’s attendance for this afternoon’s Marlins/Mets game.

Just taking a pause to acknowledge the 8,500th post at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

This has been a blast, though my keyboard my think otherwise…

Thanks to each and every one of you that has read anywhere between 1-8,500 of the stories that I have posted.

8500

Next up, 9,000!!!

Lou Brock 2013 Topps Series One – ‘Chasing History’

Lou Brock 2013 Topps Series One – ‘Chasing History’

Another great looking card from the ‘Chasing History’ subset – and another card that just doesn’t do it for me…

Like many of the cards in this subset, the card itself looks fantastic.  The graphics are nice and clean, and the image used is perfect.

Have a look:

VINATGE BROCK CHASING

For me, I just cannot get behind this quest when it has already been conquered.  Sure, I appreciate what Lou Brock did during his career, and specifically to become the all-time stolen base leader.  But, his accomplishment was crushed.

Instead, with a theme like this, maybe Topps could have shown us the active player that ranks the highest in these categories and then combined their image with the leaders??  I don’t know – just an idea…

 

And The Jose Fernandez Era Officially Begins…

And The Jose Fernandez Era Officially Begins…

jose fernandez

Go Get ‘Em Kid!!!

And, GO FISH!!!

Jim Palmer 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Jim Palmer 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

I’m still hauling in modern cards of Jim Palmer for my collection.  He had a lot of cards issued over the last 4-5 years and this journey will seemingly not end soon.

Thankfully, I am a pretty patient dude.  And a very well-organized one as well.

As long as I maintain my checklist, I am in good shape!!

And here is the latest addition to my Jim Palmer player collection.  The card comes from the 2012 Topps Series 2 ‘Golden Moments’ set.

Have a look:

All of the Orange & Gold elements of the card work very nicely together.  And being capped off by that sweet, vintage Orioles logo is the icing on the cake!!

George Brett & 1987 Fleer – A Match Made In Heaven!!!

George Brett & 1987 Fleer – A Match Made In Heaven!!!

Jeez, talk about a baseball card design and a team color scheme that were made for each other – 1987 Fleer and the Kansas City Royals are like PB&J.

Proof:

BRETT 10

Happy Birthday Bobby Doerr!!

Happy Birthday Bobby Doerr!!

Mr. Bobby Doerr turns 95 years old today.

Doerr is baseball’s oldest living Hall of Famer, having made his professional debut in 1937.

A 14-year veteran, Doerr was a 9-time All-star for the Boston Red Sox.  He has a lifetime batting average of .288 with 2,042 career hits.  Other notable stats from his career include 1,094 runs scored, 223 home runs, 1,247 RBI, and 54 steals.  In 7,093 at-bats, Doerr struck out just 608 times – less than 10% of the time.  Doerr finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 7 times during his major league career.

Doerr played in the 1946 World Series but the Sox lost to the Cardinals in 6 games.  In that match-up, he hit .409 by collecting 9 hits in 22 at-bats.

Happy Birthday Mr. Doerr!!!

Doerr signed these for me TTM in 2009.

And Finally, My 2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset Is Complete!!! Come Check It Out.

And Finally, My 2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset Is Complete!!!  Come Check It Out.

Yessir, I have completed another subset and it is time to show it off in its completed form.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set is from the 2012 Topps release, and is 15 cards deep. 

Here it is, complete:

SET 1

SET 2

As for the cards, they look great!  I like the graphics that Topps used to identify the strike zone, and the added team logo on top of that graphic is a nice touch.  I also really like that every card in the subset offers a color, in-action photograph (though the Gibson, Spahn, and Feller appear to be posed-action).  I do wish that Topps used a brighter color for the ‘Mound Dominance’ headline – something that stood out more.

While I am really happy with the look and design of the set, I have to say that there are a few odd things about it that stand out for me as well.

They are:

  • the set lacks consistency with the theme; from no-hitters to solid outings to dominant playoff appearances, I wish it focused on just one thing
  • the inclusion of Dennis Eckersley ( a player I loved watching) is peculiar.  He is the only non-starter in the set.
  • Phil Niekro’s card is celebrating his 300th career win – the only card celebrating a career achievement instead the most dominant game of the pitcher’s career.
  • The set gives us Jon Lester and Armando Gallaraga, but leaves out Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro, Schilling, and others that would certainly be also called ‘Dominant’

Overall, I like the set – it looks great, and it is nice to see players like Verlander and Halladay get put into the same conversation as Seaver, Palmer, and Gooden. 

Ultimately, I would have liked to have seen multiple versions of the set, maybe in consecutive years.  If Topps broke this set into different levels while keeping the graphic components similar, with just enough changes to let them stand alone, they could have been on to something.  Imagine if we had: Mound Dominance – No Hitters, Mound Dominance – The Closers, Mound Dominance – The Workhorses, Mound Dominance – The Strikeout Artists, Mound Dominance – Postseason Heroes.  If Topps delivered something like that, it would let them bring us something that more truly represented the many ways that one can dominate from the mound.  And it would certainly let them capture more collectors as well.

Topps, do you hear me???