Monthly Archives: April 2013

Andre 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia ‘Tools Of The Trade’ 4-Piece Game-Used Relic Card!!!!

Andre 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia ‘Tools Of The Trade’ 4-Piece Game-Used Relic Card!!!!

With more than 1,070 unique card of Andre Dawson in my collection, it is hard to believe that this is my first relic card that offers four pieces of memorabilia in the same card.

But it does, and I am thrilled to call it mine!!!

The card comes from the 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia set tagged as ‘Tools Of The Trade’.  If you’ve been a reader of ’30-YOC’ for the last few years, you know that I really like this set – the design is perfect, and the graphics really work well.

I have a lot of cards of Andre Dawson from this set, but there are still a lot more to go after.  Hopefully in time, I can nab a few more.

But I am more than content with this new addition to my collection.

The card is serial numbered as 20/25 and it features pieces of jersey, bat, jersey, and pants.

Check it out:



Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Archives – GOLD!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Archives – GOLD!!!

I recently completed a trade with ’30-YOC’ reader Jared.  I sent a small stack of Red Sox cards to him and he returned the favor with a few Marlins for my collection.

Of the cards that I received, this one is the one that really stands out for me.


Because for some reason, I did not realize that the 2012 Archives set included Gold parallel versions in the set.  And after further review of the checklist, I know understand that every card in the base set has a Golden variation.

Here is the Gold Stanton:


And now it is time for me to seek out the other five Gold Marlins!!

Jared- Thank you for the great card, and the inspiration to bring the rest of them home (even if the others are not longer on the team)!!!

Jim Rice 1984 Topps All-Star

Jim Rice 1984 Topps All-Star

Jim Rice was an All-Star in eight of his sixteen major league seasons.

What did he do in 1984 to be named an All-Star for the American League team?

How about these numbers:  184 hits, 25 doubles, 28 home runs, 98 runs scored, 122 RBI, and 307 total bases.

I’d say he was a worthy pick!


Happy Birthday Barry Larkin!!!

Happy Birthday Barry Larkin!!!

Barry Larkin turns 50 years old today!

One of the most respected players from his era, Larkin was as classy of a player in the league as there was during the 1980’s, 1990’s, and into the 2000’s. A 19-year veteran who spent his entire career in Cincinnati, Larkin was the centerpiece of the Reds’ team and their lone constant.

Larkin’s abilities were endless. Solid hitter, great defender, base stealer, home run hitter… Larkin excelled at each and every aspect of the game. In his best season in 1995, he won the MVP award. In that season, Larkin hit .319 while collecting 158 hits, 98 runs, 51 stolen bases, 66 RBI, 15 home runs and the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

A very deserving Hall of Famer!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Larkin!!!

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Connects For First Big League Home Run

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Connects For First Big League Home Run

On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson hit the first home run of his major league baseball career.

Just 20 years old, and playing in his first full season in the majors, Robinson didn’t waste too much time in making an impact with the Cincinnati Reds. At home and in front of a terribly small crowd of just over 4,000 spectators, Robinson went 2-for-4 collecting 2 RBI. 1 hit was a double, and the other was a 2-run home run off of Cubs’ pitcher Paul Minner.

And as they say, the rest was history!! Home run #1 was officially in the books – and one of the game’s greatest sluggers was born.

Robinson ended his amazing career with 586 homers. He currently ranks in 7th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

Jim Palmer 2005 Topps Pristine – ‘The Legendary Years’ – UNCIRCULTAED!!!

Jim Palmer 2005 Topps Pristine – ‘The Legendary Years’ – UNCIRCULTAED!!!

Wow, what a find!!!

I have cards of both Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins from the 2005 Topps Pristine set.  Each card from the set comes enclosed in a case complete with a Topps seal ensuring its status of being ‘Uncirculated’.

Well, I guess that I never examined the checklist completely because I recently found a card from the set of Jim Palmer on Ebay.  And I had to have it!!!

A week went by, and I placed my bid – a winning bid at that!!!

And now, this sweet uncirculated, 76/549 serial numbered beauty is mine!!!

Check it out:


Of the three cards that I now have in my collection that are from this set, I would say that the Palmer card is the best looking one of the trio!!

Hank Aaron 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – So Nice!!!!

Hank Aaron 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – So Nice!!!

As soon as cards from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set started appearing on Ebay, I began a furious search to seek out the cards of the players I collect with the hopes of seeing their new card in the GQ set.

First, I checked out the obvious guys – Dawson, Jenkins, and Palmer (my guys).

From there, my searches ranged from players that retired before I was born to players who just started their major league careers in 2013.

The first guy I sought out was Hank Aaron.

And the card is sharp.

And I was lucky enough to pull the card of Mr. Aaron from one of the two blasters that I picked up when they started hitting the shelves a few weeks back!!!

Have a look:


I am so happy with this card of Hank Aaron.  The work is beautiful – and I am such a sucker for those old, historic Braves uniforms.

Thank you Gypsy Queen!!!

George Brett 1987 Donruss – Pop Quiz Time: What Is Brett Doing In This Image???

George Brett 1987 Donruss – Pop Quiz Time:  What Is Brett Doing In This Image???

Welcome back to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!!

It is time for another Pop Quiz as we examine another baseball card and try to determine what the player is doing in the image that was used for the card.

For this round of the quiz, we have George Brett’s 1987 Donruss baseball card:


And now, time for the quiz!!!

What is George Brett doing in this photo:

  1. A post-game interview
  2. Chatting with Jamie Quirk & Steve Balboni
  3. Watching Bo Jackson take batting practice in amazement
  4. Telling personal stories about escapades on the road with Dan Quisenberry
  5. Other

You may choose your answer now.


Did You Know…

Lou Gehrig was the first player in major league history to have his jersey number retired by his team.  The event occurred on July 4, 1939 and there were roughly 62,000 fans in attendance to celebrate with Gehrig.


Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of former major leaguer, Mr. Rogers Hornsby.

Hornsby’s major league career began in 1915 at the tender age of nineteen. A staple in the St. Louis Cardinals’ line-up for more than a decade, Hornsby had offense down to a science as he quickly became the best hitter in the sport. He From 1920 to 1925, his average never dipped below .370 while peaking at .424 – while racking up six batting titles in the process.

After his tenure in St.Louis, Hornsby moved on to New York, Boston, Chicago, and eventually back to St. Louis. And during that journey, the hits kept coming…

By the end of his 23 seasons, Hornsby had amassed 2,930 career hits. His lifetime batting average of .358 ranks as the second highest in major league history behind Ty Cobb. In total, he collected seven batting titles and two MVP awards as well.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hornsby. Your impact on the game is not forgotten!!!