Daily Archives: August 8, 2013

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 15

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 15

I figured that today would be the perfect day to look back at how my collection of baseball cards has evolved in the five years that I have been back actively collecting.

For those of you that have been with me since the start (THANK YOU), you may remember seeing this box:

Evolution BOx

This is the box that I condensed my very large collection into when I decided to downsize my stuff.  From more than 100 complete sets, tons of albums, boxes and boxes of traded sets, and more common cards than I ever wanted to see – all of it was downsized into this very small box.

And now, fast forward to August 8, 2013 and this in my collection:


Still as organized as always, the collection has continued to grow and grow.  I’ve been able to add new player collections to my collection so a little re-organization had to take place to accommodate the new cards and empty space that will be needed to hold them, but I was able to get it done.

My Marlins team set collection has also grown very steadily and my second album is starting to reach its maximum allowable size – album #3 is coming in the very near future.

I think that one of my next moves would be to merge my Fergie Jenkins and Jim Palmer collections into one box (currently they’re in two).  I also want to put all of the guys I collect from ‘The Big Red Machine’ and Chicago Cubs into their own boxes.  And from there, I will probably alphabetize the rest of the guys.  Not a tremendous amount of work – just something to be taken care of that I think would be helpful.

And I think that I am going to have to add another ‘Andre Dawson Box’ to my collection in the future too – maybe as soon as 2014.  Right now, we are at three boxes of Dawson cards and I am starting to have less and less space to maneuver as new cards are being brought into the collection.  And trust me when I tell you, that is not a complaint!!!

And there you have it – 5 years of ‘Evolution’ for you.




That’s right, today we celebrate the birth of ’30-YOC’ and my reemergence into the hobby that was such a huge part of my childhood.

My passion for the sport of baseball may not have waned during my time away from the hobby, but boy did the kind of collecting change!  Never in a million years would I have thought that the hobby would have transformed into what it is today.  When I left, right around 1993/94, there was a lot of competition for the top-spot amongst manufacturers.  I also would not have expected to see so many of them drop like they did – but that is what competition is all about.

Today, 5 years into the hobby and ’30-YOC’, I am a very happy and excited collector.  Still, I get the most enjoyment out of collecting cards of the players that helped shape the history and my love for the sport – just like I did when I was a young kid.

Today, I will take time to reflect on how my collection has evolved over the last five years.  And I will also probably use this occasion as an excuse to pick up a nice card or two…

Thanks to everyone out there that has made this such a special and enjoyable blog to manage.  I look forward to seeing where the sport and hobby take all of us next!!

Happy 5th Birthday ’30-YOC’!!!!

baseball cake

1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  On 8/8/88, the Cubs hosted the Mets in this historical game.

And although this contest didn’t last 3 innings due to rain, it was the first time in franchise history that the Cubs turned on the lights and hosted a night game.  If you want to be picky, the first official complete game at Wrigley Field was the next night on 8/9/88, but the 8/8/88 sounds so much cooler…

I am a native Floridian, but I lived in Chicago for 5 years.  I moved there in 1988 when I was 13, and moved back to sunny Florida after graduating high school.  Over the first 4 months of the 1988 season I became a Chicago Cubs fan.  It was sweet to come home from school and get to watch baseball.  While other kids were glued to Charles In Charge or Full House, I was enjoying the Cubs.

I thought it would be cool to reflect on what their line-up looked like 24 years ago today.

For the Cubs: Catcher – Damon Berryhill; 1st Base – Mark Grace; 2nd Base – Ryne Sandberg; SS – Shawon Dunston; 3rd Base – Vance Law; OF – Rafael Palmerio, Dave Martinez, and Andre Dawson; SP – Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe,Jamie Moyer, and Calvin Schiraldi.

That’s not too bad of a line-up.  2 current HOF players in Dawson and Sandberg and an obvious 1st ballot player with Maddux.  And 1 of the best hitters of the 90’s in Grace.

For the Mets: Catcher – Gary Carter; 1st Base – Keith Hernandez; 2nd Base – Wally Backman; SS – Kevin Elster; 3rd Base – Howard Johnson; OF – Darryl Strawberry; Lenny Dykstra, and Kevin McReynold; SP – Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Ron Darling, and Sid Fernandz.

This group is a little more rag-tag with the exception of HOF’er Gary Carter.  There must be something in the water in NY because none of these guys did extremely well after leaving the Mets(possibly excluding Dykstra and Cone) and several of them went down the tubes quickly.


1969 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Strikes Out The 1,000th Batter Of His Career

1969 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Strikes Out The 1,000th Batter Of His Career

On this day in 1969, Fergie Jenkins and the Chicago Cubs were on the road and facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in Southern California.

The Cubs were sporting a 71-42 record at the time and were in the process of trying to make a run at the National League crown with the goal of making the World Series.

Jenkins was the ace of the squad and on this day he battled in the Dodgers in front of a crowd of 38,000 fans.

Jenkins captured his 1,000 strikeout during the contest.  He struck out five on the day, which helped his eventual league-leading 273 strikeout tally by the end of the season.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!


Prayers For Dave Parker

Prayers For Dave Parker

By WILL GRAVES (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Seven-time major league All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson’s disease.

Parker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with the disease in February 2012. Parker’s condition was first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

”I went in for a physical, went through the whole physical and my hand was shaking,” Parker said by telephone. ”The docs saw it and I said I’ve been having problems with that. They said ‘Yeah, you got Parkinson’s, that’s how I found out.”

Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder that gradually takes a toll on the nervous system. Notable figures with the disease include Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox. The 62-year-old Parker said his older sister is also suffering from Parkinson’s. The 1978 National League MVP is able to get by without medication at this point and relies on a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, including at least an hour a day on his bicycle.

He got in his usual round of golf on Wednesday, rushing a bit to beat afternoon thundershowers.

”I’m managing it pretty well,” he said.

Nicknamed ”Cobra” because of his lethal bat and cannon-like arm, Parker hit 339 home runs during a 19-year career with five teams, most notably the Pittsburgh Pirates. He helped Pittsburgh win the 1979 World Series and was named MVP of the All-Star game that year after a pair of outfield assists helped the National League pull out a 7-6 victory.

Parker won another title with the Oakland A’s in 1989, when he hit 22 homers and drove in 97 runs at age 38. He is still active in the game, occasionally working as a hitting coach. Parker said he believes the Pirates, in first-place in the NL Central, are ready to end two decades of losing.

”I know the fans are used to winning when I played,” Parker said. ”They desperately need a winning season. (Twenty) years of losing baseball is unacceptable as far as I concerned. When I played, we threw everything out on the field and including the kitchen sink. It’s nice to see these guys doing the same.”

Dave Parker

Tony Gwynn 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

Tony Gwynn 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

I am currently building the 2013 Topps Archives ‘1972 Basketball Design’ subset.  As the name implies, Topps adopted a card design from a vintage  basketball product and put it into this baseball product.

The end result is a pretty exciting looking baseball card set, with a neat twist.  Would I like to see more of this in the future?  Possibly.  But, there are a ton of baseball-specific designs that I think Topps should re-issue first!!

This is the Tony Gwynn card from the set:



While it may not be widely known, Tony Gwynn was quite the basketball player during his youth.  Blessed with great speed, and excellent hand-eye coordination, Gwynn was so good that he received a college scholarship to play at San Diego State for both baseball and basketball.

Here is a pretty neat picture I found of him from his days of running the point for the Aztecs:

tony gwynn

Pretty neat, huh??

I think we are all very lucky that Gwynn ultimately chose baseball over hoops!!!