Daily Archives: August 9, 2013

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Florida Marlins Team Set

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Florida Marlins Team Set

I will be the first one to raise my hand and say that ‘I Think That The Allen & Ginter Brand Is Overrated’.

Yep, that’s me.  I’m that guy.

Do I like the cards?  Sure, I guess so.  But I certainly don’t think that the set deserves the pedestal that it has been placed upon by the collecting community as a whole.

In year one, ok.  But with release after release since 2006, I just get quite bored.  I have a hard time telling the difference from one set to the next, and I find them all to offer imagery that is just too similar to the prior year’s issue.

With that being said, I like the Marlins team set from the 2007 A&G base set.

Maybe it is the player mix…

Maybe it is the mix of Yellow and Blue background colors….

Or maybe it is Dontrelle’s smile…

2007 TOPPS A&G

I’m not certain as to what it is, but this is one that I like.


Keith Hernandez 1990 Upper Deck

Keith Hernandez 1990 Upper Deck

The 1989 baseball season was Keith Hernandez’s final season as a member of the New York Mets.  When the 1990 season began, he would be part of the Cleveland Indians franchise.

You’d think that the leader in baseball card photo creativity would have done more to celebrate Hernandez’s seven seasons in New York.

Instead, they gave us this:




Jim Rice 1985 Topps

Jim Rice 1985 Topps

I’ve said it a million times, ‘There is just something about this 1985 Topps set’….

The first set that I ever put together as a kid collecting cards in 1985, this Topps issue is easily one of my favorites of all-time!

And almost every card that I bring back into my player collections from the ’85 Topps set, brings me back to my childhood as a kid.  From the diagonal team name, to the team logos, and the large images – this set is a classic!

Here is the Jim Rice card from the set:



As a kid, the Red Sox were one of my favorite teams.  From Boggs to Greenwell to Burks to Clemens to Rice, I always enjoyed watching these guys play.  And collecting their baseball cards was just as much fun too.

And yes, I even had a t-shirt with that great Sox logo on it too!!!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Happy Birthday Deion Sanders!!!

Deion Sanders turns 46 years old today.

The guy that they called ‘Prime Time’ was a joy to watch.  And while he was ultimately a better professional football player than baseball player, Deion was still entertaining nonetheless.

With a major league career that lasted 9 seasons, Deion’s career was based on his greatest attribute – Speed!

Sanders collected 159 stolen bases during his playing days.  Usually hitting at the top of the line-up, his skills allowed for him to score 308 runs in 641 games.

A member of the Braves, Reds, Yankees, and Giants, Deion had the charisma and flare to excite crowds and bring people to the ballpark.  And if memory serves me properly, he was also a good football player too.

Happy Birthday ‘Prime Time’!!!  And congratulations on your Pro Football Hall of Fame induction too!

GIVEAWAY TIME – Celebrating Five Years Posts On ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!!!

GIVEAWAY TIME – Celebrating Five Years Posts On ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!!!

That’s right – today is a birthday of sorts.  ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ was created back on August 8, 2008 and it has been going strong ever since.

This blog has been a blast to create and I have loved going back and revisiting the baseball players and baseball cards that formed the foundation for my love of the sport.

A huge ‘THANK YOU’ to all of the great readers of this blog, thank you for your continuous support over the years.  Many of us have interacted beyond this blog, and I have made some great friendships as a result.

And now, for the giveaway!!!!

I picked up this 2012 Topps Series 2 hanger box the other day:

2012 hanger box

So, do you want it?  Who knows what is lurking inside…  You may be able to nab a Harper, or a Trout, or a Darvish, or any of the other great cards that make up this set.

If you want it, simply leave a comment on this post telling me that you want in.  I’ll keep the entry window for this giveaway open until 8:00PM on Sunday night.  All names will be thrown into a randomizer and then I will announce the winner on Monday morning.

Best of luck to everyone that enters.

And thank you all for making ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ as much fun as it has been.  Cheers to five years of ’30-YOC’!!!

Have a great night.