Daily Archives: August 12, 2013

Reggie Jackson 1986 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars

Reggie Jackson 1986 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars

The Quaker cereal brand joined the baseball card game in 1986 with their exclusive 1st Annual Collector’s Edition set.

Partnering up with Topps, the set featured 33 cards and focused on the great starts of the game.  At the time of its issue, Reggie Jackson was a member of the California Angels.

This is his card from the set:



This set, known as an oddball today, was pretty fun to collect back in the 1980’s.  I don’t know how I obtained all of them, probably some via purchase with granola bars and some via trade, but I know that I had the complete set.

Today, the set can be found for less than $5.00 pretty regularly.

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps ‘Chasing The Dream’

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps ‘Chasing The Dream’

While not normally a fan of the ‘Home Run Pose’, I will say that a photo like this works well with a card design of this nature.

First, let me show you the card:



Pretty nice, huh?

Yep, I agree!

And because of the graphic bar that runs down the left-hand side of the card, you are forced to squeeze in an image into a much smaller space.  Many times, that process does not work well and you end up with a card that looks cramped.

Thankfully, for this card of Bryce Harper from the ‘Chasing The Dream’ set, it works very well!!

Harper is so much fun to watch play.  I would easily put him in the ‘Top Ten’ attractions in the sport right now.  And that stock is only rising!!

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Brian McCann

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Brian McCann

The theme of ‘Collision At The Plate’ is one that I think all baseball fans could get excited about. The play in which two players collide with completely opposite goals: 1 putting their body on the line in an effort to score a run for their team. 1 putting every ounce of energy, strength, and will into defending their plate.

Oh yes, the ‘Collision At The Plate’ is the perfect place for baseball drama to be born. And as soon as I saw that the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set was going to include a subset of cards with the title of ‘Collisions At The Plate’, I knew I would be going after it.

This is the Brian McCann card from the set:



Brian McCann has been an All-Star catcher in seven of his nine major league seasons.  A solid hitter with the ability to deliver the long ball while also posting a good batting average, has made McCann a very well-rounded player.

On Defense, McCann is showing signs of getting better and better behind the plate.  He has a career fielding percentage of .991 and his error count continues to go down as he becomes more and more comfortable behind the plate and with his staff.

Vince Coleman 1991 Donruss “Baseball’s Best”

Vince Coleman 1991 Donruss “Baseball’s Best”

He may not have been as effective during the 1991 baseball season as he had been in the first six seasons of his major league career, but Vince Coleman was still one of ‘Baseball’s Best’.

This card celebrates Coleman and it comes from the 1991 Donruss ‘Baseball’s Best’ set.  Featuring the same graphic design as the 1991 Donruss base set, the card’s border color was changed from Blue to Green.  And to be honest, I like the image chosen for this one a lot better…

Check it out:



In his first six seasons in the majors, Coleman led the National League in steals in each of them.  The 1991 season marked the first time he did not accomplish that feat; he had 37 steals in 1991 finishing out of the ‘Top Ten’.  It should be noted that Coleman only competed in 72 games in 1991.  Had he played in a full season’s worth of games, he would have come close to 80 swipes on the year and another 1st place finish…

And The Celebrating 5 Years Of ’30-YOC’ Giveaway Winner Is…

And The Celebrating 5 Years Of ’30-YOC’  Giveaway Winner Is…


Congratulations, HACKENBUSH!!!

And here is a look at how everything played out when run through the randomizer:

5th BDay winner

And here is one more look at the prize that was up for grabs:

2012 hanger box

Congrats again, HACKENBUSH.

And a big ‘Thank You’ to all that participated and for the very kind words.  ’30-YOC’ is extremely grateful!!!

Have a great day!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Hall Most Wanted Signed Baseballs – The Non-HOF Edition’

30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Hall Most Wanted Signed Baseballs – The Non-HOF Edition’

Last Sunday night I told you about my desire to bring some more quality autographed baseballs into my collection.  And I gave you a list of my most desired Hall of Fame balls.

This week, the theme is the same, but now I am bringing you the ‘Non-HOF’ version.  This one was a lot harder to build and then cut down to just ten names, but I did it.

So, before I get to that list, let me at least tell you that if I was ever to find a ‘No-Hitter’ inscribed ball from AJ Burnett, Anibal Sanchez, or Kevin Brown, I would want them for my Marlins collection.  Those balls did not make the list, let’s say that they trumped the list.

Ok?  Ok!

Now, on to the  ‘Top Ten Hall Most Wanted Signed Baseballs – The Non-HOF Edition’.

Here we go:

10 – Gary Sheffield


9 – Mike Lowell


8 – Vince Coleman


7 – Eric Davis


6 – Ivan Rodriguez


5 – Frank Thomas


4 – Chipper Jones


3 – Greg Maddux


2 – Ken Griffey Jr.


1 – John Smoltz


And there you have it.  Ultimately this list could have been a lot bigger – I would also like to add signed balls to my collection of Willie McGee, Mike Greenwell, Curt Schilling, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Randy Johnson, and the list goes on and on.

Hopefully I can find a few signings to participate in where I can add a few more quality autographed balls to my collection…

Do you have a list?  If so, please share – I’d love to see it!!