Daily Archives: September 20, 2013

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Matt Williams

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Matt Williams

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Matt Williams card from the set:



Williams was a solid player for the better part of his career.  A stud third baseman, with superior offensive skills, Williams was well-round and well-liked.  In addition to his 5 All-star team selections, Williams also won 4 Silver Slugger trophies and 4 Gold Gloves.  His career stats include 1,878 hits with 338 doubles and 378 home runs.  Williams scored 997 runs while driving in another 1,218.  Williams played in 3 World Series match-ups during his career.  He finally won a title in 2001 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Taking A Quick Pause To Celebrate Blog Post #9,500 At ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Taking A Quick Pause To Celebrate Blog Post #9,500 At ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Just taking a quick break to celebrate and acknowledge that this is blog post #9,500 at ’30-YOC’.

Baseball Sugar Cookies

Cookies for everyone!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Series 2 – Base

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Series 2 – Base

This nice thing about new player collections is that I can quickly and affordably make a few purchases to get the collection off and running without immediately breaking the bank.

While shopping on Sportlots.com, I was able to snag a pretty nice sized stack of Giancarlo Stanton baseball cards, paying twenty-five cents or less for all of them.

The lot of cards primarily contained base issues from 2012 and 2013, but I was also able to snag a few surprises as well.

I’ll be showing off those buys in the coming weeks.

Tonight, I will start with Stanton’s base card from the 2012 Topps Series 2 set.

Have a look:



It’s a nice card; I like the action.  But, this one would be so much nicer if we saw the ball that Stanton was tracking.  Seriously, by the look on his face, you have to think that the ball is just inches from his glove – so why not show it to us??

Vince Coleman 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best

Vince Coleman 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best

While I am very happy to see that Vince Coleman was included in Donruss’ 1988 ‘Baseball’s Best’ set.

I just wish that the image used for the card lived up to the ‘Best’ naming that comes with this set…

Have a look:



I guess I would be OK with this, if it was a card from Coleman’s rookie season of 1985.  But, by the time this set was issued, Coleman had hundreds of stolen bases to his credit which meant hundreds of opportunities for better photograph options.


1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken voluntarily sat out his first baseball game in more than 16 seasons.

Baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ thought that it was time for a break, albeit just one game.

Cal’s streak will go down as one baseball’s most grand accomplishments.  His class on and off the field accompanied by a very large baseball skill set makes him one of the greatest ambassadors that the sport will ever encounter.

Always gracious, always smiling, always a favorite – Thank You Cal!!!

1953 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

1953 HEADLINE:  Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1953, Ernie Banks hit the first home run of his career as a professional baseball player.

Nobody knew what was in store for Banks’ future, but ‘Mr. Cub’ certainly left a lasting impression on the city of Chicago and the sport of baseball.

Home Run #1 was just the start.  The start of 512 career home runs.  The start of 11 All-star appearances.  The start of 1 Gold Glove award.  And the start of 2 Most Valuable Player awards.  Home Run #1 started it all…

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Ernie Banks!!!


‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Joe Morgan VS Ryne Sandberg

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Joe Morgan VS Ryne Sandberg

As we wrap up ‘Joe Morgan Day’ here at 30-Year Old Cardboard, I though it would be only proper to include him in tonight’s ‘Hall of Fame Debate’.

So tonight, we will put the greatest second baseman from the 1970’s against the greatest second baseman from the 1980’s: Joe Morgan VS Ryne Sandberg!!!

Here is a statistical look at their careers:

Morgan Sandberg
Seasons 22 16
Games 2,649 2,164
Hits 2,517 2,386
200 Hit Seasons 0 1
150-199 Hit Seasons 7 10
Batting Average 0.271 0.285
.300+ Seasons 2 5
Batting Titles 0 0
On-Base % 0.392 0.344
.400 On-Base Seasons 9 0
Walks Drawn 1,865 761
Strikeouts 1,015 1260
Doubles 449 403
Triples 96 76
Home Runs 268 282
Stolen Bases 689 344
Runs Scored 1,650 1,318
RBI 1,133 1,061
100-RBI Seasons 1 2
All-Star 10 10
Gold Glove 5 9
Silver Slugger 1 7
ROY 0 0
MVP 2 1
Postseasons 7 2
WS Titles 2 0

Both guys are extremely accomplished players.

Here are a few standout points for me when comparing them head-to-head:

  • Sandberg averaged quite a few more hits a year than Morgan
  • Very surprised to see 5 .300 or better seasons out of Sandberg
  • Morgan’s On-Base % is stellar!
  • Morgan’s walks drawn is unreal
  • Morgan’s strikeouts per season is really strong
  • Sandberg’s HR’s did not always translate to RBI success

Ultimately, this match-up looks a lot closer on paper than I think it actually is.  Joe Morgan epitomized what his team needed from him – a guy that could get on base and disrupt the pitcher’s concentration so Tony Perez and Johnny Bench could generate runs.  Sandberg on the other hand, had the tools to do what Morgan did (probably on a bit of a lesser scale), but he also had the power to be the one responsible for the production of runs too.  Ultimately, the rosters he played on may not have been the  best to showcase what he could do.

One thing that deserves mention – the Silver Slugger Award.  The award began in 1980, and Morgan snagged one in the twilight of his career.  Had the award started in 1970, I think it is a safe bet that he would have as many as, if not more, than Sandberg and the 7 he owns.

So, who is the better?  Who wins the debate tonight?

For me, it is a no-brainer – Joe Morgan all the way!!

Morgan filled his role to perfection for the Reds.  His defense was huge, and his ability to get on base and ruin the opposition’s gameplan on a nightly basis was much greater than that of Sandberg.  With Sandberg, you may not want to face him with a man in scoring position of a tight game, but with Morgan, you NEVER wanted to face him – period!


Who gets your vote?  This one puts the best of one decade versus the best of another decade.  And I am eager to hear what you have to say!!

Let’s Go!!!