Monthly Archives: October 2013

Reggie Jackson 2008 Donruss Threads – Chrome!!!

Reggie Jackson 2008 Donruss Threads – Chrome!!!

I never knew that these cards from the 2008 Donruss Threads set came in a Chrome version.  So, you can imagine my surprise when I encountered this card while stocking up on cards to celebrate Reggie during the entire month of October.

Not only is this card extremely shiny due to its Chrome finish, but it is also serial numbered to just 250 copies.  Mine is numbered as 117/250.

Have a look:



Very nice!!

I now own the base card, the Chrome card, and a game-used version with a nice chunk of baseball bat from this set that all feature Mr. October.

And this ends my month-long tribute to Reggie Jackson.  Since October 1, and not missing a day since, I have celebrated one of the most cherished and historic players in baseball’s postseason history.  Along the way, I have picked up some really great cards for my collection and learned a bit more about Mr. Jackson than I had known prior.

It has been a lot of fun, and I will look to continue to this tradition again next year.

But this will definitely not be the last card I show off of Reggie Jackson until next October – no sir!!  I have a healthy stack of cards of him to still show off and I will insert them into other posts on my blog as I do with other legends that have helped shape my love of the sport!!

Roberto Clemente 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’ – 3000 Hits

Roberto Clemente 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’ – 3000 Hits

While there is no way that Roberto Clemente’s major league baseball career ended in the way that he would have wished, I do find it kind of fitting to be sitting squarely at 3,000 hits.

That may sound odd, and I do not mean to be rude, but as a kid I always thought (well before knowing anything about Clemente) it would be neat to end a career with exactly 500 home runs, 300 pitching wins, 3,000 strikeouts, or 3,00o hits.

This card of Clemente comes from the 2013 ‘Chasing History’ subset.  The card acknowledges Clemente’s chase towards the magical milestone of 3,000 hits.

While working with considerably less space due to the card’s design, I do think that it would be fitting if Topps chose an image of Mr. Clemente with a bat in his hands for this one…



Still, I love that old Pirates uniform.  And those socks that Clemente wore are perfect!!!

This card is sharp!

Keith Hernandez 1983 Donruss – A Design Built For St. Louis!!!

Keith Hernandez 1983 Donruss

I am a huge fan of the Powder-Blue St. Louis Cardinals uniforms from the early 1980’s.  I really like that combo of Blue and Red, and the accents of White and Yellow are solid additions to the uniform.

The 1983 Donruss set includes most of those colors in their design scheme, making the set a perfect fit with the Cardinals’ colors.

And as you can see with this card of Keith Hernandez below, the finished product is rather nice to look at.

Check it out:

hernandez 4

Between the Red frame and the Yellow bat, it almost feels like this card design was built to work solely for the Cardinals.

And while that is probably not the case, I cannot think of another team’s color pallet that works better with 1983 Donruss.

Can you??

Uncle Moe Offers Up Some Sweet Miami Marlins Parallel & Inserts From The 2013 Topps Update Set!!!

Uncle Moe Offers Up Some Sweet Miami Marlins Parallel & Inserts From The 2013 Topps Update Set!!!

UncleMoe did it again.  He busted a box of the new 2013 Topps Update release and sent me a nice stack of Marlins that he pulled.

The lot consisted of three cards.

Included in the lot were 2 Blue parallel cards – Adeiny Hechavarria & Casey Kotchman.


Kotchman did not get much playing time this year due to an early injury, but ‘Hech’ had a superb defensive season at shortstop.  He makes very hard plays look routine, and some that you would never think would be made he does with ease.  Hech’s defense was definitely a bright spot for the Marlins this season.

The last card of the haul was the Giancarlo Stanton insert card from the 1971 mini set.


I love it – the colors all work very well with the ’71 design!!!

Thank you UncleMoe!!!  As soon as I find some of these for myself, I will be looking for some D’Backs to send your way!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

Happy Birthday Fred McGriff!!!

That’s right, the ‘Crime Dog’ turns 50 today!!!

Fred McGriff is arguably one of the most underrated baseball players from the last 20 years.  An extremely consistent hitter over the course of his 19-year career, McGriff added solid hitting and amazing power to the line-up.

For his 50th birthday, I would love to give him 7 more home runs – giving him an even 500 for his amazing career.  I wonder if that would positively affect his consideration for the Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday to the ‘Crime Dog’!!!

And The Winner Of The ’30-YOC World Series Contest’ Is…

And The Winner Of The ’30-YOC World Series Contest’ Is…


We had 21 players in my ‘World Series Contest’.  Of them, 13 chose the Red Sox as the eventual champions.  And of those 13 players, 8 of them thought that the series would go 6 games!!!  And from there, with a total of 41 runs scored in the series, it was Ron’s selection of 34 total runs scored that seals the win.

Congratulations Ron, you are the winner of this 2012 Topps Series 2 hangar box:

Topps Series 2 Hangar

I’ve sent you an email requesting your mailing address so I can ship out your prize.

Here is a look at the final standings:

Player Winner Games Runs
gerad Cardinals 6 30
**30-YOC Cardinals 6 31
matt d Cardinals 6 32
Adam Cardinals 6 34
tim g Cardinals 6 36
nightowl Cardinals 6 38
mgrlvr Cardinals 6 40
diamond king Cardinals 7 46
jared w Red Sox 4 21
brian c Red Sox 5 24
stealing home Red Sox 5 40
unclemoe Red Sox 6 26
ron c Red Sox 6 34
matt g Red Sox 6 42
henry Red Sox 6 42
tom s Red Sox 6 45
bamattyp Red Sox 6 47
play at the plate Red Sox 6 54
jeff Red Sox 6 55
soccerarchives Red Sox 7 39
charley8 Red Sox 7 42

Congratulations again.  And thanks to everyone that played!!!

And don’t worry, just because the baseball season is over, I will still be hosting a good amount of contests and giveaways during the offseason.  Stay tuned, and thanks for reading and playing!!!

And congratulations to the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals for putting on a thrilling series.

Joe Morgan 1981 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Joe Morgan 1981 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Oh yeah, it is ‘oddball’ time at ’30-YOC’ and this time around we’re going back to Kellogg’s and their 3-D Super Star baseball cards from the early 1980’s.

I have a bunch of these cards in my collection already, but I recently scored a ‘new’ one for my Joe Morgan collection.

The card comes from the 1981 set and it features Morgan in his old Houston Astros uniform.

Check it out:



Morgan debuted with the Houston team when they were the Colt .45s.  He remained with them while they went through a name change to the Astros as you see above.  After leaving Cincinnati after the 1979 baseball season, Morgan went back to Houston for one more season.  I am guessing that this image of Morgan is from that reunion with the Astros franchise.

A great, and tasty, addition to my Joe Morgan player collection!!!

Reggie Jackson 2008 Topps Triple Threads – Sepia

Reggie Jackson 2008 Topps Triple Threads – Sepia

While I really like the ‘Sepia’ toned baseball cards of the very modern years, like 2011, 2012, and 2013, there are a few that just don’t work as well from a few years back.

Like this card from the 2008 Topps Triple Threads set of Reggie Jackson:



For me, the Brown tone is just too much and it takes over too much of the total card surface.  And it is not a true baseball color either.

Now had this been a Green or Yellow toned card I think it would have worked out much better.  Maybe next time…

Oh well, at least the card is serial numbered as 481/525.  All is not lost…

George Brett 1981 Topps – 1980 A.L. Championships

George Brett 1981 Topps – 1980 A.L. Championships

I love what Topps was trying to do with this baseball card, but the execution just didn’t really work that well…  at least for this collector.

Have a look:



When I think of cards that celebrate team achievements, especially winning, I like to see something a little more celebratory than what this card from the 1981 Topps set is offering.

Show me a few players hugging.  Show me a bunch of players crowding the plate waiting for a winning run to score.  Show me a gaggle of guys in the dugout getting ready to party.

And while I appreciate that Topps chose to showcase George Brett with this card, they could have chosen a better image of him to use…


Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ – Oh Henry!!

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ – Oh Henry!!

Hammerin’ Hank was featured on quite a few cards in the subsets that Topps issued in 2012.

In the ‘Golden Greats’ set alone, he was featured five times.  Yes, FIVE!!!

This card, tagged as ‘Oh Henry’, celebrates Aaron’s game winning hit in the 11th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The hit came on August 17, 1957 and sealed the victory for a young Aaron and the Braves.