Daily Archives: October 14, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Reggie Jackson

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Reggie Jackson

The 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9’ sets were issued through redemption cards that were inserted into hobby boxes of the Topps 2012 flagship baseball card set.  The cards were numbered and each card represented a specific card it could be redeemed for.

These special insert cards were redeemable only through hobby shops and Topps made these cards available for redemption on a very limited basis.

The card’s design is great, and I have been a fan ever since seeing them.  The high-gloss finish is unlike any that I have seen before and I like the fact that Topps rewards the baseball card business owner with such a nice, exclusive offer.

This is the Reggie Jackson card from the set:



Some interesting Reggie Jackson Home Run facts:

  • 384 came against right-handers, 179 against lefties
  • 283 at home, 280 on the road
  • Most against a single team – 63 (Milwaukee)
  • Most against a single pitcher – 8 (Wilbur Wood)
  • 4 inside the park home runs
  • 239 HR’s from the clean-up position in batting order
  • 308 solo home runs
  • 11 Grand Slams
  • Most in specific inning – 97 in 1st inning

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

With the base card, and even an autographed version of the base card, in my collection already, I put in some major effort to land the remainder of the Andre Dawson cards from the 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter set.

I was able to score three more cards from the set pretty easily, and affordably as well.  I’ll show them all off individually, with the mini version of the base card being the first one.

Here is the card:



The same card as the base card, just in miniature form, adding this one to my collection at a low price was very easy.  I paid just $1.49 for the card, delivered!!


Joe Morgan 2011 Topps Lineage – Diamond Anniversary Version

Joe Morgan 2011 Topps Lineage – Diamond Anniversary Version

When I decided to add Joe Morgan to the ’30-YOC’ roster of ‘Ultimate Collections’, I knew that I would enjoy going back and revisiting his career through cardboard.

I learned a lot about Mr. Morgan when I went through my first round of collecting his cards when I sought out all of the cards issued of him by the major card companies during his playing days, and now I can dig even deeper with the more modern issues.

And there are a lot of modern issues – and parallel versions to those cards as well.

Like this one below, his 2011 Topps Lineage Diamond Anniversary card.



I already had the base cards of Morgan from the Lineage set (he has two: Houston and Cincy) so now I will go after the parallel versions: Diamond and Platinum editions.

I’ll keep you posted as I go after this conquest.

Reggie Jackson 1988 Fleer – ‘Tip Of The Cap’

Reggie Jackson 1988 Fleer

Reggie Jackson played in his final MLB game in 1987.  Still, two card companies issued cards of Reggie in their 1988 sets – Score & Fleer.

While Score went with a 5-card career retrospective set (that I love), Fleer opted for a single base card in the set.

The card features an older picture of Jackson offering up a familiar baseball gesture when being acknowledged by the fans – the ‘Tip Of The Cap’



While certainly not Reggie’s greatest card by a longshot, I do respect the approach that Fleer took with the card.  And as a player collector with an affinity for Mr. October, I am always happy to find another card of him to go after and bring into my collection.

Hat-Tip to Fleer and Reggie for this one!!!

Keith Hernandez 1985 Donruss – WHOA!!!!

Keith Hernandez 1985 Donruss

I apologize for offering up such a horrible card on this Monday morning, but a blogger has got to do what a blogger has got to do….

And as this blogger continues to work on a collection of cards that honors the career of Keith Hernandez, it is time for me to show off another addition to that collection.

And this one while it stinks, was missing from my checklist so I had to go after it.

Here is his card from the 1985 Donruss set:

hernandez 6


Pretty bad, huh???

You all know that I am a big fan of cards that show players practicing their craft in the batting cage or waiting to take their hacks, and while this card has some of those elements, it fails.

Not only is the body language of Mr. Hernandez off, but he is not looking anywhere close to the camera…

My guess is that he is either standing in the on-deck circle or simply stretching with a few practice swings prior to the start of a game.

But, it is still a bad card…

Contest Time – ‘5th Annual Pick The Award Winners’

Contest Time – ‘5th Annual Pick The Award Winners’

Yep.  Another fun contest being held by your good friend at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

I did this contest at the end of the last four seasons and it was very fun to see who everyone was predicting to win the post-season awards.  So this year I’ll be holding the same contest again.

On to the rules.  To qualify for the contest all you have to do is select who you think will win the Rookie Of The Year Awards, the Cy Young Awards, and the Most Valuable Player awards in both leagues.  Each correct answer will earn you 2 points.  To make things interesting, I will also award an additional point if you correctly name the second place finisher for the 2 MVP awards.  In total you have to submit 8 players and designate who will finish in first and second place in the MVP race.

A correct entry will look something like this:



AL Cy –

NL Cy –

AL MVP Winner –

AL MVP 2nd –

NL MVP Winner –

NL MVP 2nd –

Entries are due by 10:00PM EST on Wednesday so get your homework done and submit your picks so you’re eligible to win.

And what is the prize, you ask?

How about this?  A large lot of cards that includes, but is not limited to, players that have won Rookie Of The Year Awards, Cy Young Awards, and MVP Awards too!!!

Wild Card Contest

Sound like fun?  Then submit your picks into the comments section of this post.

I will post a list of all of the participants on Thursday morning with their selections.

And as soon as all of the regular season awards are handed out, I will announce the winner.

Good Luck and as always, ‘Thanks for reading’!!