Daily Archives: January 26, 2014

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE JENKINS”

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE JENKINS”

Once a year I try to give a complete recap of my major player collections.  This gives me a chance to time-stamp the full collection on my blog so I can keep this data stored in an easy to find manner while also getting to share the information with the great readers of ’30-YOC’.

In the past this has served me very well as I have met some great player collectors through these posts – and also struck up some great trades too.

This is 30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE JENKINS”.

Here is a complete breakdown of my entire Fergie Jenkins baseball card collection:

  • total cards – 290
  • cards from playing days – 65
  • cards issued post retirement – 225
  • relic cards – 48
  • in-person / TTM autographs – 8
  • certified autographs – 18

My Fergie Jenkins collection of cards is easily one of my favorites – it is also the hardest collection to grow.  For the vintage stuff, the cards that have eluded me are ones that carry very high price tags (true oddball stuff or rare OPC cards).  And for modern cards, I pretty much have everything of him that has been issued and is not a very low-serial-number.

I hope that both Topps and Panini continue to include Fergie in their new releases as this is the only way that I will be able to truly add bulk to my collection.

My fingers are crossed that the 2014 checklists have the last name of ‘Jenkins’ included on many of them!

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30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE PALMER”

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE PALMER”

Once a year I try to give a complete recap of my major player collections.  This gives me a chance to time-stamp the full collection on my blog so I can keep this data stored in an easy to find manner while also getting to share the information with the great readers of ’30-YOC’.

In the past this has served me very well as I have met some great player collectors through these posts – and also struck up some great trades too.

This is 30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE PALMER”.

Here is a complete breakdown of my entire Jim Palmer baseball card collection:

  • total cards – 241
  • cards from playing days – 56
  • cards issued post retirement – 185
  • relic cards – 20
  • in-person / TTM autographs – 0
  • certified autographs – 3

I’ve been actively collecting Jim Palmer baseball cards for more than four years.  Thankfully he is included in a lot of modern issues so the opportunity to grow the collection is still very real.  I would like to expand on the vintage cards as time and money allow, and I would like to pull in a few more autographed cards as well.

jim palmer photo

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE MORGAN”

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE MORGAN”

Once a year I try to give a complete recap of my major player collections.  This gives me a chance to time-stamp the full collection on my blog so I can keep this data stored in an easy to find manner while also getting to share the information with the great readers of ’30-YOC’.

In the past this has served me very well as I have met some great player collectors through these posts – and also struck up some great trades too.

This is 30-Year Old Cardboard’s “STATE OF THE MORGAN”.

Here is a complete breakdown of my entire Joe Morgan baseball card collection:

  • total cards – 170
  • cards from playing days – 51
  • cards issued post retirement – 119
  • relic cards – 14
  • in-person / TTM autographs – 0
  • certified autographs – 1

And there it is – not a bad haul considering that I have been collecting cards of Morgan for right around three years now.

It has been a blast and I look forward to keeping up with new issues of him as they come out as well as going back and grabbing some vintage oddballs as I come across them.

Wish me luck!!

joe morgan photo

Reggie Jackson 2013 Panini Cooperstown – Colgan’s Chips Disc – California

Reggie Jackson 2013 Panini Cooperstown – Colgan’s Chips Disc – California

That’s right, another ‘chip’ for the collection.

This time around it is the ‘chip’ of Reggie Jackson from his days with the California Angels.

Have a look:

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I already added the ‘chip’ of Reggie from his days in New York to my collection so bringing this one home to match up with that one was a no-brainer – it just took me a little longer…

 

George Brett 1984 Topps – One Of My Brett Favorites!!!

George Brett 1984 Topps

Simply stated, I love this baseball card!!

So many of the cards I have scored for my George Brett collection feature him either at the plate hitting or doing something candid.

Very few of them capture him playing defense.  And this card from the 1984 Topps base set does just that – and it does it very, very well.

Have a look:

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While his defensive play could never hold a match to the offensive output that Brett offered, he was a solid defender and even won a Gold Glove Award in 1985.

One of the things that I always recall about Brett was that his uniform was often covered in some shade of Orange from the clay on the field.  Surely some of that was picked up from playing ‘D’ at the ‘Hot Corner’.

When A ‘Player Collector’ Becomes A ‘Set Builder’

When A ‘Player Collector’ Becomes A ‘Set Builder’

It has been a very long time since I put together a set of baseball cards whose total card count exceeded 25.

If you recall, my biggest ‘2014 Collecting Goal’ was to begin working on the 1975 Topps baseball card set.   This 660-card set was released during the year of my birth and I have always wanted to dive as deep as I could into the 1975 baseball season..  Building this set will surely help me accomplish that quest.

As a kid collecting cards in the 1980’s, I was very familiar with building sets – my first was 1985 Topps which was quickly followed up by 1984 Fleer, and then every major brand release from 1986-1990.  Some sets were a huge challenge, and some were a breeze.  But, they were all fun.

And that is what I am expecting as I take the plunge and head ‘Back to 1975’.

If you know me and you know my collecting style, you already know that I am an uber-oragnized collector.  That should be an aide in this journey.

I still have some things to figure out as it relates to how I will go after the set.  But, I have already decided to put the set into an album versus a box.  I want to be able to flip through page after page of the ’75 two-tone beauties as I add them to the set – the album will allow me to do this.

As for card condition, I will be as picky as I can be with the affordable cards, but I may have to lighten my expectations when it comes to some of the high-end cards in the 660-card set.

I have also decided to not go after any of the mini cards – this will be a base set build only.

Oh, and no graded cards either – too hard to keep together.  And I don’t think that having encased cards in my collection would be enjoyable.  I want to touch and handle the cardboard as much as I can.

So, I think I am all set.  I’ve got a few small tasks to take care of before I start, but pretty soon I will be ready to go ‘Back to 1975’.

Stay tuned and ‘Thanks’ for reading!!!

1975 Topps box