Daily Archives: January 27, 2014

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Albert Pujols

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Albert Pujols

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Albert Pujols card from the set:

Prime Pujols


The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Mickey Mantle.

A few of my favorites are:

  • was draft pick #402 in the 1999 baseball draft
  • played in only 133 minor league games
  • was the ‘Triple Crown’ decade winner of the 2000’s with .344, 366, and 1,112
  • captured three MVP Awards – 2005, 2008, 2009
  • first player to go .300, 30, 100 in first ten MLB seasons


Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – NO NUMBER Mini

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – NO NUMBER Mini

It’s been a while since I went after a few A&G parallel cards.  And that time away from the set gave me a chance to review all of the Ginter cards that I have picked up since the set’s release more than six months ago.

Well, I scored some nice base cards from the set that I will be showing off in the coming weeks.

And I also scored this mini ‘No-Number’ card of Joe Morgan!



This is my first ‘No-Number’ card from this year’s set.  I am hoping to be able to snag the Dawson and Jenkins cards if they become available…

Time will tell.

Dustin Pedroia 2011 Topps Opening Day

Dustin Pedroia 2011 Topps Opening Day

Gotta love the ‘Opening Day’ baseball card set!!

And while it does not represent the same thing it did when I was collecting cards as a kid in the 1980’s, I still love the theme.

This is Dustin Pedroia’s card from the 2011 Topps ‘Opening Day’ set.



How did Pedroia fare on Opening Day in 2011?

He went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout versus the Texas Rangers.  He hit second in the Red Sox line-up and that hit led to a nice 4-game hit streak to start the season.

1982 HEADLINE: Cubs Obtain Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg

1982 HEADLINE: Cubs Obtain Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg

On this day in 1982, Ryne Sandberg became a Chicago Cub.

The Cubs sent Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for Sandberg and Larry Bowa.  Prior to the trade, Sandberg played in 21 games for the Phillies and made 6 plate appearances.  For the record he has 1 hit as a Phillie and a batting average of .167.

What the Cubs got over the next 15 major league seasons was brilliance.  Sandberg immediately filled a void at second base and quickly became the star and leader of the team.  With excellent defense, superb base running, and skill at the plate, Sandberg’s talents made #23 a fan favorite very quickly.

During his time in Chicago Ryne Sandberg was a 10-time All-star, 9-time Gold Glove winner, and a 7-time winner of the Silver Slugger trophy.  He also won the National League MVP award in 1984 due to his .314 batting average, 200 hits, 114 runs scored, 19 triples, 19 home runs, 84 RBI, and 32 stolen bases.

Sandberg was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.  His #23 waves proudly in the air above Wrigley Field!!!

Thank you Philadelphia!!!

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

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

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 DAWSON”.

Here is a complete breakdown of my entire Andre Dawson baseball card collection:

  • total cards – 1,138
  • cards from playing days – 550
  • cards issued post retirement – 588
  • relic cards – 134
  • in-person / TTM autographs – 83
  • certified autographs – 45

As you probably know, my Andre Dawson collection is the pride and joy of my entire baseball card collection.  As a kid, Andre Dawson was my favorite baseball player – and the collection that started 30 years ago is my way of honoring and celebrating the career of my favorite Hall of Famer.

Because of the era in which Andre played, he has a lot more cards issued while he was playing in the big leagues than some of the others that I collect.  While there are still some I have yet to obtain, I do have most of them.

The modern cards is really where I have the best chance to expand – and it could be costly.  I have most of the modern stuff that does not have serial numbers as well as quite a bit of the cards with serial numbers that are numbered to 50 or more.

My greatest opportunity to grow this collection is to stay up to date on modern releases while also scoping out deals for the more rare/hard-to-find cards as they become available.  Also adding more in-person/ttm autographs is a goal.  And if I come across some affordable certified autographs, I will try to add some more to my collection too.

I’d love to get close to 1,200 by the end of the year.  It’s a big number, but I am certainly up for the challenge!

andre dawson photo