Daily Archives: June 15, 2014

Jimmy Rollins 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Jimmy Rollins 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Jimmy Rollins:

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The 2014 baseball season is Jimmy Rollins’ 15th major league campaign.

Rollins has been a staple for the Phillies franchise during the last two decades.  He has more than 2,200 career hits with the team and over 430 stolen bases.  Rollins is a lifetime .268 hitter with almost 1,300 runs scored and 850+ RBI.

Jimmy Rollins has been named an All-Star three times while capturing four Gold Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger Award as well.  Rollins won the Most Valuable Player award in 2007.  He has appeared in the postseason with the Phillies in five different seasons.  He captured his lone World Series title in 2008.

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Happy Birthday Wade Boggs!!!

Happy Birthday Wade Boggs!!!

Wade Boggs turns 56 years old today!!

As a kid growing up in South Florida I had no ‘home’ team to cheer for. So I adopted several players, one of them being Wade Boggs. I was a third baseman and I batted third for a few years during my Little League career. Choosing Boggs as someone to emulate was an easy choice as he was one of the greatest hitters of the 1980’s.

Boggs’ career has been punctuated by achieving several baseball milestones – All-star appearances, Silver slugger awards, batting championships, Gold Gloves, a World Series title, 3,010 career hits, a lifetime .328 hitting average. Wade Boggs has done it all, and most of the time he did it the best!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Boggs!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Happy Birthday Lance Parrish!!!

Lanc Parrish Turns 57 years old today.

Lance Parrish was a stud catcher for 19 seasons in the big leagues.  A 7-time All-star and 3-time Gold Glove winner, Parrish captured the hearts of Detroit Tiger fans with his passion for the game and desire to win.  A leader on their 1984 World Series championship team, Parrish helped lead the Tigers as the anchor of their amazing infield.  With a career batting average of .252 with 324 home runs and 1,070 RBI, Lance Parrish was a solid contributor at the most difficult position.

Happy Birthday Mr. Parrish!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Brett Butler turns 57 years old today.

I am not talking about the comedian here…

I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff. Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.

During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290. One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.

The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt. With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base. He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.

During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils. After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Butler!!!

Happy Birthday ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams!!

Happy Birthday ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams!!

Billy Williams celebrates his 76th birthday today!!!

One of the most beloved Chicago Cubs of all-time, Williams was a fan favorite from his debut back in 1959 and is still a face of the franchise 55 years later. His charisma, talent, and devotion to the game and city of Chicago have kept Williams in the public eye more than 30 years after his retirement.

On a personal note, Billy Williams is a large reason as to why this blog exists. When his autobiographyhy came out a few years ago I knew I wanted a copy. That book triggered a domino effect that is still moving today. The book re-kindled my passion for baseball cards which led me to Fergie and Andre and Rickey and Dave. And all of that led me to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Thank you Mr. Williams. I never got to see you play in person. I have met you one time. Yet you have impacted my life more than you will ever know.

Happy Birthday Billy Williams!!!

Williams Photo

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Happy Father’s Day!!!

If you’re a dad or a son or a daughter, take some time today to sit back and relax.  If you’re able to spend a little more quality time with your dad today then let him know just how valued of a man he is in your life.

And if you get the chance, take in a ballgame with him too.

Kind of like these guys did…

father and son