Daily Archives: July 2, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

I still have a few cards of Giancarlo Stanton from the 2014 Topps Heritage set to chase down, but I also never showed off my ‘New Age Performers’ subset card of #27.

So, here is the card:



And it looks pretty neat.

While the 2014 baseball season is Stanton’s fifth major league season of his career, I wonder how long Topps will put players like him that have been in the game for a few years into subsets like this one.

For me, ‘New Age’ truly speaks to a new generation.  Someone like Billy Hamilton or Jose Abreu belongs in a set like this….

Still, the Marlins fan and player collector in me is thrilled to have another card of Giancarlo in the collection.

And now, on to the next!

1975 Topps Set Card 176/660 – #442 – Maximino Leon, Atlanta Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 176/660 – #442 – Maximino Leon, Atlanta Braves

Progress: 176/660

Player Name:  Maximino Leon

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1973-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Max Leon appeared in 50 games for the Braves in 1975.  Making just one start, Leon was primarily used as a relief pitcher.  In 50 games, he posted a record of 2-1 with 6 saves and an ERA of 4.13.  Leon threw 85 innings during the ’75 season while striking out 53 and walking 33.

Notes From Career:  Max Leon appeared in 162 games during his six season career.  He compiled a record of 14-18 with 13 saves.  In 310 innings of work, Leon allowed 315 hits and 153 runs alongside a lifetime ERA of 3.71.  In those 310 innings, Leon struck out 170 batters while also walking 100.


1975 Topps Set Card 175/660 – #17 – Dave Concepcion, Reds

1975 Topps Set Card 175/660 – #17 – Dave Concepcion, Reds

Progress: 175/660

Player Name:  Dave Concepcion

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1970-88

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Dave Concepcion played in 140 games for the Reds in 1975.  He hit .274 on the year with 139 hits in 507 at-bats.  Concepcion stole 33 bases in 1975 en route to scoring 62 runs.  He was named as an All-Star in 1975 and also won a Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence at shortstop.

Notes From Career:  A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.  A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.


Happy Birthday To The Canseco Brothers!!!

Happy Birthday To The Canseco Brothers!!!

Twin brothers Jose and Ozzie Canseco turn 50 years old today.

While one brother reached the pinnacle of baseball success and the other barely made a dent as a professional player, the Canseco brothers have left a mark on the sport that will never be forgotten. Namely due to Jose’s actions regarding steroids and bringing light to its influence in baseball, Canseco will always be remembered and linked to performance enhancing drugs and their effect on the game.

But too often, it is forgotten how dominant Jose was during his playing days. Even at the end of his career, Jose was able to fill the stands with fans wanting to watch him play and he continued to deliver the long ball for them.

What I would like to give Jose is a ‘Re-do’. He says that if he could take back the books he wrote that he would. He says he never would put someone through what he has been through. I’d like to test that theory. But more than that, I would like to see how good and strong of a contribution to the game Jose could have made had he been the ideal teammate with a ‘team first’ mentality.

Happy Birthday Jose!!!

UPDATE TIME: 30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2014 Collecting Goals!!!

UPDATE TIME:  30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2014 Collecting Goals!!!

Well friends, we have officially reached the half-way mark of 2014.  And I would like to take this time to run through all my 2014 collecting goals so I can officially document my progress.

Sound like fun?

I hope so!

I will keep the original post in tact and simply add the status of each goal in Red.



Here are my collecting goals for 2014:

1. Andre Dawson player collection.  I start the year with 1,132 unique cards in my collection.  I would like to add 40 new cards in the new year, but a lot of this depends on how many sets Dawson is included in for 2014.  I think I can get to this number with few issues, but having him in A&G and Gypsy Queen will help.  I will also try to bring in a few more relic and auto cards this year as compared to last.   I am at 1,156 unique cards in my Dawson collection right now and I have a few more in the mail headed to me.  Andre has not been on too many checklists in 2014 so I am crossing my fingers that changes as more products drop in the coming months.  Either way, I am on track for 40 new cards added in 2014.

2. Fergie Jenkins player collection.  I start the year with 290 unique cards in my collection.  I was cooking for a while in 2013, but this collection hit slow-motion half-way through the year.  I would like to get to 325, but like Dawson, it all depends on how many 2014 checklists Jenkins appears on as I have many of his ‘old’ cards.  I will also try to obtain a few more auto cards in the coming year.  I am at 299 unique Jenkins cards for my collection.  And with a small stack of Archives to grab from this year’s release, I should be able to add a few more pretty easily.  325 is still far off so, like my Dawson collection, a lot is pending on how often Fergie’s name appears on future checklists.

3. Jim Palmer player collection.  I start the year with 239 unique cards in my collection and I think I can add 52 more, one per week – giving me 290.  I really need to dig deep on Palmer as he has a ton of modern cards out there that I do not yet have.  Even if he is limited in 2014 releases, I think I can achieve this – just need to focus.  I have slacked big time on my Palmer collecting – and I must fix it.  So far, I have only scored 5 new cards of #22 for my collection.  Time to re-focus.

4. Joe Morgan player collection.  I am starting the year with 170 unique cards in my Morgan collection.  And like the Palmer one, my goal is one new card per week bringing me close to 220 at the end of the year.  He should be in a lot of sets in 2014, and I know that I still have a bunch of modern sets I can tackle that he was a part of.   Sadly, my Morgan collection has not grown as I would like – and it is my fault.  I am at 179 unique cards of Morgan, just 9 more than what I had on January 1.  Time to get going!

5. Modern Player Collections – Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Dustin Pedroia, and Jose Fernandez.  My goal for these players is simply to grow with and stay on track with their 2014 releases.  Because of the number of new sets that come out each year, and because these guys will be present in 100% of them, this is a big challenge.  But I am looking forward to it.  This has gone incredibly well.  My Stanton and Fernandez collections have really blossomed and with so many cards to go after from the Series 2 and Archives releases, I should be able to add a bunch pretty easily.  My Pedroia and McCutchen collections have also grown nicely and I am eager to keep pushing on both.  As for my Bryce Harper collection, it has stalled a bit – I am simply not ready to pay premium prices on singles when S&H fees are going up.

6. Marlins team sets.  I ended 2013 with 114 Marlins team sets in my collection.  If I can stay on track with the new sets as they are released, while also going back to some older ones, I think I can add one new set per week and go for 52 new ones – bringing my total to 166.  I want to pay special attention to ‘The Miguel Cabrera Years’ in 2014.  I currently rest at 127 different Marlins team sets in my collection.  I am pretty far away from my goal of 166, but with 25 weeks left in the year, I may be able to get to 150.

7. Subsets.  As always, I will build subsets that I find either appealing to the eye or that have a nice approach to the set/theme.  I have a few in mind from recent releases, but I am also open to seeing what comes from new 2014 issues too.  I am sure that Gypsy Queen will do something special this year, and I am eager to see if the flagship set presents us with something extra-unique in 2014 as well.  I have only gone after two subsets this year as I have been focused on a bigger task.  Still, adding the 2014 Topps All-Rookie Cup and Super Veterans subsets to my collection has been a lot of fun.  After both are done, I may take a break from subsets unless something really catches my eye.

8. Signed baseball collection.  As with last year, this year will not be about numbers for me.  It is all about quality!  I have 3 baseballs in the works right now, so the collection will naturally grow.  But, for me, it is more about going after the players that created the history of the sport – and I have a lengthy list of guys I want to go after that helped do so.  This is always one of the best challenges for me – and I am ready to go!!  Quality is my goal, and I am happy with the growth of my collection.  I have one signing happening that I am committed to and a few more that I am keeping my eyes on.  If I can add 3-5 more balls this year to my collection (hopefully at least one new HOFer) I will be very pleased.

9. 1975.  Yes, 1975.  I am going to focus a lot of time concentrating on this year, the year of my birth.  I want memorabilia from 1975.  I want signed baseballs from 1975.  And you guessed right, I want cards from 1975 – I am going to build the 1975 Topps baseball card set!!  Saving he best for last, building the 1975 Topps baseball card set has been a thrill.  I’ve wanted to do this for years and now that I have committed and focused attention on the task, I am truly enjoying it.  It has been 20 years since I last built a complete set of cards and I am truly re-living my youth through this process.  I have a lot of cards to go, but I am ready and willing to embark on the journey.


And there you have it, that was a lot of fun to recap!

2014 has been pretty good to me and ’30-YOC’.  I am very eager to see what the remainder of the year has in store for me and my collection.

Stay tuned.  And as always, Thanks for Reading!!!