Daily Archives: August 8, 2014

Celebrating The Blog Today. Happy 6th Birthday To ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Celebrating The Blog Today.  Happy 6th Birthday To ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Yep, the blog has reached another milestone – 6 years!

What started as a journey in 2008 that I did not know where it would go or how it would get anywhere, ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ has become a part of my life, a very enjoyable part.

Since August 8, 2008, this blog has been chugging right along.  No Baby steps with this thing – right to walking, jogging, running, and now a marathon.

In existence for 2,191 days, I have missed just one day since 8/8/2008 in which I did not submit a post for your enjoyment.  And that missed day came during the first two weeks – so, you could say that I have a 5 year, 11 month streak going.  Look out Cal, I am coming for you!!!

In all seriousness, this blog the world to me.  It has allowed me the opportunity to enjoy the baseball stars I enjoyed during my youth while also getting the opportunity to learn even more about the great history of the game and engrossing myself in the action of today.

I have met some great people over the years as a result of ’30-YOC’ – some I have not talked to in years, others I speak with on occasion, and some I talk to almost daily.  And I love all of it.

From me to you and from you to me, Happy Birthday ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.  I may run the blog, but this blog is for all of us.

Thanks for the great times and memories.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for all of us!!

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Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Limited “Spotlight”

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Limited “Spotlight”

What is cool about chasing down baseball cards of Andre Dawson is that after doing so for almost six years I still uncover ‘new’ cards that I did not know existed.

Like this one here:



The card comes from the 2004 Leaf Limited set, and it is tagged with the title of ‘Spotlight’.  You can see that headline running upwards vertically in the upper-left corner of the card.

Now, I have the base card of Andre from this set and it has been in my collection for years.  But, I never knew of this ‘Spotlight’ version until it popped up on Ebay recently and managed to end up in my shopping cart.

The ‘Spotlight’ cards from this issue are serial numbered to just 50 copies.  The one I scored is number 35/50.


1975 Topps Set Card 220/660 – #349 – Ray Sadecki, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 220/660 – #349 – Ray Sadecki, Cardinals

Progress: 220/660

Player Name:  Ray Sadecki

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1960-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ray Sadecki pitched for the Cardinals, Royals, and Braves during the 1975 baseball season.  In total, he made 38 appearances while earning a 4-3 record with 1 save.  Sadecki had an ERA of 40.3 in 80 innings of work as he allowed 91 hits and 48 runs.

Notes From Career:  Ray Sadecki pitched for six different teams during his 18-season big league career.  Used both as a starting pitcher and reliever, Sadekci made 563 appearances during his career, 328 of them being starts.  He has a career record of 135-131 with 7 saves.  In 2,500 innings of work, Sadecki struck out 1,614 batters while walking 922.  Sadecki was a member of the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.


1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

1988 HEADLINE: Chicago Cubs To Host First Night Game In Wrigley Field History

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  On 8/8/88, the Cubs hosted the Mets in this historical game.

And although this contest didn’t last 3 innings due to rain, it was the first time in franchise history that the Cubs turned on the lights and hosted a night game.  If you want to be picky, the first official complete game at Wrigley Field was the next night on 8/9/88, but the 8/8/88 sounds so much cooler…

I am a native Floridian, but I lived in Chicago for 5 years.  I moved there in 1988 when I was 13, and moved back to sunny Florida after graduating high school.  Over the first 4 months of the 1988 season I became a Chicago Cubs fan.  It was sweet to come home from school and get to watch baseball.  While other kids were glued to Charles In Charge or Full House, I was enjoying the Cubs.

I thought it would be cool to reflect on what their line-up looked like 24 years ago today.

For the Cubs: Catcher – Damon Berryhill; 1st Base – Mark Grace; 2nd Base – Ryne Sandberg; SS – Shawon Dunston; 3rd Base – Vance Law; OF – Rafael Palmerio, Dave Martinez, and Andre Dawson; SP – Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe,Jamie Moyer, and Calvin Schiraldi.

That’s not too bad of a line-up.  2 current HOF players in Dawson and Sandberg and an obvious 1st ballot player with Maddux.  And 1 of the best hitters of the 90’s in Grace.

For the Mets: Catcher – Gary Carter; 1st Base – Keith Hernandez; 2nd Base – Wally Backman; SS – Kevin Elster; 3rd Base – Howard Johnson; OF – Darryl Strawberry; Lenny Dykstra, and Kevin McReynold; SP – Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Ron Darling, and Sid Fernandz.

This group is a little more rag-tag with the exception of HOF’er Gary Carter.  There must be something in the water in NY because none of these guys did extremely well after leaving the Mets(possibly excluding Dykstra and Cone) and several of them went down the tubes quickly.


1969 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Strikes Out The 1,000th Batter Of His Career

1969 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Strikes Out The 1,000th Batter Of His Career

On this day in 1969, Fergie Jenkins and the Chicago Cubs were on the road and facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in Southern California.

The Cubs were sporting a 71-42 record at the time and were in the process of trying to make a run at the National League crown with the goal of making the World Series.

Jenkins was the ace of the squad and on this day he battled in the Dodgers in front of a crowd of 38,000 fans.

Jenkins captured his 1,000 strikeout during the contest.  He struck out five on the day, which helped his eventual league-leading 273 strikeout tally by the end of the season.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!


Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Glossy All-Star

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Glossy All-Star

Wow, I have a lot of memories of grabbing cards like this one out of the many rack packs that I ripped through as a baseball card collecting kid during the 1980’s.

Of course, I had all of the sets complete, and enough singles to fill my player collections as well.

The cards were cool, and as a player collector who collected a lot of All-Stars back then, it was always fun to have one or two more cards to chase down – and the All-Star Glossy card allowed for that to happen.

With the 2014 Topps Archives set, Topps gave us that same, sharp design again.  This time, they provided a 30-card checklist that features both legend and modern player.

I was thrilled to find the name ‘Fergie Jenkins’ as one of the thirty players selected.

Here is the card:



Have we seen this image before?  Yes, and often.

But, I will not pout.  I will simply enjoy that Topps still gives Mr. Jenkins some cardboard-love!