About Me/Contact

Welcome to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!!!

My name is Brian Applebaum and I have created this blog to re-capture my enjoyment of writing while sharing my love for the sport of baseball and the hobby of collecting baseball cards and memorabilia.

’30-YOC’ began in August of 2008 and has been going strong ever since!!

I was a ‘baseball card kid’ during my youth and my collecting spirit was rekindled during the summer of 2008.  Since that time I have built a very  meaningful collection of cards from yesteryear that pay homage to the stars from my youth.  I enjoy sharing my collection with the readers of this blog and will continue to post my new additions as they are obtained.

I am also somewhat of an ‘autograph hound’.  And while I am not the guy chasing players through parking lots with a binder full of cards, I do enjoy the quest of seeking out autographs.  And if I am able to score the signature of a player that I grew up admiring, I will usually go all out!!!

Over the past few years I have given my all to entertaining anyone who stops by to visit.  Whether it was through my ‘What Ever Happened To…’ series, or my ‘Did You Know’ series or even my ‘Celebrity First Pitch’ series, I have made a conscious effort to keep the content of this blog fresh and fun.  Other notable series’ would include my ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’, ‘Top Ten List’, and ‘Million Dollar Question’.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy yourself some ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.  All I ask is that you check back often.  If you like what you read, let me hear it.  And if you don’t, I want to know that too.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out ’30-Year Old cardboard’!!


I can be contacted at bapple2286@hotmail.com

39 responses to “About Me/Contact

  1. Pingback: UPDATED : ‘About Me’ Page « 30-Year Old Cardboard

  2. keep up the good work! you forgot to mention ttms though!

  3. Brian,

    Thanks for creating said Blog. I too enjoy reading and commenting on you writings. We definately enjoy a lot of the same players and share a ton of similar thoughts. Keep up the great work… your full of great ideas!

    – Gerad

  4. I enjoy your blog. I also have recently re-visited my baseball card obsession. It’s good to be back!

  5. Great blog! We’re rekindling our love for baseball cards over at http://www.openingdaycards.com love to hear what you think!

  6. Cool site, and I liked your Snider entry. I’m going to add you to my blogroll.

  7. Hey… just wondering who this is lol…. every single card I saw on the front page of your blog was bought from me at the Coral Square Mall show. Thanks for the purchases, come see me Saturday and tell me this was you. I’ll gladly give you a good deal or the Pub.

  8. peter seidman

    great sight
    long time expo fan since their birth in montreal
    i look forward to reading you in the future

  9. Ps. I’m a collector too, and wouldn’t want to give this card to someone who didn’t fully appreciate it. It’s a piece of art. Kinda like a guy who won’t sell his classic car to just any punk kid, I couldn’t let this card be a dust collector in somebody’s lockbox. I also have a really nice Sandberg (83 Topps) and Maddux (87 Donruss) rc’s if you’re still collecting.

  10. Brian,

    I enjoy the read; thanks so much for taking the time out of your schedule to have the blog. I “especially” enjoy when you pick up Brooks Robinson cards. He was my hero growing up and I’ll pick up cards, when I can afford them, of Brooksie. I haven’t purchased much on the newer items, but they are starting to be appealing as well.

    Thanks again!


  11. 30-Year Old Cardboard

    My name is Wes and I am what you might call a fanatic! I over the years “1986” have collected my fair share of Wade Boggs cards and memorabilia, I am looking to get rid of about 90% of this collection. I have most of the modern stuff too. Please get ahold of me, I did at one point have a broker interested in buying the collection, and he called back after telling me there was more stuff than he really anticipated.

  12. Love to have you added to my site

  13. What an awesome idea for a blog!

  14. Hey man -just got back into the hobby early this year -will you be going to the Dania card show this weekend? would love to meet some locals

  15. HI! I just stumbled across your blog. Im trying to learn the ins and outs of these blogs. But, know one thing….I luv baseball. Oh and I luv to read. Always looking for a good read. And if its about baseball….its an added bonus. : ) Thanks for your list. I haven’t read hardly an of those so it gives me a few more books on my “to read” list. Hmmmm. Guess you should know Im an avid Tampa Bay Rays fan!! Luv luv luv my Rays baseball. Not sure how often you read your comments….but if you have any tips on “how to” on the layouts… let me know. lol Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your site and posts.

  16. I just found some old cards in my attic and I have is complete supervets set and the complete 1984 topps set. Do you have any idea of there value? Thank you so much if you get the time to answer!!

    • Hi Alli- Sounds like you found some nice stuff. The Super Veterans set is probably a $5-$7 set if in mint condition. And the 84 Topps could be closer to $30-ish. Check for the Don Mattingly rookie card; if it is mint that is the key to the set.

  17. Is there an email address I can reach you at? I am an advit reader of your blog and wanted to send some cards over that you might need for your collection.

    Thanks and keep up the great work

  18. I recently purchased some autographed cards. One was Frank Thomas, his card was not listed in the auction so it was a surprise to me to get it. They are not certified through a company just hand signed. Where can I send this card or take it to have it authenticated, without spending $20 for PSA, especially since the I paid very little for these cards and $20 is crazy for authentication.

    Thank you and God Bless!

    Jason Hollar

  19. Great blog, I have book marked and plan to share with my friends later 🙂 Yahoo Fantasy Football Rankings

  20. Brian, this is a great blog. I have just started collecting again, and reading your blog has made it even more enjoyable. Keep them coming. There are no local card shows so I must live vicariously through you.

  21. I just started following your blog about a month ago. I am 32 and just got back into collecting again. I like the site, I can relate. Keep up the good work!

  22. interested in a random trade? email me your address and i’ll send you some crap and then you can send me some crap based on what you think is a good trade…. cococrispafro@gmail.com

  23. I can totally relate to your blog. I amassed a huge collection from the 1970’s to about 1986. I now have to pick and choose to make room. I sold off my football collection. Now, I have a massive baseball collection.
    I am willing to trade for soccer and hockey – the only 2 I have room to persue. contact me – CHUCKS USED CARDS blogspot

  24. Thanks for neat tribute. Dodgers players are legends. You may enjoy duke snider post at the immortal jukebox. Looking forward to lots more evocative reading. Regards. Thom

  25. Jason Kessler

    I ran into your website by accident today! It made me feel like a kid again reading about your passion for the game and collecting.

    I recently just started my Cubs Topps collection two months ago. Basically I am trying to collect every year. Currently I have 74, 76, 82, 85-93, 11,12, and 13. I have joined many card collecting forums and kind of making deals and buying on Ebay as well. I am taking other cards I have collected and trading with other hobby collectors as well. I recently traded a for a 64 Ron Santo. I am waiting patiently for it.

    I just wanted to say thank you for making this page.

  26. Richard Gorny

    Looking for June 29, 1969 Chicago Cub game photos; especially crowd shots in background. It was a doubleheader against the Cardinals. Billy Williamd Day at Wrigley-Chicago.

    I was in the crowd at 10 years of age with my dad. I believe I found one B&W photo looking in the stands on the 3rd base side with me in the stands. But grainy….still amazing!

    Please advise. If you don t have any, please let me know where else I can go!!!

    Thank you.


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