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The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

It has been a long time since I did one of these ‘Evolution’ posts, so I thought it would be a good time to get back and take a peek at my full collection with one single, solitary picture.

The growth of my collection over the last few months has stalled a bit as I have focused more time, energy, and funds into my modern player collections and the start of my 1975 Topps set build.

Still, while the growth in terms of size is not what it has been in the past, the growth of these player collections has been phenomenally fun!!

Between my Dustin Pedroia, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton collections, each has grown by leaps and bounds.  And while I never thought that I would truly get ‘into’ collecting modern players, I am happy about how rewarding this has been thus far.  And I look forward to seeing how much I can grow each of them in the coming collecting year.

Also, as you can see in the below picture, the three albums that I have dedicated to my Marlins teams sets have filled up nicely.  I don’t yet need to expand to a fourth album, but that may be my reality by the end of 2014.

Lastly, you will also see the binder I am using for my 1975 Topps set build in the lower right corner of the picture.  I have all of the pages pre-loaded, and I am trying to keep it as organized as possible so as I add new cards to my set, I can quickly drop them into the spots reserved for them.



Next time around I will not wait this long to show of the full collection.  It has been too long and I truly enjoy keeping this process rolling as it is a nice way to celebrate the growth and progress of ’30-YOC’.

Oh, and someday soon I see my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ expanding to a fourth box…

Thanks for reading.  Have a nice night.

The Evolution Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ – A Pictorial Essay

The Evolution Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ – A Pictorial Essay

When I celebrated this blog’s 5th birthday a few weeks ago, I did one of my routine ‘Evolution’ posts to show off how my collection has grown in the lat few months.  Typically, I try to do a ‘Evolution’ post 3 times a year to show the growth and progress I have made towards my collecting goals as the year progresses.  My collection is still small enough to work with this format, though that may change if I maintain this pace over the next 1-2 years.

The feedback on that post was great, and I had several emails from the great readers of ’30-YOC’ asking how I maintain such an organized collection.  It’s nice to see that my hard work is admired at some level, so I wanted to try something similar to my standard ‘Evolution’ series, but amped up a bit.

Here is a look at my collection, from Day 1 to Year 5 – all done in pictures.


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And there you have it – The Evolution of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Thanks for reading!!





The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 15

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 15

I figured that today would be the perfect day to look back at how my collection of baseball cards has evolved in the five years that I have been back actively collecting.

For those of you that have been with me since the start (THANK YOU), you may remember seeing this box:

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This is the box that I condensed my very large collection into when I decided to downsize my stuff.  From more than 100 complete sets, tons of albums, boxes and boxes of traded sets, and more common cards than I ever wanted to see – all of it was downsized into this very small box.

And now, fast forward to August 8, 2013 and this in my collection:


Still as organized as always, the collection has continued to grow and grow.  I’ve been able to add new player collections to my collection so a little re-organization had to take place to accommodate the new cards and empty space that will be needed to hold them, but I was able to get it done.

My Marlins team set collection has also grown very steadily and my second album is starting to reach its maximum allowable size – album #3 is coming in the very near future.

I think that one of my next moves would be to merge my Fergie Jenkins and Jim Palmer collections into one box (currently they’re in two).  I also want to put all of the guys I collect from ‘The Big Red Machine’ and Chicago Cubs into their own boxes.  And from there, I will probably alphabetize the rest of the guys.  Not a tremendous amount of work – just something to be taken care of that I think would be helpful.

And I think that I am going to have to add another ‘Andre Dawson Box’ to my collection in the future too – maybe as soon as 2014.  Right now, we are at three boxes of Dawson cards and I am starting to have less and less space to maneuver as new cards are being brought into the collection.  And trust me when I tell you, that is not a complaint!!!

And there you have it – 5 years of ‘Evolution’ for you.


The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 14

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 14

It has been a little more than five months since my last ‘Evolution’ post.

I still remain extremely organized with my collecting, and even as the size of my collection grows, I make sure that I take my time to keep things as neat and tidy as possible.

If you have read any of my prior ‘Evolution’ posts, you will notice albums have been recently introduced into the fold.  While my preference is to keep cards in boxes as they are easier to organize and move around, I have introduced albums for a few parts of my collection that do not change all that much.

First, let me show you what my full collection looks like today.  Then, I will offer a breakdown of what you’re seeing…

The picture:


And now for the breakdown…

Top row, box #1 – Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Jim Abbott, Gary Carter, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Orel Hershiser

Top row, box #2 – Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Tim Raines, Kirby Puckett, Bo Jackson, Dale Murphy, Paul Molitor, Ken Griffey, Jr., Pete Rose

Top row, box #3 – Rickey Henderson, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Mike Schmidt, Wade Boggs

Top row, box #4 – Autographs, Subsets, Derek Jeter, Miscellaneous cards

Top row, box #5 – Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Lee Smith, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace, Cubs subsets, Red Subsets, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr., Sparky Anderson

Bottom row, box #1 – Fergie Jenkins, Jim Palmer

Bottom row, box #2 – Dave Parker, Alan Trammell, Rollie Fingers, Eric Davis, Frank Thomas, Dave Stewart, Mark McGwire, Reggie Jackson

Bottom row, box #3 – Andre Dawson: 1977-1990

Bottom row, box #4 – Andre Dawson: 1990-2009

Bottom row, box #5 – Andre Dawson: 2010-2012, autographs, relic cards, cello and rack packs

Grey album – Florida/Miami Marlins team sets

Black album – Pete Rose 1985 Topps limited edition set

WHEW!!!  That was a lot of work!!!!

My Marlins team set album is bulging.  I am going to have to pick up another album and split them up soon.  Also, I am considering moving some more subsets into the one that holds my Pete Rose limited edition set.  This will free up some much needed space in my boxes, and also provide me with a lot more penny sleeves and top loaders to use for future player collections…  We’ll see.

That is it – my full baseball card collection.  With the exception of a few cards that are on my desk that are either to be traded or are going to be written about for the blog in the coming days, you are seeing the whole collection.

Thanks for reading.  I promise to try to do this a little more often.

Have a great night!!!

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 13

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 13

As I officially start the fifth year of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ today, I thought it would be fun to look back at my very first post that showcased the collection from my youth – Evolution – Part 1.

I hope that you enjoyed reading that, I know that I got a few chills…

And now, some 1,460 days later, I sit here with a much larger collection.  And still it pales in comparison to the collection that I had when I was a kid collecting in his prime.

My focus on collecting is much sharper these days, and since I am not a set builder, my number of cards is nowhere near as grand as it once was.

And I am ok with that, after all, I am a loyal player and team collector.  Many of the players that I choose too honor were not part of ‘collecting boom’ that produced dozens of new cards annually and that allows me to build more concise and rare sets of cards.

Here is a snapshot of my current collection.

Each and every card that I own can be seen in this one picture.  And while my collection may be seen as miniscule or tiny by some, it is the memories that these pieces of cardboard deliver that makes it so special to me.

If you have been following my series of ‘Evolution’ posts along, you can see that I am still very organized with how I store my cards.  Each card is sorted by player, then by year, then by brand.  All singles are loaded into top-loaders, and all doubles are held in penny sleeves.  The lone exception to this rule is my Florida/Miami Marlins team sets – these are all stored in that Grey album.  The cards in the album are held in 9-pocket pages, and they are also organized by year and brand.

Oh, and that little stack of cards you see on top of the album…  Those are my new player collections.  I need to grab another box to start housing them – hopefully I can make a trip to the lone local card shop left in my area soon.

And there you have it – from Day 1 to Day 1,460!!!

Thanks for reading.

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 12

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 12

Amazingly, it has been just a tad more than five months since my last ‘Evolution’ post.

And in that time, I have really come a long way as far as my collection goes…

From completing a few older player collections to nearly knocking out a few newer ones, my PC’s are the focus of my collection and I am very proud of the work that I have put in to pay homage to my favorite players from my youth.

My Andre Dawson, Ferguson Jenkins, and Jim Palmer collections continue to conquer new milestones and each of these ‘Super PC’s’ has gained some nice volume since my January 1 ‘Evolution’ post.

In addition to that, one of my new goals in 2012 was to start honoring the history of the Marlins franchise, both the Florida and Miami versions.  And that album that you see?  Well, that houses all of the team sets that I have collected so far of my favorite team.  This new part of my collection has quickly built a nice little history lesson of this young franchise – again, it is something that I am proud to be doing.

So, how does the full collection look today???

Here is a look:

Uber-organized, and very tidy, I really try to keep on top of my collection.  What you are seeing is my full collection, with the exception of a few small stacks of stuff on my desk that will be used for future contests and giveaways.

Oh, I should also let you know that I will be unveiling some new player collections in the coming weeks.  Some of the current ones I am working on are wrapping up soon so I will have an announcement soon about what players I will be going after next.

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  Thank you for reading!!

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 11

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 11

It has been roughly 5 months since my last ‘Evolution’ post so I thought I would start 2012 off right by showing you a snapshot of my collection in its entirety.

I’ve had to shuffle cards around quite a bit to make room for some of my rapidly expanding player collections, but everything still fits in eight boxes.

Have a look:

Still wildly organized, I am very happy with the appearance of my collection and the place that I am currently at.

Here is a description of what you are seeing in the above photo:

Top Row, Box 1 – Cubs – Ernie Banks, Ernie Banks Heroes, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace.  Paul Molitor, Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Kirby Puckett

Top Row, Box 2 – Reds – Morgan, Bench, Perez, Foster, Concepcion, Griffey Sr.  Mike Schmidt, Bo Jackson, Dale Murphy

Top Row, Box 3 – Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, Willie McCovey, Rod Carew, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson

Top Row, Box 4 – Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, Dennis Eckersley, Tim Raines

Bottom Row, Box 1 – Subsets, Team sets, Autos, Game-Used, Misc cards, supplies

Bottom Row, Box 2 – Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, supplies

Bottom Row, Box 3 – Andre Dawson cards 2000-2011, autos, game-used, supplies

Bottom Row, Box 4 – Andre Dawson cards 1977-1999

I should be able to wrap up some player collections in the coming months, which will force me to once again re-evaluate the way my cards are stored so I can continue to add new ones.  But I don’t want to think about that just yet…

Thanks for reading!!

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 10

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 10

It has been almost four months since my last ‘evolution’ post so I thought that I would offer up a quick recap as to where my collection lies and provide a few updates as well.

First, let me show you the goods:

I have never been more organized with my collection than I am right now!

If you have seen my prior posts showing off my full collection, you may notice that I have re-done several of my boxes.  And you would be 100% right.  Things were getting cramped, so I re-did everything.  Players have been swapped around to make more room for my expanding collection – and the ultimate result is that I now have more room.

Which ultimately means more cards!!

On a more specific note, I am very close to completing my Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan collections as I need just one more card of each guy to stamp them as ‘complete’.  I am also getting close to calling my Ozzie Smith and Wade Boggs collections done too.

And as for my Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins collections, they may not be growing like wildfire, but they are certainly expanding at a very nice clip.

We’ll see what the next few months has in store.  Hopefully a few old collections will be completed and a few new ones started.

Stay tuned.  I hope you enjoy the ride.

Ernie Banks 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Ernie Banks 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ Game-Used Jersey Card

I completed this Cubs themed set of cards over a year ago.  But, I still have the search saved in ‘My Ebay’ account so I get notified of new listings when they are posted.

So, I have picked up a few relic cards from the same set – Andre Dawson, Mark Grace, Fergie Jenkins, and now the one and only, Ernie Banks!

And the card features a great swatch of that old Grey, wool uniform that Ernie proudly wore!

Take a look:


The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 9

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 9

Almost four months has passed since I posted my last ‘Evolution’ post, and as you can expect my collection continues to grow.

Most noticeable, box #7 has been added to the storage.  And while adding a seventh box probably wasn’t mandatory at this time, it does allow me to better my organization as well as keep all of my extra top-loaders and penny sleeves boxed up.

This time around, I won’t break down the exact contents of each box – who knows if that is what you really want to read anyways…  What I will tell you is that I have dedicated one box to my growing Fergie Jenkins collection.  And while it is nowhere near ready to fill all three rows of the box, it does allow for me to expand without worry about room.

So, without further ado, here is my entire collection of baseball cards: