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I Am Re-Committing Myself To The Roots Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

I Am Re-Committing Myself To The Roots Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

On Sunday night, I eluded to the fact that I was really starting to miss my favorite players from my youth – the ones that shaped my love for the game that has carried me, my collection, and this blog for many years.

I specifically detailed how I wish that I paid a little more attention to the guys that have left us early – like Tony Gwynn, Gary Carter, and Kirby Puckett.

Well, I am now ready to do something about it.  And in a major way.  I am going back to the roots of ’30-Year Old Cardboard!

After publishing that post on Sunday, I spent a few hours organizing my cards even deeper than I had before.  And for a very small handful of players, I expanded on my detailed player collection Excel spreadsheets to include every single card of them I own, just like I have done with my Dawson, Jenkins, Palmer, etc. collections.

This process confirmed to me that I can go after quite a bit more.  So, that is my plan.

I am digging deeper on some of the original player collections I built when I got back into collecting in 2008.  And in many cases, I am going back after the guys I originally built player collections of when I first got back into the hobby.  Absence certainly does make the heart grow fonder…

Have I added more cards of these guys since?  Sure, I have.  And they are now documented and accounted for.  But, in many cases, I limited my original collections of them to specific brands, years, and teams.  As an example, I restricted my collection of Dave Winfield to all major-brand baseball cards up to 1989.

Well, now I am opening the flood-gates.  I am going BIG!!

Get ready for a lot of vintage oddballs, limited edition cards, and super stuff from the 1980’s.

As for the player that I intend to highlight and showcase – the list is baseball royalty:  Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Wade Boggs, and Eddie Murray.

Here is a picture of my collection of these five HOF’ers as it stands tonight:

PC 1

And in the very near future, I am hoping that each of these rows will look a lot more full.

Buckle up everybody, it is going to be a fun, fun ride!!

Thanks for reading.


The Death Of Tony Gwynn Has Left Me Feeling A Bit Empty…

The Death Of Tony Gwynn Has Left Me Feeling A Bit Empty…

It has been two months since one of my baseball heroes, Tony Gwynn, died.

And since his passing, I have spent more time reading articles written about him, watching videos about him, and learning more about him.  I was sad the day that he passed.  And I am still sad about it today.  Lately it seems like more and more of the players I enjoyed as a kid are gone.  Gary Carter blew me away a few years ago, and then back in July, Tony Gwynn left us too.

As I watch modern-day baseball, I crave for the legends that shaped my love for the game.  I miss watching them play.  I miss cheering for them.  I miss impersonating their batting stance and swing with my buddies at the park.

Do I love the modern game?  Of course I do.

But my true passion is the baseball and the players that starred during my youth – Pete Rose and 4,192, Mookie Wilson’s error, Canseco’s 40/40, Bo Jackson breaking bats over his knee, Andre Dawson throwing out runners going to third, Rickey Henderson cruising around the base paths, Dwight Gooden striking out dozens during each appearance, Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run, and the list goes on.  These are the players and moments that made me fall in love with the game.

So, as I always tend to do, I am going to go back to enjoy the sport and hobby from my youth.

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ is heading back to the 1980’s!!!

Will I still follow modern players and teams?  Without a doubt.  Will I still collect modern cards?  Of course I will.  But, I will once again be paying more attention to the players and teams and cards that made me fall in love with this great sport and hobby during my childhood.  If I can learn more now, great.  And if I can conjure up more memories of those great times, I am all for it.

I think that this will be a lot of fun.  And I hope that you are ready to go back to the 1980’s with me.

Let’s Go!!

Boys Collecting Baseball Cards

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!!

baseball fireworks


Reader Jared Fires Over A Huge Lot Of Cards, Perfectly Crafted For A Collector Like Myself!!!

Reader Jared Fires Over A Huge Lot Of Cards, Perfectly Crafted For A Collector Like Myself!!!

I’m like a kid in a candy store tonight as I had a HUGE bubble mailer waiting for me when I got home from work.

And as soon as I had time to rip it open, I did.

And the treasures inside are plentiful and super.

I won’t even start showing them off to you now.  I’ve got to sort.  I’ve got to organize.  I’ve got to drop them into penny sleeves.  I’ve got to say ‘THANK YOU’ to Jared again for the great gift.

And, since I am such a nice guy, I will give you a little treat too:




And get ready to see a lot of new cardboard being shown off at ’30-YOC’!  Stay tuned.

A New Mission For The 2014 Baseball Season: Learning How To Score A Game!!!

A New Mission For The 2014 Baseball Season: Learning How To Score A Game!!!

Ok, this is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time.  And I believe that I am ready to take the first steps to towards making this a reality.

My plan is to proceed with this by taking ‘Baby Step’ as I don’t want any kind of confusion to derail my desires.

Ultimately, by the end of the 2014 baseball season, I would like to say that I am ‘Comfortable’ scoring a game by hand.

This is just another way for me to connect to the game.  For me to take a traditional part of the game and learn and understand it better.  And I think it can be fun too.

My biggest issue is that I rarely get to see the start of a game.  Between kid’s homework, kid’s extra-curricular activities, and bedtimes, sometimes I miss the first 2-3 innings.  But, I think that works for what I need.  Scoring a complete game while still ‘training’ on this may be a very daunting task.  But, maybe 1-2 innings at a time would be better and more manageable?

Either way, I am excited to start the process.

I’ve read a bunch on how to get this done, and the opinions vary tremendously.  There is also no true ‘standard’ rules to follow as many have adopted their own styles along the way.

But, I did find a few websites that offered good info and details so I will keep them with me as I get going.

Scoring process

And I printed a nice sized stack of scorecards so I don’t have to worry about messing up…


I’ve got my pencils.


And I even invested in a Pink Jumbo Eraser!!!

pink jumbo eraser

And now it is go time!!

If by the end of the season I can comfortably score a game I will be happy.  And if not, I will extend my learning into as many seasons as it takes.  Ultimately, I want this to be fun, and I want to be able to read my scorecard and be able to see and understand what took place during the action.

Wish me luck.  And if you have any tips as to how I can get this done effectively and while enjoying the process, please share!!

Thanks for reading.

My 1975 Topps Checklist Is Ready. It’s Time To Go, Go, Go!!!

My 1975 Topps Checklist Is Ready.  It’s Time To Go, Go, Go!!!

Finally, I am ready to begin this process.

Let’s consider this my first official post for my new ‘1975 Topps Set Build’.

I’ve pulled 11 ‘spare’ cards from some of the player collections I have put together over the last six years to give myself a slight head start in this process.  And I also have a nice 75-card lot of cards in transit to me that should be delivered on Monday (according to the USPS tracking details).

So, all that is left is to log the cards into my checklist, scan the cards, and get to blogging!

My goal is to feature each card individually on the blog – some days will feature one card, other days will feature many, and some will feature none.  But no matter how you slice it, I will be making the 1975 Topps Set Build a huge part of my blog for the foreseeable future.

And I have also done a little homework as to how I want to show off these cards.  Sure, I will add a nice ’30-YOC’ flair to the posts, but I absolutely took inspiration from some of my favorite set builders like Night Owl, Brandon, ChuckNeo, and UnlceMoe.

Also, I have added a new tab on the top of my homepage that takes you right to my checklist.  I will do my best to keep this as accurate as possible with the goal of orchestrating some trades to help me add more cards to the set.  If you have any spare cards from the 1975 Topps set sitting around that are not major parts of your collection, hit me up and let’s see if we can work something out.

Lastly, I have decided to store my set in an album.  This is a bit of a departure for me, but I think that this is the best way to go.  It will allow for me to remain organized while also giving me the ability to check out all of the bright and funky color combinations that make up this historic baseball card set.


Let’s go!!!

1975 Topps Album

Million Dollar Question – Which Do You Prefer: Topps’ Emerald Foil OR Ruby Foil?

Million Dollar Question – Which Do You Prefer:  Topps’ Emerald Foil OR Ruby Foil?

With the launch of the 2014 Topps Series 1 baseball card set last week, we all got a taste of the first new product for 2014.

Personally, I really like the cards.  The image selection (on most) is strong, and the graphics are complementary to the image while not being or taking away from the main attraction – the photo.

With this new set comes a new version to a common Topps theme – a colored parallel.

In 2013, we had the Emerald Foil Parallel as seen here:

Trout Emerald

And now, in 2014, we have the Ruby Foil card:

Stanton Ruby

This got me to wondering which one was better – better to look at, better baseball color, etc.  It also got me to wondering if my opinion was in the majority or the minority.

So, I now pose that question to you:  Which Do You Prefer:  Topps’ Emerald Foil OR Ruby Foil?

For me, I will go with the Ruby Foil.  Throughout the year last year, I always thought that the Emerald was a bit too dark and which ultimately made the images on the cards appear quite a bit darker.  The Ruby (so far) looks and feels lighter.  And I also think the Ruby-Red color is a better baseball fit as Red is a commonly shared color among many of MLB’s teams.

My choice is Ruby!!

Harper Ruby

And now it if your turn to choose.  Which Do You Prefer:  Topps’ Emerald Foil OR Ruby Foil?

Sound off now!

When A ‘Player Collector’ Becomes A ‘Set Builder’

When A ‘Player Collector’ Becomes A ‘Set Builder’

It has been a very long time since I put together a set of baseball cards whose total card count exceeded 25.

If you recall, my biggest ‘2014 Collecting Goal’ was to begin working on the 1975 Topps baseball card set.   This 660-card set was released during the year of my birth and I have always wanted to dive as deep as I could into the 1975 baseball season..  Building this set will surely help me accomplish that quest.

As a kid collecting cards in the 1980’s, I was very familiar with building sets – my first was 1985 Topps which was quickly followed up by 1984 Fleer, and then every major brand release from 1986-1990.  Some sets were a huge challenge, and some were a breeze.  But, they were all fun.

And that is what I am expecting as I take the plunge and head ‘Back to 1975’.

If you know me and you know my collecting style, you already know that I am an uber-oragnized collector.  That should be an aide in this journey.

I still have some things to figure out as it relates to how I will go after the set.  But, I have already decided to put the set into an album versus a box.  I want to be able to flip through page after page of the ’75 two-tone beauties as I add them to the set – the album will allow me to do this.

As for card condition, I will be as picky as I can be with the affordable cards, but I may have to lighten my expectations when it comes to some of the high-end cards in the 660-card set.

I have also decided to not go after any of the mini cards – this will be a base set build only.

Oh, and no graded cards either – too hard to keep together.  And I don’t think that having encased cards in my collection would be enjoyable.  I want to touch and handle the cardboard as much as I can.

So, I think I am all set.  I’ve got a few small tasks to take care of before I start, but pretty soon I will be ready to go ‘Back to 1975’.

Stay tuned and ‘Thanks’ for reading!!!

1975 Topps box

Million Dollar Question – What Player Will Have The Most Cards In The 2014 Topps Series 1 Release?

Million Dollar Question – What Player Will Have The Most Cards In The 2014 Topps Series 1 Release?

OK gang, as we all know, the 2014 Topps Series 1 product release is scheduled for the middle of next week.  And I anticipate that the full checklist will be made available in the coming days and Topps prepares for another season of baseball card production.

So, my question to you is this – What Player Will Have The Most Cards In The 2014 Topps Series 1 Release?

Who is going to have the most cards in the flagship set plus all of the inserts and subsets that will make up the 2014 Series 1 release?

My guess is the reigning NL MVP – Andrew McCutchen.  McCutchen was ‘All-World’ in 2014 – MVP, All-Star, Silver Slugger, Postseason with the Pirates.

I think McCutchen is the guy and I would not be surprised if he had 8-10 cards in the full Series 1 set.


Who do you got???

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…



I mean seriously, with the recent Hall of Fame election votes announced, doesn’t something need to be done to get this process back on track and have the results truly mean something?  For one guy to just vote for Jack Morris is absurd.  And for players like Armando Benitez and Jacque Jones to get a vote this year, what a joke.  And Aaron Sele last year?  Come on.  And for the guys to turn in ’empty’ ballots – give me a break.  And while I don’t necessarily agree with his thoughts, what Dan LeBatard did with his 2014 Hall Of Fame vote is absurd.

It’s time for the Baseball Hall Of Fame to take a stand and see what the old voting style is doing to the museum.  And it is time to create a panel of quality writers, former managers, players, and executives that can universally make these decisions with the goal of honoring the history of the game as their lone priority.

Enough said.

And now, When You Hear “BBWAA”, You Think Of…