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10,000 Posts!!!

10,000 Posts!!!

Holy Cow!

I had to take a minute to just announce that ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ has reached 10,000 posts – a true blogging milestone.

Whether you’ve been with me since the stat and read all 10,000 posts or if you are fairly new to the blog and have just a few hundred under your belt, I ‘Thank You’ for your support.

This blog means the world to me as it has allowed me the chance to connect with people that I never would have met while keeping me firmly attached to the sport and hobby that brought me endless happiness as a kid.

Cheers to 10,000!

10,000

Let’s go for another round!!!

Taking A Quick Pause To Celebrate Blog Post #9,500 At ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Taking A Quick Pause To Celebrate Blog Post #9,500 At ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Just taking a quick break to celebrate and acknowledge that this is blog post #9,500 at ’30-YOC’.

Baseball Sugar Cookies

Cookies for everyone!!!

600,000 Hits!!!

600,000 Hits!!!

Just taking a moment to stop and pay homage to the fact that the blog hit it’s 600,000th page view today.

Thank you to all of the readers out there who keep ’30-YOC’ fun and entertaining.

And as you can see by the picture below, one of my readers is a very amped about this occasion!!

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Oh, and I will be celebrating my 600,000th page view with a giveaway a little later in the week.  Stay tuned for that one.

And now back to your regularly scheduled program.

 

5,000!!!

5,000!!!!

Just taking a moment to celebrate the 5,000th post on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Thank you all for your continued loyalty to the blog.

Only onward and upward from here; I promise!!!!

Happy Anniversary ‚Äô30-Year Old Cardboard‚Äô!!!!

Happy Anniversary ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!!!!

Today marks the 3-year anniversary of this blog and my emergence back into the hobby that I loved as a kid.

In that time, I have re-dedicated myself to the sport that I love and to the hobby that consumed hours of my youth.  Along the way, I have met some incredible people, picked up some great additions to my collection, and have fallen in love with the only sport that I believe to be timeless.

When I think about what baseball means to me today and compare it to how I felt about the sport during my youth, the feelings are very similar.  I love the fundamentals of the game.  I love the strategy of the game.  And I love that the stars of today play the game in the same manner that the heroes of my youth did.   Baseball is a timeless sport, and I cannot wait to share my love for it with my kids.

Thank you¬†to¬†everyone that has made this such an enjoyable thing for me.¬† ’30-YOC’ is more than a hobby to me.¬† It, like baseball, is a part of me.¬† And I am thrilled to have found so many people who feel the same way!!!

Thanks again!!!

Happy Anniversary ’30-YOC’!!!

UPDATED : ‘About Me’ Page

As part of my commitment to ‘freshen up’ some of the pages on my blog, I have tackled the ‘About Me’ page.

Check it out here.

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Happy Anniversary ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

It’s amazing how 1 year has flown by so quickly.

When I started this blog, I had very little idea as to what direction it would head into and how long it would last.  I am a creative guy that likes to write, but getting back into the hobby of collecting baseball cards again was not something I had a lot of knowledge about and was unsure as to what direction to take.

Ultimately I settled in on going back to my days of collecting as a child and attempting to honor some of my favorite players from my youth.¬† For me this was the perfect decision.¬† If I had not chosen this route I have no doubt that this blog would not be ‘alive’ today.¬† The wonderful thing about this hobby is that it offers something unique to each and every person.¬† And for me that was focusing in on the guys I enjoyed watching play or read about playing when I was a kid.¬† Paying special attention to the incredible Cubs like Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Mark Grace,¬†and others, I quickly realized that my collecting goals were unique and special to me but that other collectors respected and I enjoyed what I was doing.¬†¬† Adding in other players that captivated my like Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield only made my collecting goals that much more fun.

So 365 days later, and several player collections complete, I am looking to bring new material to the site.¬† While I have no plans of changing the look and feel of ’30-YOC’, I do plan on adding¬†some new elements to keep the blog fresh.¬† And I have a ton of new ideas for collecting and series’ of posts to bring to you in the near future.

I want to thank everyone who has helped make this a special journey for me.  It has been a blast to recapture and share my love of writing and baseball in one place.

I am looking forward to see what lies ahead for ’30-YOC’.¬† I hope you are too!!

Thank you.

Brian

Happy 125th Anniversary To A Baseball Classic!!!

Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, are celebrating their 125th anniversary in 2009!!

To think that this incredible brand, and arguably the most recognized brand in baseball, has been making professional baseball bats for 125 years is amazing.  With all of the advances in technology in regards to production, material management, and trafficking of goods, the team at H&B has withstood the test of time and are thrilled to have been in business for 125 years(and counting) and five generations!!!

A special website has been created to celebrate this occasion, and you can learn quite a bit more about the company and their products by clicking here : http://www.slugger.com/125/

For some great facts, check out their ‘By The Numbers’ link.

On a personal note, most of my time as a kid playing baseball revolved around the world of aluminum bats.  However, my fondest memory during my Little League days came in a game in which I cracked a 3-run double while using a Louisville Slugger wood bat.  I had used the bat during practice many times, but never in game situations.  I still remember and can hear that unmistakable sound of a baseball and wood bat meeting РWHACK!!!!

Happy Anniversary H&B and Congratulations!!!!

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Press Conference – 6 Month Anniversary of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

In honor of the 6 month anniversary of this blog, I held a press conference early this morning.¬† This press conference was attended by some of baseball’s elite media members.

Below is the transcript:

Gammons : How much work did it take to get to this point?¬† You’ve got to be worn out!

30-Year Old Cardboard :¬† As many of you know, writing for a blog and keeping the content fresh is quite a bit of work.¬† I enjoy adding new content to the site all of the time and luckily I have stumbled on a handful of topics that have made this journey fun for me and the readers of my blog.¬† Some ideas have bombed and some have taken off.¬† Either way, I wouldn’t have changed either – you take the good with the bad and go from there.

Kurkjian : With over 550 posts, 25,000 visitors to the site, and 1,000 comments left by your readers, what can you tell us that we can expect to see from you in the future? 

30-YOC :¬† Jeez, I have so much more that I want to share.¬† I’ll be doing a ‘rookie card recap’ of players that debuted in the 1980’s really soon.¬† As you know, I have caught the autograph bug and intend to dig deeper into this field too.¬† I’m still a player collector as well and you should see the completion of a few of my player collections over the next few months which is very exciting news.¬† And don’t forget that the 2009 season is right around the corner which always makes for exciting writing.¬† And I’ll certainly continue with my birthday and anniversary posts.¬† And don’t forget about my ‘What Ever Happened to’ posts either.¬† I’ve got an enormous list of guys that played during the 80’s that I want to learn a little more about and then share with you all.

I guess that I can say, you can expect a lot from this blog in the near future!!

Henson : How did you develop ’30-Year Old Cardboard’?¬† What motivated you to start this blog?

30-YOC :¬† Great question.¬† Let me take you back to the beginning.¬† The first blog I ever found was Wax Heaven.¬† At the time, Mario and I were both posting comments on Cameron Maybin’s Myspace page.¬† I didn’t know who¬†Mario was at that time, but his picture was Marlins related(Mike Jacobs, I believe) so I clicked his profile and¬†found the blog and soon I was addicted to checking his blog.¬† That quickly escalated to me leaving comments on his site a few times a week as well as checking out other blogs he recommended.¬† Pretty soon after, I¬†found myself¬†addicted to Cardboard Junkie, Bad Wax, White Sox Cards, and many more.

As much as I enjoyed¬†Wax Heaven, it was ultimately a conversation through the comments section¬†on one of¬†Mario’s posts¬†with Dave from Fielder’s Choice Baseball Card Blog that made me want to¬†start my own blog.¬†¬†Dave and I went back and forth a few times as to why Don Mattingly was included in a¬†card set featuring legendary players.¬† My stance was that there¬†were so many more people that could have been part of the set that deserved the title of ‘legendary’ while Dave argued that card companies know how to sell product and Mattingly would certainly help their cause.¬† The funny thing is that both of us like Mattingly, admittedly with Dave liking him more than I do, but Dave really educated me on¬†today’s hobby very quickly with those comments.¬† And he was right.

And I’ll never forget when I saw a small 1/2¬†inch by 1/2 inch image¬†of Andre Dawson¬†in the comments¬†section one day on Wax Heaven.¬† With Dawson being my favorite player from my generation, I immediately clicked the link and was captivated¬†by Hawk To The Hall.¬† Soon after introducing myself to Charlie I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of.

I had gone back and forth for a few¬†months debating if I wanted to get back into the hobby of collecting baseball cards.¬† I am extremely happy with my decision and owe part of that decision to the¬†blogs – Wax Heaven, Fielder’s Choice, and Hawk To The Hall.¬†¬†

Reynolds : Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?

3o-YOC :¬† Not really.¬† I like the physical look of the page.¬† I enjoy the WordPress product.¬† If anything, I would try to learn more about creating my own images.¬† I can handle a scanner and save pictures from the web to my PC, but I have so many ‘creative image’ ideas in my head that I am just not able to produce.

Gomez : Is it true that you take performance enhancing drugs and that Brian McNamee used to live in your basement?

30-YOC :  (with finger pointed at Gomez) I have never, never taken steroids!!  Next question.

Nichols : Brian, are you busy later?

30-YOC :¬† Rachel, please.¬† We have been over this time and time again.¬† I am a married man.¬† You’re going to have to get over this.¬† And by the way, your hair looks GREAT today!!!

Rosenthal : Many blogs fizzle out over time, mainly due to lack of topics to share.  How are you going to prevent this from occurring?

30-YOC :¬† I think it’s very simple.¬† I enjoy the formula I have put together for my content and I am able to keep it updated often enough to make it exciting.¬† Between adding cards to my player collections, finding odd and funny baseball videos on-line, sending out and receiving TTM requests, and doing my ‘What Ever Happened To’ posts I think I have found¬†a formula that works for me and my readers.¬† I will certainly try to branch out to other areas, while not compromising my collecting goals, and hope for the best.¬† We’re roughly 60 days away from Opening Day and that will certainly lead to more modern-day baseball related posts as I follow the Florida Marlins and my favorite players throughout the league.

I have met some incredible and very generous people in the last 6 months and that has helped me feel like a wanted part of this community.¬† The veterans are a great group of people and many have anwered questions for me and provided guidance that has helped this blog evolve.¬† And I have to say that as long as new blogs are created with fresh themes and great writing I’ll be sticking around.¬† As long as sites like Sports Locker and Rickey Henderson Collectibles and Night Owl Cards and¬†Wait ‘Til Next Year and¬†Phungo and Thoughts On Sox and A Cardboard Problem and Autographed Cards and Project 1962 are around then I will be too.

Thank you all for your INCREDIBLE SUPPORT!!!!  I hope that we all enjoy the next 6 months as much as I have enjoyed the last 6 months.

THANK YOU!!!!

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

On this day in 1986 you hit your first Home Run in the majors.¬† I’m not sure that anyone predicted what the next 20 years would be like for you both in and out of baseball but you were off to a great start.

McGwire’s career has been punctuated by several baseball records:

1 РBy the end of the 1987 season, he captivated the baseball world by hitting 49 homers as a rookie Рa record that still stands today. 

2 РIn 1998, he set the major league record for most home runs in a season with 70. 

3 – He currently ranks #1 all-time for home runs per at bat, hitting a homer in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his career.

It’s too bad that ‘Big Mac’ took the worst of the drama during the steroid era’s very public testimony.¬† By not agreeing to speak about the past he put a huge black cloud over his head and this is very likely the reason that he was not voted into the Hall of Fame when he became eligible.¬† Currently, McGwire is the only player in history with 500+ home runs that has not been voted into the Hall of Fame when eligible.

A former Rookie of the Year, A Gold Glove Winner, a 12-time All-Star, a World Series champion, and being currently ranked #8 for career home runs in major league history Рit all feels a bit empty. 

If you only said, “I made a huge mistake and want to apologize to my family, teammates, and fans for what I did…”.¬† America fell in love with you as you chased Roger Maris’ record back in 1998.¬† You were the cover boy of baseball and today your status appears to be¬†tarnished beyond repair.

If only you didn’t ask for the ‘Super Size’ with your ‘Big Mac’.¬† You’d surely be compared to¬†the greatest power hitters of all-time.¬† Instead you’re sadly forgotten.¬† ūüė¶