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It Has Been Way Too Long Since I Showed You My Balls…

It Has Been Way Too Long Since I Showed You My Balls…

The title of this post says it all.  I try to show you my balls at least 2-3 times a year.  I do this as a way to motivate myself and to keep my other ball-collecting pals updated on my progress.  I also do this as a way to get other talking about their balls…

Tonight, I wanted to give you the full tour.  The collection sits at 114 as this post is published.  I have one signing happening in March that I have already committed to, and I have two more that I am also very likely to get involved with.

So, the collection will grow – for sure.  And the quality remains at an all-time high as well.  While I could easily have between 120-130 signed balls in my collection thus far, the last 18+ months have been more about quality and less about quantity.  And the results of that philosophy has netted me some pretty elite players – and for me, that is extremely exciting.

Ready for the tour??


First, here is the full collection:

My Balls

And now, a detailed breakdown of what you’re seeing:

Starting from the bottom…

Row 1 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Bill Madlock, Mark Grace, Lee Smith, Jack McKeon, Livan Hernandez, Al Leiter, Charlie Hough, Jeff Conine, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Bonilla, Josh Johnson, Cameron Maybin

Row 2 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, Brian Jordan, Vince Coleman, Steve Garvey, Bert Campaneris, Vida Blue, Harold Baines, Jack Clark, Don Larsen, Earl Weaver, Monte Irvin, Bobby Doerr

Row 3 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Duke Snider, Fred Lynn, Luis Tiant, Al Kaline, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Goose Gossage, Gaylord Perry, Phil Neikro

Row 4 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Tom Glavine, Dave Parker, Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Carlton Fisk, Mike Greenwell, Rollie Fingers, Jim Abbott

Row 5 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey, George Foster, Dave Concepcion, Dale Murphy, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez

Row 6 – Andre Dawson, Jim Palmer, Jim Palmer, Jim Palmer, Rod Carew, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Dave Winfield, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson, Wade Boggs, Dennis Eckersley, Paul Molitor, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Carlton

Row 7 – Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson, Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, Nolan Ryan


That was a lot of typing.  But, in time, I think I will be able to type some more as I am really looking to build my collection in the early parts of this year.  As I mentioned earlier, I am committed to one signing already, have my eyes on two more, am still hunting a Tom Seaver ball, and I am always looking for more Andre Dawson opportunities as well.

What do you think???

I’ll tell you what my wife thinks – She thinks I am NUTS!!!!

Thanks for reading.  Have a great night!

After Months & Months, I Have Landed The Andre Dawson & Fergie Jenkins 2013 Wrigley Field Exclusive Cards

After Months & Months, I Have Landed The Andre Dawson & Fergie Jenkins 2013 Wrigley Field Exclusive Cards

Over the course of the 2013 baseball season, Topps and the Chicago Cubs issued four sets of exclusive baseball cards to fans attending specific home games at Wrigley Field.  Issued only in set form, these cards have hit the secondary market both in complete sets and singles.

In addition to the sets that were handed out at the games, season ticket holders were issued sets of the same cards with Silver-printed ‘Season Ticket Holder’ imprinting.

The design of the cards is exactly like Archives – take current and past players and throw them on some of Topps’ best looking card designs.

For me, I only wanted some of the cards.  And it took me a full baseball season to haul them in.

But, after a very long wait and hunt, I have brought them all home.

Andre Dawson was in the set twice, and Fergie Jenkins three times.  Multiply that by the two versions of the cards, and my collection from this set now rests at ten new cards for my Dawson & Jenkins collection.

Here are the cards:

Andre Dawson 1954 design


Andre Dawson 1971 design


Fergie Jenkins 1954 design


Fergie Jenkins 1990 design


Fergie Jenkins 1996 design


The cards are sweet.  And the added logo for the Cubs’ Season Ticket Holder set is a nice touch.

All in all, it took me quite a long time to get all of these cards into my collection.  I bought cards from 4 different sellers to get the job done, but I am thrilled with how it all turned out.

Thanks for reading.

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini A&G Back

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini A&G Back

Another A&G card for my Andre Dawson collection!!!

This is the mini ‘A&G’ back version of the base card – and yes, it is a mini as well.



Scratch another one off of the list…

Andre Dawson 2003 Donruss Signature Series – Team Trademarks

Andre Dawson 2003 Donruss Signature Series – Team Trademarks

Amazingly, I never had this card in my collection prior to landing it last week during an Ebay purchase.

The card comes from the 2003 Donruss Signature Series ‘Team Trademarks’ set.

Have a look:



It is not very often that I land  the ‘harder to obtain’ and ‘more costly’ cards from a set to my Andre Dawson collection before nabbing the base card.

But, that is exactly what happened this time around.

I have had an autographed version of this card in my collection for a few years.  But, I never went after the base card.  Call it a ‘brain-fart’ on my side.

Thankfully, I was able to affordably land this beauty and bring it into ‘Ultimate Dawson’.


1987 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Wins MVP For Last Place Team

1987 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Wins MVP For Last Place Team

On this day in 1987, Andre Dawson was awarded with the National League’s MVP award.

The headlines across baseball on that day had everything to do with Andre’s incredible year for a terrible team.  Dawson was the first and only player to capture this award while playing for a last place team.  Oh, what a year it was!!!

The 1987 season was magical for Andre.  In his debut season playing for the Cubs, Dawson took center stage on a star filled roster, and he quickly became the centerpiece of their offense as well a fan favorite.  His incredible numbers from that season include 178 hits, 90 runs scored, 49 home runs, 137 RBI, and a .568 slugging percentage.

In addition to winning the MVP award in ’87, Dawson also walked away with a Gold Glove award, a Silver Slugger trophy, and his first of five All-star appearances as a Cub.

Congratulations Mr. Dawson!!  I am so thankful that I got to enjoy watching this year-long sensational performance!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Matt Williams

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Matt Williams

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Matt Williams card from the set:



Williams was a solid player for the better part of his career.  A stud third baseman, with superior offensive skills, Williams was well-round and well-liked.  In addition to his 5 All-star team selections, Williams also won 4 Silver Slugger trophies and 4 Gold Gloves.  His career stats include 1,878 hits with 338 doubles and 378 home runs.  Williams scored 997 runs while driving in another 1,218.  Williams played in 3 World Series match-ups during his career.  He finally won a title in 2001 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Andre Dawson And His Wildly Affordable 1977 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Andre Dawson And His Wildly Affordable 1977 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

It is amazing to me that the most coveted baseball card from the 1977 Topps baseball set can be had pretty regularly for less than $8.00.

It is very rare to find a Hall of Famer’s rookie card at such an affordable price – especially one that was issued in the 1970’s; before collecting hit its pinnacle.

So, if you don’t have one I suggest you get one.

The price of these cards will surely go up over time – but for the time being you can bring home a classic rookie card of a legendary player at a price that can be beat!!!

And if you happen to find one that you feel is worth picking up but you just are not ready to pull the trigger let me know; I am always happy to grab a few more for my collection!!!

Here is ‘Hawk’s’ rookie card:


100 BALLS!!!!

100 BALLS!!!!

This post has been 4 1/2 years in the making.

When I started ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ in the summer of 2008, I had one signed baseball in my collection – a Billy Williams ball that I got signed in the in 1989 while living in Chicago and attending a Cubs Convention with my dad.  Mr. Williams was so friendly towards me; both my dad and I became instant fans!!  I lugged that ball from state to state and from house to house for more than twenty years.

And once I decided to get back into the hobby of baseball card collecting, I dusted off my Billy Williams ball, bought a new UV-protected case for it, and kept it on my desk for inspiration.

Fast forward to today and I am happy to be celebrating that I now have 100 autographed baseballs in my collection.  The collection, just like my cards, is focused around men that helped shape the history of the game in prior decades as well as the players that impacted my love for the sport during my youth.

I’ve got Marlins.  I’ve got All-Stars.  I’ve got Cy Young Award winners and MVPs.  I’ve got World Series heroes and I have Hall of Famers.

I have signed balls in my collection that I never really thought that I would obtain.  And, of course, I have some balls in my collection that I wish I never did obtain.

But, I tell you what – I love this collection.  And for as much as my Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson and Willie Mays signed balls mean to me, the single best ball in my collection is still that old National League ball signed by Hall Of Famer, Billy Williams.

Here is a look at my full collection of signed baseballs:


And a peek at the gem of my collection, my Billy Williams ball:


I already have plans in place to add more baseballs to my collection.  And while I don’t have a target number of balls that I want for this extension of my baseball card collecting hobby, I am pretty confident that the collection will continue to blossom in the coming years!

Thanks for reading.

1977 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Wins The National League Rookie Of The Year Award

1977 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Wins The National League Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1977 Andre Dawson won the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award.  In a very close vote, Dawson edged out Steve Henderson by capturing 10 of the 24 votes placed, good for 42% of the votes cast.

In 1977, Dawson appeared in 139 games.  He complied a batting average of .282 while collecting 148 hits including 26 doubles and 19 home runs.  Dawson was also a solid run producer as a 22-year old.  He scored 64 runs and drove in 65.

Congratulations on a fantastic start to an unbelievable career, Andre!!

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Yessir, another card featuring Andre Dawson from the 2012 Topps Series Two release is now mine.

This card is from the ‘Golden Moments’ subset, and I am really, really liking it!!!

Have a look:

And while the image that is used for this card is not the exact image, it is very similar to the image used on Dawson’s 1987 Fleer baseball card, and that is a personal favorite of mine.  You can see that card here.

As for the card, it honors a game from September 24, 1985 when Dawson connected for three home runs in the same game, including two in the same inning.  Overall, Andre had 8 RBI in the contest and importantly, his Expos captured the 17-15 win over the Chicago Cubs.