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Contest Time – ‘6th Annual Pick The Award Winners Contest’

Contest Time – ‘6th Annual Pick The Award Winners Contest’

Finally!  Another fun contest being held by your good friend at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

I have hosted this contest for the last 5 seasons, so why not go for six in a row…

The rules – To qualify for the contest all you have to do is select who you think will win the Rookie Of The Year awards, Cy Young Awards, and Most Valuable Player award in both leagues.  Each correct answer will earn you 2 points.  To make things interesting, I will also award an additional point if you correctly name the second place player for the 2 MVP awards.  In total you have to submit 8 players and designate who will finish in first and second place in the MVP race.

A correct entry ballot will look something like this:



AL Cy –

NL Cy –

AL MVP Winner –

AL MVP 2nd

NL MVP Winner –

NL MVP 2nd

Entries are due by 10:00PM EST on Sunday so get your homework done and submit your picks quickly so you’re eligible to win.

And what is the prize, you ask?

How about this?


6 packs of 1988 Score baseball cards for the winner!!

Great prize, huh??   Yeah, I thought you would like it!!!

Sound like fun?  Then submit your picks into the comments section of this post.  Good Luck!!!

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.

UPDATE TIME: 30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2014 Collecting Goals!!!

UPDATE TIME:  30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2014 Collecting Goals!!!

Well friends, we have officially reached the half-way mark of 2014.  And I would like to take this time to run through all my 2014 collecting goals so I can officially document my progress.

Sound like fun?

I hope so!

I will keep the original post in tact and simply add the status of each goal in Red.



Here are my collecting goals for 2014:

1. Andre Dawson player collection.  I start the year with 1,132 unique cards in my collection.  I would like to add 40 new cards in the new year, but a lot of this depends on how many sets Dawson is included in for 2014.  I think I can get to this number with few issues, but having him in A&G and Gypsy Queen will help.  I will also try to bring in a few more relic and auto cards this year as compared to last.   I am at 1,156 unique cards in my Dawson collection right now and I have a few more in the mail headed to me.  Andre has not been on too many checklists in 2014 so I am crossing my fingers that changes as more products drop in the coming months.  Either way, I am on track for 40 new cards added in 2014.

2. Fergie Jenkins player collection.  I start the year with 290 unique cards in my collection.  I was cooking for a while in 2013, but this collection hit slow-motion half-way through the year.  I would like to get to 325, but like Dawson, it all depends on how many 2014 checklists Jenkins appears on as I have many of his ‘old’ cards.  I will also try to obtain a few more auto cards in the coming year.  I am at 299 unique Jenkins cards for my collection.  And with a small stack of Archives to grab from this year’s release, I should be able to add a few more pretty easily.  325 is still far off so, like my Dawson collection, a lot is pending on how often Fergie’s name appears on future checklists.

3. Jim Palmer player collection.  I start the year with 239 unique cards in my collection and I think I can add 52 more, one per week – giving me 290.  I really need to dig deep on Palmer as he has a ton of modern cards out there that I do not yet have.  Even if he is limited in 2014 releases, I think I can achieve this – just need to focus.  I have slacked big time on my Palmer collecting – and I must fix it.  So far, I have only scored 5 new cards of #22 for my collection.  Time to re-focus.

4. Joe Morgan player collection.  I am starting the year with 170 unique cards in my Morgan collection.  And like the Palmer one, my goal is one new card per week bringing me close to 220 at the end of the year.  He should be in a lot of sets in 2014, and I know that I still have a bunch of modern sets I can tackle that he was a part of.   Sadly, my Morgan collection has not grown as I would like – and it is my fault.  I am at 179 unique cards of Morgan, just 9 more than what I had on January 1.  Time to get going!

5. Modern Player Collections – Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Dustin Pedroia, and Jose Fernandez.  My goal for these players is simply to grow with and stay on track with their 2014 releases.  Because of the number of new sets that come out each year, and because these guys will be present in 100% of them, this is a big challenge.  But I am looking forward to it.  This has gone incredibly well.  My Stanton and Fernandez collections have really blossomed and with so many cards to go after from the Series 2 and Archives releases, I should be able to add a bunch pretty easily.  My Pedroia and McCutchen collections have also grown nicely and I am eager to keep pushing on both.  As for my Bryce Harper collection, it has stalled a bit – I am simply not ready to pay premium prices on singles when S&H fees are going up.

6. Marlins team sets.  I ended 2013 with 114 Marlins team sets in my collection.  If I can stay on track with the new sets as they are released, while also going back to some older ones, I think I can add one new set per week and go for 52 new ones – bringing my total to 166.  I want to pay special attention to ‘The Miguel Cabrera Years’ in 2014.  I currently rest at 127 different Marlins team sets in my collection.  I am pretty far away from my goal of 166, but with 25 weeks left in the year, I may be able to get to 150.

7. Subsets.  As always, I will build subsets that I find either appealing to the eye or that have a nice approach to the set/theme.  I have a few in mind from recent releases, but I am also open to seeing what comes from new 2014 issues too.  I am sure that Gypsy Queen will do something special this year, and I am eager to see if the flagship set presents us with something extra-unique in 2014 as well.  I have only gone after two subsets this year as I have been focused on a bigger task.  Still, adding the 2014 Topps All-Rookie Cup and Super Veterans subsets to my collection has been a lot of fun.  After both are done, I may take a break from subsets unless something really catches my eye.

8. Signed baseball collection.  As with last year, this year will not be about numbers for me.  It is all about quality!  I have 3 baseballs in the works right now, so the collection will naturally grow.  But, for me, it is more about going after the players that created the history of the sport – and I have a lengthy list of guys I want to go after that helped do so.  This is always one of the best challenges for me – and I am ready to go!!  Quality is my goal, and I am happy with the growth of my collection.  I have one signing happening that I am committed to and a few more that I am keeping my eyes on.  If I can add 3-5 more balls this year to my collection (hopefully at least one new HOFer) I will be very pleased.

9. 1975.  Yes, 1975.  I am going to focus a lot of time concentrating on this year, the year of my birth.  I want memorabilia from 1975.  I want signed baseballs from 1975.  And you guessed right, I want cards from 1975 – I am going to build the 1975 Topps baseball card set!!  Saving he best for last, building the 1975 Topps baseball card set has been a thrill.  I’ve wanted to do this for years and now that I have committed and focused attention on the task, I am truly enjoying it.  It has been 20 years since I last built a complete set of cards and I am truly re-living my youth through this process.  I have a lot of cards to go, but I am ready and willing to embark on the journey.


And there you have it, that was a lot of fun to recap!

2014 has been pretty good to me and ’30-YOC’.  I am very eager to see what the remainder of the year has in store for me and my collection.

Stay tuned.  And as always, Thanks for Reading!!!

Million Dollar Question – What Is With The Amazing Number Of Tommy John Surgeries This Season?

Million Dollar Question – What Is With The Amazing Number Of Tommy John Surgeries This Season?

Is it just me or is the term ‘Tommy John Surgery’ becoming more and more commonplace and less and less ‘unusual’ than it was 5-10 seasons ago.

It seems like every 3-4 days my MLB app on my phone tells me that another pitcher is opting for Tommy John Surgery and is out for a year.

This year specifically, the number seems to be soaring.  I believe that the last count I had was 13 pitchers since Spring Training have had the surgery – and we are just in the middle of the month or April.  Not August, APRIL!!


And it seems to be effecting both young and older players, and not just starting pitchers either…  Names like Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Patrick Corbin, Jarrod Parker, Matt Moore, and phenom Jameson Taillon have all gone under the knife recently.

Some other notable pitchers that have been sidelined for the same surgery include Brian Wilson, Steven Strasburg, Adam Wainwright, and John Smoltz.

So, what is the reason for all of these major operations?  Poor technique?  Poor conditioning?  Not warming up the arm properly?  Not enough rest between activity?

I am very eager to hear what you think.  Personally, I think it has more to do with technique than anything else.  Very few pitchers use their legs the way that they should, so more emphasis and strain is put on the arm to bring force to the hitters.  If there was more attention paid to technique at an earlier age  where using the mound and your legs and core was part of the training, I think we would see less and less of these problems.

Tommy John scar

What do you think?


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.

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!

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Clayton Kershaw”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I The Name Hear “Clayton Kershaw”, 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 The Name “Clayton Kershaw”, I Think Of…



With the new contract that Clayton Kershaw signed with the Dodgers last week, he is now being paid comparably to what his skill level is.  And they are both LOADED.

Kershaw is by far the best pitcher in the game over the last 4 seasons, and he has shown little to no signs of slowing down.  His output is on par with the best in the game’s history at his age, and now it is time to take his team to the next level.  It is ‘LA OR BUST’ for the Dodgers and their hopes for a World Series title – and it will be Clayton Kershaw that ensures their success.

Kershaw photo

Enough said.

And now, When You Hear The Name “Clayton Kershaw”, You Think Of…

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…