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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!!

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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:

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Enjoy.

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.

Enjoy!!

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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.

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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 – 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!

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.

McCutchen

Who do you got???

Million Dollar Question – As The 2014 Collecting Year Begins, What Are You Most Looking Forward To?

Million Dollar Question – As The 2014 Collecting Year Begins, What Are You Most Looking Forward To?

This question is open enough to bring out a wide array of replies, and I look forward to seeing the things that people bring up as they offer up a reply.

For me, there is a lot to look forward to as the 2014 collecting year begins.

But, there is also one thing that stands out quite a bit more than anything else.

That thing?

The Miami Marlins

Yep, my Marlins. I am very eager to see how they are treated this year, especially by Topps.  The team now has two superstars – Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez.  And with a few more household names on the roster like Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Rafael Furcal on the roster, I am hopeful that we get more than 3-card and 4-card team sets from products like Gypsy Queen, Allen & Ginter, and Tribute.  The Marlins are stocked up young players, and many are capable of becoming major contributors to the team’s success and I will think that it will be interesting to see if and when Topps latches on to it.  Players like Nate Eovaldi, Steve Cisek, Marcel Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Adeiny Hechavaria, Henderson Alvarez, and Garrett Jones should all be decent options for Topps to throw into some sets this year.

Time, and checklists, will tell.  And I cannot wait!

How about you?  What are you most looking forward to seeing out of the 2014 collecting year??

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30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2014 Collecting Goals!!!

30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2014 Collecting Goals!!!

I’m really happy with the format that I used for my 2013 goals post, so I will duplicate it here as I launch my goals for the 2014 collecting year.

I’ve been working on this for the better part of 3 weeks, and I am ready, and focused.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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!!

And there you have it, 2014 is going to be an unreal collecting year at ’30-YOC’ and I hope you are ready to sit beside me on this journey.

And pleases tell me about your goals too – it always interests me to see who is going after what….

Happy New Year everyone.  Now, let’s shop!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

From all of us(it’s really just me) at 30-Year Old Cardboard, to all of you out there – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I hope that 2014 brings you, your family, your favorite team, and your baseball card collection everything that makes you happy!

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My 2013 Collecting Year In Review

My 2013 Collecting Year In Review

At the end of every year, I like to go back to my ‘Collecting Goals’ post from January 1 and see how I did and if I was able to stay on track.

This year is no different, so I will post my original collecting goals for the 2013 collecting year and then provide updates in Red as to how I did with them.

Here we go:

1 – Andre Dawson player collection.  My Dawson collection has shaped up very nicely.  I added some bulk to my autograph and relic collections in 2012.  I am hoping to bring more certified cards into my collection in 2013.   My goal is reach 1,100 unique cards this year.  I currently set with 1,056.  If Dawson is in a handful of 2013 releases, I don’t think that this will be a problem to accomplish.  In addition to cards, I am going to try working on a few new projects that will bolster both the size and quality of my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.  I promise that it will be FUN!!!  I’m at 1,132 and a lot of that is thanks to Gypsy Queen, Panini Hometown Heroes, and the Topps/Cubs special edition set.

2 – Fergie Jenkins player collection.  The size of my Fergie Jenkins collection increased nicely in 2012, but I did not meet my collecting goal of 284 cards.  I am at 248, and will work to get to 300 by the end of the year.  The problem lies with Fergie not being in too many base sets.  He gets into a lot of autograph subsets, but not the main set, and that hurts the ease of nabbing new/affordable cards.  I am going to have to go back to the 1970s and 1980s to hit my goal.  Luckily, there are enough oddballs out there that I still need.  My Jenkins collection is up to 290 unique cards – I tried for 300, but I have not had much luck nabbing Jenkins autos this year and they hurt my numbers a bit..

3 – Jim Palmer player collection.  The first year of building my Jim Palmer set was awesome.  I have 197 different Palmer cards in my collection at this time.  I am going to shoot for 270 as my goal.  Between keeping up with his 2013 releases and there being a ton of 2012 and 2011 cards that I need of him, I am hoping I can do this.  In addition to that, there a lot of oddball cards of Palmer from the 1970s and 1980s that I want to scoop up too.  Lastly, I really want to nab a few more auto and relic cards of Palmer as the year goes by.  I am at 239 which is well below where I wanted to be; I really slacked off on this one – especially on the relic and auto front.  I am going to have to change that.  And more oddballs too!

4 – Player Collections.  Overall, my current player collections are coming along nicely.  I should complete my Alan Trammell, Dave Parker, Rollie Fingers, and Eric Davis collections in the coming months.  I am still chipping away at some of the other PC’s I am working on too – Tony Perez, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Johnny Bench, and of course Billy Williams.  If all goes well, I will add some new (old) cards of each of these guys to my collection in the coming year.  And after I complete a few more PC’s, I have some great ideas for a few more to get started on.  I did well completing several PC’s and starting a few new ones, including several modern players as well.  

5 – Florida/Miami Marlins team sets.  I am loving my album of team sets that pays homage to the history of the Florida/Miami Marlins.  I currently have 46 completed team sets of ‘The Fish’ in my collection, and I look to build the count up to 80 in the coming year.  I easily crushed my original goal of 80 team sets – I am at 114 Marlins team sets right now and this collection is cruising right along!  I LOVE IT!!!

6 – Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set.  I scooped a few cards from this set at a recent card show.  I love the look of the card’s special logo, and I think that building the set would be a great challenge.  The set is not large, and I am not certain as to how they were obtained back in 1999, but they seem to be on the rare side as I do not find them readily available.  This will be a blast!   Mission Completed.

7 – Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set.  Like the Nolan Ryan set, this is another one that I cannot wait to go after.  I have just one card from this set, but it was enough to get me interested in the whole thing.  Like the Ryan card, this set that honors Hank Aaron has a superb Golden logo that really stands out as a great graphic feature of the card.  I am ready to go after this one – Now!  Mission Completed, Part 2.

8 – Signed Baseball Collection.  My signed baseball collection is looking SWEET!!  I am just under 100 signed balls as we start the 2013 collecting year.  I will have no problem reaching the magical number of 100 this year, but my goal is about more than that.  This year, I am seeking quality over quantity!!  I already have two balls in the works that have that goal in mind.  Now, it is time to stick with that goal and execute for the entire year.  Today, I am at 109 signed baseballs with two more in the works.  I shifted my focus to quality over quantity in 2013, and it paid off as my HOF collection is really starting to come together nicely.

And there you have it.  It’s a lot, but it is a lot of fun too!

How did you do this year?  Stay on track with your goals or did you fumble and get off-course?  I’d love to hear how everyone else did in 2013!!!

Thanks for reading.  And Happy New Year!!!

Million Dollar Question – What Is Your Favorite Baseball Card Of 2013??

Million Dollar Question – What Is Your Favorite Baseball Card Of 2013??

This one is going to be a blast – and I am in no mood to sugar-coat it.

Let’s get right down to it – ‘What is your favorite baseball card of 2013’?

What is the card that stands out the most that you picked up from this year’s many releases?  Which one makes you smile the most?  Which one do you think turns the most heads?

Ready for mine??

It was a much easier pick than what I expected.  And I bought more 2013’s than any other year in the lat few years.

Here it is:

Dawson Induction

This is the Andre Dawson card from the 2013 Panini Cooperstown ‘Induction’ subset.  And what is not to like?  First of all, Andre looks great.  The image used for this card was shot during Dawson’s 2010 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and for me it was a baseball card 30+ years in the making.  Capturing this event on a single baseball card means the world to me and I was thrilled to see that Andre was part of this set.

Not only is this card my ‘Favorite card of 2013’, but it is also one my of favorite modern cards – period.

And now it is your turn, What Is Your Favorite Baseball Card Of 2013??

I cannot wait to hear your answers!!