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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Hall Most Wanted Signed Baseballs – The Non-HOF Edition’

30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Hall Most Wanted Signed Baseballs – The Non-HOF Edition’

Last Sunday night I told you about my desire to bring some more quality autographed baseballs into my collection.  And I gave you a list of my most desired Hall of Fame balls.

This week, the theme is the same, but now I am bringing you the ‘Non-HOF’ version.  This one was a lot harder to build and then cut down to just ten names, but I did it.

So, before I get to that list, let me at least tell you that if I was ever to find a ‘No-Hitter’ inscribed ball from AJ Burnett, Anibal Sanchez, or Kevin Brown, I would want them for my Marlins collection.  Those balls did not make the list, let’s say that they trumped the list.

Ok?  Ok!

Now, on to the  ‘Top Ten Hall Most Wanted Signed Baseballs – The Non-HOF Edition’.

Here we go:

10 – Gary Sheffield


9 – Mike Lowell


8 – Vince Coleman


7 – Eric Davis


6 – Ivan Rodriguez


5 – Frank Thomas


4 – Chipper Jones


3 – Greg Maddux


2 – Ken Griffey Jr.


1 – John Smoltz


And there you have it.  Ultimately this list could have been a lot bigger – I would also like to add signed balls to my collection of Willie McGee, Mike Greenwell, Curt Schilling, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Randy Johnson, and the list goes on and on.

Hopefully I can find a few signings to participate in where I can add a few more quality autographed balls to my collection…

Do you have a list?  If so, please share – I’d love to see it!!



That’s right, today we celebrate the birth of ’30-YOC’ and my reemergence into the hobby that was such a huge part of my childhood.

My passion for the sport of baseball may not have waned during my time away from the hobby, but boy did the kind of collecting change!  Never in a million years would I have thought that the hobby would have transformed into what it is today.  When I left, right around 1993/94, there was a lot of competition for the top-spot amongst manufacturers.  I also would not have expected to see so many of them drop like they did – but that is what competition is all about.

Today, 5 years into the hobby and ’30-YOC’, I am a very happy and excited collector.  Still, I get the most enjoyment out of collecting cards of the players that helped shape the history and my love for the sport – just like I did when I was a young kid.

Today, I will take time to reflect on how my collection has evolved over the last five years.  And I will also probably use this occasion as an excuse to pick up a nice card or two…

Thanks to everyone out there that has made this such a special and enjoyable blog to manage.  I look forward to seeing where the sport and hobby take all of us next!!

Happy 5th Birthday ’30-YOC’!!!!

baseball cake

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Hall Most Wanted Signed Baseballs – HOF Edition’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Hall Most Wanted Signed Baseballs – HOF Edition’

I’ve been wanting to add a few more signed baseballs to my collection so in an effort to get that process rolling, I decided to try to organize my ‘want list’ with the goal of staying focused on who I really, really want versus who I just really want.

This week, I will share my ‘HOF Edition’ of the list.  And next week, I will share the ‘Non-HOF Edition’.

So, without further ado, here are the ten Hall Of Fame signed baseballs that I would like to add to my collection:

10 – Bert Blyleven


9 – Robin Yount


8 – Roberto Alomar


7 – Jim Rice


6 – Barry Larkin


5 – Paul Molitor


4 – George Brett


3 – Tom Seaver


2 – Sparky Anderson


1 – Eddie Murray


And there you have it – Ten high-quality baseballs that I would definitely welcome into the ’30-YOC’ collection if they were to become available to me either at a paid signing, in-person opportunity, or via a consignment deal.

Stay tuned to ’30-YOC’, maybe one of these bad-boys will be mine soon.  Fingers crossed!!


Special Announcements Coming To ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ Next Week!!!

Special Announcements Coming To ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ Next Week!!!

Friends, I have been re-organizing and planning for a few weeks and the end result will be a few special announcements launching next week at ’30-YOC’.

They’re all collecting-based, and I think that you’ll like what you see/read.

I’ll have a few more legendary ‘Player Collection’ announcements…

I’ll have a few surprise modern ‘Player Collection’ announcements…

And I will be unveiling the next ‘Super Collection’ that I will be building…

I have just a few minor things to wrap up in the coming days but then the announcements will start being rolled out.

Stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ – IT WILL BE A BLAST!!!


UPDATE: ’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Most Wanted Baseball Cards For The 30-YOC Collection

UPDATE:  ’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Most Wanted Baseball Cards For The 30-YOC Collection

With my recent acquisition of the 1968 Topps ‘Bird Belters’ card that features Frank and Brooks Robinson, I thought it would be a good time for me to review how I have progressed on my quest to score the ‘Top Ten Most Wanted Baseball Cards’.

This was originally posted on ’30-YOC’ on 11/12/2012.  I thought it would be fun to look back and see how I have progressed with going after these cards now that we are six months removed from the original launch date.

I will keep the original post in tact and simply add a comment about the status of each in RED.

Enjoy.  And thanks for reading!!!


10 – 1984 Topps Don Mattingly rookie card – Got it!!!

9 – 1990 Topps Glossy TV Andre Dawson – Not yet…

8 – 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken ‘F&CK FACE’ card – Got it!!!

7 – 1960 Topps George ‘Sparky’ Anderson – Got It!!

6 – 2001 Topps Fergie Jenkins Certified Autograph Issue – 1966 Design – Got It!!!

5 – 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera rookie card – Not even close…

4 – 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card – Not yet…

3 – 1991 Donruss Elite Andre Dawson, serial numbered to 10,000 – Yessir!!!

2 – 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Ernie Banks Purple, serial numbered to 25. I have never seen this card, hence the image of Banks’ base card from the set – Still never seen one…

1 – 1968 Topps ‘Bird Bashers’ with Frank Robinson & Brooks Robinson – YES!!! 🙂


As you can see, I have done fairly well in bringing home some of the cards that I have tagged as ’30-YOC’s Most Wanted’.

Hopefully in time I can grab a few more, though some may be pretty pricey.

And who knows, a new list may be in order too…

Have a great night everyone.  And ‘Thanks For Reading’.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Players Most Likely To Go ’30/30′ During The 2013 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Players Most Likely To Go ’30/30′ During The 2013 Baseball Season

For me, one of the many ways to judge and offensive player’s effect on the game is to measure the number of home runs and stolen bases he collects in a single season.  The landmark number of ’30/30′ is one that I have enjoyed tracking since I was a kid.

During the 2012 baseball season, there were just two big leaguers to make it into the exclusive ’30/30 Club’ – Ryan Braun and Mike Trout.

Yes, there were a lot of sluggers that hit well over 30 home runs, but very few of them put the effort needed to steal 30 bases.  I think that in the right situations, we could see many of them steal 30 bases in a season, but both they and their managers would have to be committed to it.

Here are the ‘Top Ten Players Most Likely To Go ’30/30′ During The 2013 Baseball Season’:

Honorable Mention – Robinson Cano, BJ Upton, Curtis Granderson, Giancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Beltran, Anthony Rizzo, Justin Upton, and Adam Jones.

10 – Hanley Ramirez

30.30 10

9 – Josh Hamilton

30.30 9

8 – Jayson Werth

30.30 8

7 – Carlos Gonzalez

30.30 7

6 – Jason Heyward

30.30 6

5 – Bryce Harper

30.30 5

4 – Andrew McCutchen

30.30 4

3 – Ryan Braun

30.30 3

2 – Matt Kemp

30.30 2

1 – Mike Trout

30.30 1

I think that the 2013 baseball season will be a magical one.  I expect to see both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout become even better all-around players.  I also expect a rebound season from Hanley Ramirez.  I think that Jason Heyward is poised to take off and deliver what many thought he would do a few years ago.  I also think that Jayson Werth is going to be solid this year – with Zim and Harper in the line-up, there is less pressure on him, and I think he will soar.  And for some reason, I think that Matt Kemp is going to go bonkers this year – I don’t follow the Dodgers too closely, but I think that 2013 will be a Dodger season worth paying attention too.

And there you have it – I am very ready for the 2013 baseball season to start.  And I think that we may see anywhere between 5-8 members of the ’30/30 Club’ at the end.

Let me know what you think.  Am I missing anything here?  Should anyone be pulled from my list in place of someone else?

I’d love to get your thoughts.  Thanks for reading.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Rookie Cards From The ‘Fleer Update’ Mid-Season Sets!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Rookie Cards From The ‘Fleer Update’ Mid-Season Sets!!!

Just like I did with the Topps Traded and Donruss ‘The Rookies’ mid-season releases, I feel that it is fitting to follow suit with the Fleer Update set as well.

So, I will rank the Top Ten Rookie cards issued as part of these 132-card rookie-filled, factory-sealed, beauties.

Keep in mind that I am only going after cards in which the Fleer Update card was considered the player’s rookie card with the Fleer brand; it just happened to be issued in the ‘Update’ set versus the base set.



These sets were released from 1984-1992 and they host some big-time treasures!!  Let’s get right down to it!!!

Honorable Mention – Bret Saberhagen (84), Vince Coleman (85), Will Clark (86), Ruben Sierra (86), Mike Greenwell (87), Fred McGriff (87), Matt Williams (87), John Smoltz (88), Jim Abbott (89), Joey Belle (89), Deion Sanders (89), Tino Martinez (90), John Olerud (90), Bernie Williams (91).

10 – Jeff Bagwell, 1991


9 – Jeff Kent, 1992


8 – Frank Thomas, 1990


7 – Roberto Alomar, 1988


6 – Barry Bonds, 1986


5 – Dwight Gooden, 1984


4 – Greg Maddux, 1987


3 – Mike Piazza, 1992


2 – Roger Clemens, 1984


1 – Kirby Puckett, 1984


Let me tell you that creating this list was mentally exhausting!!

While the top two spots for me were ‘no brainers’, spots 3,4, and 5 shifted around often.  Ultimately, I settled in with Piazza being a lock at number 3, and Maddux & Gooden sharing the 4th spot.  I ultimately gave it to Maddux, but would not complain if Gooden was there and Maddux shifted down to five, or even six.

And the final 2-3 spots were pretty brutal too – some of those guys could have been left off in favor of some that were mentioned in the honorable mention section.  Ultimately, I took the guys who would still be deemed as ‘collectible’ today by your average collector.

So, how did I do?  Love my rankings?  Hate my rankings?

Let me hear it!!!  And have a great night!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Cards From The ‘Donruss Rookies’ Mid-Season Sets!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Cards From The ‘Donruss Rookies’ Mid-Season Sets!!!

Just like the other companies producing baseball cards in the 1980’s, Donruss saw a need to produce sets during the season that captured the attention of collectors.

While some companies issued cards of rookie players and players that traded teams during the early parts of the season, Donruss stuck strictly to rookie cards.  That is probably why the set carried the name of ‘Donruss, The Rookies’.

The sets were issued from 1986-1992, and stared as a 56-card set but ended at 132 cards in 1992.  The set was highly collectible when released, and some of the best rookie cards from the decade were found in these ‘second’ sets.

And now, on to the list!!!

Like most of my other rookie-related ‘Top Ten Lists’, I am going after the cards that were highly coveted when released and still have value and appeal amongst today’s collectors.  Staying power is the theme!!

Honorable Mention: Wally Joyner (86), Kevin Mitchell (86), Ruben Sierra (86), Matt Williams (87), Chris Sabo (88), Jim Abbott (89), Omar Vizquel (89), Carlos Baerga (90), Tim Wakefiled (92).

10 – Edgar Martinez, 1988


9 – Deion Sanders, 1989


8 – Jeff Kent, 1992


7 – Will Clark, 1986


6 – Jeff Bagwell, 1991


5 – Bo Jackson, 1986


4 – Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez, 1991


3 – Manny Ramirez, 1992


2 – Pedro Martinez, 1991


1 – Barry Bonds, 1986


And there you have it!!  My Top Ten cards from the ‘Donruss Rookies’ brand.

Let me tell you, I switched these around a handful of times; especially numbers 9 and 10 and a few of the Honorable Mention guys.  I could have easily taken this list to 15 official spots, but then I would have to rename the post, build a new category, and get it approved by the MLB.

So, I stuck with just 10.  Did I get them right?  Are my selections way out of line?  Did I completely miss someone??

Let me hear it!!!  And have a great night.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Fleer Major League Prospects Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Fleer Major League Prospects Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

What can I say, I have had rookie cards on the brain for the last few weeks.

First, it started with my ranking the ‘Top Ten Donruss Rated Rookie Cards’ and from there I jumped into the ‘Top Ten Topps Traded Rookie Cards’.

It is only right that I give Fleer some press time too.  From 1985-1990, Fleer issued multi-player rookie cards in their base sets.  The cards featured two players, sometimes on the same time and sometimes not.

Sadly, they are just not able to live up to the excitement that Donruss and Topps brought to the rookie baseball card game.  But, they did try.  And just like a rookie card prospector that is seeking out the best rookies from the next crop of hopefuls, Fleer had some hits.  But they also had a ton of misses too!

And now, without further ado, it is time to offer up the ‘Top Ten Fleer Major League Prospects Rookie Baseball Cards’.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention:  Rob Deer, Glen Davis, Devon White, Joe Girardi, and Moises Alou.

10 – Kevin Seitzer, 1987.


9 – Danny Tartabull, 1985.


8 – Kevin Brown, 1989.


7 – Shawon Dunston, 1985.


6 – Benito Santiago, 1986.


5 – Paul O’Neill, 1986.


4 – Andres Galarraga, 1986.


3 – Mark Grace, 1988.


2 – Jose Canseco, 1986.


1 – Cecil Fielder, 1986.


Not horrible, but not terribly exciting either.  I tell you what – If Fleer did not have these cards in their 1986 base set, I would never have been able to snag ten for this list…  Fleer tried, but their crop of 1980’s rookie cards just cannot live up to the excitement that Donruss and Topps brought.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite card from the Major League Prospects subset from Fleer?  Did I miss one that you think belongs on the list?

Let me hear it.

And as always, Thanks for reading!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Topps Traded Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Topps Traded Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

This Top Ten list stems from a few emails between myself and loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Matt.  Matt and I traded emails earlier in the week about our favorite cards and sets from the 1980’s.  The conversation was fun and it took both of us back to our childhood when we both rabid collectors.

It was during that email string that I thought it would be fun to rank my favorite Topps Traded rookie cards from the 1980s.  There are some fantastic cards that fit that mold, and it will shock you to see which ones only made the ‘Honorable Mention’ list.

The way that I complied my list is that I tried my best to recall how popular the card was when it was released and then also look at how it is treated in today’s hobby.  I also discounted any player that had a multi-player rookie card in a Topps base set and then an individual card in the traded set that is also known as a rookie card, so cards like Tim Raines from the 1981 Traded set and Cal Ripken from the 1982 Traded set were purposely skipped.

Ready to get started?  Let’s go!!!

Honorable Mention – Julio Franco (83), Bret Saberhagen (84), Ozzie Guillen (85), Andres Galarraga (86), Wally Joyner (86), Kevin Mitchell (86), David Cone (87), Benito Santiago (87), Fred McGriff (87), Jim Abbott (88), Mark Grace (88), Ron Gant (88), Tino Martinez (88), Robin Ventura (88), and Deion Sanders (89).

10 – Roberto Alomar, 1988


9 – Vince Coleman, 1985


8 – Will Clark, 1986


7 – Darryl Strawberry, 1983


6 – Ken Griffey, Jr., 1989


5 – Jose Canseco, 1986


4 – Greg Maddux, 1987


3 – Bo Jackson, 1986


2 – Barry Bonds, 1986


1 – Dwight Gooden, 1984


And there you have it.

Did I get it right or screw it up royally??  Let me know what you think of my picks.