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I Am Re-Committing Myself To The Roots Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

I Am Re-Committing Myself To The Roots Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

On Sunday night, I eluded to the fact that I was really starting to miss my favorite players from my youth – the ones that shaped my love for the game that has carried me, my collection, and this blog for many years.

I specifically detailed how I wish that I paid a little more attention to the guys that have left us early – like Tony Gwynn, Gary Carter, and Kirby Puckett.

Well, I am now ready to do something about it.  And in a major way.  I am going back to the roots of ’30-Year Old Cardboard!

After publishing that post on Sunday, I spent a few hours organizing my cards even deeper than I had before.  And for a very small handful of players, I expanded on my detailed player collection Excel spreadsheets to include every single card of them I own, just like I have done with my Dawson, Jenkins, Palmer, etc. collections.

This process confirmed to me that I can go after quite a bit more.  So, that is my plan.

I am digging deeper on some of the original player collections I built when I got back into collecting in 2008.  And in many cases, I am going back after the guys I originally built player collections of when I first got back into the hobby.  Absence certainly does make the heart grow fonder…

Have I added more cards of these guys since?  Sure, I have.  And they are now documented and accounted for.  But, in many cases, I limited my original collections of them to specific brands, years, and teams.  As an example, I restricted my collection of Dave Winfield to all major-brand baseball cards up to 1989.

Well, now I am opening the flood-gates.  I am going BIG!!

Get ready for a lot of vintage oddballs, limited edition cards, and super stuff from the 1980’s.

As for the player that I intend to highlight and showcase – the list is baseball royalty:  Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Wade Boggs, and Eddie Murray.

Here is a picture of my collection of these five HOF’ers as it stands tonight:

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And in the very near future, I am hoping that each of these rows will look a lot more full.

Buckle up everybody, it is going to be a fun, fun ride!!

Thanks for reading.


The Death Of Tony Gwynn Has Left Me Feeling A Bit Empty…

The Death Of Tony Gwynn Has Left Me Feeling A Bit Empty…

It has been two months since one of my baseball heroes, Tony Gwynn, died.

And since his passing, I have spent more time reading articles written about him, watching videos about him, and learning more about him.  I was sad the day that he passed.  And I am still sad about it today.  Lately it seems like more and more of the players I enjoyed as a kid are gone.  Gary Carter blew me away a few years ago, and then back in July, Tony Gwynn left us too.

As I watch modern-day baseball, I crave for the legends that shaped my love for the game.  I miss watching them play.  I miss cheering for them.  I miss impersonating their batting stance and swing with my buddies at the park.

Do I love the modern game?  Of course I do.

But my true passion is the baseball and the players that starred during my youth – Pete Rose and 4,192, Mookie Wilson’s error, Canseco’s 40/40, Bo Jackson breaking bats over his knee, Andre Dawson throwing out runners going to third, Rickey Henderson cruising around the base paths, Dwight Gooden striking out dozens during each appearance, Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run, and the list goes on.  These are the players and moments that made me fall in love with the game.

So, as I always tend to do, I am going to go back to enjoy the sport and hobby from my youth.

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ is heading back to the 1980’s!!!

Will I still follow modern players and teams?  Without a doubt.  Will I still collect modern cards?  Of course I will.  But, I will once again be paying more attention to the players and teams and cards that made me fall in love with this great sport and hobby during my childhood.  If I can learn more now, great.  And if I can conjure up more memories of those great times, I am all for it.

I think that this will be a lot of fun.  And I hope that you are ready to go back to the 1980’s with me.

Let’s Go!!

Boys Collecting Baseball Cards

My New Player Checklists Have Been Built. My Cards Are Organized. It Is Time To S-H-O-P!!!

My New Player Checklists Have Been Built.  My Cards Are Organized.  It Is Time To S-H-O-P!!!

In case you missed it, a little less than two weeks ago I announced the next round of players that I was going to build player collections for.  If you wanted to re-visit that post, click here.

Well, I have finally gotten organized.  The checklists have been built.  The cards have been sorted and accounted for.

And now, there is just one thing left to do – SHOP!!!!

Oh, and if you happen to have any cards on my new ‘Player Collection’ checklist that I need for these new sets please let me know.

I am sure that we can work something out.

Thanks for reading.

Attention 2012 Topps Set Builders – I CAN HELP YOU!!!!

Attention 2012 Topps Set Builders – I CAN HELP YOU!!!!

The title of this post says it all – If you are building the 2012 Topps baseball card set, I can help you.

After ripping through a handful of packs of these cards and then getting some more for Valentine’s Day last month, I am sitting with a large stack of cards that I simply do not need for my collection.

I’ve pulled the cards that I consider to be ‘keeper’ but I have a hefty helping left over that may be of help to any team or set builders out there.

And as much as I read and monitor other baseball card blogs, it is very hard for me to keep up with everyone’s want lists. 

So, if you need cards to complete your set, let me know.  Either leave me a list of the cards you need in the comments section of this post or send me a link to your wantlist so I can review.

I’d be happy to help you – and based on the sizable stack of cards in the picture below, I think that I can.

Thanks for reading!!

Valentine’s Day Brings Me Five Packs Of 2012 Topps – Come See!!!

Valentine’s Day Brings Me Five Packs Of 2012 Topps – Come See!!!

While I fully understand the importance of Valentine’s Day from a female’s perspective, I also tend to think of February 14th as a marketing gimmick too.

But, I do get my wife something every year – and she usually gets me a few treats too.

This year, instead of snacks or candy, I got something much, much better – 5 rack packs of 2012 Topps!!!

And now, it is time to show off the highlights of ripping through that ‘wax’!!!

Ready?  Here we go!!!


Rookies and All-Star Rookies

League Leaders & Active Leaders


Golden Greats

Timeless Talents

Classic Walk-Off

Golden Moments

Gold Standard

WoW!!!  So much better than some chocolate or candy hearts!!!!


I Couldn’t Resist – I Bought A Few Packs Of 2012 Topps Too!!!

I Couldn’t Resist – I Bought A Few Packs Of 2012 Topps Too!!!

8 packs to be exact.

If you know me, you know that I am a very disciplined collector.  And for as much love as I give to finding bargains in quarter boxes, there is something about opening up a fresh pack of baseball cards that is not captured by any other aspect of the hobby.

So, while I have no interest in building this set of cards, I do enjoy ripping through some ‘wax’ every once in a while.

And after seeing how much fun everyone else was having,  I took the plunge.

Here are the highlights:


Gold & Sparkles:

Lots Of League Leaders:

2 minis of 2 of my favorites:

Golden Greats & Timeless Talents:

Golden Moments & Gold Standard:

And there you have it.  I have to say that I am quite impressed with the 2012 issue.  And I am even more impressed that after ripping through 8 packs of cards I received NO DOUBLES!!!!

Oh, and if you see something in the above mix that you need for a set, let me know.  Maybe we can work something out…

Thanks for reading.