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Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Manufactured Card Patch – 1973 Topps Baseball Design

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Manufactured Card Patch – 1973 Topps Baseball Design

Good or Bad, Topps has not created too many manufactured patch cards that make me crave them.  Sure, they are nice, but the checklists have not really appealed to me and my collecting style.

So, while I check them out and mostly like what I find, I have not had to put too much energy into finding them for my player collections.

Thus far, I have only had to buy two of them – Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan!

The Palmer was scored way back in May, and now, six months later I have brought home the Joe Morgan.

The Morgan card features the 1973 Topps card of ‘Little Joe’ and I like it quite a bit.

Check it out:



While the design of the 1973 Topps baseball card set may not scream 1970’s in the same manner that the ’72 and ’75 sets may, there is no doubting that Joe Morgan’s sideburns are definitely inspired by the decade, and very possibly Richard Roundtree!!

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

When I bought this card, I had just announced that I was going to become a ‘Joe Morgan Super Collector’.  Prior to that announcement, I had also decided to officially go after the 1972 Basketball design set that was part of the 2013 Topps Archives release.

Unfortunately for me, the seller that I bought this card from only had one card.  If he had two, the decision to but both and kill two birds with one stone would have been an easy one for me to make.

Sadly, that was not my reality.  And when the card finally showed up at my house, I had a decision to make: Set or PC.



Ultimately, I went with set.  And I think that this is a practice that I will try to follow going forward.  With my subset collecting, I try to knock them out as quickly as I can.  This allows me to keep current on modern releases as I kind of give the task of completing the set a soft deadline.  On the PC side, I tend to try to take my time; find the bargains when I can.

Trust me.  I will grab another Joe Morgan card from this set,  And when I do, it will rest happily and comfortably within my ‘Joe Morgan Super Collection’.


Joe Morgan 2001 Topps Archives Reserve

Joe Morgan 2001 Topps Archives Reserve

Anytime you can add a version of one of your favorite player’s rookie baseball cards to your collection it is a good day.

And while the original Joe Morgan rookie was released in 1965, this one from 2001 is a nice complement to it.

This is the 2001 Topps Archives Reserve card of Morgan’s 1965 Topps rookie card:

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Being a collector of Joe Morgan, I already have the rookie card in my collection, and it is one of my greatest cardboard treasures!  I like the ’65 set a lot, and I enjoy the history of the Houston Colt .45s that Morgan is sporting in the image that was used for the card.

If there are more re-prints of this card out there, I will seek them out.  I find them to be a nice extension from the originals…

Joe Morgan 2011 Topps Kimball Champions – Mini

Joe Morgan 2011 Topps Kimball Champions – Mini

I am a big fan of the 2011 Kimball Champions subset and it is one of the recently departed sets that I would like to see come back if and when the time is right.

The cards are miniature in size, and they feature both a posed portrait and in-‘action’ shot along the bottom.

This is the Joe Morgan card from the set:

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I’m really digging this one – a true vintage throwback!!!

And I am very happy to see a card that celebrates Morgan’s defensive abilities on display.  While he was one of the most dangerous offensive weapons from the 1970’s, Morgan was also a very talented defensive player as well.

I’m loving the landscape in the background of the image too!!!

Joe Morgan 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants

Joe Morgan 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants

I have long been a fan of the 2005 Upper Deck ‘Past Time Pennants’ set so when I made building a ‘Super Collection’ of cards of Joe Morgan a priority for myself, this is one of the first sets that I sought out.

Thankfully, Morgan was on the checklist – and now the card is mine!

Have a look:

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I really enjoy the over-sized image that Upper Deck used for this card’s design and I am especially liking that big, Silver ‘Past Time Pennants’ logo centered just below Morgan’s photo.

A great addition to my collection – YES!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Joe Morgan 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection ‘Hall Of Famers’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Joe Morgan 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection ‘Hall Of Famers’

One of the dealers that I have never bought from before showed interest in finding me a card this time around.  I’m not sure why he was so willing to go out of his way this time around, but I took what I was given, and the end result was the purchase of a pretty nice looking card.

The card comes from the 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection set, and it features the player that I recently announced that I will be working to build an ‘Ultimate’ collection of: Mr. Joe Morgan.

Have a look:


The card is very nice, and super thick.  As you can see, it offers a pretty large patch, with a nice picture of Morgan as its centerpiece.    The card’s design is put together very well, and I like the overall color scheme.

A great addition to my new ‘Joe Morgan Super Collection’!!!


Joe Morgan 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Joe Morgan 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Another card from the 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set for the ’30-YOC’ collection!!

And this one, like the others, is a beauty!!

Have a look:

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Because Joe Morgan was such an offensive weapon, many of the baseball cards he is featured on (both vintage and modern) show him either hitting or running.  It’s nice to see him playing defense on this one.  The image works extremely well with the GOTG card design, and the Blue frame works nicely with the Reds color scheme.

There is an autographed version of this card out there.  Hopefully, in time, it will be mine!!

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck ‘Heroes Of Baseball’

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck ‘Heroes Of Baseball’

Upper Deck’s ‘Heroes Of Baseball’ franchise has been around for a lot longer than most collectors. know.   Many of us, myself included, thought that the set that was released in 2008 was a one-off issue.

But, there were also releases under the same name in 2005 and 2002.  And maybe a few other years as well???

Anyways, I found a card of Joe Morgan from the 2002 set and I scooped it up for my new ‘Joe Morgan Super Collection’.

Have a look:


While maybe not as colorful as the sets that followed, I do like the design and logo for this set.  And the 3-D image is a nice attraction as well!!



This week has been full of announcements about the future player collections that I will be working on.

First, I announced that I will be adding two current players to my PC-Roster: Giancarlo Stanton & Bryce Harper

From there, I announced that I would be building modern-card collections that honor the incredible baseball careers of Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, and Roberto Clemente.

And now, I am ready to wrap up week of announcements by announcing that I am going to start building a new ‘Super Collection’ as well.  One that hopefully in time will mimic what I have been able to do with both my Fergie Jenkins and Jim Palmer collections.

In order to do this, I wanted to go after another player that represents the sport to me in a way that it should be represented.  The enjoyment that I get from learning more and more about this player as the years go by continues to escalate, and I find him to be an incredible ambassador for the sport.

As it relates to collecting this new player, I have already completed a set of major brand baseball cards from his playing days, a pre-requisite for any player that is joining the ranks of ‘Super Collection’ at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

This player is a former league MVP (2-time actually)….

He is a World Series Champion (2-time actually)….

And, he is an elite Hall of Famer…

He is Joe Leonard Morgan!!!!


And I cannot wait to get started!!

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I have already completed a major-brand set of cards that includes all of the cards issued during Morgan’s playing days.  Still, there are a ton of subset, insert, and oddball cards from that time that I can go after.  And the modern stuff is unreal – and I want it all!!!

Last night I finished updating my ‘Official Joe Morgan’ checklist to include all of the modern cards of him that I currently own. I am happy with the collection so far, but this thing will really take off now that I am dedicating some of my collecting focus on building a set of cards to really honor his amazing baseball career.

Stay tuned to ’30-YOC’.  You will surely enjoy, and possibly learn, more about the man who I consider to be the spark plug of ‘The Big Red Machine’ and the greatest second baseman in baseball’s grand history!!!

Thanks for reading!!

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Of all of the cards from the base set of the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen release, it was this Joe Morgan card that had eluded me the longest.

I had not been able to secure this card at two different baseball card shows…

I had not been able to score this card as part of a trade…

I did not pull this card from any of the rack packs or retail blasters that I opened after the set’s release….

So, I did the next best thing – Buy It Now for $1.00 with Free Shipping!!!

And now, this card is mine:


And I have to say that I love it.  I am a huge fan of the Gypsy Queen brand.  And I think cards of the Cincinnati Reds from this set are especially nice to look at.