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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!!!

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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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!!!

UPDATE TIME: 30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2013 Collecting Goals!!!

UPDATE TIME:  30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2013 Collecting Goals!!!

Well friends, we have officially pass the half-way mark of 2013.  And I would like to take this time to run through all my 2013 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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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!!!  The Dawson collection is at 1,087.  1,100 is within sight!!

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.  I am at 271 with my Jenkins collection and I have hit a wall. So many of his new cards are autos or relics, and I just cannot spend that kind of cash right now.  300 is not looking very likely…  I wish he had more oddballs t ochase!!

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 220 – Sadly, 270 is not going to happen this year.  Still the bump from 197 to 220 in six months is solid!!

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 continue to progress nicely with my current crop of player collections.  I have completed a few so far this year and should be able to knock out a few more in the coming months if all goes 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 am building a very nice collection of Marlins team sets.  I now sit at 76 and should easily surpass the 80 that was my goal!

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!  I need just four more to complete this set – YES!!!

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!  17 down, 6 to go!!

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.  Quality has been on my mind in 2013 – currently, I sit at 103 signed balls!  I have a few things inthe works that could increase that number, but again, I want quality right now so I am being very picky.

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

I have a lot on the horizon too – and I will start announcing my plans as I get deeper entrenched on what I am trying to accomplish.  If you know me and my collecting style, I think you will like the news I will be sharing.  Some you may expect from a guy like me, and some will surely surprise you!!!

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

30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2013 Collecting Goals!!!

30-Year Old Cardboard’s 2013 Collecting Goals!!!

This post has been in the draft stage for several weeks as I prepared for this moment.  I had a very fun time crafting my 2012 collecting goals post one year ago and will make it an annual tradition for as long as ’30-YOC’ is a part of my baseball card hobby.

And now that we have officially entered 2013, it is time to go!  My plans for the collecting year are ready to be revealed, and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead of me.  Some of these tasks will be tough, and some will be a breeze.  Either way, they will all be focal points of where my collecting energy is focused on during the course of 2013.

Let’s 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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! 

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!

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.

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

As always, things will take me off path.  I hope that I have the willpower to get back on track when that happens as each of these goals means a lot to me. 

I hope that you will follow me on this journey.  I am excited to get started and also excited to share it with you on my blog.  And, I may have a few surprises along the way too…

I am also very interested in hearing about what others have in mind as they start to think about their collecting goals for the upcoming year.  So, if you have some formal or informal goals, please share as I would love to hear them.

Thanks for reading.  And Happy New Year!!! 

 

LOOKING BACK: ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2012 Collecting Goals

LOOKING BACK:  ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2012 Collecting Goals

As 2012 wraps up,  thought it would be fun to look back at my original 2012 collecting goals and see how I fared in conquering them over the last 12 months.

I will keep the original post from January 1st of 2012 in tact, and add my comments in Red.

Here we go:

1)  Andre Dawson collection.  Very simple here, I want to hit 1,000 unique Andre Dawson cards by the end of the year.  I am at 938 as of today, so I have some ground to cover.  But if Dawson is inserted in as many sets in 2012 as he was in 2011, this should be easily attainable.

This was not a problem at all, I crushed 1,000 and ended up closer to 1,100.  I am finding it harder and harder to find older cards of Dawson to collect.  Thankfully, I can turn to modern releases and low serial numbered cards as a source for ‘new’.

2)  Fergie Jenkins collection – I want to get to 284 unique cards this year.  Why 284?  Well, that is the number of wins that Fergie collected during his Hall of Fame career.  We both strive for 300 – something tells me that with the way that I collect, I will probably reach 300.  I am at 197 right now so expect to see a lot of Fergie Jenkins posts in the year ahead!!

I didn’t quite make it to this goal.  As a matter of fact, I am roughly 30 cards behind where wanted to be  Fergie is not in enough new releases to make a big impact on my totals.  Gotta try harder in 2013!

3)  Florida Marlins Team Sets.  Time to pay homage to the Marlins and their tenure as a team in major league baseball.  My goal is to collect every Topps team set that have been issued of the Marlins since their inception in 1993.  Sticking to Topps-only may be difficult, but I really look forward to taking this trip down memory lane with the team.

This was a lot of fun, and I am very pleased with how this has worked out so far.  Even though the players in the team sets seem to change annually, I like what I have been able to do by preserving the team’s history.  I have expanded my goal to go after all brands and not remain Topps-specific.  This has allowed me the ability to enjoy a larger variety of brands, many of which I missed during my collecting hiatus of 15 years.  To date, I have 48 Marlins team sets in my collection, from 1993-2012.

4)  Signed baseball collection.  My collection of signed balls exploded in 2011 – I sit comfortably with close to 70 signed balls on my desk.  From here, I would like to get to 82.  If I can add a ball a month to my collection I would be thrilled.  I already have a lot in the works, close to 1/2 dozen as we speak, so reaching that goal should be a breeze!!

No sweat.  I have more than 90 signed balls in my collection.  And they look great!!!

5)  New Super-Collection Coming. I am not ready to unveil the player just yet, but that announcement should come in a couple of weeks.  But if you know anything about me and my collecting style, I know only one way to collect – FULL THROTTLE!!!  Stay tuned for that announcement later this month.

My new ‘Super Collection’ was Jim Palmer.  And it has been a blast collecting his cards.  I have just under 200 unique cards of Palmer, and have added a few certified autographs and a lot of relic cards in the past year.  I am very pleased with my decision to build a large collection to honor Palmer’s career.

6) 1968 Topps Game Set.  Taking a break from building subsets that excited me as a kid, I am going to go ‘old-school’ and try to put this 33-card set together in 2012.  The checklist is a bit ominous, but I am really looking forward to this challenge!

I knocked this set out much easier than what I expected.  And for a little less than what I expected it would cost me as well.  The set is gorgeous, and is one of the many ‘gems’ in my collection.

7)  Vintage.  As always, I will be on the look out for cards of the players that helped build the history of our great sport.  In 2011, I was able to add cards of Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to my collection, and not the re-print kind.  We’re talking old cardboard here – and I love it.  I would be thrilled to find a few more gems during the year.  Hopefully I am able to come across a few new treats for my collection.

I kind of skirted around this a bit this year.  Yes, I added soe vintage cards to my collection.  But, I do wish that I was able to do more.  I am a little leery of buying ‘old’ cards on the web since the images can be misleading.  And at the monthly cards shows that I attend, the vintage dealers are pretty firm on their pricing.  The end result of that is that I did not add as much to my collection as I hoped I would…

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And there you have it: my original collecting goals for the 2012 collecting year and how I fared with each one.

I think that I did fairly well in 2012, and I am very happy with how my collection looks today.

What about you?  How did you do with the collecting goals that you had set in place for 2012?  Success or Failure, I would love to hear about it!!

Thanks for reading.

 

Mid-Year Status – ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2012 Collecting Goals

Mid-Year Status – ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2012 Collecting Goals

With today being the official mid-way point of the 2012 calendar, I thought I would take the time to go back and review the collecting goals that I had laid out on January 1 and see how they are coming along thus far.

Below is the original post from January, and my newly added notes can be found in Red.

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1)  Andre Dawson collection.  Very simple here, I want to hit 1,000 unique Andre Dawson cards by the end of the year.  I am at 938 as of today, so I have some ground to cover.  But if Dawson is inserted in as many sets in 2012 as he was in 2011, this should be easily attainable.  GOAL ACCOMPLISHED

2)  Fergie Jenkins collection – I want to get to 284 unique cards this year.  Why 284?  Well, that is the number of wins that Fergie collected during his Hall of Fame career.  We both strive for 300 – something tells me that with the way that I collect, I will probably reach 300.  I am at 197 right now so expect to see a lot of Fergie Jenkins posts in the year ahead!!  I’m only at 219 right now; maybe the lack of 2012 cards of Fergie has stalled my progress a bit.  I am going to have to pick up steam, but 284 is a long-shot.

3)  Florida Marlins Team Sets.  Time to pay homage to the Marlins and their tenure as a team in major league baseball.  My goal is to collect every Topps team set that have been issued of the Marlins since their inception in 1993.  Sticking to Topps-only may be difficult, but I really look forward to taking this trip down memory lane with the team.  So far, so good.  I have added 14 Marlins team sets to my collection since January.  I’ve abandoned the ‘Topps Only’ rule – I want them all!!!   I’d love to double that number by the end of the year!

4)  Signed baseball collection.  My collection of signed balls exploded in 2011 – I sit comfortably with close to 70 signed balls on my desk.  From here, I would like to get to 82.  If I can add a ball a month to my collection I would be thrilled.  I already have a lot in the works, close to 1/2 dozen as we speak, so reaching that goal should be a breeze!!  I’ve pushed way past my original goal of 82.  90+ is looking very likely and I already have some stuff in the works to keep my numbers climbing.  🙂

5)  New Super-Collection Coming. I am not ready to unveil the player just yet, but that announcement should come in a couple of weeks.  But if you know anything about me and my collecting style, I know only one way to collect – FULL THROTTLE!!!  Stay tuned for that announcement later this month.  My Jim Palmer collection is off to a fine start.  After only working on this for six months, I already have 142 unique cards of Palmer in my collection.  200 is a bit of a stretch, but I think I can hit 175 by the end of the year.

6) 1968 Topps Game Set.  Taking a break from building subsets that excited me as a kid, I am going to go ‘old-school’ and try to put this 33-card set together in 2012.  The checklist is a bit ominous, but I am really looking forward to this challenge!  We’re getting close – I need just 7 more cards to call this set done!!!

7)  Vintage.  As always, I will be on the look out for cards of the players that helped build the history of our great sport.  In 2011, I was able to add cards of Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to my collection, and not the re-print kind.  We’re talking old cardboard here – and I love it.  I would be thrilled to find a few more gems during the year.  Hopefully I am able to come across a few new treats for my collection.  I’ve really slacked with this – maybe I have spread myself too thin, but I have picked up very little vintage stuff this year.  Time to re-focus a bit!!

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And there you have it – not too bad so far, huh???  I have added some great stuff to my collection this year, both things on my ‘Want List’ and some surprises as well.

If the second half of 2012 is as good as the first half, 30-Year Old Cardboard will be a happening place to visit!!!

Thanks for reading.

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2012 Collecting Goals

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2012 Collecting Goals

By now you all know that I am a very disciplined collector.  And while I do veer from my main goals from time to time, I do keep my focus pretty strict on the players, subsets, and team sets that I am after.

And that brings me to my collecting goals for 2012.  2011 was a blast, and I am hoping that this new year follows suit.  I was able to add some incredible pieces to my collection over the past twelve months and with a strict focus and decent amount of luck, I am hoping to do the same in 2012.

Enough small talk.  Let’s do this:

1)  Andre Dawson collection.  Very simple here, I want to hit 1,000 unique Andre Dawson cards by the end of the year.  I am at 938 as of today, so I have some ground to cover.  But if Dawson is inserted in as many sets in 2012 as he was in 2011, this should be easily attainable.

2)  Fergie Jenkins collection – I want to get to 284 unique cards this year.  Why 284?  Well, that is the number of wins that Fergie collected during his Hall of Fame career.  We both strive for 300 – something tells me that with the way that I collect, I will probably reach 300.  I am at 197 right now so expect to see a lot of Fergie Jenkins posts in the year ahead!!

3)  Florida Marlins Team Sets.  Time to pay homage to the Marlins and their tenure as a team in major league baseball.  My goal is to collect every Topps team set that have been issued of the Marlins since their inception in 1993.  Sticking to Topps-only may be difficult, but I really look forward to taking this trip down memory lane with the team.

4)  Signed baseball collection.  My collection of signed balls exploded in 2011 – I sit comfortably with close to 70 signed balls on my desk.  From here, I would like to get to 82.  If I can add a ball a month to my collection I would be thrilled.  I already have a lot in the works, close to 1/2 dozen as we speak, so reaching that goal should be a breeze!!

5)  New Super-Collection Coming.  I am not ready to unveil the player just yet, but that announcement should come in a couple of weeks.  But if you know anything about me and my collecting style, I know only one way to collect – FULL THROTTLE!!!  Stay tuned for that announcement later this month.

6) 1968 Topps Game Set.  Taking a break from building subsets that excited me as a kid, I am going to go ‘old-school’ and try to put this 33-card set together in 2012.  The checklist is a bit ominous, but I am really looking forward to this challenge!

7)  Vintage.  As always, I will be on the look out for cards of the players that helped build the history of our great sport.  In 2011, I was able to add cards of Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to my collection, and not the re-print kind.  We’re talking old cardboard here – and I love it.  I would be thrilled to find a few more gems during the year.  Hopefully I am able to come across a few new treats for my collection.

I cannot wait to get started, and as always I will use this blog to document my collecting journey each and every step of the way.  I hope you all are as eager to view it as I am to write about it.

What about you?  What are your collecting goals for 2012?  Please share.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!  Now let’s do some shopping!!!!

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2011 Collecting Goals

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ 2011 Collecting Goals

By now you all know that I am a very disciplined collector.  And while I do veer from my main goals from time to time, I do keep my focus pretty strict on the players, subsets, and team sets that I am after.

And that brings me to my collecting goals for 2011.  2010 was a blast, and I am hoping that this new year follows suit.  I was able to add some incredible pieces to my collection over the past twelve months and with a strict focus and decent amount of luck, I am hoping to do the same in 2011.

Enough chit, chat.  Let’s do this:

1)  Andre Dawson collection.  My Dawson collection is nearing 800 unique cards.  And as the amount of base and common cards continue to run out, I am left needing to stock up on low-numbered modern cards, certified autographs, and game-used relic cards.  My goal is to get to 850 by the end of the year – roughly 1 new card a week.  And since I have no clue as to what is in store for 2011 releases that may feature ‘The Hawk’, I may have to splurge a bit on some higher end cards.

2)  Subsets & Team Sets.  I will continue to put together subsets from the 1980’s.  I love the history that they re-introduce, and I get a kick out of how quirky some of them are.  I am also roughly 1/3 of the way done with my 1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds team set.  I should be able to knock that one out within the next few months, which should conclude my tribute to ‘The Big Red Machine’.  In regards to other team sets, we’ll see where the future takes me.

3)  Signed baseball collection.  Right now my collection stands at 43 signed balls.  And I could not be happier with how this part of my collection has grown.  I am going to attack in full force in 2011 and hope to get to 55 by the end of the year – I figure that a ball a month is do-able.  Oh, and I already started a list of who I am going to try to go after.  You’re going to be very impressed – especially I can pull them off!!!

4)  Player collections.  Currently I am working on 7 different collections, and while I may be in a bit over my head from time to time when trying to stay organized and neat, I have no intention of stopping or quitting the ‘PC’ game.  And the mental list of guys I want to go after in 2011 is pretty strong.  Stay tuned.

5)  I am going to become a Fergie Jenkins Super-Collector.  Don’t worry, I am not giving up on Andre Dawson.  But I am making room for Fergie.  After all, he is my favorite pitcher of all-time, and I have already collected all of his major brand releases from his playing days.  It will be a lot of fun – and there are some great oddballs of Fergie from both the 70’s and 80’s too.

So there you have it – 5 challenging, and hopefully fulfilling quests for 2011.  As always, my plan is to document this journey for you.  So stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ all year-long as the ride will certainly be a fun one!!

What about you?  What are your collecting goals for 2011?  Please share.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!