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The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

It has been a long time since I did one of these ‘Evolution’ posts, so I thought it would be a good time to get back and take a peek at my full collection with one single, solitary picture.

The growth of my collection over the last few months has stalled a bit as I have focused more time, energy, and funds into my modern player collections and the start of my 1975 Topps set build.

Still, while the growth in terms of size is not what it has been in the past, the growth of these player collections has been phenomenally fun!!

Between my Dustin Pedroia, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton collections, each has grown by leaps and bounds.  And while I never thought that I would truly get ‘into’ collecting modern players, I am happy about how rewarding this has been thus far.  And I look forward to seeing how much I can grow each of them in the coming collecting year.

Also, as you can see in the below picture, the three albums that I have dedicated to my Marlins teams sets have filled up nicely.  I don’t yet need to expand to a fourth album, but that may be my reality by the end of 2014.

Lastly, you will also see the binder I am using for my 1975 Topps set build in the lower right corner of the picture.  I have all of the pages pre-loaded, and I am trying to keep it as organized as possible so as I add new cards to my set, I can quickly drop them into the spots reserved for them.

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Next time around I will not wait this long to show of the full collection.  It has been too long and I truly enjoy keeping this process rolling as it is a nice way to celebrate the growth and progress of ’30-YOC’.

Oh, and someday soon I see my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ expanding to a fourth box…

Thanks for reading.  Have a nice night.

It Has Been Way Too Long Since I Showed You My Balls…

It Has Been Way Too Long Since I Showed You My Balls…

The title of this post says it all.  I try to show you my balls at least 2-3 times a year.  I do this as a way to motivate myself and to keep my other ball-collecting pals updated on my progress.  I also do this as a way to get other talking about their balls…

Tonight, I wanted to give you the full tour.  The collection sits at 114 as this post is published.  I have one signing happening in March that I have already committed to, and I have two more that I am also very likely to get involved with.

So, the collection will grow – for sure.  And the quality remains at an all-time high as well.  While I could easily have between 120-130 signed balls in my collection thus far, the last 18+ months have been more about quality and less about quantity.  And the results of that philosophy has netted me some pretty elite players – and for me, that is extremely exciting.

Ready for the tour??

Cool.

First, here is the full collection:

My Balls

And now, a detailed breakdown of what you’re seeing:

Starting from the bottom…

Row 1 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Bill Madlock, Mark Grace, Lee Smith, Jack McKeon, Livan Hernandez, Al Leiter, Charlie Hough, Jeff Conine, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Bonilla, Josh Johnson, Cameron Maybin

Row 2 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, Brian Jordan, Vince Coleman, Steve Garvey, Bert Campaneris, Vida Blue, Harold Baines, Jack Clark, Don Larsen, Earl Weaver, Monte Irvin, Bobby Doerr

Row 3 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Duke Snider, Fred Lynn, Luis Tiant, Al Kaline, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Goose Gossage, Gaylord Perry, Phil Neikro

Row 4 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Tom Glavine, Dave Parker, Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Carlton Fisk, Mike Greenwell, Rollie Fingers, Jim Abbott

Row 5 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey, George Foster, Dave Concepcion, Dale Murphy, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez

Row 6 – Andre Dawson, Jim Palmer, Jim Palmer, Jim Palmer, Rod Carew, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Dave Winfield, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson, Wade Boggs, Dennis Eckersley, Paul Molitor, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Carlton

Row 7 – Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson, Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, Nolan Ryan

Whew………

That was a lot of typing.  But, in time, I think I will be able to type some more as I am really looking to build my collection in the early parts of this year.  As I mentioned earlier, I am committed to one signing already, have my eyes on two more, am still hunting a Tom Seaver ball, and I am always looking for more Andre Dawson opportunities as well.

What do you think???

I’ll tell you what my wife thinks – She thinks I am NUTS!!!!

Thanks for reading.  Have a great night!

Happy Birthday Charlie Hough!!!

Happy Birthday Charlie Hough!!!

Charlie Hough turns 66 years old today.

Charlie Hough can be remembered for several things from his 25-year career.  216 wins/216 losses…  1986 All-star game…  3 World Series losses… Serving up one of Reggie Jackson’s 1977 WS home runs…

But for me, the name Charlie Hough represents Florida Marlins history.  Hough was the starting pitcher on Opening Day in 1993, the first year of the Florida Marlins.  No matter what the result was, a 6-3 win over Orel Hershiser and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hough is a baseball legend for Marlins fans.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hough!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Matt Williams

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Matt Williams

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Matt Williams card from the set:

WILLIAMS

 

Williams was a solid player for the better part of his career.  A stud third baseman, with superior offensive skills, Williams was well-round and well-liked.  In addition to his 5 All-star team selections, Williams also won 4 Silver Slugger trophies and 4 Gold Gloves.  His career stats include 1,878 hits with 338 doubles and 378 home runs.  Williams scored 997 runs while driving in another 1,218.  Williams played in 3 World Series match-ups during his career.  He finally won a title in 2001 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Evolution Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ – A Pictorial Essay

The Evolution Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ – A Pictorial Essay

When I celebrated this blog’s 5th birthday a few weeks ago, I did one of my routine ‘Evolution’ posts to show off how my collection has grown in the lat few months.  Typically, I try to do a ‘Evolution’ post 3 times a year to show the growth and progress I have made towards my collecting goals as the year progresses.  My collection is still small enough to work with this format, though that may change if I maintain this pace over the next 1-2 years.

The feedback on that post was great, and I had several emails from the great readers of ’30-YOC’ asking how I maintain such an organized collection.  It’s nice to see that my hard work is admired at some level, so I wanted to try something similar to my standard ‘Evolution’ series, but amped up a bit.

Here is a look at my collection, from Day 1 to Year 5 – all done in pictures.

Enjoy!!!

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And there you have it – The Evolution of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Thanks for reading!!

 

 

 

 

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 15

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 15

I figured that today would be the perfect day to look back at how my collection of baseball cards has evolved in the five years that I have been back actively collecting.

For those of you that have been with me since the start (THANK YOU), you may remember seeing this box:

Evolution BOx

This is the box that I condensed my very large collection into when I decided to downsize my stuff.  From more than 100 complete sets, tons of albums, boxes and boxes of traded sets, and more common cards than I ever wanted to see – all of it was downsized into this very small box.

And now, fast forward to August 8, 2013 and this in my collection:

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Still as organized as always, the collection has continued to grow and grow.  I’ve been able to add new player collections to my collection so a little re-organization had to take place to accommodate the new cards and empty space that will be needed to hold them, but I was able to get it done.

My Marlins team set collection has also grown very steadily and my second album is starting to reach its maximum allowable size – album #3 is coming in the very near future.

I think that one of my next moves would be to merge my Fergie Jenkins and Jim Palmer collections into one box (currently they’re in two).  I also want to put all of the guys I collect from ‘The Big Red Machine’ and Chicago Cubs into their own boxes.  And from there, I will probably alphabetize the rest of the guys.  Not a tremendous amount of work – just something to be taken care of that I think would be helpful.

And I think that I am going to have to add another ‘Andre Dawson Box’ to my collection in the future too – maybe as soon as 2014.  Right now, we are at three boxes of Dawson cards and I am starting to have less and less space to maneuver as new cards are being brought into the collection.  And trust me when I tell you, that is not a complaint!!!

And there you have it – 5 years of ‘Evolution’ for you.

Enjoy.

100 BALLS!!!!

100 BALLS!!!!

This post has been 4 1/2 years in the making.

When I started ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ in the summer of 2008, I had one signed baseball in my collection – a Billy Williams ball that I got signed in the in 1989 while living in Chicago and attending a Cubs Convention with my dad.  Mr. Williams was so friendly towards me; both my dad and I became instant fans!!  I lugged that ball from state to state and from house to house for more than twenty years.

And once I decided to get back into the hobby of baseball card collecting, I dusted off my Billy Williams ball, bought a new UV-protected case for it, and kept it on my desk for inspiration.

Fast forward to today and I am happy to be celebrating that I now have 100 autographed baseballs in my collection.  The collection, just like my cards, is focused around men that helped shape the history of the game in prior decades as well as the players that impacted my love for the sport during my youth.

I’ve got Marlins.  I’ve got All-Stars.  I’ve got Cy Young Award winners and MVPs.  I’ve got World Series heroes and I have Hall of Famers.

I have signed balls in my collection that I never really thought that I would obtain.  And, of course, I have some balls in my collection that I wish I never did obtain.

But, I tell you what – I love this collection.  And for as much as my Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson and Willie Mays signed balls mean to me, the single best ball in my collection is still that old National League ball signed by Hall Of Famer, Billy Williams.

Here is a look at my full collection of signed baseballs:

100 BALLS

And a peek at the gem of my collection, my Billy Williams ball:

BILLY WILLIAMS BALL

I already have plans in place to add more baseballs to my collection.  And while I don’t have a target number of balls that I want for this extension of my baseball card collecting hobby, I am pretty confident that the collection will continue to blossom in the coming years!

Thanks for reading.

I Have A New Gem In My ‘Ultimate Dawson’ Collection. You’ve Got To See This!!!

I Have A New Gem In My ‘Ultimate Dawson’ Collection. You’ve Got To See This!!!

You may recall tha tback in January I showed off a Pete Rose signed photo that I had picked up for what I thought was a huge bargain.  If you don’t remember, or would just like ot re-visit that story, you can do so here.

As excited as I was to obtain the signed photo of ‘The Hit King’, I knew that my mission was only half complete.

So, a few weeks later, I sent a ‘Mystery Package To Andre Dawson’.

Well, now, less than three weeks later, I am very excited to annouce that my ‘Mystery Package’ has been returned to me.

And now I have a new ‘GEM’ in my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ Collection.

Have a look:

DAWSON ROSE 8X10

Signed perfectly in Blue Sharpie by Andre Dawson, this is my first ever dual-signed photo.  And I could not be more happy with how it turned out.

As usual, Dawson applied a perfect signature to the photo, and he placed it exactly where I asked him to.

Having Pete Rose’s signature on this image was spectacular. 

Now having this image signed by both superstars is for me, unreal!!!!

Thanks for reading!!!

Sending Another Mystery Package To Andre Dawson…

Sending Another Mystery Package To Andre Dawson…

It is Tuesday morning and I am making a quick stop at the USPS to drop off a mystery package.

Getting an earlier than usual start to for a typical Tuesday, I have a special package that I personally want to ship to ensure that it is handled properly and safely as the contents are very important and personal to me.

The intended recipient?

This one is going to Mr. Andre Dawson!!!

Care to know what is inside?  Stay tuned.  As soon as it comes back, I will reveal the contents for all of us to enjoy!!!

Thanks.

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 14

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 14

It has been a little more than five months since my last ‘Evolution’ post.

I still remain extremely organized with my collecting, and even as the size of my collection grows, I make sure that I take my time to keep things as neat and tidy as possible.

If you have read any of my prior ‘Evolution’ posts, you will notice albums have been recently introduced into the fold.  While my preference is to keep cards in boxes as they are easier to organize and move around, I have introduced albums for a few parts of my collection that do not change all that much.

First, let me show you what my full collection looks like today.  Then, I will offer a breakdown of what you’re seeing…

The picture:

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And now for the breakdown…

Top row, box #1 – Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Jim Abbott, Gary Carter, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Orel Hershiser

Top row, box #2 – Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Tim Raines, Kirby Puckett, Bo Jackson, Dale Murphy, Paul Molitor, Ken Griffey, Jr., Pete Rose

Top row, box #3 – Rickey Henderson, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Mike Schmidt, Wade Boggs

Top row, box #4 – Autographs, Subsets, Derek Jeter, Miscellaneous cards

Top row, box #5 – Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Lee Smith, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace, Cubs subsets, Red Subsets, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr., Sparky Anderson

Bottom row, box #1 – Fergie Jenkins, Jim Palmer

Bottom row, box #2 – Dave Parker, Alan Trammell, Rollie Fingers, Eric Davis, Frank Thomas, Dave Stewart, Mark McGwire, Reggie Jackson

Bottom row, box #3 – Andre Dawson: 1977-1990

Bottom row, box #4 – Andre Dawson: 1990-2009

Bottom row, box #5 – Andre Dawson: 2010-2012, autographs, relic cards, cello and rack packs

Grey album – Florida/Miami Marlins team sets

Black album – Pete Rose 1985 Topps limited edition set

WHEW!!!  That was a lot of work!!!!

My Marlins team set album is bulging.  I am going to have to pick up another album and split them up soon.  Also, I am considering moving some more subsets into the one that holds my Pete Rose limited edition set.  This will free up some much needed space in my boxes, and also provide me with a lot more penny sleeves and top loaders to use for future player collections…  We’ll see.

That is it – my full baseball card collection.  With the exception of a few cards that are on my desk that are either to be traded or are going to be written about for the blog in the coming days, you are seeing the whole collection.

Thanks for reading.  I promise to try to do this a little more often.

Have a great night!!!