Cardboard Icons the blog turns 7 Today

Posted in Newspaperman on July 3, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

It started with Phil Rizzuto. 

On July 3, 2008, I launched this blog with a post about a card that I had always coveted, the 1951 Bowman Phil Rizzuto. 

Today, seven years after I penned that first entry SEEN HERE, that post remains one of my favorite entries on this site.

I haven’t been as active here in recent years, due in part to family and job obligations, but also because the method in which we communicate has changed. I spend more time sharing information, opinions and nonsense via Twitter, where you can find me @cardboardicons

I still love this blog and still pay for the domain name because it’s an extension of me. This is where I get to say whatever I want, whenever I want, and chronicle my collection. And if I’m lucky enough some of you may actually read my thoughts.

My blog is not the best. It’s not the most active. It’s not the most intriguing.

I do thank @badnewsramen who showed me the blogging platform way back when. His podcast mutascale is a fun listen. 

I also thank Mario Alejandro (@waxmorgue) at the former Wax Heaven for aiding in my initial exposure. 

And I do thank Chris Olds (@chrisolds2009) at Beckett for giving me an opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream of being published in the very magazine in which I found the image of the aforementioned Rizzuto that inspired that first post.

And of course thanks again to all of you who end up reading this. I’ll keep plugging away when I can.




Wedding anniversary trip leads to unlikely card shop, big prospect score

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , on June 27, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Can you honestly say that you’ve ever been on a trip and counted more card shops than you did Targets or Wal-Marts?

Well, it happened. And the score is 1-0 so far.

My wife and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary this weekend and during the trip we found ourselves in Solvang, Calif., which is a small Danish town in the central coast of California. 

The town is essentially made up of store fronts and businesses replicating the look of the architecture of Denmark. 

So, imagine my surprise when I stopped at a building that had a display including faded sports cards. 

I stared at the cards wondering why they were there in this small tourist town.  And then I saw the business card.  

  I thought to myself: “There was once a card shop here?!”

Then I looked up:


There at the end of Copenhagen Drive on the second floor is a real card shop! And it still exists!

My wife and I, and our two kids, went inside for a few and I chatted with the owner, whom I guess is “Tom” based on the business card.

“Tom” said he had been in business for more than 40 years.  I asked how business was and he stopped, looked and me and said “what business?” He went on to explain how slow things had been and how he doesn’t deal on the a internet. I could tell I was touching a nerve so I decided to stop the chit-chat and find something to buy. 

I always try to find some sports card during a trip my wife and I take to add to my collection.

The first card I found was a 1986 Fleer Update Robby Thompson rookie car.  This former Giants second baseman and I share a birthday, and I’m almost positive I don’t own this particular rookie yet. 

Second card is another rookie card I don’t own, the 1985 O-Pee-Chee Dwight Gooden. I was happy with the card at this price.

I have a soft spot for certain cards from the early 1990s, anytime I find copies of them I have to buy them. This 1991 Score flag card is one of them.


I was pretty happy with those three cards and happily would have pulled out $3 for those cards and moved on.  But I felt compelled to keep digging. So I did.

I located this Blake Swihart 2010 Bowman Chrome USA card in another box. The price, as it turned out was higher than I could have paid on COMC, but that’s OK. I opened a bunch of 2010 Bowman products and somehow never pulled this one.

And grabbed the next stack of cards and started thumbing trough. Then IT happened… 

Yes, this was THE Carlos Correa. Yes, this was Chrome. Yes, this is 2013, his first year. Yes, this is a black refractor. Yes, the card is numbered 99/99. And yes, this cost $1.

At this point I started digging g through stacks faster, looking for other gems.  I dug for another five minutes and feared the shop owner would wonder why I was trying to hide a huge smile so I started to wrap it up.   

I opened my wallet and realized I had no cash, only my debit card. And the owner told me it was a $10 minimum for debit/credit cards so I grabbed two overpriced 2015 Topps Series 2 packs at $2.95 each and checked out.

Once I paid and exited the store, I let out a celebratory smile. The Correa was a big find for $1.  It’ll go right into my rookie/prospect PC.

In case you’re wondering, the packs were decent too.

Pack One:

Pack Two:


In Memoriam: Darryl Hamilton (Dec. 3, 1964 – June 21, 2015) 

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , , on June 23, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


Former Reds pitcher is “Easter egg” on 2015 Topps Archives Astros card

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

  I like to look at my baseball cards.  I mean I don’t meticulously pour over them like I did when I was younger, or like some other collectors, but I do like to look at the cards. I like looking at the players, the uniforms and their equipment.  I like to look at the stadiums and fans in the background. And of course the stats on back.  Because we all know that even though you’ve followed a team or player the previous year, there is something special about seeing the stats on the back of a baseball card.  

Well, today I was examining the 2015 Topps Archives card of Astros slugging youngster Jon Singleton.

The lefty played In 95 games last year in the Major Leagues and had 310 at-bats. He managed to hit 13 homers but tallied a ugly .168 Average in the process. He has started 2015 in the minors, where he’s still hitting homers.

I digress. At this point, Singleton is no longer a “rookie” by Major League standards. And surely Singleton has played parts of no less than five seasons on the minors so it’s safe for one to reason that he has his own equipment.

Which then leads to this Easter egg … Singleton is featured on his 2015 Topps Archives card holding a black Louisville Slugger bat featuring the name is former Reds pitcher Jimmy Haynes, who last pitched in the Majors in 2004 as a member of the Reds.

 How’s that for random?

Haynes retired with an ERA over 5.30, and at the plate he managed just 32 hits in 213 at-bats, good for a .150 Average.

Icon-O-Clasm: Hook, Line and Sinker, 2015 Topps Archives Mike Trout cards

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , on June 11, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


In Memoriam: Dusty Rhodes, The American Dream, Oct. 12, 1945 – June 11, 2015 

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , , on June 11, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


Icon-O-Clasm: 1958 Topps AS Ernie Banks 

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , on June 7, 2015 by Cardboard Icons



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