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Card of the Day: 2001 Fleer Tradition Oakland Athletics Checklist

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I love team checklist cards. Some collectors hate them, but I enjoy them, especially when I find they possess information that I did not know or realize before. The Oakland Athletics were American League West Champions in 2000, featuring a fearsome trio of young, up-and-coming pitchers. There was Tim Hudson, the 20 game winner; Barry Zito, a rookie of the year contender; and Mark Mulder, the supposed clone of Tom Glavine.

But believe it or not, none of those three aces led the team in ERA, not even Mr. Hudson, the runner up for the Cy Young award that year. Continue reading

Welcome, New Readers!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Dear Readers,

First off, thank you for taking the time to stop by Cardboard Icons. I hope you find this blog informational, entertaining and something you want to continue reading. Add me to your Blogroll, or bookmark Any questions, comments or concerns? Just drop me an e-mail ( and I’ll surely get back to you.

When I started this blog in July, I never thought anyone would actually read it. I mean, what did I have to bring to the world of card collecting other than my hard-earned cash? Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2004 Topps Postseason Highlights Aaron Boone

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I’m going to cheat a bit here and double dip. I wrote the following piece for my other blog and felt it was worth sharing here as well. Enjoy.

I can’t help it. Every time I see Tim Wakefield, I think of 2003. I think of Aaron Boone. I think of a floating knuckle ball that never hits the catcher’s mitt. I think of lost dreams and heartbreak. And I know I can’t be the only one. Boston fans have had much to cheer about since 2004, but you can’t tell me that all is well in your in mind when you see Terry Francona send Wakefield to the hill every fifth day. You can’t tell me that disaster is not the first thing on your mind. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1992 Stadium Club Wade Boggs

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Running short on time today so I’m going to keep this short. Take a look at this Wade Boggs 1992 Stadium Club. I didn’t even realize this thing existed until I pulled it from a monster box I bought at a local thrift shop for $20. The box contained a bunch of star cards, Griffey, Thomas, etc., but there were a few odd-ball cards and weird looking issues — like this Boggs– that piqued my interest. Today I share this card because of what it depicts, as well as the outcome of last night’s Game Four match between the Boston Red Sox and Anaheim Angels, and Boggs’ link between the Red Sox and their American League Championship Series foes, the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays. Continue reading