Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by bakaduin, Jun 2, 2018.
My favorite of all time...
A small look at my Gator collection
There is Fred...and Neil.
Remember this guy? Rookie signed card.
And of course, the ultimate...
To add on to this thread....anyone have a Gator room in their house? I hope to have my office set up in style within the next couple of months after we move.
I had thousands of cards from the late 1950's through the mid 1960's that my mom threw out. I had dozens of Mickey Mantle cards and way back when I traded a bunch of other cards to an older kid for a Roberto Clemente rookie card. I wish that I still had that one. He was a personal hero to me. The worst thing was that she threw out the baseball program that had a Sandy Koufax autograph. I stood there as a wide-eyed kid getting that one.
I did find one card that wasn't thrown out and I have saved ever since: a 1966 Topps Jim Hunter card. I don't think he was even shaving when they took that picture. Probably worth a couple of bucks.
Just before my mom died she asked me if I had the Babe Ruth autographed picture. I was like "WTF?" Her step dad ran a bar on the Southside of Chicago that was popular with all the traveling teams and my "Grandpa Bob" ran the place. I found out much later was a personal friend of Ruth. He probably traded the picture with the autograph for some drinks.
She then told me that there used to be a trunk in her parent's attic full of old Blackhawks jerseys from the 1930's. JEEZ! Also probably traded for drinks at the season's end.
Those Mickey Mantle cards could have funded your retirement.
Yup, sounds right. Mothers pretty much threw out all of the cards that were worth anything from the 50s and that actually is true, because they're not many around anymore.
A friend of mine had a small card shop in the corner of a deli sandwich shop around 90 thru 92, we'd play pack poker and whoever had the highest card value kept all of the cards, that was probably the most fun I had with the hobby because card values from the early 90s on, are virtually kitty litter. Ok, a bit of an exaggeration but not by much, because everyone still has them all and in protective sleeves to boot. For example I probably have 30+ upper deck Shaq rookie cards, anyone want to make an offer?.. haha
I still like my Emmitt rookie cards though!
We used to play poker/3-5-7 and other card games to gamble with our baseball/football/basketball cards. Funny how little they are worth now.
I have several full sets of Topps baseball cards from the late 70's and 80's. Actually have an unopened vending case of 86 Topps baseball cards. I think Mark McGwire rookie card was in that box.
McGwire rookie card was '85 Olympic.
86 Topps Traded has Bonds and Will Clark.
It must be 85 then, because I m pretty sure it was the McGwire rookie card (olympic). I will go down to the basement tonight and check.
Funny thread. I was a huge baseball card collector in the mid 80s into early 90's. I came to the realization the other day that they will never be worth squat. Way overproduced. I have a case of unopened Fleer Update '87 sets. Paid 9.99 each for them. Still in cellophane. Looked at the price today. Worth 6 bucks. It has Mark Maguires rookie and many others in it. OUCH.
I have a ton of cards. I gave about 5,000 in two huge boxes to my 4 yr old daughter to play with an destroy. See all kinds of HOF rookie cards in it. All worth 99 cents, max.
It was fun anyway and totally worth the time spent collecting. But I wont be selling them ever.
Anyone remember the Billy Ripken f**k face card??? Think my parents paid about 75 dollars for a box of packs for my birthday and got one at the very end. I was allowed to open 2 packs a day. It was better than any Christmas when I saw that curse word.
It wasn’t just overproduction. They started with all the reflectors, refractors, diamond reflector-refractors (at $5-10 a pack) so that traditional collectors who wanted the fun of completing a set couldn’t even figure out what was in the set
I always felt the steroid era played into it as well, at least for baseball.
I got out right about the time that started to happen but remember it.. I got out about the time Upper Deck came in.
It used to be just Topps, then Fleer and Upper Deck came in and oversaturated the market. The older cards still have some value but from the mid 80's on there was just too many of them.