View single post by Blazer
 Posted: Sun Dec 8th, 2019 06:28 pm
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Joined: Sun Sep 4th, 2011
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Baseball card collecting is actually making a resurgence, believe it or not. I collected as a kid and stopped in the early 90s. 1987-1994 is known as the “junk wax” era. I received the Topps, Upper Deck, Fleer and Donruss factory sets for Christmas in 90, 91 and 92. They’re virtually worthless now.

I got back into collecting around the time I discovered eBay. Topps does a “throwback” set every year with current players using the Topps design from 50 years ago, so I try to collect that every year. It’s called Heritage. The quality of the cards is really nice now too. Very rarely are the cards off center, misfit, blurry, and of course there are no gum stains.

As for value, there are tons of parallels and variations to chase with the current cards. You really need to educate yourself on what the hell is out there. There is Topps, Topps Chrome, Topps Update, Chrome Update, Heritage, etc. The Mike Trout Rookie card from 2011 Topps Update is several thousand dollars. Some of the variation cards for Juan Soto and Ron Acuna from their 2018 Rookie years are insanely expensive.

Have fun with it. To me, collecting is kind of a pleasurable, passive hobby. I collect old White Sox and Bears cards and sometimes pick them up on eBay for a buck or two, and sellers send them in plain white envelopes. When I open mail in the evening, sometimes I’ll have three or four envelopes stacked up from the week and won’t remember what I purchased, so it’s a fun surprise. I probably spend more time reading about it and just surfing card sites than anything else. It keeps me out of trouble, so it’s all good.

"Well, maybe I like the nightlife just a little bit more than I like the damn gym, jack! And when you're makin' $500,000 a year, there ain't no reason to change what you're doing." - Dusty Rhodes, 1/4/1986