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Oooh I loved the '87 Topps set when I was a kid.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

do they do a couple different sets? i remember when i bought cards in high school there were all kinds of different sets. ones with real bats, ones with pieces of jersey, ones that are all rookies, etc.

Mordy, Friday, 18 May 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

iirc they have a 2nd 2012 collectors set, but i cannot recall what its deal was.

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

also: how do you fit a baseball bat inside a pack of cards?!

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

xposts ah how funny

yeah, i've never been savvy enough to convert my trash into cash as it were

like i know i have some books and records lying around that would fetch a decent price, but for whatever reason it's never been in my makeup to suss that out. i would rather give those things to someone who would appreciate it. otherwise i would just spend that money on dinner or a v-necked sweater

not a "humblebrag", prob more of an enduring character flaw and illustrative of my attempts to evade full-fledged adulthood

dell (del), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

baseball bat splinters!

Mordy, Friday, 18 May 2012 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that was a huge trend among all sports card companies at one point, really thin slices of backetballs, footballs, jersy pieces, bat splinters, even tiny pieces of basketball floors iirc.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

i have tiny basketball floor cards! also bat splinters, jerseys...

Mordy, Friday, 18 May 2012 18:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man this thread is taking me back. Remember when the '89 Upper Deck set dropped and it was like the most exciting, revolutionary thing that had ever happened to baseball card?

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that was a huge trend among all sports card companies at one point, really thin slices of backetballs, footballs, jersy pieces, bat splinters, even tiny pieces of basketball floors iirc.

wait what you are fucking kidding me

dell (del), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Another thing that hurt the card industry (as alluded to by clem) was the strike, which conveniently lined up with when Comic Books becoming ultra-hot collectibles (the heyday of Image, Valient, X-Men cartoon show etc.).

Leslie Mann: Boner Machine (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

(xpost)

They even did Nascar cards that had parts of race-used TIRES.

Leslie Mann: Boner Machine (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Speaking of '89 Upper Deck, this card was such hot shit in my neck of the woods back in the day:

Leslie Mann: Boner Machine (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

At least all you guys had the excuse of being in grade school and high school when you got hooked; I was 33.

Always figured one of the companies would start sticking bits of Ted Williams' brain into chase packs, but I guess they had to draw the line somewhere.

clemenza, Friday, 18 May 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, we could split hairs about "ethics" all day, but is that really so beyond the pale? i think not

dell (del), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh god!
a friend bequeathed a buncha books to me and this was amongst them:

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had the Ripken "future stars" triple rookie, which seems to go for around $25 on ebay but was once "worth" a lot more.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Friday, 18 May 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't think i gave any sort break down of the classic cards i have, but i feel compelled to share now for some reason, so here a few of my favs that i own:
'61 Whitey Ford & Duke Snider
'65 Koufax
'66 Ernie banks
'67 Ed Mathews
'72 Mays, Orlando Cepeda
'73 Clemente, Brooks Robinson & Aparicio
'75 Aaron, Frank Robinson & Killbrew

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 18 May 2012 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

speaking of the memorabilia stuff, an interesting section from the Upper Deck wiki page:

Memorabilia & Relic Cards

Upper Deck has changed its practice of using materials certified as "Worn" by the player depicted on the front of the card. The changed wording on the backs of Upper Deck insert cards makes it less clear as to how the materials were used or what player wore the item.
EXAMPLE: Steve Nash card 2004... (Back of card) On the front of this card is an authentic piece of a jersey WORN by Steve Nash as a member of the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA game.
EXAMPLE: Jermaine O'Neal card 2006 Exquisite...(Back of card) On the front of this is a piece of memorabilia that has been certified to us as having been USED in an NBA game.

Upper Deck has also stopped adding the word "Jersey" to the fronts of game-used insert cards. The company no longer acknowledges exactly what kind of material was inserted into the cards or how the item was used, and it has eliminated statements claiming the player pictured on the card front actually wore the inserted material.

Upper Deck's authenticity has been questioned in regards to players' jersey and uniform materials. The cards state the inserted items are known to Upper Deck to have been used or worn, but since most of the gear is acquired through third parties, the actual use is unknown. Most of Upper Deck's jersey materials are harvested at events like rookie photo shoots, etc.. During such events, players often change shirts dozens of times to generate event-worn uniform material that never sees the field of play.

Collectors still debate and question the authenticity of such 'memorabilia", which often includes items manufactured specifically for insert cards, patches, and other desirable content.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 May 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Which brings me back to Ted Williams' brain--with all the advancements in DNA science, a tiny little scraping from Ted's noggin would be so much easier to authenticate.

clemenza, Friday, 18 May 2012 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Monday, 4 June 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha haah a haha

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 4 June 2012 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

There's still a part of my brain left over from highschool that could get back into collecting baseball cards tomorrow if I let it. That obsessive collect the whole set, find my favorite players, etc gland. Dangerous, dangerous stuff. I dare not let it out.

― Mordy, Monday, August 16, 2010 2:01 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Annyong.

http://leftfieldcards.com/index.html

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 1 September 2012 20:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

Dangerous, dangerous stuff. I dare not let it out.

I looked up Jose Fernandez out of curiosity, ended up buying some rookie cards online:

Madison Bumgarner -- 2010 Topps
Jose Fernandez -- 2013 Topps
Freddie Freeman -- 2011 Topps
Clayton Kershaw -- 2008 Topps Update
Andrew McCutchen -- 2005 Bowman Draft Picks
Adam Wainwright -- 2000 Bowman Draft Picks

They were all between $3-5. The Trouts, Cabreras, and Harpers, forget it.

I need to get back to work and save myself from such idle pursuits.

clemenza, Friday, 9 August 2013 18:07 (11 months ago) Permalink

Jerry: "Clemenza let it out?"
Elaine: "Let. It. Out."

clemenza, Friday, 9 August 2013 18:29 (11 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Ugliest card ever?

http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2013/08/bob_hamelin_worst_baseball_card_ever_the_case_of_1996_pinnacle_foil_no_289.html

I always thought those Topps Finest cards were hideous.

(The 26-year-old Hamelin beat out Manny Ramirez and Jim Edmonds for ROY in 1994. Based only on what they did that year, and not taking into consideration age and projected future value, it's hard to argue with the vote.)

clemenza, Monday, 26 August 2013 19:50 (10 months ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Matt Groening is MY Cousin (Leee), Sunday, 29 December 2013 05:32 (6 months ago) Permalink

Congratulations, you're five dollars richer.

clemenza, Sunday, 12 January 2014 03:05 (6 months ago) Permalink

i remember those upper deck cards. man, they seemed so expensive at the time. i had that griffey at one point but sold it. i think i sold all my valuable cards. the most valuable ones were the '89 upper decks and the '90 leafs. unfortunately i didn't sell them at peak value, but fortunately i sold them before i lost money. i got some dece drinking money out of david justice and big hurt rookie cards. like i said upthread, it's high comedy to see how much people were willing to pay for certain cards. i'm pretty sure the kevin maas rookie cards peaked at $25. i know the doc gooden fleer rookie was $500 at one point.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Sunday, 12 January 2014 03:13 (6 months ago) Permalink

impressive that the card is even worth more than it was (the Leaf FT) considering you can now get Upper Deck FT rookies for like $2. I think they were valued at $30 or $40 back in the day, which to me seemed like a shitload of money.

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Sunday, 12 January 2014 03:20 (6 months ago) Permalink

i think the OG upper deck series is regarded as the legit collector's choice one, i remember the 1990 set being really sought after initially but quickly declining. maybe it was just more common and the novelty had worn off a bit. i think it also has to do with the leaf set being more sought after. and after that, everyone was putting out premium cards and the market got flooded and basically destroyed. i know cards are still worth money but i feel like literally every kid i knew back in '88-'90 was into baseball cards, it was a huge peak era, basically as long as the card wasn't dented or creased you were cool. then it turned into shit you'd frame and grade out with a pitchfork score and if it was a millimeter off center, fuck you get out of my store.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Sunday, 12 January 2014 03:27 (6 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that $75 seems a little far-fetched.

I've got a whole bunch of rookie cards dating back to that time that I collected for a short time in the mid-'90s, after the bottom dropped out: Griffey, Thomas, Bonds, Bagwell, I-Rod, Maddux, Alomar, Piazza, Jeter, etc. Never the key rookie card, though, always the secondary ones.

clemenza, Sunday, 12 January 2014 03:37 (6 months ago) Permalink

every kid of my generation grew up hearing stories about how their dads' moms threw away all their baseball cards, which would now be worth so much money, so they never threw away theirs, and hence they're worth nothing.

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Sunday, 12 January 2014 03:40 (6 months ago) Permalink

I still have all mine!!! I'd sell them all for $5.

Jeff, Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:13 (6 months ago) Permalink

yeah got mine too, just got them out the other day. 88-94

Spottie, Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:17 (6 months ago) Permalink

I think mine are still under my childhood bed. I had a few notables. It looks from eBay like even my 1940 Lefty Gomez is not worth what it once was, and I would think that one is not super common.

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:20 (6 months ago) Permalink

yeah mine are in my room at my moms place, i wonder how much i could get for them (and my pokemon) cards

k3vin k., Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:21 (6 months ago) Permalink

did anyone ever actually strike gold, i.e. find a valuable card in a pack instead of buying or trading for it? I think my Will Clark rookie was the one example of that.

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:21 (6 months ago) Permalink

I think I have all of Garbage Pail Kids Series 3 too -- I actually put the entire set together from packs and trading.

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:22 (6 months ago) Permalink

yeah i got a few good ones in normal packs but can't remember specifics.

Spottie, Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:24 (6 months ago) Permalink

I have an Iván Calderón rookie card. And then he was MURDERED.

Jeff, Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:24 (6 months ago) Permalink

close thread

Spottie, Sunday, 12 January 2014 04:25 (6 months ago) Permalink

i bought so many packs that i found a lot of gold in them thar hills. the griffey upper deck rookie was my best score and i had a lot of good cards from my early days of buying (when i was 7 or 8, before i knew they were worth anything.) i had ripken's topps rookie somewhere, sandberg's rookie card, a few others.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Sunday, 12 January 2014 07:02 (6 months ago) Permalink

Same - got a lot of decent cards through collecting. Recently went through all my old cards and found Jeter and Rivera rookies I had no idea I had!
I still buy the occasional pack and have managed to score a Bumgarner and a few Bundy rookies.

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 12 January 2014 21:53 (6 months ago) Permalink

I should probably try to sell my FT Leaf RC, but to hell with getting it gem-rated or whatever.

Neil Nosepicker (Leee), Sunday, 12 January 2014 22:03 (6 months ago) Permalink

If you have a Leaf Mariano, Thermo, that's good--just learned he was the rare player who only had one rookie card issued. His first Topps card wasn't until 1995, shared with Lyle Mouton (who, glancing at his career stats, didn't seem to get a fair shake).

clemenza, Sunday, 12 January 2014 22:06 (6 months ago) Permalink


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