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Re: Any Sports card collectors?
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2020, 04:44:37 PM »

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Feel like I am being singled out so I will just explain myself. While I now generally agree with your take as an adult; as a kid, inserts were incredible. The improvement from Fleer to Fleer Ultra was also incredible. I loved everything about it - I loved that feeling I got hoping for the coolest insert, the rarest insert. Shaq and Jordan cards were cool and I was happy to have them, but when you are young, it's all about that shiny special card.

Packs went from $.50 per in 90-91 for Fleer and NBA Hoops to $3-$4 (and beyond) almost overnight. Corporations absolutely took advantage of kids/people like me and I ate it up. It's around the time of the all-insert packs that the market got saturated and I finally got my license that I started to lose some interest, but that will never take away my amazing childhood memories.

Ha, not singling you out at all, you just happen to specifically mentioned the things that eventually turned me off.

I'm right there with you.  As a kid, pulling an insert was the greatest feeling in the world (especially if it was a big name like Shaq/Jordan, it was still pretty exciting to get an insert but of a not-so-great player, "Wow I pulled a Beam Team card, eh it's Jeff Malone, but wow I still got a Beam Team card!").



And you could ride that high for a while.  Pull a card after school, brag to the hobby shop you bought the pack from, brag to your parents at dinner, brag to your friends at school the next day, brag to your cousins when you see them at grandma's on the weekend.  Stare at it at night before you go to bed.  Grab the latest Beckett every month to see it continually going up in value.

But that insert craze just quickly escalated to be too much though, for me at least.  It went from feeling really lucky to pulling an insert card to every pack was guaranteed to have an insert card to insert only packs.

Combined with the multiplication of brands.  At first You had 1-4 brands/companies depending on the year with only a few insert sets between them (if any), then they just started multiplying, where you'd had 4-5 different brands from one company, with 4-5 companies making cards, all with numerous insert sets.

Topps had Topps, Topps Finest, Topps Stadium Club, Topps Stadium Club Members Choice, etc.
Upper Deck had Upper Deck, Upper Deck Collector's Choice, Upper Deck SP,  Upper Deck SP Championship
Fleer had Fleer, Fleer Ultra, Fleer Jam Session, Flair


That's what really helped turned me off, then grading kept me from ever wanting to get back in.

At first it was awesome though, pulling an insert was the best high a kid could get.
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Re: Any Sports card collectors?
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2020, 08:00:24 PM »

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Probably could have used a different term than 'singling me out'. Anyway, yeah, Beam Team inserts were the cream of the crop. For Fleer Ultra, it was all about All-NBA and Award Winners. I would say the next season or two after that was the height of inserts before the market became over-saturated. Unfortunately that also coincided with less than impressive rookie classes and no MJ so I am not sure about the value of those cards at this point.

And, yeah, grading is a total bummer. I just want to love my basketball cards for what they are!

Re: Any Sports card collectors?
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2020, 09:33:24 AM »

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Feel like I am being singled out so I will just explain myself. While I now generally agree with your take as an adult; as a kid, inserts were incredible. The improvement from Fleer to Fleer Ultra was also incredible. I loved everything about it - I loved that feeling I got hoping for the coolest insert, the rarest insert. Shaq and Jordan cards were cool and I was happy to have them, but when you are young, it's all about that shiny special card.

Packs went from $.50 per in 90-91 for Fleer and NBA Hoops to $3-$4 (and beyond) almost overnight. Corporations absolutely took advantage of kids/people like me and I ate it up. It's around the time of the all-insert packs that the market got saturated and I finally got my license that I started to lose some interest, but that will never take away my amazing childhood memories.

Ha, not singling you out at all, you just happen to specifically mentioned the things that eventually turned me off.

I'm right there with you.  As a kid, pulling an insert was the greatest feeling in the world (especially if it was a big name like Shaq/Jordan, it was still pretty exciting to get an insert but of a not-so-great player, "Wow I pulled a Beam Team card, eh it's Jeff Malone, but wow I still got a Beam Team card!").



And you could ride that high for a while.  Pull a card after school, brag to the hobby shop you bought the pack from, brag to your parents at dinner, brag to your friends at school the next day, brag to your cousins when you see them at grandma's on the weekend.  Stare at it at night before you go to bed.  Grab the latest Beckett every month to see it continually going up in value.

But that insert craze just quickly escalated to be too much though, for me at least.  It went from feeling really lucky to pulling an insert card to every pack was guaranteed to have an insert card to insert only packs.

Combined with the multiplication of brands.  At first You had 1-4 brands/companies depending on the year with only a few insert sets between them (if any), then they just started multiplying, where you'd had 4-5 different brands from one company, with 4-5 companies making cards, all with numerous insert sets.

Topps had Topps, Topps Finest, Topps Stadium Club, Topps Stadium Club Members Choice, etc.
Upper Deck had Upper Deck, Upper Deck Collector's Choice, Upper Deck SP,  Upper Deck SP Championship
Fleer had Fleer, Fleer Ultra, Fleer Jam Session, Flair


That's what really helped turned me off, then grading kept me from ever wanting to get back in.

At first it was awesome though, pulling an insert was the best high a kid could get.

LOL

I have a stack of Jonathan Bender rookie cards that I paid to have graded.  I think in the are of $7-$10 apiece for the service.  I had high hopes for Bender.

Should have stuck with the Futurams Bender instead.
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Re: Any Sports card collectors?
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2020, 09:35:00 AM »

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Not quite in the "Card" category, but I did get a 1991 Washington Redskins (then) collectible commemorative Dr. Pepper Bottle.

It is still unopened.

It is in the classic style clear bottles from that time period and it is adorned with ALL the records tied, set or broken during our superbowl that year.

I've been waiting for us to have a solid winning season to actually consider selling it.

Almost 30 years later I'm STILL waiting, LOL. But optimistic I must say.
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