Project Prism: The Quest For `The Elite Series’ Set
Ever since I was a youngster, I’ve been fascinated with the flashiest insert set known to mankind: The Elite Series.
When I was 13, I was fortunate enough to pull one of these seemingly impossible hits from a pack of Donruss at my local Target.
I remember picking three packs and handing them to my mother. After the cashier rang them up, I grabbed them back from her and started ripping into them as my mother completed her transaction.
Seconds later, the neon lights struck the prismatic foil border of an Eddie Murray Elite card and the greatest sensation of a 13-year-old card collector came over me. I yelled an expletive, one that caused multiple people to look at me. I didn’t care. I was on top of the collecting world.
It may not be the best looking card in the set — actually, it might be the ugliest — but it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen to this point that didn’t have long hair, two legs and two … well, you get the point.
The Murray stayed with me for about a month or so. I was offered $75 for it at a card show a week later but the deal never came to fruition. I think the prospective buyer was reluctant to give me the cash. I later traded it for a bunch of other nonsense. Worst decision ever.
In recent years, I have my it my collecting goal — as if I really needed another — to acquire the 1992 and 1993 Elite Series sets. I may chase the other years later.
If you’ve yet to see the most recent Beckett Sports Card Monthly (Pages 22-24 — that’s me!), you’ll notice that I listed this insert set as my favorite from the ’90s. And while it goes against common knowledge to hype a set (which could drive up interest and prices) that I am still working on, it’d be a great disservice to everyone to forget the greatness of The Elite Series.
It is here that I will document my progress. I’ve already acquired about two dozen from this legendary set. And here they are. Remember, these rare inserts were limited to 10,000 copies of each. Way over-produced by today’s standards; super rare by those standards of the early 1990s.