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Elite Status: Iconic 1991-1996 Donruss insert sets complete with autos

Posted in Completed Sets with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2017 by Cardboard Icons

EliteLogo It’s been three decades since I opened my first pack of baseball cards. And less than five years into my hobby career, cards went from being just cards to being chase-worthy investments — at least that’s what we the collectors were being sold.

At the front of this movement was the almighty Elite Series insert set, which started in 1991 as one of the hobby’s most iconic chase sets to date.

Imagine if you will opening dozens, hundreds or even thousands of packs and see nothing but blue and green borders and then … bam, a bronze foil border card with a marble-like design embedded within and a serial number on back.

By today’s standards, Elite cards wouldn’t be much to gloat about, but in 1991, it was something most would only dream of.

My dream of pulling an Elite Series card actually came true in 1993 when I fished an Eddie Murray out of a pack at Target. As I’ve told people before, the story goes that I was opening a pack while my mom was paying for it and other stuff.  When I saw the shiny foil, I dropped an f-bomb that made everyone from my mother to the people in line to the cashier stop what they were doing and look my way. Hey, I was 13.

Anyhow, i eventually made it a goal to complete the first three Elite Series (1991, 1992 and 1993) sets including the autographs — a feat that was accomplished a few years ago and documented in one of my Beckett Baseball columns.

I’ve since moved on to the next three years. And while the passion to finish it came and went over time, I got the itch recently to put those next three sets to rest and with a little help from Tanner at CansecoCollector.com I was able to get the elusive 1995 Elite Series Jose Canseco that I couldn’t find.

And so, here is a visual look at the first six years of Elite Series Insert cards. You’ll notice that the dynamic of the set has changed over time. It started as an 8-card set with one legend and one autograph. Then next two years the base Elite set grew and continued to include a legend and autograph.  By 1994, the Elite Series set was scaled back to just 12 basic Elite cards — no more autographs or legends. Nonetheless, they were still special.

1991 Elite Series (base Elite’s /10,000; Legends Series /7,500; Signature Series /5,000)

1992 Elite Series (Base Elites /10,000; Legends /7,500; Signature Series /5,000)

1993 Elite Series (Base Elites /10,000; Legends Series /10,000; Signature Series /5,000)


1994 Elite Series (all /10,000)

1995 Elite Series (all /10,000)

1996 Elite Series (all /10,000)

Now that those sets are done, I’ll get to working eventually on 1997 and 1998, but I’m also turning my eyes to a few other insert sets from my youth that always intrigued me:

1992 Pinnacle – Team Pinnacle

1994 Score Cycle

1994 SP Holoview

1994 Flair Hot Glove

1996 Pacific Flame Throwers

 

Thrift Treasures 106: Hello, Holograms

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

The randomness that are thrift stores are what I enjoy so much.  And among the random sometimes I find some odd items, such as this, a 800-card count box filled with standard 1980s cardboard and a small stack of late 1990s SPX cards. 

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One look at the box and you might find yourself closing it and moving on quickly.  But with the stack of SPX cards was really appealing given the $2.99 price tag on the box.  

We’ll get to the hologram hotness in a bit. But I’ll show the other stuff. There was a sizeable brick of 1983 Topps and among the highlights were two decent looking second-year Cal Ripken Jr. cards.
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There also was some 1993 Bowman, which yielded some rookies for my
collection and a second-year Mariano Rivera.
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Talk about random. Here’s a pair of Bill Belichick cards.
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And now the holograms. I LOVED the hologram-based SPX designs of the lates 1990s. They were distributed one card per pack and they were pricey upon release, somewhere in yhe $4-$6 per pack range if memory serves me right. well, this stack of SPX was just commons. It was star cards and parallels of the same. Fantastic!
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Total cost of the Treasures $2.99

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Thrift Treasures 65: Ripken Jr. signed book for 99 cents

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , on March 10, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

Still playing catchup on some TT posts, we’ll go with this one real quick. A month or so ago I was digging through the book section at one of the local thrift stores and found a paperback book documenting Cal Ripken Jr.’s career. The book was authored by Ripken and a writer.

I’ve documented here before that I do look through the book section at stores because every now and then you’ll find a signed book. A a general rule of thumb though, I typically don’t bother with paperbacks.

Well, something made me pick this up and thumb through a few pages. And sure enough, some four pages, there’s some ink — a live Cal Ripken Jr. Autograph for less than a buck.

If my name was Matt, I’d be in heaven …

Total cost for this Thrift Treasure: 99 cents

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Thrift Treasures 55: 120+ year-old card at antique store

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on December 29, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Earlier this week, my wife and I made a trip to a local town to hit the antique and thrift stores.  We spent six hours bouncing in and out of stores.  She did a lot of spending; I did a lot of looking and lamenting at what could have been if I looked around just one more corner, or on one more shelf.

In the end, I wound up with just three cards on the day.  I had more lucrative trips than this one, but what I found was pretty cool.

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We’ll get these two afterthoughts out of the way real quick.  In the second store I found a box of cards where everything was priced for a quarter each.  Lots of commons. LOTS of commons.  But I found a 1987 Fleer Mitch Williams rookie and n ball 2000 Pacific Backyard Baseball Cal Ripken Jr.  Price for these treasures: 50 cents.

And just two stores down the street I came across this 1889 Allen & Ginter Types of All Nations Syria card priced at $5.

tt55syriafronttt55syriabackIt’s not really a baseball card, but it is a trading card from a cigarette card set that has seen some increased interest in the last five years due to Topps’ stroll down memory lane with its version of Allen & Ginters World Champions.  Kinda bummed it’s Syria and not Portugal, which is the country from which my wife’s family hails.  Of course I see that Mr. Brony showcased a Portugal card just like this six years ago.

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Topps Diamond Giveaway Haul #3: Now with Die Cuts!

Posted in New Addition, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

This is THE Diamond Giveaway Haul post I’ve been waiting to post.

Over the 10 months I’ve been somewhat busy on the Topps Diamond Giveaway site.  During that time I’d acquired more than 60 rookie cards for my collection as well as some nice Die Cuts.

I’d already taken delivery of two shipments, all of which had been rookie cards.  The posts can be seen here and here.

But alas, the Die Cuts have come home … along with some more rookies of course

We’ll start with the cardboard virgins (aka rookies) because I have to show these badboys off.  Most are guys you’ve never heard of, but some of them have great names.

1956 Topps Bob Nelson rookie

1964 Topps Herm Starrette

1971 Topps Don Hahn

1973 Topps Jim Breazeale rookie

1973 Topps Chuck Seelbach rookie

1974 Topps Bob Gallagher rookie

1974 Topps Gene Garber rookie

1975 Topps Mario Mendoza rookie

1976 Topps Champ Summer rookie

1976 Topps Mike Miley rookie

1976 Topps Jim Umbarger rookie

1976 Topps John Candelaria rookie

1978 Topps Larry Harlow rookie

1979 Topps Bruce Bochy / Mike Fischlin / Don Pisker rookie

1979 Topps Bruce Benedict / Glenn Hubbard / Larry Whisenton rookie

1981 Topps Lamarr Hoyt rookie

1982 Topps Jay Howell / Ty Waller rookie

1982 Topps Jorge Bell rookie

1984 Topps Jeff Russell rookie

And now … the Die Cuts!

We’ll leadoff with the greatest lead-off hitter of all time,  Mr. Rickey Henderson.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Rickey Henderson

Batting second, another great lead-off hitter, Ichiro.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Ichiro

Every team needs and ace.  The leader of my Die Cut staff is Tim Lincecum.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Tim Lincecum

This next one proved to be one of the most popular cards on the site.  Everyone loves a hot rookie insert. Welcome, Mr. Eric Hosmer.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Eric Hosmer

The way I obtained this next Die Cuts is simply amazing.  I turned two common Die Cuts into a 1953 Common, which was then swapped for a 1952 Common.  That 1952 Common was then traded for a Jackie Robinson DDC, which then was traded up for this Cal Ripken … which was also a pretty popular card on the site.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Cal Ripken

And we close this edition of Topps Diamond Giveaway Haul with the man who made this entire shipment free because his card was a black die cut serial numbered out of 60.  Welcome to the collection, Joey Bats!

2011 Topps Black Diamond Die Cut Jose Bautista /60

Now batting

New COMC batch priced and ready to sell

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on February 21, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

In my quest to continue downsizing my collection and tailoring it to what I really want, I have sent more cards to CheckOutMyCards.

My latest batch is 500 cards and was uploaded over the weekend.  The cards have been priced and are available for your viewing/purchasing pleasure.

A good number of the cards are relics, ones that I once cared about but no longer do.

Don’t like my prices? Feel free to shoot me an offer.

CheckoutMYcards HERE.

Bargain Blaster: 2007 Ultra Baseball

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

packsIn these times of economic uncertainty, a card collector has to find his kicks any way possible. For some of us, that means bargains, not high-dollar gambles. It’s not often that you find bargains at Big Box stores, but recently there have been a few older Blasters that have returned to shelves with nice 50 percent off stickers on them. I uncovered this week at Wal-Mart a small blaster of 2007 Ultra, a product I originally neglected. This blaster contained six packs for a whole $4.97. Sure as heck beats two packs of search 2009 Upper Deck. Results of the break inside. Continue reading