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Thrift Treasures 109: An impossible pull from a sealed junk wax box (1990-91 Pro Set NHL Stanley Cup Hologram)

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on October 12, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

img_0970So there I was stopping at one Goodwill on the way home from work on Oct. 12, 2016, when I saw in the showcase a sealed 1990-91 Pro Set Series One NHL box of cards. Typically these boxes get left at thrift stores and they have already been pilfered of anything of value, OR they are priced in such a fashion they are not worth the gamble.

And what gamble is there, you might ask? A long shot at hitting a winning lottery ticket in the form of a Stanley Cup hologram limited to 5,000 copies.

We have to set the scene with Pro Set before we go any further. Long before there were autographs and relics cards that we see today, chase cards from the early 1990s usually meant the cards were glossy as compared to your typical matte finish, or they had some sort of flashy foil to make it obvious that you had something special.  With Pro Set they made holograms, and they were an absolutely needle in a haystack to find.

Perhaps the most famous Pro Set hologram is the Lombardi Trophy hologram that was inserted into the NFL product of 1990.  But more valuable is the Stanley Cup version inserted randomly into Series One packs of 1990-91 Pro Set hockey.

If you think they’re easy to pull because there are 5,000 of them guess again. There literally are close to — if not more than — a million produced of each base card in most brands these years, rendering them worthless. The shiny holograms that were impossible to pull have held their value. The Lombardi hologram usually fetches between $40-$100 in raw condition and much more if graded. And a quick check of eBay while I was in the store Wednesday night showed that the Stanley Cup holograms were selling upward of $125 in raw condition.

img_0971I looked at the box through the locked case and was able to see the $6.14 price tag. I figured the box was worth the price of two cups of Starbucks coffee.  After all, 10/12/16 was the Opening Night of the NHL season and it gave me something to open while I was watching the San Jose Sharks defeat the Los Angeles Kings.

So I paid for it, drove home, ate dinner, turned on the game and opened pack by pack slowly looking not only for the hologram, but also any errors/variations which also have a following.

I got 35 packs deep into the box with nothing really special when this happened:

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The third or fourth card in that stack isn’t like the others because … it’s a HOLOGRAM!

You newer collectors might night be laughing at this pull because by today’s standards because unless anything is numbered to like 50 copies you don’t consider it rare.  But for us who grew up in the junk wax era, finding something like this is insane. And to make this case even more impossible it comes from an abandoned g box located at a thrift store.

Anyhow, when I saw the shiny hologram the first thing I did was pulled out my phone and take the aforementioned picture and then record this video.

The card isn’t mint, which is crazy since this was a sealed box, but it’s probably going to stay in my collection as this is an epic pull given the circumstances.

Total cost of this Thrift Treasure: $6.14.

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Thrift Treasures Part XV: Bo Knows A Bargain

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

TTXV2Who doesn’t love a good bargain. Whether it’s a legitimate bargain, or merely some sort of perceived bargain matters not. If I spend 50 cents and theoretically got just a few dollars in book value in return, does that constitute a bargain? It does when the loot evokes certain memories of card collecting days past.

Such was the case on Saturday when I stopped at a local comic/video game/card/junk shop. This place used to have bargain wax boxes, but they’ve ditched just about everything sports related. The only things remaining are some boxes of 2008 Topps baseball, some graded junk that is overpriced and two 3,500 count boxes of cards that are selling for a dime each.

I stuck to the bargain boxes and had a hard time spending a dollar. I know you’re thinking I’m a cheap bastard, but fact is I could not find more than five cards that were worth 10 cents each to me. But the five cards I did purchase are awesome.

Looks like Spree has THAT look in his eye.

Looks like Spree has THAT look in his eye.

One of the must-have cards I spotted in this box is this Latrell Sprewell rookie. Do you now hard these were to find back in the day, especially here in the San Francisco Bay Area. It almost seemed as if the Shaquille O’Neal parallel rookies were easier to find that these. This one is likely headed to my cousin as he was a huge Spree fan.

I feel the Earth move under my feet ...

I feel the Earth move under my feet ...

I’ve written about this card already this weekend and found it very fitting that I found this copy on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the pictured event. To read more, click HERE.

Beltran wishes his name were LeBron

Beltran wishes his name were LeBron

The Juan LeBron/Carlos Beltran error rookie card — a classic. Book says $6, I paid 10 cents — You tell me what it is worth. By the way, this one came in a top loader, so I guess I kind of got the card for free. 🙂

Looks like an old school card show

Looks like an old school card show

Here is a 1991 Pro Set hockey Draft Pick insert/short print card. When this card came out, it was one of a handful of inserts that actually had me interested in hockey — the others being that cool 75th anniversary hologram and the Patrick Roy mask card. The San Jose Sharks were in their inaugural season when this set was released. Take a look at the back of this card, which clearly is in French. Look at the Top two picks. (Read here for more on that draft.)

With the No. 2 overall pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks select ... Pat Falloon. <insert groan>

With the No. 2 overall pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks select ... Pat Falloon. <insert loud groan from Sharks fans here>

And lastly we have one of the most iconic cards of our generation. The 1990 Score Bo Jackson football/baseball card.

Bo knows you STILL want this card ...

Bo knows you STILL want this card ...

... eventhough it is creased.

... even though it is creased.