Back in the early 90's, I worked at a local card shop called National Pastime and remember when customers came in seeking 1990-91 Fleer basketball cello packs/boxes.
Now, some of you may be wondering... why would anyone want that junk. Well... it's simple actually. At the time, they contained the hottest basketball insert set in the hobby: the 1990-91 Fleer Rookie Sensations.
Set: 10 Cards
#1 David Robinson
#2 Sean Elliott & #3 Glen Rice
#4 J.R. Reid & #5 Stacey King
#6 Pooh Richardson & #7 Nick Anderson
#8 Tim Hardaway
#9 Vlade Divac & #10 Sherman Douglas
These beautiful, blue bordered inserts could only be found in cello packs. Back in the early 90's, customers paid up to $5 a pack in search for these singles.
FYI: Their color made them stand out among the white colored base set, so these packs could be easily searched.
Hall of Famers: 10% (1 Player)
David Robinson is the only one to be elected into Basketball's Hall of Fame. And looking at the rest of the checklist... it looks like it's going to stay that way.
Tim Hardaway had a very successful NBA career and is very popular among Bay Area collectors, but doesn't have HOF numbers. Elliott, Rice, and Divac each made the all-star team at some point in their careers and the remaining five players each played 8 years or more in the NBA. In other words, this set isn't loaded with superstars, but they all had decent careers.
Beckett Value: $15
Back in 1992, this set booked for $80. I don't remember selling sets for this price, but I remember the Robinson and Hardaway cards once commanded full book value at the shop. Today, Robinson still is considered the most valuable and lists at $8, while Hardaway is at $6.
eBay Value: Under $5
I was shocked this morning to see several "completed listings" for these sets at $5 or less. So, if you're looking for an affordable set that has a historic hobby background, then I encourage you to pick up one of these sets.
Okay... you know the routine. It's your turn...
What's the last card you sold or purchased for FULL Beckett value?
I recently sold one of my 1990 Score #697 Bo Jackson cards for $2 at the flea market. Beckett currently lists this card at $.50. What a joke.
Happy Sunday everyone. Sayonara!