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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Twinkle... Twinkle... PC Stars


Words can't express how much I love Check Out My Cards.  Every other month, I add $100 store credit to my account.  Sometimes I spend it within a few weeks and sometimes there's leftover money, which gets carried over to the next month.  I like it, because it keeps track of my cardboard expenses.

At the end of February I still had a few dollars in my account, so I went on a little 90's insert and parallel shopping spree to help boost my Tony Gwynn and Greg Maddux binders.  Here are two of the cards I picked up:


When it comes to sports cards, I tend to associate certain decades with whatever I enjoyed collecting the most during that time period.  When I think of the early to mid 90's, it's all about inserts and parallels.  During that time period, card companies were at their creative apex.  They battled each other to see who could create the coolest and most unique cards.

And one of my favorite cardboard technologies born in that era was holograms.  In 1995, Score decided to utilize this technology on their already popular Dream Team inserts.  The twelve card set features what Score perceived to be the top player at each position, including a starting pitcher from each league, a designated hitter, and one relief pitcher based on their 1994 accomplishments.

Tony Gwynn was coming off an amazing strike shortened season where he chased the elusive .400 batting average, but ended up falling six points short.

Greg Maddux's season was just as impressive.  In 1994, led the National League in wins, complete games, shutouts, and ERA in route to his third straight Cy Young Award.

Now what would you expect to pay for shiny, holographic inserts of two hall of famers that were fairly tough pulls (one out of 72 packs/2 boxes)?  I don't have any data on what these originally went for.  But nineteen years after their release, I was able to pick up the pair from the same dealer for $3.  In other words, the price of one or two packs of cards.  Now that's a purchase I can live with.

Happy Sunday and sayonara!

15 comments:

  1. Nice pickups. Since I can usually attend a show at least once a month, plus trades from other bloggers, I've never bought from COMC, Sportslot, etc. But I have a feeling I'll be changing that practice soon.

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    1. A card show every month? Very nice. I need to move to that part of the country.

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  2. Good stuff! If you ever want any of the stuff in my COMC for less just LMK and I can definitely work out a deal...I don't think I really have anything you need right now though.

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  3. Those are awesome cards! I was never a fan of Score's base designs- but their inserts, well that's another story!

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    1. Score was sort of the "forgotten" card company during the late 80's early 90's for me. My focus went from Topps, Fleer, and Donruss in the late 80's to eventually Topps, Fleer, and Upper Deck in the early 90's. I also picked up some Pinnacle products in the 90's too... but I didn't spend much on regular Score stuff.

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  4. Those cards!!! They are like..moving, or blinking or something! How the heck did you do that?

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    1. I just scanned it from different angles and used a gif maker (internet site). Borrowed the idea from a couple of other bloggers.

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  5. Nice cards, I remember pulling the Cal Ripken from that set from a pack when I was a kid!

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    1. Nice pull. Ripken is still considered the king in this set.

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  6. I love COMC . The shipping deal is great. Good selection. Between them and a card show once a month it's easy to keep building the collection. Great pick ups

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    1. Thanks. I agree 100%. The shipping is probably the best reason to buy from them.

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  7. I do so love me some holograms. I wish they would make a comeback in modern sets!

    If you aren't already aware of this set, you should check out the 1992 Upper Deck Team MVP Holograms. I managed to snag a whole set for cheap on eBay. Lots of good star players in there if you only want to pick up a few - here's a checklist:

    http://freebaseballcardspriceguide.com/baseball-card-values.php?set=8042


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    1. Wow. That is an awesome set. I want to say that I have a few singles from it, but I'm not 100% sure. Looks like I'll have to pick up a complete set just in case. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Ohhhh shiny, I love holograms from the 90s.

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