2002 Topps Traded and Rookies Farewell Bat Relic #FW-JC
When I first saw it, I knew that I wanted it for my Oakland Athletics collection, because Canseco was such a big part of their franchise's success during their 1988 to 1990 World Series run. The best thing about this card is that it's a tribute to his retirement earlier in the 2002 season.
Then like a big old brick, it hit me... it's been almost sixteen years since he made the announcement to retire. My brain immediately tried to put things into perspective. I started off by thinking about where I'll be sixteen years from now. And there's a pretty good chance I'll be retired or at the very least counting down my final years of standing in front of the classroom.
I also started reminiscing on Canseco's career and realized that 2018 is the 30th Anniversary of his 40/40 and AL MVP season. That's right about the time that his rookie card prices skyrocket and this card reached triple digits:
1986 Donruss #39
With the exception for graded gem mint copies, this card hasn't been worth triple digits in decades. How much as hit gone down in value? Well... I was able to grab this card at the TriStar Show last year for under a buck. Talk about sports card depreciation.
I wonder how much this card will be worth in thirty years. Heck... it'll be interesting to see if there are any card companies still around in thirty years and whether or not any of us are still collecting.
2048 may sound like it's a long way into the future for some of you, but if you've been collecting for as long as I have... then maybe you're like me and can feel it just around the corner.
That brings us to today's question...
Do you see yourself still collecting sports cards in 2048?
Until my next post...
So long, farewell... happy Tuesday and sayonara!