Although I have a fair share of team and player collections, I actually take pride in being a Jack of all trades, but a master of none. It gives me a lot of freedom to collect a variety of sports and athletes, without feeling the pressure to own every single card of a specific player, team, or sport.
Back in mid-February, I purchased a card that didn't fit into any of my player or team collections. In fact, it featured an athlete in a sport I don't even follow. The card caught my attention over twenty years ago, and I was pretty excited to add it to my collection.
Let me introduce you to my 1996 SPx autograph of Jeff Gordon:
1996 SPx #T1
Let's take a quick trip back to 1996. That's the year Upper Deck released their new line of trading cards called SPx to baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and racing fans all around the world. Considered a high end product at the time, Upper Deck featured their hologram technology on really thick card stock and sold them to collectors in one-card packs which retailed for $2.99 to $3.49 each.
Then one day two guys were opening packs (maybe boxes) hoping to pull either a Terry Labonte or Jeff Gordon autograph. Neither did that day. However... by just listening to their conversation and watching them bust packs of this stuff, made me interested in the card.
According to Beckett, these were inserted into 1:395 packs. I don't remember what these sold for back in the mid 90's, but I'm guessing it was a lot more than the $37.06 (+ $3 shipping) I paid last month.
This is the third SPx Tribute autograph I've added to my collection. I also own the Ken Griffey Jr. and Wayne Gretzky to complete the Real G Trifecta:
1996 SPx #KGA1
1996 SPx #GS1
Both of these autographs were considerably tougher to pull for collectors. The Gretzky was inserted into 1:1,297 packs, while Griffey was inserted into 1:2,000 packs.
I hope to one day collect all of the other 1996 SPx Tribute autographs out there. Unless I win the lottery, I don't see myself purchasing the Michael Jordan. However... Mike Piazza, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, and Anfernee Hardaway can all be found for under $100, so they're a little more plausible.
So here's the question of the day...
Have you ever purchased a sports card (for yourself) that depicts a sport you don't actually watch?
Happy Monday and sayonara!