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!