Things got progressively worse until I started working in high school and received enough paychecks to understand that money didn't grow on trees.
Reality really kicked in after my parents moved to Las Vegas and I was left to fend for myself as a first year teacher living in one of the most expensive areas in the state. I started scouring the newspapers every Sunday for this week's bargains and sales.
Twenty years later, I still consider myself a bargain hunter. That term especially applies to sports cards.
However just like certain brand names turned me off as a kid, there are certain things that turn me off about sports cards. One of the first things that pops into my head is logo-less cards.
Now before I offend anyone, let me preface things by stating that I firmly believe everyone should collect whatever sports cards their hearts desire. It's your money. Buy whatever brings you happiness.
With that being said, I tend to spend my hard earned money on MLB licensed products. But about a year ago, I discovered this autographed card on eBay and had change of heart:
2012 Sport Kings Series E #217
$14.99 (+ $3.50 Shipping)
$14.99 (+ $3.50 Shipping)
The 1933 Goudey Sport Kings are one of my favorite pre-WWII sports card designs, so when I returned to the hobby back in 2008, it was a pleasant surprise to see that Dr. Brian Price had resurrected the product a year earlier. From 2007 to 2013, In the Game produced a "living set" that honored some of the biggest names in sports.
In 2014, Brian Gray announced that Leaf had acquired the rights to Sport Kings and produced a set in 2015. The Winfield above is a buyback autograph pulled from that product.
After that purchase, I immediately started picking up any reasonable priced 2015 Leaf Sport Kings buyback autograph from this collection I could get my hands on...
2007 Sport Kings Series A #4
$28 (+ $2.67 Shipping)
I was a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan during the 80's and 90's, so Larry Bird was one of those guys I couldn't stand. But even Lakers fans have to admire the impact he had on the sport. The guy is truly a legend.
2009 Sport Kings Series C #109
$13.30 (+ $3 Shipping)
Another 80's legend... Lendl held the ATP #1 ranking for 270 weeks during the decade. I don't normally buy tennis cards, but if it's part of this set I'll make an exception.
2009 Sport Kings Series C #158
$23 (Free Shipping)
We could dwell on all of the negative press LT has received over the years, but there's only one more day left before the weekend... so let's focus on the positive. Taylor is one of the greatest linebackers to play the game. The guy was straight up scary. Don't believe me? Go search up his highlights on YouTube.
2010 Sport Kings Series D #178
$27.99 (+ $2.66 Shipping)
Finally moving out of the 80's legends and getting into the 90's. Sakic is one of my favorite hockey players to never wear a San Jose Sharks jersey. Not only is he the greatest player in Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche history... the guy was also a class act.
Although I don't think I've announced it, I started collecting Sakic a while back. And this particular card is special, because it's numbered to Sakic's jersey number, so it fits into my Prime Number PC as well.
2012 Sport Kings Series E #216
$22.07 (+ $2.79 Shipping)
Carew is another guy I collect, so this when I saw this card, it was a no-brainer. Much like the Winfield, I like how In The Game shows off part of the team logo, so it's not completely logo-less.
2013 Sport Kings Series F #277
$20 (Free Shipping)
Jack Ham was a little before my time... but I remember my father mentioning his name a lot when people talked about those great Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 70's. The guy was a first ballot hall of famer and was included in this set, so I'll assume he's a legend.
2013 Sport Kings Series F #300
$24.25 (Free Shipping)
Another guy I collect. Another first ballot hall of famer. Another partial logo. Another happy addition to my collection.
So there you have it. Eight autographs of eight legends featuring logo-less (or almost logo-less) cards that I was more than happy to add to my collection. Even collectors who have very specific card collecting pet peeves can have a change of heart from time to time.
Who knows? Maybe there's a "sticker autograph" purchase just around the corner for me. Well... probably not. Then again... I never thought I'd drop almost $200 on logo-less trading cards.
What about you...
Do you have any personal trading card turnoffs?
Happy Thursday and sayonara!