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Old 02-01-2012, 12:04 PM   #51 (permalink)
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90's basketball cards are some of the most vaulable cards out there
Really?
I found some in two shoeboxes I had left at my parents house. Checked them on Ebay and they are worthless. I guess you mean the big hits, not just rookie cards from Fleer and NBAHOOPS haha.
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Good story...

I have same stories... beats any 500 dollar pull i might have now...

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good stuff guys... The days of the little card shops in the strip malls are long gone aren't they! There used to be 3 or 4 card shops in every suburb, now just 2 or 3 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex...
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I found some in two shoeboxes I had left at my parents house. Checked them on Ebay and they are worthless. I guess you mean the big hits, not just rookie cards from Fleer and NBAHOOPS haha.
Yeah mostly just the inserts, and of course Michael Jordan sells the best, but it makes me sick to think, of the tens of thousands of $'s in these inserts that I had, and sold for basically nothing in the last 90'sand early 2000's. Some that sold on ebay for $10.00 back in 1999 now go for over $1,000 graded.
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Dude, thats the best thing I have ever read on here. I hope like hell you get to do this with your dad!
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I love seeing the old upper deck rookies.
True story.About 10 years I bought one box of this stuff.
I didn't pull any Griffeys out, but I got 30 Randy Johnson rookies.
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I love seeing the old upper deck rookies.
True story.About 10 years I bought one box of this stuff.
I didn't pull any Griffeys out, but I got 30 Randy Johnson rookies.
if any are near mint, give them a shot with BGS, they sell really well!

1989 UPPER DECK RANDY JOHNSON RC CARD #25 BGS 10 PRISTINE ROOKIE | eBay
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if any are near mint, give them a shot with BGS, they sell really well!

1989 UPPER DECK RANDY JOHNSON RC CARD #25 BGS 10 PRISTINE ROOKIE | eBay
I pulled them 10 years ago and sold them one week later. I think I sold all 30 for around $200. It's tough to remember though.
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Alright guys. I promised I would give everyone an update after I gave the 2 boxes to my dad for his birthday so here is the recap:

I drove over to his house on Wednesday and waited for him to get home from work. He was surprised to see me when he drove up. "Hey bud, what in the world are you doing here?"

I told him I had an early birthday present for him and I wanted him to open it before mom got home. My dad has an old Toyota Corolla in his driveway, not the 1982 model that we sat in back in 1989, but a "new" one he bought in 2001, so I asked him if we could get in it. HE looked at me a little funny and said "It doesn't run, I think the battery is dead anyway."

I told him that didn't matter, that I just wanted him to open his present in it. He shook his head and laughed but said okay. So we got in, Dad in the drivers seat, me in the passengers seat, in Dad's driveway, a box of '89 Upper Deck in my lap... I truly was 7 years old again.

I handed my Dad the box and told him Happy Birthday. He opened the box and pulled out the 2 boxes of cards and stared at them for a minute. I could see the wheels turning while I waited for recognition... Then he read "1989" out loud and then a grin spread across his face. "Where did you find these!?"

I told him about reading a post on blowout and when I realized they had them available I thought about his 50th birthday and had to buy them.

Dad told me he remembered sitting in the car with me breaking that box 23 years ago like it was yesterday. I could see the emotion in his face. "Let's do it Pops!" I said.

So we started our break. As we opened each pack we reminisced about all the times we had shared collecting when I was a boy. We talked about getting Steve Carlton's auto at Fan Fest back when the MLB All Star game was at the Ballpark in Arlington. We remembered the Will Clark homerun ball Dad had caught with me sitting next to him in Homerun Porch. We talked about chasing down a scooter carrying Reggie Jackson at DFW airport and getting his auto. And then we talked about that night 23 years ago in the driveway, sitting in Dad's Corolla, breaking that box of '89 Upper Deck together.

A few tears managed to sneak out of Dad's eyes which he quickly brushed away. "I love you son! we had a lot of fun together didn't we..." I told him I was lucky to have a best friend for a dad and then I lightened up the mood... "Well, we are 1/2 way through these boxes and we still haven't hit a Griffey! I guess it would be fitting if we didn't though wouldn't it!"

Dad told me he remembered getting to the bottom of the box back in '89 and seeing 2 packs left and actually feeling a bit nervous thinking 'Surely we won't strike out with an entire box!'

While he was talking I was shuffling through my current pack... Ron Washington, Terry Pendleton... and there it was... the #1 Ken Griffey Jr. rookie... Dad was still talking, shuffling through his cards. I reached across and handed him the card. When he saw it a huge smile spread across his face. "Alright! Finally! It only took 3 boxes and 23 years!" I slipped the card into a penny sleeve and top loader and handed it to him. "You pulled it, you should keep it", he said.

"No way, this one is yours. Happy 50th birthday Pop's, I love you."
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Alright guys. I promised I would give everyone an update after I gave the 2 boxes to my dad for his birthday so here is the recap:

I drove over to his house on Wednesday and waited for him to get home from work. He was surprised to see me when he drove up. "Hey bud, what in the world are you doing here?"

I told him I had an early birthday present for him and I wanted him to open it before mom got home. My dad has an old Toyota Corolla in his driveway, not the 1982 model that we sat in back in 1989, but a "new" one he bought in 2001, so I asked him if we could get in it. HE looked at me a little funny and said "It doesn't run, I think the battery is dead anyway."

I told him that didn't matter, that I just wanted him to open his present in it. He shook his head and laughed but said okay. So we got in, Dad in the drivers seat, me in the passengers seat, in Dad's driveway, a box of '89 Upper Deck in my lap... I truly was 7 years old again.

I handed my Dad the box and told him Happy Birthday. He opened the box and pulled out the 2 boxes of cards and stared at them for a minute. I could see the wheels turning while I waited for recognition... Then he read "1989" out loud and then a grin spread across his face. "Where did you find these!?"

I told him about reading a post on blowout and when I realized they had them available I thought about his 50th birthday and had to buy them.

Dad told me he remembered sitting in the car with me breaking that box 23 years ago like it was yesterday. I could see the emotion in his face. "Let's do it Pops!" I said.

So we started our break. As we opened each pack we reminisced about all the times we had shared collecting when I was a boy. We talked about getting Steve Carlton's auto at Fan Fest back when the MLB All Star game was at the Ballpark in Arlington. We remembered the Will Clark homerun ball Dad had caught with me sitting next to him in Homerun Porch. We talked about chasing down a scooter carrying Reggie Jackson at DFW airport and getting his auto. And then we talked about that night 23 years ago in the driveway, sitting in Dad's Corolla, breaking that box of '89 Upper Deck together.

A few tears managed to sneak out of Dad's eyes which he quickly brushed away. "I love you son! we had a lot of fun together didn't we..." I told him I was lucky to have a best friend for a dad and then I lightened up the mood... "Well, we are 1/2 way through these boxes and we still haven't hit a Griffey! I guess it would be fitting though wouldn't it!"

Dad told me he remembered getting to the bottom of the box back in '89 and seeing 2 packs left and actually feeling a bit nervous thinking 'Surely we won't strike out with an entire box!'

While he was talking I was shuffling through my current pack... Ron Washington, Terry Pendleton... and there it was... the #1 Ken Griffey Jr. rookie... Dad was still talking, shuffling through his cards. I reached across and handed him the card. When he saw it a huge smile spread across his face. "Alright! Finally! It only took up 3 boxes and 23 years!" I slipped the card into a penny sleeve and top loader and handed it to him. "You pulled it, you should keep it", he said.

"No way, this one is yours. Happy 50th birthday Pop's, I love you."
Jeez, you're gonna make me cry!

This thread has my vote for Thread of the Year.


Now tell me more about this Will Clark homerun ball....
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Dang man, you trying to make us all cry. Helluva story, thanks for reminding us all that this hobby isn't about the pieces of cardboard it's about the memories we make with them.
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Great story!!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Brought back tons of memories of my father and I opening cards together, or him bringing me back more Bagwell's (he was from the town next to us) he found in his travels.
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What a read. Thank you very much for sharing.
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Cats in the cradle and the silver spoon....

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Seriously, I got all teary eyed reading that.
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Fantastic story with a happy ending. Thanks for sharing this with us - it's good for us all to be reminded why we got into this hobby in the first place sometimes .
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Must get this dust out of my eyes.....damn dust!!


Awesome story....thanks for sharing.
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wow, I hope I didn't open the golden box already!

I bought these for a specific reason. My Dad's 50th birthday is next month and I am going to give him 2 of these.

When I was 7 years old, me and the old man would hit the LCS after baseball practice (he was my coach as well) and we were always buying single packs of 89 UD in search of the storied Griffey rookie.

One night in particular my old man shocked me and bought an entire box of 89 UD wax and I can remember this like it was yesterday. We sat in his '82 Corolla in the driveway of our house (so mom wouldn't see that he had bought an entire box!) and we opened up every pack with each other.... and we didn't hit a single Griffey.

So, with his 50th next month, I saw a thread about a guy who had purchased an 89 box of wax from blowout and it reminded me of the time I shared with my old man. So I quickly hopped over to Blowouts site and snagged the 3 boxes you see above.

And on my Dad's birthday, I plan on telling him to come out to the driveway and get in the car with me... and I will give him the 2 boxes and together we will break them, just like we did over 20 years ago.

So my point, I hope like hell I didn't ruin the moment by hitting the only Griffey's in the box I opened!!! Oh well, even if we don't hit one, I guess it will be fitting since we didn't on that night back in '89. Just making memories with Pop's is worth it.

You guys don't forget that that's what this is really all about anyway. I get caught up trying to make a buck from time to time too with this stuff!
This is awesome! You are awesome! Enjoy the time, and treasure the memories.
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I think I feel what you humans call compassion..and what is this liquid salty stuff running down my face?

Awesome story from beginning (23 years ago, to January 2012) to today! I still have not hit my own griffey from those packs!
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Alright guys. I promised I would give everyone an update after I gave the 2 boxes to my dad for his birthday so here is the recap:

I drove over to his house on Wednesday and waited for him to get home from work. He was surprised to see me when he drove up. "Hey bud, what in the world are you doing here?"

I told him I had an early birthday present for him and I wanted him to open it before mom got home. My dad has an old Toyota Corolla in his driveway, not the 1982 model that we sat in back in 1989, but a "new" one he bought in 2001, so I asked him if we could get in it. HE looked at me a little funny and said "It doesn't run, I think the battery is dead anyway."

I told him that didn't matter, that I just wanted him to open his present in it. He shook his head and laughed but said okay. So we got in, Dad in the drivers seat, me in the passengers seat, in Dad's driveway, a box of '89 Upper Deck in my lap... I truly was 7 years old again.

I handed my Dad the box and told him Happy Birthday. He opened the box and pulled out the 2 boxes of cards and stared at them for a minute. I could see the wheels turning while I waited for recognition... Then he read "1989" out loud and then a grin spread across his face. "Where did you find these!?"

I told him about reading a post on blowout and when I realized they had them available I thought about his 50th birthday and had to buy them.

Dad told me he remembered sitting in the car with me breaking that box 23 years ago like it was yesterday. I could see the emotion in his face. "Let's do it Pops!" I said.

So we started our break. As we opened each pack we reminisced about all the times we had shared collecting when I was a boy. We talked about getting Steve Carlton's auto at Fan Fest back when the MLB All Star game was at the Ballpark in Arlington. We remembered the Will Clark homerun ball Dad had caught with me sitting next to him in Homerun Porch. We talked about chasing down a scooter carrying Reggie Jackson at DFW airport and getting his auto. And then we talked about that night 23 years ago in the driveway, sitting in Dad's Corolla, breaking that box of '89 Upper Deck together.

A few tears managed to sneak out of Dad's eyes which he quickly brushed away. "I love you son! we had a lot of fun together didn't we..." I told him I was lucky to have a best friend for a dad and then I lightened up the mood... "Well, we are 1/2 way through these boxes and we still haven't hit a Griffey! I guess it would be fitting though wouldn't it!"

Dad told me he remembered getting to the bottom of the box back in '89 and seeing 2 packs left and actually feeling a bit nervous thinking 'Surely we won't strike out with an entire box!'

While he was talking I was shuffling through my current pack... Ron Washington, Terry Pendleton... and there it was... the #1 Ken Griffey Jr. rookie... Dad was still talking, shuffling through his cards. I reached across and handed him the card. When he saw it a huge smile spread across his face. "Alright! Finally! It only took up 3 boxes and 23 years!" I slipped the card into a penny sleeve and top loader and handed it to him. "You pulled it, you should keep it", he said.

"No way, this one is yours. Happy 50th birthday Pop's, I love you."
Wow....You put a smile one my face with this story!

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awesome story.....i got teary eyed...i remember when me and my dad would buy cards when i was younger but he was always looking for mark langston and pat lafontaine...
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Thanks guys. Refreshing to hear that so many of us were able to connect to the story. My son is 4 years old and I signed up to be his T ball Coach... my Dad has agreed to be the Assistant Coach... and so the legacy lives on... if you have a son, make memories now... they will never forget them!!
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Great story. Thats what the hobby is all about
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Very well written. It's like I'm watching Toy Story III all over again.
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Awesome, awesome story. Thanks for sharing!
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