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Old 02-17-2013, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default That 90's card that you overpaid for....

I'll go first.

In 1995, paid $180 cash for a Zenith Z-Team of Marshall Faulk. At the time, probably not an "overpay" by much but now you can get one for less than $10.

I was 15 and did a show as a dealer (I did 3-4 shows a year from age 13 on) and my mom was so PISSED that I had spent all of my show proceeds on that 1 card. But, it was my money so there really wasn't much she could do about it.

To post, you would've had to buy the card IN the timespan of 1990-99 or name a card that you desperately wanted in the 90's that you ended up buying, later on.

For that, it was the 1993 Pinnacle Passer Drew Bledsoe. Dealers wanted $200 upon release (it was a case hit). I bought one a few years ago for $7 dlvd.

Let's hear yours........

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Too young to remember this at my age but great thread idea Ryan! Look forward to reading
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I'll go first.

In 1995, paid $180 cash for a Zenith Z-Team of Marshall Faulk. At the time, probably not an "overpay" by much but now you can get one for less than $10.

I was 15 and did a show as a dealer (I did 3-4 shows a year from age 13 on) and my mom was so PISSED that I had spent all of my show proceeds on that 1 card. But, it was my money so there really wasn't much she could do about it.

To post, you would've had to buy the card IN the timespan of 1990-99 or name a card that you desperately wanted in the 90's that you ended up buying, later on.

For that, it was the 1993 Pinnacle Passer Drew Bledsoe. Dealers wanted $200 upon release (it was a case hit). I bought one a few years ago for $7 dlvd.

Let's hear yours........
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I'll go first.

In 1995, paid $180 cash for a Zenith Z-Team of Marshall Faulk. At the time, probably not an "overpay" by much but now you can get one for less than $10.

I was 15 and did a show as a dealer (I did 3-4 shows a year from age 13 on) and my mom was so PISSED that I had spent all of my show proceeds on that 1 card. But, it was my money so there really wasn't much she could do about it.

To post, you would've had to buy the card IN the timespan of 1990-99 or name a card that you desperately wanted in the 90's that you ended up buying, later on.

For that, it was the 1993 Pinnacle Passer Drew Bledsoe. Dealers wanted $200 upon release (it was a case hit). I bought one a few years ago for $7 dlvd.

Let's hear yours........
I did Shows since 14, that is how I learn to wheel and deal. I was and still am doing the baseball and basketball TSC first day issue set. Jordan's were going for 800$. Glad I was never able to afford one. A bgs 9.5 still brings up to 350$ or more.
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I would guess it was 1992 or 93 and I bought an '87 Topps Barry Larkin for $25 I think...it was during a summer trip to Kings Island.
Crazy, BBCEX has wax cases for $160...
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The year was 1990. I was 10. Huge Buffalo Bills fan. Huge. Begged my parents for a 1989 Score Thurman Thomas rookie. It booked at $36 with two "up" arrows in Beckett. When I was a kid I didn't realize that meant the price had gone up from the last issue, I thought it meant it was going to go up again. They paid $39 for one as a part of my Christmas present.

One just sold on ebay for $.49 delivered.
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97 Bowmans best Favre Atomic refractor... I don't remember what I spent but it was in the 3 digits...

The sick thing is, is that I would go back to 90's in a heartbeat. This hobby was a blast then. Inserts meant something and you could actually move them for significant returns.
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The year was 1990. I was 10. Huge Buffalo Bills fan. Huge. Begged my parents for a 1989 Score Thurman Thomas rookie. It booked at $36 with two "up" arrows in Beckett. When I was a kid I didn't realize that meant the price had gone up from the last issue, I thought it meant it was going to go up again. They paid $39 for one as a part of my Christmas present.

One just sold on ebay for $.49 delivered.
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Wow, GREAT thread! Mine is basketball, but still applies. I saved up money for weeks and sold what I could to pay $160 for the 1993-94 SP Diecut Anfernee Hardaway. I went to high school outside of Memphis and this was THE card to have. Have no idea what these go for now as I don't really do basketball anymore, but I still have it!

As for football, I have a Faulk story as well. I paid $50 for the 1994 Contenders Rookie insert of Marshall Faulk and just bought one a few weeks ago, because I always loved that card, for $6.

I am in the midst of buying a ton of 90s stuff right now, mostly the stuff I wish I could've afforded then. Much more fun than most current stuff.
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1995 pinnacle-
I was a big Marino fan growing up and had to have the Marino/ Aikman back to back card my friend pulled from a pack ( pretty sure it was called team pinnacle, if I remember right)- 100.00 (50 a check for 2 checks)
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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1995 pinnacle-
I was a big Marino fan growing up and had to have the Marino/ Aikman back to back card my friend pulled from a pack ( pretty sure it was called team pinnacle, if I remember right)- 100.00 (50 a check for 2 checks)
I bought a TON of that stuff when I was 15. I pulled a Dan Marino Pinnacle Passer "Artist's Proof" card. Beckett Value was $1.25 x 100 = $125. My biggest pull ever at the time. Some guy offered me around $100 and I turned it down. Probably worth about $4.00 now.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Luckily for me during the 90's i was buying and collecting nothing but Jordan and Kobe, so now those are funding my current football collecting lol
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$60 for a ryan leaf press pass reflector... evidently i wasn't as smart as i thought at 13
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how about the opposite?

How many people held onto cards they had thinking they would be worth ridiculous amounts of money sometime into the future?

I had a Cal Ripken Jr. card that booked at something like $1,200, figured I'd hold it until he was in the HOF and have a huge payday coming to me. I put the card in a lockbox that I had and unfortunately, the lockbox is probably worth more than the card is nowadays anyways.
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how about the opposite?

How many people held onto cards they had thinking they would be worth ridiculous amounts of money sometime into the future?

I had a Cal Ripken Jr. card that booked at something like $1,200, figured I'd hold it until he was in the HOF and have a huge payday coming to me. I put the card in a lockbox that I had and unfortunately, the lockbox is probably worth more than the card is nowadays anyways.
Don't feel bad, that's a stance that A LOT of people have with collectibles. I dread when people find out that I am involved in memorabilia because all the questions that I know are dumb/ignorant, just come flying out at me. My reputation aside, I just smile and answer the questions to the best of my abilities.

A LOT of people think that a HOF induction or just waiting another 5-10 years will make their piece into something special and that's just not the case.

You, along with other members in our age "group" (25-45), have graduated beyond that reasoning to understand what exactly makes cards go up and down.
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$60 for a ryan leaf press pass reflector... evidently i wasn't as smart as i thought at 13
I was so high on Leaf, I had everything. Parallels, autographs, I mean EVERYTHING. Eventually got bored with the collection in 1999 and sold the entire thing (for a profit) to another collector. I mean, I had the Co-Signers with Dan Marino, the Absolute Gold /25 (which was a HUGE card at the time, not like now), Autographed Rookie Game Jersey from UD (3 Colors, I think it was signed but not sure).....EVERYTHING.

Then, in 1999, I did the same thing with Cade McNown and sold that collection in 2000 to a Bears collector who told me "I think you're giving up on Cade way too soon."
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I only collect football nowdays, but back in the middle 90s, I was hooked on basketball. I was too young to buy my own boxes, but Metal Universe was my absolute favorite. I think my parents bought me 1 box for my birthday once. Had I been older, I'm sure I would have bought a ton of it. Turns out those basketball PMGs were worth quite a bit.
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I dont have a story like that for football but i paid $125 for a Jose Canseco Mint 1986 Donruss rookie that was perfectly centered with sharp corners in the early 90's after working my tail off as a youngster to earn enough to get it. Now they sell all day at $5!
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I dont have a story like that for football but i paid $125 for a Jose Canseco Mint 1986 Donruss rookie that was perfectly centered with sharp corners in the early 90's after working my tail off as a youngster to earn enough to get it. Now they sell all day at $5!
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The 2 cards I remember WAY overspending on as a kid were an 83 topps ryne sandberg rc-$60 and an 85 donruss clemens rc -$50. Both-as all my cards at the time-were funded from paper route money. I didn't do all bad though- I was hooked on 89 score football, bought around a dozen boxes on my own. Had over 10 of every "key" rc- distinctly remember selling 10 barry sanders, 10 aikmans, 10 cris carters, and a couple thurmans and irvins in 93 for around $750-paid for my first car-and i still have 5 barry's and 3 aikmans from those boxes
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This thread is terrifying me about all the cards I value now. *dumps Lebron & Durant Autos*
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I was so high on Leaf, I had everything. Parallels, autographs, I mean EVERYTHING. Eventually got bored with the collection in 1999 and sold the entire thing (for a profit) to another collector. I mean, I had the Co-Signers with Dan Marino, the Absolute Gold /25 (which was a HUGE card at the time, not like now), Autographed Rookie Game Jersey from UD (3 Colors, I think it was signed but not sure).....EVERYTHING.

Then, in 1999, I did the same thing with Cade McNown and sold that collection in 2000 to a Bears collector who told me "I think you're giving up on Cade way too soon."


That is freaking hysterical. He probably has huge Curtis Enis and Rashan Salaam collections too.
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I traded my uncle two boxes of 1994 SP baseball for one box of 1994 sp football when they first came out. The football boxes sell around $50 now while the baseball boxes go for about $300 each.
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Nearly the same topic. After McGwire broke the homerun record I bought his Extended Series 1998 Starting Lineup at Wal-Mart. At the next card show I had dealers offering me $100 for it. I was holding out for $125! Still available if anyone is interested hahaha!
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Lucky for me, I could not afford most of the Marinos I now have in my collection in the 90s.

The one that makes me think the most are the 94 and 95 SP Holoview Die Cuts... I remember drooling over them in the showcase at the LCS with $450 and $300 price tags on them. I picked up both for $10 each later in life.
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