So yeah, I’m literally going to meet this Beckett (that Beckett) sales rep tomorrow. Right by you & ya folks’ old stomps at ‘Sweet Deal’ in Northridge. . .more seriously, I am house-sitting for my parents in North Hills and taking this opportunity to clean out their attic (eg, my stuff), and was flabbergasted at the fortuitous timing:
I WAS NOT ONLY COLLECTING THESE STARS, I WAS PUTTING THEM IN INDIVIDUAL PLASTICS, SOMETIMES TWO DEEP!.
I know you fellas feel me on this, but it made me so sad/pathetic feeling. I enjoyed the time – and the ‘investment,’ as it were – as ‘collecting’ was genuinely my favorite hobby. . .but to see how worthless it’s all become, my GOODNESS.
I mean the classic sets – Fleer Flair, Stadium Club, anybody remember when ’91 O-Pee-Chee “Premier” was a glossy, supposedly limited print and they were selling north of $2.50/pack, outpricing even Upper Deck?!!? Yeah, I found an ‘album’ of that slop, laid in the nine-card pages perfectly, numerical order
You know who’s the most ‘valuable’ card in this set, assuming one human on earth that wanted it didn’t already have 42?!?! Cal RIPKIN, yes “RIPKIN.” And how much is he “worth” – $1.50, along with Nolan Ryan.
How about some 1995 Leaf? That was actually an aesthetically nice set, and it seemed to have some superstars. Some superstars, you say? That’s nice – must be a real treasure trove there. Let’s check:
1995 Leaf Baseball Cards & Checklist
That’s right, Cal! Go on with your bad self. You’re really outpacing Hideo Nomo, who incidentally ranks #413 among PITCHERS all-time on the baseball reference ‘Elo-Rater.’
Of course you have Jeter, you have A-Rod. . .and that’s about it. . .in short, I spent well over $5k ($10k? more??) collecting and have about $500 of sell-worthy cards. Hell yeah.
At least we’ll always have this:
which you can always buy for $14.95, GRADED, on ebay.