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  1. #11
    Man, I remember people cracked cases like crazy for those Artist proofs. It was nuts. And ya, $200 for a star Artist Proof wasn't unheard of. Keep in mind, it was one of the first times anything like that had been done and people wanted those cards bad because of the perceived scarcity. No ebay or internet to see that three were available and you got to pick the one with the lowest price.

    You had to go to a show to find the card you wanted and if none of the dealers had it, you were out of luck. Then, if you got to find the card you wanted, you had to walk home in the snow uphill - both ways!
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  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Fatty McGee View Post
    Man, I remember people cracked cases like crazy for those Artist proofs. It was nuts. And ya, $200 for a star Artist Proof wasn't unheard of. Keep in mind, it was one of the first times anything like that had been done and people wanted those cards bad because of the perceived scarcity. No ebay or internet to see that three were available and you got to pick the one with the lowest price.

    You had to go to a show to find the card you wanted and if none of the dealers had it, you were out of luck. Then, if you got to find the card you wanted, you had to walk home in the snow uphill - both ways!
    This is correct and gives context to people who weren't collecting at the time. In 1996 there wasn't many cards that were more limited than the Artist Proof parallels. Cards if they were limited to 1000 were super rare and hard to find. People paid top dollar because they were the top cards at the time. If you collected those guys these were the "it" cards. Then the companies saw the hoopla and they all began to make the print runs smaller and smaller. Now a card limited to 1000 was scarce because you had cards #D to 500 in everything. Then it was the 100 barrier. 50 soon followed then 25 and then 1/1 cards. It happened in a short period of time and these cards were hit with a tidal wave of price readjustment.

    That's also not taking into account that happening at the same time was something called eBay which would forever change the landscape of all collecting not just cards. A very volatile time that resulted in a lot of change for the industry.
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  3. #13
    The "average" print run for a serial numbered card in 1995-96 was 3,778.

    This includes the 19 serial numbered card versions, but does not include the minor league / non-NHL cards (classic, signature rookies). Much of the damage comes from the Donruss / Leaf releases. Other companies did parallels and inserts, and some did "one of..." stated print runs. But these are the only ones (according to the inventory) that were serial #'d.

    Serial #'d to 10,000
    Donruss Elite Inserts
    Leaf Fire on Ice

    Serial #'d to 5,000
    Donruss Dominators
    Donruss Elite Rookies
    Leaf Freeze Frame
    Leaf Road to the Cup
    Leaf Gold Stars
    Leaf Limited Rookie Phenoms
    Leaf Limited Stars of the Game

    Serial #'d to 2,500
    Donruss Cutting Edge
    Donruss Painted Warriors
    Leaf Limited Stick Side

    Serial #'d to 1966
    Parkhurst All Stars
    Parkhurst Promos

    Serial #'d to 1,500
    Parkhurst International NNO #3 & #4

    Serial #'d to 1,088
    Donruss Elite Lindros Series

    Serial #'d to 1,066
    Donruss Elite Lemieux Series

    And the winner for Lowest Serial Numbered Card of 1995 - 1996 is...
    Serial #'d to 1,000
    Donruss Elite World Juniors
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  4. #14
    Donruss Elite World Juniors was SN /1000
    LF this ITG Decades 1980's Autograph: AMM2 - Mark Messier CAN SP. Also need many Emblems and Numbers from ITG Decades 1980's and may need Quads, Golds or other low print runs from that set.
    PC includes Sakic, Vaive, Salming, Lafleur, Shutt and anyone named Stastny except Yan. Also buying Tokarski rookie year cards if priced right.

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