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Hello all, I figured with my first blog entry I would go back in time. This will take you all the way back to 1998 before the game-used and autograph hype. In 1998 I was a thirteen year old kid with little money to spend. I didn't let that keep from kicking my collecting into high gear with all the affordable cards on the market. I was lucky that many times my mom and I would go to Wal-Mart she would let me pick out a pack of cards. My pack of choice was usually Topps with a price tag of $1.30 for eleven cards. Then it wasn't about finding a game-used or autographed card, it was about the thrill of finding that new Saint Louis Cardinal for my collection. If all the card companies still existed that did back in 1998 without all the game-used and autographs that are chased now we could have a stronger collecting industry. With the wide variety of cards we had more competition so we had more card companies catering to younger kids with the more affordable prices.


  1. Brigance's Avatar
    I agree High end stuff is no fun for me, I would much rather spend one to two bucks on retail packs and get alot of cool players and sub-line cards, rather than 200 for a pack of three cards with one guaranteed auto. I also do not get the rookie card thing, I would rather have an established stars card rather than a rookie card of a 7th round pick that will be out of the league in two years.
  2. ajcorleone's Avatar
    Great article I enjoy the archives releases of now because they remind me of back then.WHen I was a kid cards were affordable and a thrill to collect.Now the high end craze with GU and auto kind of kills it.Now we have a slew who only trade if you have that flavor of the month.I got a ton of 80's and 90's cards that I look at and still enjoy.
  3. #1cardsfan's Avatar
    Thank you all for your kind words about this blog. I am in the process of thinking what to do for next month.

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