OT Trading Cards

I posted on the baseball board how I just picked up an autographed Kevin Kopps rookie card. Does anyone else here collect sports cards? I have been collecting for over 30 years, but I have never seen the market explode like it has in the last 2 years. I sold a few cards I never thought I would just because the market is so nuts. Would love to hear some of your stories if you have them. I also collect comic books, toys, vintage Vegas casino chips, and of course, Razorback stuff.

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I collected sports trading cards as a kid, mostly NFL but a few others like hockey and even race car drivers. Last I had track of them they were in a box in storage at my parents house. They lost their house in the 1996 tornado in Fort Smith/Van Buren while I was overseas in the military. Gone forever…

What I do have now is a big box of Pokemon trading cards in the top of my closet that my teenager collected when he was little. My wife thinks I’m nuts for holding onto them (it’s kids stuff), but who knows, in a few years may find I have “the one” that everybody is looking for and no one can find.

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Some of the rare Pokémon cards are worth a fortune. Definitely don’t throw them out.

Jeremy, I started collecting trading cards back in the early to mid 90’s.
I have boxes and mostly cigar boxes of cards as well as albums. I’ve got football; baseball; basketball, nascar and some hockey.
I haven’t collected very much in the last few years. It can be addictive to a fault if you’re not careful.
I wish I had the cards I had as a boy, today. But back in the 60’s the cards were almost secondary to the bubble gum! The cards made great motor sounds on my bicycle spokes.
My brother and I used to go to some card shows years ago. Sold some, bought some and traded some. Never got rich though.
I have a lot of rookie cards from all the above sports as well as a lot of insert cards.
The internet had almost killed the neighborhood card and collectibles shops.
At one time I had three of the Jeter Upperdeck SP foil rookie cards. But I traded them away long before he became the star he was. Now that card is money in the bank!! Actually I could have sworn that I kept one, but I’ve looked and looked but one hasn’t turned up.
I still enjoy buying a pack here and there but that is few and far between.
Oh, I also collected the 1/24 scale nascar die cast. Mostly Jeff Gordon. I also have a few Dale Earnhardt Jr. as well. They are all still in original boxes.
I still have some Jordan; Jeter; Griffey; and others that are starting to rise in value. So we’ll see.

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My sets were from the 70’s. I don’t know if there’s a market for old NFL cards, but it would have been fun to pull them out and do the research if I still had them.

My son started collecting the Pokemon cards about 15 years ago and did it a few years, so they’re still young. Some day I’ll pull them out and do a little research, see what I got. The interesting thing is we were in Japan when he started, so some of them are the original Japanese Pokemon cards. Hopefully there’s a gold nugget hidden in there.

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You might be pleasantly surprised. Some of original Japanese Pokémon is very hard to find. I will tell you that condition is everything.

You had 3 of the SP Jeter cards…wow! That card is super hard to find in mint condition.

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Oh, man. Where to start.

My dad helped nurture my collecting (and now my son collects some as well). Until being hospitalized last summer, dad still was active buying and selling. My first trip to the store to buy a pack of cards was 1971. Dad was active at that point in the “hobby” and traded nationally courtesy of the old Trader Speaks magazine. He never met or traded with Jefferson Burdick, credited with being the first “collector” of baseball cards and the guy who cataloged cards for the first time.

Dad’s foray into the Trader Speaks introduced him to someone you fellows might remember. Dad befriended Ft. Smith’s John England, and set up a table to buy and sell at John’s first show. Creekmore Park rec center was the location in (I think) 1974. John and Dad were close for years.

When I was hired part-time at Westark College I wandered into John’s shop to reacquaint with Dad’s friend. I walked out of the shop (remember the spiral staircase to exit the bookstore and enter John’s shop?) with a part-time job. I left for doctoral work at UT, but often wonder what would have happened had I stayed. I spent summers and holidays working part-time for John and staying with friends.

I lost track of John when I got married and moved back to OK. Dad and John spoke on the phone from time to time until John passed after a short battle with cancer a couple of summers ago. A great friend taught with him at Southside after John sold his shop and returned to public education (what a fabulous history teacher).

John gave me a small stack of 57 Topps - he had stacks of cards everywhere and knew he’d never sell all of them - and I lost them until 2-3 years ago. It was then that I asked my Dad and we discovered that since they last talked John had been diagnosed with cancer than died shortly thereafter. I cherish those 57 Topps! That was also the year that Dad wrote Topps and complained that the middle series was not made available at his local grocery store. He received an entire set and a typed/signed letter from Topps apologizing. Quite the coup!

I haven’t collected current cards in decades, but this was the first year my Dad did not buy me a complete Topps set for birthday or Christmas. Together, Dad and I helped flesh out my Topps sets back to 1973, and then my birth year, 1965. I am close to completely a 53 Bowman and 53 Topps set, and the 56 Topps set. Unfortunately, some of the cards missing are the big dogs that I can’t afford.

In high school and college I would frequent “junk stores” and second hand joints looking for the occasional shoe box of cards. The next-to-last big find was in 8th or 9th grade, when I turned up a shoebox of fine condition 53-57 cards. The last was my senior year in HS, when I acquired about 10,000 assorted cards from 62-66, including inserts and a handful of football cards. Guy showed up at a card show to sell them but didn’t want to wait around for the auction service which was backed up. I overpaid his asking price (something I learned from my dad - never have someone come back and complain that you stiffed them) and got a treasure trove of fun cards.

Small anecdote: both of those finds had one pre-WW2 card, a 33 Goudey of Gus Mancuso. What are the odds?

Borehog, that 93UD Jeter SP Rookie card was a triple short print. One SP card per team, and one SP card for every box. Then, 3 SP cards from every team for every Jeter. I had one…can’t find it…and have failed to invest the bucks to replace it. It was the only card of that set I don’t have. It is a fun set.

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Great story! I was sure I wasn’t the only collector on here.

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I know! Don’t remind me!
My brother called me a year or so ago and asked me, “don’t you have the Jeter SP rookie card? one just sold for over a million bucks”! Like I said, I thought I had kept one and after he told me that I went looking thru all my cards but couldn’t find one.

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I feel your pain, brother. I had that card too, and sold it way too cheap. Pretty sure mine wasn’t a PSA 10 though. Very hard to get that grade on that card, since it has a foil front and is subject to chipping.

I collected baseball cards when a kid. I’ve got a book of old royals cards in plastic somewhere. Saberhagen rookie, George Brett rookie, Kevin Seitzer rookie, and some Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Steve Balboni. I think I have a Dan Quisenberry rookie too.

I’ll have to find that folder. not looked at it in 15 years or more.

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Yeah, I watch these Pawn Star and antique-type shows, see how much condition affects value. That’s a concern, he didn’t buy them from the perspective of a collector, he bought them from the perspective of a little boy wanting to play with them. And he did, lol.

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Now might be the perfect time to dig up your old cards. During the pandemic, people have been trading cards like stocks. Like I said, I sold some things I was really hesitant to sell just because people were paying stupid money. But…I will say that most of the big buyers want graded cards, and the biggest grader (PSA) is backed up almost a year.
I’m gonna share a story that might interest some of you. Right after the Chiefs won their latest SB, I bought a raw Mahomes Optic rookie card on Ebay for $60. PSA wasn’t backed up then, so I sent it off to be graded for $20. It came back a GEM Mint 10, and was worth about 2 grand. I lucked out on that card, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

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I’ve collect baseball, football and basketball cards for years but the ones that really chap my back side is something that I let get away.

Back while in college, I was part of a group that spent a lot of time playing AD&D. So when this card game called Magic the Gathering came out, we all bought several boxes of them. The original first issue stuff all had what is now called black border. It was an okay game and I had tons of cards, but I soon realized that it was a game that was dependent of constantly buying new released cards if you wanted to stay on top. This soured me as a poor college student with not a lot of expendable dough for games. So I lost interest and traded all my cards away to a buddy for his broken down old Honda motorcycle. Sadly it was probably not worth more than about 100 bucks but thats about what I had invested in cards so we were both happy.

35 years later, if I could go back and kick myself I sure would. Those original black border cards are worth a mint. Many of those cards range from 500-1000 dollars each last time I looked. It makes me sick to know I had many of these most valuable cards.

c’est la vie

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I became a card collecting fanatic in the 90’s. Took a while to kick that habit. I still look around some.
Jeremy is right, condition is everything.
What one may think is a card in excellent condition can be downgraded quickly when taken to an expert. You have to be careful about so called experts as well though. Some are crooked and crafty.

Pays off to put a brand new card you like or think may be a collectible later (especially any rookie card) in proper sealed packaging immediately.

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If I had a time machine, all I would need to get rich is the previous day’s newspaper and some old currency.

I gave my wife an “I Love You Card” a few years ago. She told me to go fork off. Dang.

I tried to sell it on Ebay. Only person who would buy is some dude in Estonia. He only had Euros though.

This sucks as bad as TTech’s loss to Kansas in 2OT.

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Thats like back in 94, I knew a couple of the players on the basketball team. I gave Dillard a ball and he got it autographed with all the players and Nolan. Within just a year or 2 I saw them selling for around a 1000 bucks, but there was no way in hell I was gonna part with it. I still have it now in a glass case sitting with a piece of the championship net, a sighed championship jersey, and a whole host of other Razorback stuff. I think the value of the ball now is only probably around 100 bucks… Seems the things I valued and kept went down and the things I did not value and got rid of increased in value. Go figure.

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I’ve been meaning to tell you my Martin Terry story, Pavlov. My freshman year of college, my grandma took me to Montgomery Ward to buy furniture for my apartment. Martin Terry sold us the black leather coach that I still have in my office. Great dude!