|Old Guy on the right.|
Most of these boxes would've been in his stack. I pulled every box that contained cards I wanted or thought would be fun trade material. None of these cards were specific to my want list, which by the way, has been greatly revised.
One by one, I've gone through each box to find complete base sets. The original owner included the parallels pulled too! I've decided to keep the majority of them intact but am busting a few for trading.
One of the first sets broken was 2001 Fleer Futures. These were some of the last cards I purchased when I stopped collecting in 2001. With their sandpaper finish, I thought they were ugly then but bought them anyway. As a collector, that's what I was supposed to do...buy everything.
|The future was ugly.|
|My favorite Ultra is Michelob but these will do in a dry moment.|
|Cam, catcher beauties, floating bats, musicians and baseball! Piazza Pizzazz!|
Gold Parallels here too!
|BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO|
Showcase? A beautiful set headed for the binder! Hey old guy. Look what I got!
made the decision easier. Favorites kept. Cards like the one above and these:
fit nicely into my collection. While the full bleed colors are sharp, most of the set has a blurred or shadow effect that doesn't appeal to me.
The final box was nothing less than miraculous as far as 90s sets go. I couldn't believe my eyes. Stealing a quick glance at the old guy to make sure he wasn't encroaching upon my territory, I calmly removed this box from the bottom of a stack. Every single card of the three 1998 Fleer sets within were accounted for: Sports Illustrated, SI Then and Now and SI World Series Fever.
THEN AND NOW
WORLD SERIES FEVER
If you've stayed with me to this point, you may wonder what all of this glorious cardboard cost. The old guy had someone take ten boxes to his car but he was still stacking 'em high. Why he didn't just buy out the table, I'll never know. I do know I saved him at least $25. That's all I had left. $5 a box. All sets but one were complete. I still can't believe the deal.
Thanks Old Guy!