Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tales From The Card Show Part 1:The First Time

Back in the late 90's, we had something here that was called a Sport Card Show. I am sure many of you find this relevant in your area still but not where I am.

There are no card shows. There are no LCS'. There is no #hobbylove.

The hobby here looks like this....

It's a sad, sad place to collect.

But, I remember a time when it was thriving here. Cards everywhere, a card shop 15 minutes away and a monthly card show. It was a beautiful thing.

I also remember my first card show. It was held at the local Moose Lodge/Elks Club where it was held for a few years before dissipating. There were roughly 20-30 vendors set up, it wasn't a huge show but efficient enough for the area, with most selling sports cards while a few others set up with coins and Beanie Babies. It usually had a pretty big draw.

The admission was $1 to get in, but that $1 also scored you a chance at some prizes. They handed you a ticket and kept the other half that went into a hat for a drawing. That drawing would be for a few packs of cards from the card shop owner who was running the show and the drawing would take place every hour. My father and I would make sure we would at least stay a few hours just to give us a shot at winning and hang out with other cardsies. That's like besties but with cards.

My first card show didn't win me a drawing, but it left memories which meant more. I remember walking around the show seeing so many cards I wished I had. Most of them completely out of my father's price range, so we window shopped. We did however grab a couple of packs of cards before leaving.

They were 1996 Playoff Trophy Contenders. The packs ran a bit high at the time. If I remember right I think we paid $5.99 a pack.

We couldn't wait to get to the car to bust the product so we did it right there with many hanging over our shoulders watching. There were a few guys who were known as "big timers" who stood by waiting for us to hit it big and ready to be the first to try and snatch our hits away.

Sadly for them, there were none to be found. We did however have two packs of base. But, I wasn't complaining or disappointed. The base cards looked really solid with a trophy in the background and a player in the forefront. The cards were also printed on thicker stock and had a high end appeal.


The only thing I didn't like was the rookie cards that weren't rookie cards. Curtis Martin was apart of the 1995 rookie class but was included as a rookie in this product. It was one of my biggest pet peeves. Still is today especially with baseball cards.

I still have my 1996 Playoff Trophy Contenders and they help me reflect upon that fun day at the card show. It's amazing what a little piece of cardboard can do for your memory.

More from the card show coming up on this blog.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Upper-DUNK Basketball!

I am back!

FINALLY time for another new post on The Origins Of A Cardboard Addict.

I must apologize for the long delay, but I was taking time away to rest from surgery and thinking of the direction I want to take this blog. I have found it a bit challenging to locate a lot of the cards that need to be posted on here so going forward I am only posting the accessible ones on my desk or boxes and building my posts around them. But, I do promise everything you love about this blog with nostalgia will continue just in a different way. I also promise that the products and cards you see on this blog I actually own and opened at the year they are stated.

So with all of that being said, let's move onto today's post.

As I stated at the end of 1995, I was starting to get more into basketball card collecting. I was also learning to appreciate Upper Deck products a whole lot more. One of my favorite basketball from Upper Deck in 1996 was their flagship product.

It had nothing to even do with the inserts and hits, it had to do with the simple base cards.

The simplicity yet elegant look draws you in immediately. The cards are pretty much borderless other than the small slit down the side that has orange bumpy-embossed feel to it. The design alone was nice but not as nice as the photographs that Upper Deck used. Something they have always been winners for in my book. No other company had the photography like they did.

Just like the title of this post, a lot of the 360 base card photos involved above-the-rim-slam-dunkin-action. Come check out a few of my favorites right here,
This is technically a rebound, remember when teams did that, but it's still high flying action

The Mail Man is delivering!


I always had a thing for the 90's Jazz and treated them as my second favorite team

This isn't saying that 1996-1997 Upper Deck basketball didn't have nice inserts because they did. Lots of foil and die cut action. Something I loved to collect. The inserts were a bonus in my opinion with such nice base cards.
My increase in collecting basketball cards in 1996 was really growing as I will show as this year goes on and it helped with products like this. Well, that and my hate of the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls. I would use cards from those teams to get cards I actually wanted. I cannot count the times I ditched Jordans for a Ewing or Starks or NY Giants card for my collection. Looking back on that now...well...I may not have made those decisions.
I cannot say enough times how glad I was to collect the NBA in the late 90's because where is this kinda photography in today's basketball card collecting? It doesn't exist. You know why...because Upper Deck NBA cards do not exist. We are limited to one company and that one company isn't Upper Deck. You know what else doesn't collecting of today's NBA cards because of this.