You know how it is, you start hunting and hunting, looking for something interesting to write about. I have been using the Serial Insanity Project as a crutch a lot for posts lately, which is not good, because I feel it should be a complement to the blog, rather than the meat and potatoes.
Tonight I starting hunting through a 5000 count monster box, just hoping for any kind of idea to pop into the empty recesses of my mind. Instead of taking the usual couple of hours for a thought to develop, I found these cards, and instantly I time warped 22 years back, to the summer of '91.
Cards were all over the place. The boom was in full swing, and I was head over heels for the '91 Upper Deck baseball set.
I bought a shit ton of it. It was the next big thing!! My thought process back then was totally warped. Money, money, money. I was going to buy up as much as I could, get all the great rookies, and let the money flow in when I sold them off at a huge profit.
Some of you older guys and gals out there might remember this guy:
|There's more where this came from|
Maybe another blast from the past will jog your memories? Reggie Sanders anyone?
Karros and Sanders career stats are somewhat similar, While Sanders out homered Karros 305-284, Karros had more career base hits (1724-1666). Sanders did play for 3 more seasons in the bigs, and in 1998 started a string of 7 straight seasons where he played for a different team each year (Cincinnati, San Diego, Atlanta, Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis). If you take a look at the run of teams, you have to wonder how Reggie's body clock ever functioned properly, as he went from Eastern to Pacific to Eastern to Pacific to Eastern to Pacific and finally to the Central time zone.
Now, if you're any kind of collector in southern Ontario in the early 90's, you knew all about this guy...
|The next big thing until the Jays needed some help|
Karsay's rookie card was going nuts, selling easily for a few bucks in the Toronto area. Prospecting was in full swing back then. I was part of the insanity. Can't you tell?
What a mistake. It took me a long time to get that warped money making mentality out of my system.
While I still have no problems selling a card today, I don't buy into the hype of rookies anymore. I don't buy a lot of a particular product anymore trying to accumulate the next big thing. I happily build my sets, some new, some old, and enjoy the hobby for what it should have been for me 22 years ago.
Thanks for reading, Robert