Thursday, February 9, 2012
Once upon a time...
From what I've read, the baseball card universe got a little crazy during the late 80's and early '90's.
I'm not just talking about the card companies churning out millions and millions of cards.
The collectors contributed to a lot of the wackiness as well. A lot of people that weren't actually "collectors" started to get into the hobby, mainly for the wrong reasons.
The prices of cards began to skyrocket. From what I know, this Jose Canseco card was one of the "hottest" items on the market.
I'm not sure on the exact price, but I'd guess that this card was trading hands for good money at the peak of the overproduction era. Canseco's rookie card from '86 Donruss was worth over a hundred bucks at one point (thanks for the info, hiflew!).
Canseco was tearing up the league at the time.
As we all know, the card market crashed and most of the cards produced during the era were worth next to nothing.
This past summer, I found it in a 12/$1 box. So I paid about eight cents.
I don't collect Jose Canseco (except his "zero-year" cards), but I bought it anyways, just for laughs.
It's a great reminder of how crazy this hobby once was, and it makes everything now seem so much simpler.