First of all I would like to thank John in allowing me to write for his blog! A couple of years ago I was heavily into collecting 90’s inserts of Alex Rodriguez and opening products from the 90’s as well and always looked at his blog for reference in regarding sealed 90’s boxes. Unfortunately I spent way too much money on my collection and when I moved back to Alaska I had to sell everything and got maybe a 1/4 of what it was all worth.
So here we are two years later. John is no longer writing for the blog and I have a little free time on my hands during the weekends so I figured that I would slowly start building my collection that I enjoyed so much, as well as opening a box of 90’s product every 2 weeks. I plan on writing about the A-Rod inserts that come in the mail. I will not only go into detail about the insert set itself, but also go into detail about the product it came from. I will also review each box that I open in order to continue to show that there is so much to love about cards from the 90’s than people may think. In today’s culture of collecting, it’s all about the “hits” you pull, rather than enjoying every card that comes out of the pack.
This leads me to a little but about myself. My dad got me into collecting when I was 7 years old. He bought me my first pack of hockey cards then..a pack of 92-93 Upper Deck. I remember a card of one of my favorite players at the time, Pavel Bure, came out of a pack that we opened in the car.
This is the card
What isn’t there to like about this card. In the early 90’s very few cards were this shiny and neat to look at. Immediately I was hooked on card collecting and through my childhood, I collected baseball, hockey, and basketball cards until 2001, when I moved to Sitka, Alaska. For 9 years I never even thought about collecting again. Until one day, I poked around on ebay and say how amazing cards were now. Pieces of Jerseys in card alone with autographs and low numbered cards, made it very enticing to collect. The worst part about collecting now, in my opinion, is the allure of flipping boxes, which drew me into a year of blowing through money I didn’t have.
Once I got out of that stage I wanted to pursue collecting my favorite player from my Mariners in the 90’s other than Joey Cora, Alex Rodriguez. Back when my dad used to visit me in Alaska, he would bring me packs of the best set produced from the 90’s design wise, the 1996 Metal Universe set. Nothing had been made like this set before and I was drawn in as soon as I opened a pack on saw this card:
Is there any set now that you can get ecstatic over pulling a base card of your favorite player? It’s either a #d parallel or “hit” or you just put it in the base pile later to be given away or thrown away. It’s this joy that I still hold onto and that leads me to buying boxes that I could have never dreamed of obtaining in the past.
I am currently ordering a scanner/printer to scan the cards from the 90’s boxes I have purchased and opened and will get my review of each box on the blog as soon as it arrives. As you all can imagine, everything has to be ordered online here in Sitka, as everything is priced so incredibly high..thank you Amazon for saving me! I would really appreciate some feedback from anyone who is planning on following the blog again because without the readers, there is no point in taking the time out to provide reviews on products :)
I will get a review of the re-start of my Rodriguez collection tomorrow and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.