Day 13: One of your favorite cards from the 1990s
Back in the 1990s, I collected everything. There are so many interesting sets from that era that I could highlight here Sets that people have long forgotten or don't even know exist.
Unfortunately, the three things that came out of the 1990s were parallels (forced supply limitations getting more and more rare), relic cards (which led to controversy over cutting up valuable artifacts, authenticity, and even appropriateness - I remember the "What's next? Sock cards?" discussion coming up in card shops), and autographs. Don't get me wrong, all three of those can be fun to collect, but couldn't we have not been so harsh on Cardsupials?
And yes, cards in cans sound stupid. But the cans are great displays for a collector stacked up on a shelf, or having just one can of your favorite player next to a Starting Lineup figurine. And now cards come in nice wooden boxes or metal tins that people keep and display - with no players on the front at all! Yes, the card set inside Pinnacle Inside was lackluster at best, but the gimmick was sound, even if you needed to raid the kitchen to open your packs.
I digress. The 1990s were the peak of my card collecting years, and I enjoyed the ride. My favorite card is one that you can easily find for less than a buck, though:
There are a lot of Upper Deck cards commemorating Rickey Henderson's stolen base record and Nolan Ryan's achievements late in his career, but this one remains my favorite. It's an art card featuring two of my favorite players at their greatest moments. Vernon Wells is probably one of the two most prolific baseball artists out there (Dick Perez, anyone?). So this card remains special for me even today, when I can sometimes find it in quarter or even dime boxes.
Let's not forget that Nolan Ryan's 5000th strikeout was Rickey Henderson. Do you think Rickey did that on purpose when he had the chance, so he would get one more mention in the record books?