I had the day off yesterday so after lunch with a friend I decided to hit up a card shop that while in the area, isn't exactly in MY area. I'd visited SMP Sportcards (@SMPSportscards) a couple of times before, but this time the shop owner was in. I had plenty of time to dig in and found some low-end gems. I'm not posting all of them, but I had to post these beauties.
Acetate cards have become popular over the last handful of years. Let's not forget that they have been around for more than 20 years. I like to keep cards of Mountaineers in their college uniforms but don't care much once they are in NFL uniforms. I made an exception for these. As a teen, packs of these cards were a bit more expensive than I was willing to pay. Since they're not worth much it probably wasn't a bad decision. They are mine now.
When I first got into sports, Dale Murphy was my guy. I didn't keep all of the cards that I had as a kid, but I bought these three autographs back shortly after they came out. Even through multiple card purges since then, they have remained in my collection. I added a fourth autograph today.
I'd been in the shop for awhile before I saw this card. He mentioned that prices are not as marked on some things, so I asked about this card. He told me $20 and that if I wanted to see eBay going price, he'd match it. I was happy at $20, so I had him take it out of the case and I added it to the stack.
Before I sat it down I flipped the case over...
SERIAL NUMBERED OUT OF 10!!!!
I don't have many of the cards that I had before I was a teen (or even a young adult). The two that I've had the longest are a Bill Ripken F-Face that I pulled from a pack myself in 1989 and also a Rickey Henderson rookie. There's a third card that would have made the cut but somehow, I lost the card. It's the only card I believe I lost. It had to have been when we moved. I've been intending for years to "replace" the card by picking up another copy and I did so yesterday.
Sure, it's only a $15 card. It's worth way more than that to me, even though it's not the original copy that owned. I'm sure that every time I'm looking through my cards and come across this I will smile and momentarily relive the innocence of youth and the hobby. It was a good time, when it was just about COLLECTing cards and having ones you enjoyed instead of worrying about how much everything was "worth."