Thursday, March 24, 2011

Missing Like a 1953 Topps #268

Has this ever happened to you?  You're lying in your bed, trying to calm your mind, recounting the day's events and planning for tomorrow.  When all of a sudden, you have a flash of brilliance? 

My mind jumps almost every direction on the compass when I'm trying to fall asleep.  I'll have thoughts as benign as reliving a past vacation or as extreme as imagining myself as a time traveler who single-handedly averts some past world disaster because I have the future solution to a problem that plagued the distant past.  Other times, I just think about baseball cards.

Like last night.  I was settling into bed, getting the pillow just right, when I thought of an awesome idea for a blog post.  This idea was a fantastic conversation piece and I must of dwelt on it for another 30 minutes as a thunderstorm rolled through our area.  I finally fell asleep, woke up this morning and the brilliant idea was GONE.

Vanished.  Missing like a 1953 Topps #268. 

I really do hope that I remember what this epiphany was about because I'd truly like to share it.  But, in the meantime, I'll bore you with this little subjective question that I honestly do need an answer to.

What do you consider to be the Junk Wax Era?  I'm looking for a range in years and whether or not you'd exclude any brands from that range.  Is there any other criteria you use, such as low "book" price?

For me, I'd say all major brands from 1986 to 1993 with the exception of '89 Upper Deck.

What is your Junk Wax Era?


FanOfReds said...

I think '86 - '93 sounds reasonable. I'd probably exclude the '93 Upper Deck set (most people seem to love that set unlike most of the junk wax sets).

GCA said...

I start at '85, mostly because that's the first year I didn't collect. And I think '85s match better with '86+ then '84. Plus, the '84 Donruss set is scarcer than normal.
I agree with the '93 end date, since Upper Deck renovated their design completely and I have trouble identifying '94-'97 Topps as to which year is which design. (I came back to cards in 2003.) 91-93 Topps are very similar in card stock and basic design elements. Nothing from that era seems "premium" to me, even '90 Leaf, etc. They all seem flimsier and cheesier.

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