Homesick

May 6, 2008

Gem Mint Ten

Filed under: Sports, Websites — jodygambrell @ 9:10 pm

Growing up, I had more baseball cards than any kid that I knew. My dad passed this hobby on to me and it became a fun father/son activity. We spent several weekends at baseball card shows all over the Southeast, standing in line for hours for autographs from players such as Glenn Hubbard.

It used to be so much fun trying to complete a set from wax packs that I would buy at the local grocery store. I can remember getting a standing ovation at a card show in Birmingham for opening a $4.00 pack of cards and receiving the rare, 1986 Donruss, Jose Canseco “Rated Rookie” card worth well over $200.00 at the time (should have sold it on the spot)…

I blame “Upper Deck” for the fall of the baseball card industry. Before they came on the scene in 1988, I was able to make complete sets each year from “The Big 3” card companies…Topps, Donruss, and Fleer. When Upper Deck came on the scene, everybody stepped up their game and the cost of baseball cards skyrocketed. “The Big 3” started releasing different brands (Topps Stadium Club, Topps Finest, Fleer Ultra, Donruss Leaf, and Score-Pinnacle). The industry went crazy and cards started including pieces of players’ jerseys, equipment, and DNA. It was no fun anymore.

I just ran up on a webpage that brought back memories of the baseball card glory days. The sight’s name, Gem Mint Ten, makes me smile. Only a true collector would appreciate that. Check it out.

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2 Comments »

  1. DNA??

    Comment by Joel Williams — May 7, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

  2. ok, maybe not DNA.

    Comment by jodygambrell — May 7, 2008 @ 9:09 pm


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