I actually came home with a pretty impressive miscellaneous stack all three days. When I put the three together, I was a little surprised by just how many cards I had added that weren't of the black and gold variety. And the biggest representation? The 90's.
Yes, I love the 90's. The Kenny Lofton card captures it all for me - growing up in the 90's really was the wonder years of cardboard (at least for me). I know 80's collectors wax nostalgically for days with few releases and 91 Stadium Club rocking their world. But I'll take flashy colors, big designs, and some nice inserts any day. Speaking of which...if anyone has any more of those Wonder Years cards, I may need to throw together a set.
There's just something about 90's base cards that I really enjoy. Even during an era dominated by insert chasers, base cards still sold the products. Or if nothing else, they were given more care than today. The cropping and composition really stand out to me - there are lots of cards with cool photos today, but it seems like the unique photo is just slapped on the card. Part of me would like to envision some Fleer employee agonizing over how to position the photo on this card - perfectly centered or off center? - to frame the photo with the gold leaf text.
But we're just getting started. Tomorrow I'll begin showing off some of the big finds for the weekend, with some more card post scattered in. With some of my dime box digs from the weekend, it may be time to finally consider officially inducting some new members into my player collecting life.