I have collect sports cards and memorabilia since the late 1970s.  Only recently did I become interested in basketball cards.  Ironically, for a number of reasons, basketball cards seem to be on the skids.  So, while the industry looks away from basketball cards, this seems like a good time to educate myself on the hobby’s past and share what I learn.

I break boxes and ripping packs weekly on this blog.  Each month I try to post at least two rips/breaks.  One is a recent box from 2010 and later.  That is the first Monday of the month.  On the third Monday I post anything from before 2009.

On the second and fourth Monday I post box breaks that will hopefully give me something for my collection.  I collect innovative cards from the 1990s, which is when the hobby seemed to have healthy competition and new ideas.  The things I collect are listed below.

  • autographs – The first autograph cards distributed in packs were issued in 1990.  I collect autographed cards from 1990, 1991, and 1992.
  • serial-numbered cards – Serial numbers appeared on cards with the first autographs.  There is lots of overlap between autographs and serial numbers in the early 1990s.  I collect all serial-numbered cards from 1990, 1991, and 1992.
  • relic cards – Relic cards came on the scene in 1996.  I collect relic cards from 1996, 1997, and 1998.
  • printing plates – Printing plates were first handed out in 1997 by Pinnacle.  I collect printing plates from 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Fortunately, lots of these cards can be found in some of the really inexpensive junk wax boxes of the 1990s.  Then again, the odds of pulling something of value from junk wax are pretty long.  Over time I hope to pull some nice cards.

In the occasional month with a fifth Monday, I’ll squeeze in another basketball-only post.  Since the name of the blog is Hardwood Cardboard, I should probably keep at least half of the breaks on basketball.


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