Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Collection: Banker's Box #1

About a week ago I teased a picture of a collection I had been gifted. Lots of responses were left about the patience I was displaying by not immediately digging in to unearth potential gems.
Well, you all shook me to my senses and I started the very next evening.
It has been a process, but a fun one at that.
Some of the collection was purchased from an estate sale style auction in Decatur, Illinois.  Yet, some of the cards were from the owner's original collection. Price tags, auction tickets, receipts a couple of printed off e-mails helped me put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Actually, I think I had almost as much fun playing the sleuth as I did the collector!
 The first banker's box, pictured at the top of this post, yielded a bunch of singles from the early 1990's, including Leaf, Stadium Club, Fleer Ultra and Pinnacle.  Good stuff.  I started pulling some of the best card photos to share and I think I found some good ones. Man, I love the photography from the '92 & '93 Upper Deck sets!
 There were a few hand collated sets and couple of starter sets to finish, but nothing to surprising within the first box. In all, there were probably about 4,000 cards in the box. Including about 1,500 cards of 1990 Donruss.  Ack.
I did find a box of stars from the time period which included some oddballs, which was encouraging.

But, it gets better. Vintage better.

Stay tuned, as I have four more large boxes to dig through!


  1. That's some awesome early 90s goodness. If it gets better than that, we're all in for a treat!

  2. Good stuff already! Can't wait to see the vintage!

  3. 1993 Upper Deck is a set I may try and put together. Lots of good Ivy shots in that set!

  4. As far as photography goes, I can't think of a better set than 1993 Upper Deck. Looking forward to seeing more from your find!

  5. Looking forward to seeing the vintage portion.

  6. Totally agree with Nick. The Ozzie Smith and Royce Clayton are perfect examples.

  7. Very excited to see the treasures that you find. And I'm not Schmidtting you, that Kellogg's Schmidt is the Schmidt.

  8. 1993 Upper Deck? Very cool! 1990 Donruss? Not so cool.

    Can't wait to see what else you have.

  9. What are the odds; my last post has a Cecil Fielder Jimmy Dean card in it, and they aren't even the same card.

  10. i've seriously considered collecting Ump Rumps. nice Girardi!