Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Marion, IN

These 78 cards were sent by Brock of Marion, Indiana.  There were some large quantities of cards that don't often arrive in bulk like this, so this mailing provided a nice little jolt to some of the numbers.  This group also pushed 1993 Topps over the 200 card mark, which is a bit of a sentimental milestone for me.

When the number of card companies and sets exploded in the early 1990's I was a young kid.  I was given a generous $5 a week allowance for doing various "chores," and could occasionally hustle extra money by filling a wagon full of cans to take in for deposits, or asking for extra odd jobs for a few extra bucks from my father.  When cards cost 50¢ a pack up until around 1990, that money went a long ways.  But when the "High-End" sets started coming out, they felt so out of reach that I didn't even lose that much sleep over not being able to buy packs of them.  But by collecting a Wallach from each set, I didn't feel like I was missing out.  It wasn't until 1993 that it really felt like I was.  That was the first year that came and went where I wasn't able to pick up even the Topps base set Wallach.  Shops in my area had stopped carrying "commons" by then, as set builders seemingly went away with the gum, and I was left in the cold that year.  I didn't pick up a 1993 Topps Wallach until the late 1990's when eBay came along.  So to now have 200+ copies in hand feels a bit surreal.

Thanks for the cards Brock.  I'll find some Bonds to send out your way.

Updated Totals:

1988 Donruss: 775
1988 Donruss All-Star: 48
1990 Fleer: 369
1990 Topps x4: 512
1991 Donruss x2: 268
1991 Fleer x4: 189
1991 Studio x2: 79
1992 Stadium Club x6: 61
1992 Studio x12: 73
1992 Ultra x2: 139
1992 Upper Deck: 279
1993 Donruss: 103
1993 Flair: 38
1993 Leaf x6: 83
1993 Score x2: 27
1993 Score Select x2: 48
1993 Stadium Club: 70
1993 Studio x4: 51
1993 Topps x11: 208
1993 Upper Deck x6: 145
1994 Studio x8: 27

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