Early 90's Hockey Cards...For Kicks

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Every once in a while I'll get on these kicks where I want to do something. A couple of weeks ago I just felt like buying and opening some random unopened boxes of 1990's hockey cards.

I went on eBay and looked around but the shipping rates pushed the limits of my budget. However, I didn't give up, and went to a local card shop to see if they had anything, but they didn't.

As luck would have it, I checked on craigslist and found a local collector who was selling the exact boxes I was looking for. I called the collector, and we talked for a bit (Come to find out he was in the card shop at the same time I was). The next day went over to his to buy some cards.

I was extremely overwhelmed at what he had for sale. Many sets, and unopened boxes of baseball, football, basketball and hockey cards from the early 1990's. I was a kid in a candy store, and wasn't sure what to buy. I decided to purchase a box of 1990-91 Score Hockey (American), 1990-91 Topps Hockey, 1990-91 Pro Set Hockey, and 1991-92 Upper Deck Hockey. I only ended up paying $20 total.

It was pretty cool to open those boxes and packs and remember some of the players I watched as a kid. It will be a nice start to a hockey card collection for my son Jake.

Here's a breakdown of what I got in the boxes:

1990-1991 Score
Martin Brodeur Rookie (opened in first pack)
Eric Lindros Rookie (2 cards)
Wayne Gretzky
Mario Lemieux
Patrick Roy

1990-91 Topps
Mike Richter Rookie (2 cards)
Curtis Joseph (2 cars)
Wayne Gretzky
Mario Lemieux
Patrick Roy
Jeremy Roenick Rookie (3 cards)
Mike Modano Rookie (3 cards)

1991-92 Upper Deck
Dominick Hasek Rookie 
Wayne Gretzky
Mario Lemieux
Patrick Roy
Eric Lindros Canada Cup Card

1990-91 Pro Set
Wayne Gretzky
Mario Lemieux
Patrick Roy

Also included were about 200 goalie cards to add to my goalie collection, and other cards of players like Dale Hawerchuck, Steve Yzerman, Mark Messier, etc.

Overall, the book value of the cards outweighed the $20 I spent, but the retail value would be closer to the $20 if I ever tried to sell the cards.

I highly suggest to parents who are looking to buy their young children some sports cards to invest in cheap cards like the ones I bought. Most packs of current sports cards run between $2 to $100 per pack, and $60 to $300 per box.  Obviously, there is a chance to get some very expensive cards in those packs, but for most parents it's not worth spending that money. Also, by buying older cheaper cards it's a great way to start a collection for a child, and if they start to really like collecting then I'd invest in the newer more expensive cards.       
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