I’m pretty excited for this post. It’s been an awefully long time since I thought of the shopping sprees when I was a child. I grew up mainly in the era of the big Nickelodeon giveaways and always wanted to do one. I obviously did not get the chance. I won’t sit here and write a story on what I would buy. Instead, I’m going to take the list approach. It’s probably the easiest way.
$5,000 – Every Ken Griffey JR rookie card produced, in Mint condition. Junior was the most exciting player to me when I was in my prime of both collecting and playing baseball. I was never able to land a rookie card of his in a pack back then. If given the chance, I would buy everyone one of them off of eBay right now, without batting an eye. The cards represent an extremely happy time of my life. You know, back when everything was pure and innocent.
$3,000 – Adrian Peterson 2007 Exquisite Rookie Patch Auto. Adrian Peterson is without a doubt an amazing amazing running back. When I worked in college football I got a chance to see him play many times, in a way the average fan can’t. Having the best rookie card of his would be an awesome thing to possess.
$20,000 – $30,000 – Every Topps complete baseball set. There is something to be said about a Topps baseball card. I realize that Upper Deck makes the best quality cards today, but Topps has been around almost from the beginning. When I think of baseball cards, I immediately think of Topps. Topps cards bring me back to my childhood at Millerville Academy in Baton Rouge, LA. It was there that I discovered both sports and cards. I distinctly remember the Topps set with the woodgrain borders. We would trade our Wally Joyner and Ozzie Smith cards like they were gold. I’m also reminded of a time at my great grandmother’s house in Burnet, TX when I was about 12. My cousin and I would walk across the street to the store to buy the Topps Multi Jumbo packs. I would just stare at the cards. It was almost like I could hear the game being played. To me, Topps baseball cards are more than just baseball cards. They feel like a piece of my life. If I could, I would own them all.
$10,000 – Every Marques Colston card on eBay. Colston is my favorite player from the New Orleans Saints. But it’s more than that. This is a guy that you never hear of him off the field with any issues at all. He is also part of the rebuilding of New Orleans, South Louisiana and our beloved Saints. I enjoy the Saints and Marques Colston more than I could ever type in this brief post about cards.
The rest I would donate to the ‘Save Upper Deck’ fund ;-).