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Old 01-09-2018, 08:31 AM
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Default Biggest years in the hobby- Modern

I was thinking yesterday about the biggest years in the hobby, at least since 1980. By biggest, I guess I mean most noteworthy and exciting but feel free to add your own adjectives. I wasn't really thinking of valuable cards, just years which were pivotal in the hobby.

-1981- First year Topps monopoly broken, 3 major sets plus lots of minor sets (Drakes, Coke, etc). Guy burns 52 Mantle, Baseball strike, first Topps boxed traded set.

-1984- Rookie card mania, Mattingly and Strawberry. Short printed Fleer and Donruss sets. First Tiffany sets, First Fleer Update set short printed. First Beckett Monthly

-1987- Giant production, Rookie card mania with Canseco, Bonds, McGwire, dozens of others, most of which are commons now.

-1989- First year of Upper Deck, spawned higher end issues for first time. Otherwise RAMPANT over production. Also football/basketball get popular with ProSet and Hoops leading the way.

-1998- Pinnacle/Score bankruptcy, game used started to emerge a little. Sosa/McGwire home run race set cards on fire.

-2005- Maybe more infamous, steroid scandal craters 80's rookies, Fleer fails, Donruss loses license.
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1989 Fleer glossy -The Ken Griffey Jr. card from this set is regarded as one of the most important early parallels in hobby history and is more often than not found with centering, print lines, and gloss imperfection.

1984 Topps football ( I know you posted this in baseball)

Do not remember the year but when Topps got control of all the major licensing.

1990. first autographs in packs.

1992- Topps gold-hobby’s first true parallel set.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:46 AM
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1992 - beginning of the Insert-craze Era
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:26 PM
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1989 -The Ken Griffey Jr. card from this set is regarded as one of the most important early parallels in hobby history and is more often than not found with poor centering.

1984 Topps football ( I know you posted this in baseball)

Do not remember the year but when Topps got control of all the major licensing.

1993?. first autographs in packs.

1992- Topps gold-hobby’s first true parallel set.
1989 Griffey a parallel? Nope, it's just part of the set.

so the 1991 Desert storm aren't parallels? Or the 84 Nestles? I guess if you count it as cards that potentially came from the same pack.

84 FB was no big deal in 84. My set was like $6-7 a couple years after that.

Years I'd nominate

1993 First modern set with an announced print run- Topps Finest.

Whatever year they started selling cards on shop at home. Not a shining moment overall, but a sign of how big things had become.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:48 PM
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Steve 1989 Fleer glossy is a parallel according to Beckett. The entire write up except the common flaws was taken from he Beckett site.

1984 Topps football was a a big deal due the rookie craze and the fact that it had a Marino and elway rookie. I don’t think the question was what was big at the time but most noteworthy.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:49 PM
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Through 1994 I have collected anything and everything listed for Topps in the SCD Standard Catalog, using the last catalog that listed post 1980 issues. Starting in 1995, the year of The Great Proliferation, the sheer number of different and new issues by Topps caused me to surrender. Since then I have stuck to just the base set, any update to it, and the Heritage sets to keep the run going.
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:59 PM
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I was in the Air Force in the 80's and 90's. I can remember that in the 1989-1991 era, there were at least 25 guys that I knew in my squadron that collected cards of some sort. Everyone was jumping in. By 1993-94, it was down to just a few. That's kind of the way it is now. So, I would say that the 1989-91 time span was the biggest - and not just baseball cards. Remember that sets like 1989 Score Football, Pro Set Football and Hockey, NBA Hoops and Fleer Basketball, and Upper Deck in all three sports were extremely popular.
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I would go with 3 years

1981 End of Topps monopoly. This was also the beginning of the rookie card craze.

1989 Upper Deck, beginning of premium products with 1.00 packs. We now have 27k packs.

1992 Beginning of insert craze and the peak of the hobby. Now inserts and RCs are all that people chase. Jersey and Bat Cards. Autographs and cut autos. Finally Autographed Rookie Cards.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:32 PM
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1993 - I know inserts were out in most products by then, but this year was what I considered the beginning of what would become the era of some of the nicest looking insert cards ever made, before or since.

I remember when I saw this in a print ad. I thought it was the greatest looking card ever!

Didn't hurt that I was on a bit of a Padres kick either and he had a mammoth year.

Oh, to be excited over something like this again...
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:20 AM
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2001 - Ichiro and Albert Pujols rookie craze.
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