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Old 09-03-2020, 10:42 AM
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Default Getting back into modern

I'm mostly (99%+) active on the postwar vintage boards, but recently have been looking for some modern that won't break the bank for a change of pace. For too long now, I've employed a strategy whereby I seemingly cannot get any utility out of a card unless it's vintage and expensive. While that has been fun, don't get me wrong - it's also exhausting at times, and I'm just looking for a break.

Any recommendations for what to collect as a lapsed junk-era kid? My active years with childhood collecting were 1986 up to about '93. I have recently started to go back and pick up some stuff there I never had as a kid when I was losing interest - for example some of the early Topps Stadium Club issues. I know they aren't particularly rare or valuable, (or maybe even popular...) but they do hold some nostalgia for me. With true modern, I will occasionally buy the random Heritage hobby box or Topps Chrome blaster, but I must admit I was shocked earlier this week to see how much even some of the greenest rookies go for in graded slabs online. I assume this is pure speculation. I mean yeah, Acuna seems great but he's played what, 2 years? And some cards are listed for over $500. Him at least I can kind of understand, but like with Bowman Chrome there are kids I've never heard of selling for just as much.

Anyhow, I'm starting to digress. What advice would you give a collector like me who's looking to branch out? I do think that to keep this reasonable for true modern, I'm going to focus on singles and my team (the Cubs). With slightly older "modern", it may be easier to go back and cherry pick some stars from certain sets in the junk era that I don't have yet. But I would appreciate recommendations!

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Old 09-04-2020, 07:35 AM
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I started collecting in the same timeframe as you, late 80s through mid 90s, and Iím also a Cubs fan. Some of the directions I am toying with are:

1. Basic Jordan cards from when he was an active player. Prices are still inflated from the Last Dance, but itís unclear to me if they will to pre-documentary levels. I also donít really collect basketball, but I make an exception for Jordan. Lots of inventory and lots of wacky designs to choose from.

2. Ernie Banks basic Topps run.

3. Buy a card of the best Cubs player from each regular Topps issue.

4. Collect RCs of great cubs through the years.

5. Collect a Cubs team set from an all-time iconic set (33 Goudey, 51 Bowman, etc)

6. I think there was a Cubs set from Topps Archives in 2013 only available at Cubs games. Itís a cool set and thereís a higher end season ticket holder version.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do!!


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Old 09-04-2020, 09:50 AM
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I'm in a similar position as you. Collected from the late 80s to early to mid 90s and have recently got back into it.

I primarily collect Bowman Chrome. This product focuses mostly on prospects and some of the game's better players. As you mentioned, some promising players are selling for incredible prices. Also, I like shopping on eBay for under priced cards and there are plenty of opportunities to buy and hold promising prospects or flip an under priced card for an easy profit.

Bowman Chrome used to be one on the expensive side, but it's probably more middle of the road with all of the premium products available now.

Also, Bowman releases other products throughout the year that all seem to be popular.

Topps Heritage and Gypsy Queen are some of the better 'cheap' products IMO. Especially if the Heritage design is one of the better card designs from back in the day.
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:23 AM
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Same boat. I ripped wax 1981-1989, but was hooked on 1930s-60s early on. Since my son is into baseball, I get Topps Heritage as I like the look and feel of traditional cards. All the different makes and models, variations ect makes my head spin. I am buying some graded current RCs of top players with my son in mind.
Collect what you like, regardless of value. I'm not a set collector so individual players, vintage/modern, has narrowed my collecting down.
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Old 09-04-2020, 12:28 PM
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Im 42, love the vintage pre war stuff, but been getting into the cards I chased as a kid in the 90s

Personally, I love the 90s inserts. Either from Skybox, Fleer, Upper deck. All very cool.
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I seem to change the way I want to collect more often than not. I'm in my mid 50s and love collecting Dodgers from 70s and 80s. I began collecting HOFs who have rookie cards from the 80s and 90s.

With that said, I keep finding my way to modern cards. For the past several years I have focused on only Dodgers, but with modern, I'm looking at branching out to some of the more young stars.

Best of luck.

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Old 09-13-2020, 08:32 PM
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I'm mostly (99%+) active on the postwar vintage boards, but recently have been looking for some modern that won't break the bank for a change of pace. For too long now, I've employed a strategy whereby I seemingly cannot get any utility out of a card unless it's vintage and expensive. While that has been fun, don't get me wrong - it's also exhausting at times, and I'm just looking for a break.

Any recommendations for what to collect as a lapsed junk-era kid? My active years with childhood collecting were 1986 up to about '93. I have recently started to go back and pick up some stuff there I never had as a kid when I was losing interest - for example some of the early Topps Stadium Club issues. I know they aren't particularly rare or valuable, (or maybe even popular...) but they do hold some nostalgia for me. With true modern, I will occasionally buy the random Heritage hobby box or Topps Chrome blaster, but I must admit I was shocked earlier this week to see how much even some of the greenest rookies go for in graded slabs online. I assume this is pure speculation. I mean yeah, Acuna seems great but he's played what, 2 years? And some cards are listed for over $500. Him at least I can kind of understand, but like with Bowman Chrome there are kids I've never heard of selling for just as much.

Anyhow, I'm starting to digress. What advice would you give a collector like me who's looking to branch out? I do think that to keep this reasonable for true modern, I'm going to focus on singles and my team (the Cubs). With slightly older "modern", it may be easier to go back and cherry pick some stars from certain sets in the junk era that I don't have yet. But I would appreciate recommendations!

Thanks.
The struggle is real. As you know, I am a postwar collector, but the 80s and 90s stuff resonates with me, too. I will also admit to liking some of the new stuff. The Cardinals are my team, and the numbered parallel non-auto cards from Topps are fun to chase and mostly inexpensive outside of the 1/1s.
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