Thursday, August 26, 2021

my favorite cards of the year - 1990 edition

i recently introduced my mini collection focusing on my favorite cards from each year that i've been a collector. the basic gist is that i wanted to create a space for the cards that i most appreciated having in my collection in the year that they were released. these were cards that i acquired in the year that they were issued, and that i considered to be my favorites at the time. i have disallowed (most) cards that are already in other mini collections in order to avoid having a mini collection consisting of more steve garvey, double plays, and dodger stadium cards.

1990 may have been the year that i've purchased the fewest cards. i know for certain that i bought a box of topps from a card shop in santa barbara. i also received a complete score set from my dad that year, which he purchased because local boy robin ventura was included in the set, as well as the topps traded set. i didn't even take the shrink wrap off of the score set. other than that, i would be surprised if i bought more than a dozen packs that year. as such, the cards i considered to be my favorites that year came from a limited stockpile.

favorite non-dodger card: topps ken griffey jr.
griffey is just over a year older than i am. i followed his exploits during his rookie year of 1989, although i didn't pick up any of his cards other than the topps traded rookie which came in the set that i annually received from my dad. i had purchased a "s" mariners hat in the spring of 1988, and figured i now looked pretty smart to have done so before griffey debuted. anyway, i was happy to see his rookie card in one of the packs i opened. it wasn't until sometime later that i realized that donruss, fleer, and something called upper deck had all issued cards of him in their 1989 flagship sets, meaning that his first non-xrc topps card was really a second year card by all standards. still, i was happy to have this card of the kid in my collection.

favorite dodger card: topps sandy koufax 
like i said up top, i didn't see a lot of cards in 1990. the dodger cards were pretty uninspiring, aside from tommy lasorda's card which is also in my dodger stadium mini-collection and therefore ineligible for this collection according to the whimsical enforcement of my rules. however, seeing a 1965 topps card included in the set, and having it be sandy koufax's, was a positive.

up next, 2012. stay tuned!


  1. Off the top of my head... I'll go with the B&W Score card of Candlestick Park followed by the B&W Bo.

    1. i remember seeing the bo card back then, but i've never owned one. it was a big deal at the time.

  2. I think 1990 Topps was what cemented my card collecting. After starting in 1987, 1988 and 1989 Topps were kind of dull to me, but when I opened up 1990, all those colors showed the possibilities of what a card could look like. It's silly now, but back then I think it was much more impressive.