Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Barry Sanders UD Spx Card That Makes Me Cry

If you remember awhile back in my box break of Spx Football 1997, I mentioned picking up some packs of 1996 Spx Football and how later on I would tell you a story that was attached to them. Well, now is the time to tell that story. It's a sad one so try not to get your keyboard wet from your tears and I will try to do the same.

In 1996, I went to the yearly local card show with my father looking for new additions to my Ken Griffey Jr collection and to be able to open up some card packs of new product as well. As I walked around the show from dealer to dealer looking for gems, I kept hearing these great things about this new product called Spx and how everyone had to get their hands onto it because of its design, rare inserts and the possibility of pulling autographs of Joe Montana and Dan Marino. I knew I had to have some.

I continued walking around the show a couple more table before deciding that I needed to make my way back to the main dealer who was the only one selling the Spx ( he also ran the ONLY local LCS and was running the show) to make sure it didn't sell out and saw that the box of Spx only had a third of it left. I knew I had to buy some then or I probably would miss out. Then I looked at the price tag of $6.99 per pack and knew if I wanted to add anything else to my collection at the show because of my low card budget, I would only be able to pick up a couple of packs. But I knew it was better than none. I began to reach into the box when my friend's uncle Tim came over to show me his stack of cards he had already bought from the box. There were some great looking cards that only made me want them more so I grabbed the top two packs.

I paid for the packs and handed one to my father and kept one for myself while Tim stayed to watch us open. The pack my father opened yielded him a Emmitt Smith base card (that later when I got back to my parents house my mother who collected Emmitt scooped away) and then my pack had this Barry Sanders base card in it:

Overall, I felt pretty good about this purchase. I just wished I could have bought more. But, at that time, Ken Griffey Jr took presence over everything else and I needed to save the little money I had left for him. So as my father and I were heading back to where we left off, I turned around to wave goodbye to Tim as I watched him reach into the Spx box again. Something told me to wait and see what he got, but I just wanted to get back to the show before I missed a needed Griffey card.

Just as we were closing in on the next dealers table, I all of a sudden felt a quietness over the show.  Dealers from other tables and fellow collectors at the show started to head towards Tim at the main dealers table, so my father and I did the same.

As we approached him I could see him holding an Spx wrapper backwards and the dealer handing him a toploader and penny sleeve. I managed my way through a few collectors and could see him holding in his possession a........STINKING JOE MONTANA SPX UPPER DECK TRIBUTE AUTOGRAPHED CARD!!!!! (if you are wondering what one looks like look HERE) I could only stare with my jaw dropped then immediately wondered what might have been. What would have happened had I not wanted more Griffeys and simply just picked up another pack or two? Would that have been mine? Could have that been mine? OH MAN! I can't believe it! What a card! I congratulated Tim and continued on with the show holding in possession a Barry Sanders card that would always make think back to that moment and what could have been.

So to this day, every time I stumble upon this card when sorting, it brings me back to that moment. The time I almost could have pulled a Joe Montana autograph. I then wonder how many other collectors have been through something like this. If you have, please share. I will try to hold back my tears as I hope you did for me.

That 90's Card: 1994-1995 Fleer Ultra Ultra Power Charles Oakley

Monday, April 21, 2014

90's Rip Party: Spx Football 1997 Hobby Box Part 2: THE INSERTS!

Yesterday, I broke a box of  1997 Upper Deck Spx Football and showed off the base cards from the product. Today, I move onto the sweet inserts.                

Now most inserts in the product were tough pulls except the gold parallels that fell every 1:9 packs. On a normal box basis it's more than likely you would just get the four of those. However, in this box break I lucked out and pulled something a little tougher. I did manage to only land three golds, but the last pull from the box was well worth it.

Now onto the hits!

One of my favorite QB's of all-time was Kerry Collins. I was glad to have had him on the Giants at one point.

This was a great find. Dan Marino gold is the best gold parallels you could get from the product:

And then came the BOOM! Jerry Rice HoloFame 1:75 packs. I was screaming like a little girl when I found this.
You combine all of the star power from the base cards, the gold Dan Marino and than the big pull of the Rice and you my friends have yourself a great box break. I couldn't have asked for more from a break and don't think I have been this satisfied with any box I have opened in a long time.

Let me know what you think of my entire break and how excited you were when you beat the odds on getting a big insert pull from the 90's.

Friday, April 18, 2014

90's Rip Party: Spx Football 1997 Hobby Box Part 1: Base Cards

In the 90's there was no greater technology to me than holograms. Upper Deck was the main company at using them and in 1996 created an die-cut Spx Football product based on the technology. I almost missed out on that product as I had never heard of it til I went to a local card show where it was the talk of the show. I went over to the one dealer who was selling it and was able to pick up a couple of packs (which also has another story attached to it for another time) and fell for it's beauty right away.

So when in 1997, I heard that Upper Deck returned with the newest edition of Spx, that combined the hologram technology with die-cuts, silver foil-board, and color that made what was an eye spectacle of a football base card, I knew I had to have some and didn't want to almost miss out this time. However with the pack prices running between $6.99-$7.99 a pack for one card I couldn't afford too much. I think I bought maybe 10 packs and even though that was more than I got of the '96 version, I knew I wanted more at some point in my life. As there is no greater card design than these.

Recently I was able to acquire a box from eBay at a great deal. Don't worry I didn't pay the prices on the box, but it's amazing what this product went for at one point. Now-a-days we would complain about this kind of product on the market with that top sticker price and no hits. I don't know if I would however.

There are 36 packs per box with 1 card per pack. So 36 cards total. There are gold parallels that fall 1:9 packs. Rarer inserts such as HoloFame Collection 1:75 packs, PROmotion 1:433 packs and even rarer PROmotion Autographs with only 600 total cards of those made.

So now that I possess this box in hand, I hold the power. I hold it tight and called it my precious. This was something I could only dream about in 1997 and now 17 years later I made it a reality. So how would I celebrate such an event? Well, I wanted to show off the cards of course! What's more fun?! I also wanted  you guys can see why I have so much love for this product.

Below is the gallery of all of the base cards I pulled from the box. Try not to let your eyes go cross from looking at their beauty:

I set the inserts I pulled from this break aside for now. I wanted to show them separately as I did manage to get a couple of  nice pulls and will show those off tomorrow.

For today however, I was very happy with my base card pulls. Plenty of star power within and of course THE DESIGN!

I encourage comments on this product and let me know what you think of it.