I cannot remember if the Griffey was in a pack or I bought separate… but I am guessing in a pack. What a grand day that was! I still have it, too.
My gut feeling on the degradation in value of the cards was when they began making all of these limited edition, numbered series cards. They basically created more exclusivity whereas (back in the day) they just pumped a lot of them out there.
I do miss the days of Topps cards and that rock hard bubble gum. I would jam about 8 pieces in my mouth at once and just about choke on the powdered sugar.[/quote]
As a kid, I would spend all of my money on cards - baseball, football, basketball, hockey - and I can still remember the excitement of opening a fresh pack and quickly thumbing through it to find one of my favorite players or an “insert card.” Then I’d check all the values in Beckett and put them into sleeves and cases accordingly. : )
I think mass production, too many subsets and the whole grading system are what destroyed baseball cards’ monetary value. I’ll just hang onto mine and probably give them to my kids (if I have any).