The Thrill of a Wax Pack

VAIL, Colo. — At a sports memorabilia shop in Denver we visited early during our guys’ trip, the owners were clearly trying to pull a mom — clear out the clutter from my childhood.

In a back corner, the shop had staples from those heady collecting days of the late 1980s and early 1990s at deep discounts. A few tables were organized with boxes of baseball cards, most on sale for $6.99, or more than half off. The usual suspects were there: Donruss 1989, complete with technicolor borders; Donruss 1988; some Leaf boxes; a stack or two of Topps football cards; and the familiar green box that holds Upper Deck 1990. Walk past the pyramids of over-printed baseball cards and there was a haystack of Starting Lineup figures. Dumped in tubs or lined up on the table were figures going for as little as $1.99.

The Kevin Maas in home Yankee whites — no pinstripes! — was priced to move. Continue reading