Are 90s NBA Cards Worth Anything?
Did you collect NBA cards in the 80s and 90s? Cards have changed these days because the cards are rarer. You might have some cards that are worth a bit from back then so let's look at some of the great cards from back then but first a quick history of cards in the 80s and 90s.
Cards Were King
The hobby was most widespread in the 1980s and 1990s. Card companies popped up everywhere because of the popularity of cards and the stars of that period. They printed A LOT of cards. Upper Deck, Topps, Skybox, Fleer and others had their own sets and fans had their favorites too. Cards were mass produced and easy to get. I can remember cards being at the newsagent but also at petrol stations, chemists - they were everywhere! Lots of card shops popped up in Australia too - the hobby was big.
Can you imagine NBA cards being in every shop now and heaps of card shops out there to go to?
If you've still got cards from that era the chances are they are not rare because of the mass production they did. Today it's hard to sell most of that era of cards for more than 10c a card.
That's not to say they aren't cool!
You can flip through folders of your old collection for ages because you remember the trades you did with your mates and the rush of opening packs.
A New Era
In the last decade, things started to escalate. 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball was famous for the first time a box cost upwards of $500 USD. Then 2012-13 Panini Flawless Basketball was the first to hit $1,000. Prices have gone up but these days the cards are rarer and you've got cards with autographs from the top athletes as well as pieces of game worn uniform.
No 90s cards had anything like that.
There are all kinds of options to start collecting again if you want to. Like I said in last week's blog:
There are sets for beginning collectors with names you might recognise like Hoops but now there are cards for collectors with all kinds of cash. You can step it up a notch with cards like Select ($19 per pack) or spend some serious money with 'Immaculate'.
Plus I bet you have a bit more money these days than back in 93'. Bugging mum for an extra $4 so I can get a pack of Upper Deck doesn't happen anymore (well, not as often). Plus, with the advent of group breaks, you can take advantage of buying a share in a whole case of cards!
So if you're thinking of picking the hobby up again check out the new cards because they're better now.
P.S. - The most valuable cards from the 90s are in a great blog here.