Did the 90’s have the best insert cards?

During the 1990’s the hobby really got into insert cards.  This is what collectors would look for when opening up their packs before memorabilia cards became so popular.  In my opinion, 1993 Topps Finest is what made the insert card take off.  That product introduced the world to the “refractor” and had collectors searching for that special shiny rainbow coating.  Today you don’t see collectors that excited over insert cards that lack and autograph or piece of memorabilia.  If I were hobby king for a day I think that I would try to get collectors back into looking forward to pulling out an insert.  Have you ever taken a look at what some of these cards from the 90’s looked like?

I think we need to bring more attention back to cards like this.  There are a lot of people that still collect these cards and, if you were just getting into collecting when insert cards were so popular, it is very possible that you could have a valuable card in your commons box.  Back then it may have looked like a common to you, but it really could have been rare.  A lot cards back then were not even serial numbered like they are today.  So instead of going out and buying that new box of cards, go through your commons box.  You never know what you might rediscover.

2 Responses

  1. Hmm…1993 Topps Finest might have had the first refractors, BUT I seem to recall that collectors were really jazzed about a bunch of Upper Deck’s inserts as early as 1991, especially the Heroes line. Plus Fleer Ultra really had a good thing going, with some of the first true Autograph inserts.

    Plus, man, how can we forget the Vice Lombardi trophy hologram in 1990 Pro Set? People bought CASES of that stuff for the one card (and then they used metal detectors to find it).

  2. Very good points. I guess you learn something new everyday. I didn’t know people used metal detectors to find that card.

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