If you are anything like me at some point in your life you decided that baseball cards were no longer an important part of your world. I myself gave up on the hobby in 1999 when almost out of nowhere about 50 new brands popped up and began weighing down my once great love for the hobby. You must understand that I began collecting when there was only 4 main sets per year; Donruss, Fleer, Topps, and Score. Before you knew it Bowman and Upper Deck made their debut. By 1998 there was literally nine or ten pages in Beckett for that particular year and most of these brands were financially out of reach to a 17 year-old collector. Besides, at that age women and cars are much more important to a guy.
It’s been a long decade. I am now a father & husband and one day acting on nothing but impulse bought myself a Hobby box of 2007 Topps Co-Signers and fell in love all over again. Today’s cards are a cut above those of the 70’s & 80’s. The industry is doing things that could never have been done back then and I am certain if every past collector who walked away from the hobby knew about it, a good 95% of them would return guns blazin’.
That is where Wax Heaven comes in. I am going to list the top 3 reasons why you should give the baseball card industry another shot. I guarantee this time around you will not leave until they put you in a wooden box and bury you 6 feet deep!
#3 – Refractors, etc.
Simply put, there is not a prettier card than a refractor. Refractors have been around since 1993 but it somehow get better every year. If you’ve never seen one, think of a card that glows when you put it up to light. I am sure someone out there could do a better job describing them but I prefer getting to the point. Refractors are also rare, when compared to regular cards and these days there are SuperFractor 1/1 cards that are not just ULTRA RARE but can easily fetch up to $5,000 on eBay if you pull the right one or if you find a big enough nut to buy it.
#2 – Memorabilia Cards
When I first heard about this gimmick I almost had a heart attack. Imagine being fortunate enough to own a game-used Babe Ruth bat and instead of putting it on display somewhere away from the rest of the world where no one could ever damage, you chop it up into pieces and glue them onto baseball card and insert them randomly into packs. Sounds crazy, but it worked and the result brought the card industry out of its self-induced coma. Luckily, it’s not just bats, but also game-worn jerseys, pants, and even batting gloves!
#1 – BOWMAN CHROME!!!
You don’t even have to be a collector to appreciate the magic of Bowman Chrome. If you want you don’t even have to love collecting. Instead, buy yourself a case of Chrome (expect to pay $500+) and sit on it for a few years. In five years time start opening up packs and prepare to buy yourself the car you’ve always dreamed about. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration but Bowman Chrome is full of rookies, rookie autographs, and rookie autograph refractors. If the player you pull out becomes a star, that’s a couple of grand in your pocket.
So there you have it. Now go out to your nearest dealer and get yourself some Wax! If you pull anything good, scan it and post the picture here so we can all look at it with envy, well, that is until the next person pulls out something better.