When I left the Hobby in 1997 it was out of sheer frustration. I had found a young player to get behind and root for and wanted every card of his I could get my hands on.
While I did manage to pick up a few low-end Jose Cruz Jr. baseball cards, his most-wanted issues came from 1997 Bowman Chrome and were way beyond what I could afford at 17.
In 2008, after my return to collecting, one of my first goals was to pick up those Cruz Jr. Bowman releases. In the end, I picked up almost every single one until all that was left were those hard to find copies.
A few days ago I featured the iconic 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson which once sold for over $100 dollars regularly. Today, you can find a well-worn, non-graded copy for less than a five-spot.
Back in the early-90’s, copies of Jose Canseco’s 1986 Donruss Rated Rookie sold for close to $200 dollars. I wasn’t able to pick one up until the late-90’s and by that time you could get them for around $15.
Today, that very same card can be yours for less than one dollar.
So, what forgotten treasure is top on your most-wanted list?