If You Like Early 1990′s Steelers Trading Cards, This Is For You

Growing up in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s had to be the absolute worst time to be collecting baseball and football cards. It was around that time that the card companies, in all of their infinite wisdom, started producing 800-card mega-sets that completely oversaturated the market. The result? Complete sets  that are probably worth about $15 today. So much for being a collectors item.

Now I have boxes and boxes full of “commons” (the Beckett term) like Gary Redus (baseball) and Jeff Graham (football) collecting dust in a closet. Score! The only thing missing: a piece of rock hard chewing gum that can cut diamonds.

Anyway, last week I was digging through some of the boxes in a haphazard attempt at cleaning and came across some awesomely random Steelers cards from the early 90′s. Let’s hop in the DeLorean and take a look…

Pictured: Aaron Jones, Jeff Graham, David Johnson, Thomas Everett and Hardy Nickerson

Pictured: Louis Lipps and Eric Green

Pictured: Merril Hoge, David Johnson, Tunch Ilkin

Pictured: Dermontti Dawson and more Merrill Hoge

Pictured: Gary Anderson

Pictured: Greg Lloyd

Good times, especially the David Johnson cards. Any fellow Steeler Lounge readers that were at one time card collectors? And if so, what do you do with boxes and boxes of cards that have little to no value and little chance of gaining any?

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  • SteelerBill

    This is tremendous…..I feel like a kid again….

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FCTLJGMUSHGHK7NLZ3VRTGGNP4 Matthew

    This is funny that you post this, because I recently dug out a lot of my old cards that I used to collect, and in fact I have many of these exact same cards just sitting in a stack on my computer desk. In fact, earlier in the year I spent a lot of time buying a bunch of old, vintage 1970s Steelers cards. I know that 99% of them are not particularly valuable monetarily, but they mean a lot personally and they’re an awesome memento of my favorite sports team. Thanks for sharing.

  • hatemail

    As a kid I traded all my Barry Bonds rookie cards to a friend for Bobby Bonilla cards. Thought Bobby was a sure lock for the HOF. Oh well. Love the Hardy Nickerson card. Dood looks like the Hulk.

  • Anonymous

    The first cards of any sort that I really collected were in 1955. I had lots of Joe Perry and almost as many YA Tittle. I had a major row with a kid down the street over the mysterious disappearance of my Lou Groza card.

    I was really more into baseball cards for the next few years. I had a jump on everyone else because my father had a cousin who was a distributor for Topps and he got me ten or twelve packs a couple of weeks before the official release dates. I’m guessing 1960 was my last year, maybe 1961.

    It’s all very vague now.

  • GlennW

    I was a collector also– I have complete sets of almost all of Topps’ baseball and football cards from 1972-1980, assembled pack by pack. At that point I quit collecting, for the reason of industry oversaturation that Adam cited. Well, that and starting to chase girls in late high school years and college…

  • eddie

    why was dirt wearing #62 in the pro bowl? who was #63 that wouldn’t give up his jersey?

  • real692

    I have hundreds of thousands of football cards and I actually found a way to make money with them. I make team books and sell them for a set price. No duplicates and tons of cards. My book of 405 cards is my biggest seller. 405 cards of your favorite team, 30 protective sheet pages, for $65.00. People love them around Christmas and after Super Bowls.