I was looking through old stories about baseball cards.  I went back to 1986, which we all know is when baseball cards started to take off.  I found this article in the Miami News dated June 26, 1986.

Back in 1986 we had the following five tool players:

  • Kirby Puckett
  • Jose Canseco
  • Kirk Gibson
  • Joe Carter
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Eric Davis
  • Alan Trammell
  • Lloyd Moseby

Jose Canseco’s 1986 Donruss Rated Rookie card was running around $6.  Packs were going for 50 to 60 cents a pack. The hot card was a Gooden rookie from the 1984 Fleer Update set.  So without further ado, I present a look at card collecting in 1986:

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Pretty fun stuff, what did you think?  It’s interesting to see where we have come as far as baseball cards are concerned.

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5 responses »

  1. Brandon says:

    My favorite part is the prices of the cards at the time, a 52 Mantle $2000, 55 Clemente Rc $95, etc

  2. Mike D says:

    The article was a glimpse into history, but the best part for me was at the tail end when “Sokolove” (maybe the for-hire TV lawyer James Sokolove?) pronounced that he was investing a lot into Dave Righetti. It reminded me of a few years ago when I went into a liquor store of all places and the clerk had a 2000 ct box of top loaders on the shelf. Mad as hell, he opened it and it was full of Ken Griffey Jr. cards. He said something along the lines of ‘I bought all these because they were supposed to be worth a bunch of money. Now they aint worth a $#!+’ And he said he sunk thousands into Griffey, only to have some guy tell him the cards were worthless. I didn’t really feel all that bad for the guy.

  3. jl says:

    I have a few old magazines from that era with prices that well were a steal if you could travel back in time. 1986 was the beginning of the the RC, 86 topps traded loaded with stars, 1986 Fleer before it was update sets they were XRC, which made it more appealing. The good old days, why can’t it be like that just for one year again.

  4. Michael says:

    Really would love to have a 51 Mantle for $400

  5. Rich says:

    Nice article!

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