Lately, I’ve taken to collecting cards from around the time of my birth, which was in 1991. I’ve been seriously starting to collect cards from 1989 through 1992. They are really interesting sets to collect because of the amount of the modern-day stars that entered the league at around this time.
I have been sticking to Topps and Upper Deck and nearly completed the Topps 1990 set and have completed ’89 Upper Deck. I was at an antique mall the other day and came across a Bowman 1990 sealed box for $7, which I grabbed as soon as I saw. This would be my first early 1990s box and I was really excited to break it and see its contents.
Bowman 1990 is a really simple set – typical early nineties design, no inserts, not a huge amount of cards. Really easy to collect. Inside, I found a poster advertising the “new” 1990 set for merchants to hang in their window. This was still when Topps manufactured their product in Duryea, which is of special significance for me because I live about ten minutes from the town (interestingly enough, a former Capitol vinyl record factory is another ten minutes away from Duryea in Scranton, PA). The cards were wrapped in wax and contained a stick of gum, which still looked fresh, but was hard as a rock. Highlights from the break include Glavine, Bernie Williams rookie, one half of the Ripkin brothers (Billy) and Sosa rookie. This set was the first that was manufactured under the Bowman name in the standard size card format.
I also pulled several giveaway inserts that featured an illustration of players from the day and if you filled out the back of the card an sent it in, you were eligible to win the actual painting that was on the card. I managed to complete the set of the giveaway cards.
This has become a nice addition to my early nineties collection which has been growing rapidly these last few months.