I love the 1980s! The ultimate unopened rip quest to build Topps, Fleer, Donruss PSA 10 sets...
I love the 1980s. It was the ultimate window for the boom of the sports card era, and I was a young kid caught up in it all. I can remember spending every dollar of my allowance at the local card shop or the monthly show at the mall. What could be better than capturing tiny pieces of cardboard depicting each one of your childhood heroes. From Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Mario Lemieux, Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, Don Mattingly, Daryl Strawberry, Eric Davis, Jose Canseco to Ken Griffey Jr....the 80s had them all.
I remember riding my bike with my best friend 3 miles to the local convenience store every weekend to see if they got a fresh box of packs that week. We would drop down $5 and make off with 12 new packs of cards. As soon as we got back to the house, we’d rotate back-and-forth opening packs to see who we hit. The goal was to build sets and accumulate as many of your favorite player as you could. For me, it started with Micheal Jordan, Barry Sanders, Daryl Strawberry, Don Mattingly and Eric Davis.
For all of us collectors, nostalgia is at the heart of what we do. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to accumulate a lot of nice cards and a lot of unopened items. None of it gives me more thrill, than the packs from the 1980s. And since it was one of the most overproduced decades, luckily there is still plenty of it to break. Which is why I’ve made the crazy decision to try to build flawless PSA 10 sets from scratch. I mean seriously, what is more fun than breaking packs just like when we were kids?
I want to give a nod to a couple of board members who have inspired me. Jeff (a.k.a. Pack Geek) and his awesome break videos. And Mr. Peanut for his great 1983 Topps set quest. I absolutely love their threads because they help me relive my childhood and see just how great looking many of the sets were from the 1980s.
So I thought I would kick things off with the first year I went all in on collecting, 1987 baseball. This year is loaded with so many amazing rookies, veteran Hall of Famer‘s, and great looking card designs. Topps went with the retro woodgrain look, while Donruss had a very simple design with impossible black borders, and Fleer had my favorite set design of all time. There’s just something about those sky blue borders and the players head extending into the top blue as if they were coming out of the card.
Don’t worry, if Greg Maddux, Barry Bonds, Barry Larkin, Bo Jackson and Will Clark are not your thing...I will have other years and sports to break too. I just wanted to start with where it all began for me.
Enough of me rambling, and thank you for reading this far. Now for the reason you opened this thread…the first pile of boxes to be broken...