I love to open cards. I prefer buying an unopened box when I can...and I used to be able to get one or more boxes of every NBA and NASCAR set released. But...things change, and I have not been able to do that since 2005. Since my "card renaissance" that began in 2009, I have been averaging about 6 boxes a year...or roughly one every other month. A far cry from my two per week of 2002-04. (ish, not exact dates)
I don't want to sound greedy or like I'm complaining; I am very grateful for all the cards I do get...and I realize being able to have a collection as large and all-encompassing as I have been able to build is a definite privilege, and I sometimes contemplate just what exactly I've done to be so lucky in the hobby.
With that said, there are still boxes I would love to open, and here is a rough top 10 list. (with a sample card from each set) Subject to change, of course, as I learn about new sets, or, more likely for the NBA and NASCAR with the amount of research I've already done, as I get enough cards from sets that opening a box would just lead to too many duplicates and not enough new to make it worth the money. (That's why this listing is pretty much 1990s free, my favorite decade, I simply have too many to make it worthwhile...however, I would not turn away most if the price was right! There's always inserts and parallels to chase, if nothing else)
Note: for all of these listed below, the boxes I desire to open are Hobby versions.
#9 2009-10 Topps. The last Topps set, at least until the NBA realizes exclusives contracts are bad for the hobby. At 330 cards, it's almost large enough to be complete, as well. I have less than a pack's worth, until this past weekend, I had only two cards. (One of the new cards I got on the weekend is the example) While I like the design of the 2008-09 Topps flagship more, the fact that this was the last one, and the length of it's checklist, made me give the nod to it instead of 2008-09 or even 2006-07, which would both have made an appearance if this was a Top 20 list.
I have only one card. I wanted the set in my collection, (as if I don't want them all, right?) and in doing a search to see what was available, I discovered a card for sale that was a player I have in the 1948 Bowman set. His last card before this release was in 1957-58 Topps, (also in my collection) one of the few players who was in the league long enough to be in both sets. That was a connection I couldn't pass up. (although to be honest if any of the people not yet in my collection had their cards for sale at the time, that would have changed it!) (His name is Andy Phillip in case the foil is hard to read in the scan)
Factory Set which would be 1993 Maxx. I began collecting NASCAR cards in 1993, having discovered the sport at Christmas 1992. But surprisingly, I never got a lot of 1993 Maxx. I have completed 1989-92, and I'm one card away from 1994 Maxx, but 1993 Maxx is mostly missing from my collection...even more odd in that it's the greenest set of NASCAR cards ever, which has always been my favorite color. It doesn't make sense. The cards were issued in both pack and factory set form, as were most Maxx flagship sets, and it is the Factory Set I desire to aquire- that would give me the complete set, no ambiguity of hoping there will be a complete set and wondering who I can trade the probably many duplicates a box would yield. I have only 50 of the 300 cards, 50 duplicates from a factory set would be acceptable...and not all of those 50 I have are in perfect shape either.
And now...the #1 most wanted box to me, is.....
2005-06 Topps Chrome. You may be thinking, "Huh?" This doesn't fit in with your writer's normal line of thinking, and you'd be correct. I like big sets, I cannot lie, and Topps Chrome is not really big at 274 cards- although it's not the shortest NBA set listed here, with the Hall of Fame set coming in at 169 cards. Also, it's the set with the least amount of cards per hobby box (I think- not sure how many cards come in a box of the HOF set). There is no possible way to complete a set of Topps Chrome from one box, from any year. Believe me, I opened a box or more from 1998-99 through 2004-05. (1997-98 Topps Chrome was the only 1990s NBA box that was in consideration for this list). But 2005-06 Topps Chrome has something going for it that moved it all the way to the very top, and has kept it there, ever since it was new. Yes, I have been wanting this box since 2006 when it was released, I just never got it. In fact, I only got one pack's worth- 4 cards- and I got two cards loose as singles, including one just this past Saturday.
The thing that makes this set #1 is the fact that it is the only set (so far) to include the NBDL, currently known as the D-League! Cards #221-274 are all D-League players, and, on top of that, since most of them never got any other cards, they are all people missing from my collection as well. In fact, when I typed up the list of people missing from my collection, roughly 1/3rd of all the people missing are the D-League players from this set. Pictured is the only D-League card in my collection.
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