I also processed the cards into my collection and discovered that the bag's worth of cards I showed in Part 1, well...it wasn't all duplicates. My gut reaction was that it was, but there were cards in there that were new, in all topics except the Craftsman cards which were clearly my duplicates from the packs I opened when the set was new in 1995. Surprisingly, some of the NBA stickers were NOT duplicates, and some of the NASCAR was not either, including the Bobby Labonte card shown in the photo. I am now pretty much convinced these were unsorted cards- a mixture of new and duplicates that I must have put in the bag to sort later, sometime in 1996, and never did! I would not be surprised if they were cards I got on vacation in Lake George that I put in the bag to bring home and when I got home, totally forgot about. That seems unlikely but I can't imagine any other senerio how that could have happened. Perhaps it was one of the many times I was sick or something. I don't know.
Here is a breakdown of the new cards I've found so far...
That is a LOT of cards! Scans of some of them are at the bottom of the post.
Unfortunately, not all the cards survived in perfect shape...
Also, one of my pet peeves in cards is when people don't rotate a card to it's proper orientation, like making a horizontal card stand vertical...yet I did it in this very photo. Duh!
While not technically cards we did find some of my stash of card packaging. I am the kind of person that saves empty boxes and packs...all of them...no matter how many I open. (Remember, I'm a hoarder...) I will be working on scanning all of these boxes and posting them to the Database...but doing the boxes is not a lot of fun, so I may get bored and put them back in storage for a while. We'll see. That 2003-04 Ultra box shown in the photo is the first box I opened after I got my first digital camera in 2003. I know this because I took a photograph of it back then, which was the first photo of anything card related I ever took, at least on digital. I do have some taken on actual film too.
I would like to say that I kept them neat and in boxes most of the time, like so...
but most of them time they ended up stored like this...
If I were to get any like that now, instead of ripping them I would use a letter opener to cut one of the end flaps, but apparently that didn't occur to me in 2001-02.
Now, on the other topic....when I wrote up the post previewing the NBA Finals, I made a big deal about LeBron James making it to his 6th consecutive NBA Finals. That is a big deal, because so few players in the NBA's 70 seasons have done it. But...I made a big mistake, in that I totally forgot that James Jones is also playing in his 6th consecutive NBA Finals! Jones, a career role player, was on the Miami Heat from 2008-09 through 2012-13, including the 4 consecutive years they made the finals, and then he followed LeBron to Cleveland where he made the finals again in 2014-15 and this year.
Despite the fact that he has been in the NBA since 2003-04, he has not been popular on cards, not receiving a singe card in 2006-07, 2008-09, or 2011-12. He only got one base card in 2015-16, Complete #268, which is shown.
Now, back to the first topic, here are some scans of cards that I have found in storage. It takes a lot longer to scan then photograph or type about so this is only a small sampling. There will be more to come.
|1992 Score '90s Gridiron Stars #4|
|1992-93 Upper Deck Hologram Set Checklist|
|1994 Upper Deck USA Gold Medal #82|
|1995 Maxx Retail #235|
|1996 SpeedFlix ProMotion #1|
|1997 Action Rich Bickle. This was a 1-race only car.|
|Power Chrome Legends '95 #67|
|Power Chrome Legends '95 #73|
|1997 Upper Deck Electric #207|
|1995 Upper Deck Electric #242. This is the card visible on top of the NASCAR stack in post #1|
|1995 Ultra X-Men Hunters & Stalkers #3. I think this is the base version but it may be a parallel.|
|1993-94 Skybox 1993 All-Rookie Team #AR5|
|1996 Return of the Jedi Widevision Promo #P1. This is the bent oversize Star Wars card talked about in post #1|
|Winner's Circle 1997 Lifetime Series Dale Earnhardt Bonus Car|
This is the diecast that the card shown came with. Clearly NOT correct!
If there are any strange typos or words being in the wrong place, I managed to slice open my finger tip of my left pointer finger on, of all things, a plastic Christmas light. It's not a bad cut, but it does require a band aid, and it has thrown off my typing a bit.