Saturday, November 12, 2016

A card I've wanted for 15 years

As you might know, I discovered NASCAR through the Racing Champions diecast cars, and became a fan on 12/26/1992. I've always favored Racing Champions and spent much of my life in an effort to collect every single one of them that I could. I estimate that I came up about 100 short, counting the rare Canadian only issues, although I no longer actively chase the cars I missed.

For some reason, I have not really talked about them too much on Cardboard History. It's actually somewhat surprising even to me, and I write the darn thing! (LOL)

In 1996, Racing Champions introduced the concept of chase cars when they began issuing chrome cars that were pretty rare; I have a couple of those, and I even found one on the shelves at my local Wal-Mart once. They produced the Chrome chase cars from 1996-2004, perhaps 2005, I don't remember.

In 2001, they changed things up a little bit by coming up with chase cards to go along with the cars. They came out with tire cards, autographs and sheet metal, all of which are fairly rare- a print run of 500 is the largest of any year, I believe. I never got any of them. Believe me, I looked, but they just didn't show up in any of my then-weekly trips to the stores. I've wanted one ever since.

A few days ago, one of my friends from the NUTS forum- that's NASCAR Underground Trading Society- which is THE site for trading NASCAR cards, posted up on Facebook that he had one available. I mentioned that I really wanted it, so he sent it to me. The generosity on that forum is top-notch, and not only did he send me the one I really wanted- he filled the bubble mailer with other cool stuff too, including my very first relic of a shifter boot! That'll have to wait for a future post, though, because I wanted to just dedicate this to the one card I've been after all these years.

I still can't believe I finally have's a dream come true!
Another post with pictures- one of the rare times I don't have my scanner plugged in, and I didn't want to take the time to get it out. It's really a dark purple theme, with the Racing Champions logo being bright red. Not a great photo, but it gets the job done.

Thanks again Michael, you made my week/month!

2016 has seen me add a lot of great cards (OK, every card is great, but you know what I mean!) and this one is well in my top 10 favorite new additions on the year....probably top 5.


  1. Wow! That is really something. What a nice guy to send that to you.Glad you finally got it.

  2. Patience pays off! Congrats on finding the card and props the the generous person on the Nascar forum. Always nice to hear good cardboard stories.

    1. Thanks! The members on that forum are quite generous, it's not uncommon to just get a random surprise card gift from people there.