Sunday, April 25, 2021



I haven't been able to think of any 1993-themed topics or songs to add to the playlist here, so here's a short "show off" post with some more cards I recently acquired.

Here's the Gary Sheffield insert I tried to purchase from Sportlots. This one arrived in a trade with Justin, author of The Hopeful Chase blog. Justin collects Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Lightning cards, so I assumed he must live somewhere in the Carolinas? Nope. He's from Utah.

Justin mentioned trying to trim down his collection and so I offered him 18 Orioles (including two serial numbered cards) plus 5 Lightning cards including a Steven Stamkos relic. In return I received nearly the entire set of 1993 Leaf Update:

There aren't a lot of big names in the Update portion, though these two lefties should be familiar to most collectors.

Every time I see J Owens cards I think of the blogger gal with a similar name. Haven't seen her around in a while, hope she's okay. I now have dupes of Castilla, Burnitz, and Boone because I picked up copies on (I also have an extra Wohlers but that's going in my All-Time Teams binder.)

Not going to show off all 90 Update singles in this trade but I might scan every card in the set once I complete it. I've got four more to go, and curiously they're all Cubs:

If I don't receive any of these in the next few weeks I might head over to Cardbarrel and pick them up along with some 2013 Topps needs and a Jhoulys Chacin card to complete my All-Time Rockies page. 

As promised in my Houston Oilers post I did pick up some singles from the online dime box.

I might try to prioritize Oilers cards later this summer. Right now I'm just trying to clear out all of my surplus memorabilia and decide which sets to break up and sell on eBay. 

If you have any early '90s Oilers or 1993 Leaf Update Cubs please let me know. I'm also taking suggestions for blog topics and playlist tracks if you have any '93-themed requests.

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, April 17, 2021


No, there are no Norman Esiason (or Chris Berman) cards in this post. "Boomers" are what the Aussies call their national basketball team. While there aren't any Aussie players in this post every card you see here arrived from the land of Steve Irwin and Heath Ledger. 

and this bloke

The only TCDB user that had any 2015-16 Donruss basketball cards I needed was JC Kazama. In order to acquire the card in question I sent him three Panini Prizm duplicates (including Aussie Dante Exum's RC) and six early '90s NBA stars, including two from 1993-94 sets. In return I got my coveted Terry Rozier RC:

But he needed some traveling companions to make the long journey to the Staits worthwhile.

I've never heard of any of these people. That Murdoch dame sounds suspicions though..

So I requested these:

Five more cards for my 1992-93 Topps Archives set build. This brings my total to 92 of the 150 cards in the set, or just under 62% of completion. I added the Whalers logo sticker from 1991-92 Panini to make an even 9 for 9 trade.

The other two cards in the deal were chromey singles that I found while browsing Justin's trade list. Bonzer swap, mate!

Do you have a favorite Australian athlete, celebrity, or pop culture icon? Have you ever bought or traded cards with someone from down under?

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

1st Sportlots Order/501st Post

 Full disclosure: my 500 blog posts includes the 28 that I've published here at The 1993. This is post #501, and part two of my first Sportlots order. 

In my 500th post I mentioned that one of the three cards shipped directly to me was a 1993 single. And here it is:


This Steve Young Franchise insert cost 35 cents, plus 85 cents shipping for a total of $1.20. There were six Score Franchise inserts in my order but this was the best deal by far. 

Four other cards cost a quarter each (before shipping to the box), however Harold Green was out of stock.  

Here's the Andre Rison card. I'll always remember that long bomb he caught from Brett Favre in the Super Bowl - and seeing his house burn down thanks to "Left Eye" Lopes. Not saying he didn't deserve it.


Here's a pair of linemen - one on offense (Wisniewski) and one on defense (Lageman). Lageman was 18 cents. I also ordered a Chris Doleman Franchise card but that one is even snowier than Wisniewski.

I picked up a trio of Planet Baseball cards, commonly known as 1993 Ultra Home Run Kings. 

Gonzalez and Daulton were 18 cents before shipping, Belle was a quarter. I ordered a Gary Sheffield but that too was out of stock :/

Here's another 1993-adjacent insert set I'm working on: '93-94 Leaf Painted Warriors. 

Five of these six were 18 cents on Sportlots. The Felix Potvin below was acquired in a TCDB trade.

I'm now just two cards away from completing the ten-card set: Patrick Roy and Tom Barrasso. Though I'll probably try to upgrade the Grant Fuhr; that top right corner is pretty beat.

On to the hardwood here. I picked up a half dozen singles from the 1992-93 Upper Deck All-Division Team insert set, bringing my total to 12 of the 20 in the set. I still need Shaq, Karl Malone, David Robinson, and a few lesser stars. All of these were 18 cents each, which you probably know is the minimum price on Sportlots. 

That wraps up my Sportlots order but I've still got a few cards left to show off. Here's the cards from the set-saving trade offer I received from TCDB user MrBoujangles:

These six cards alone wuld have been a more than fair return for the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee hockey singles I sent to Gregg (John Wensink, Jack Valiquette, and Bill Clement.) But he also offered this:

And this: 

Trade of the year so far. TCDB is a funny thing, I just made a trade offer of 15 cards (including an insert and a parallel) for 12 equal cards including one decent RC (unless Sean Doolittle's Topps RC is suddenly more valuable than Gary Suter's?) and my offer was declined. But I'll never give up on trading as long as there are generous collectors like Gregg out there. 

Have you completed any favorable TCDB trades recently?

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Final Four

The 1993 NCAA men's basketball tournament was played at the Superdome in New Orleans.

The biggest upset of the tournament was #15 seed Santa Clara shocking #2 Arizona in the opening round - though you might not be so shocked since Santa Clara's point guard was an all-time great.

I used to watch more college basketball back in the early '90s but I probably didn't watch a whole lot of this tournament since UConn wasn't in it. The Final Four teams in 1993 were nearly all top seeds:

#1 seed North Carolina, coached by the great Dean Smith and led by future NBA players Eric Montross and George Lynch 

#2 seed Kansas, coached by Roy Williams and led by senior point guard Rex Walters (whom the Nets would draft that June)

 #1 seed Kentucky, coached by Rick Pitino and led by future NBA star Jamal Mashburn

and #1 seed Michigan, coached by Steve Fisher and led by "Fab Five" sophomores Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, and Jalen Rose

In the championship, UNC defeated the Wolverines 77-71 in a game made infamous by Chris Webber calling a timeout when Michigan didn't have any remaining. 

This year's Final Four is a little less "chalk" with #1 seeded Baylor going up against #2 Houston and undefeated Gonzaga facing #11 UCLA, which stunned #1 ranked Michigan in the Elite Eight.

On the Women's side, the 1993 NCAA championship was won by Sheryl Swoopes and Texas Tech in an 84-82 victory over Katie Smith and Ohio State.  

This year's Final Four features #1 South Carolina vs. #1 seed Stanford and #3 Arizona going up against #1 seed UConn. The Huskies undoubtedly got a favorable call at the end of their 69-67 victory over Baylor, but there are several reasons why I don't feel bad for Baylor.

Are you watching this year's Final Four? Any favorite memories from past NCAA tournaments?

Thanks for reading!


p.s. this is one of my final four posts leading up to the 500th post celebration :-)

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Born in 1993

I've been trying to think of topics for this here '93 blog and it hasn't been as easy as I'd imagined. Eventually I came up with the idea to discuss athletes and entertainers who were Born in 1993. That way I could tie in some currently relevant people and events to this very dated blog concept. 

Rather than actually researching people who'd been born 28 years ago I thought of someone I wanted to discuss and then googled their birth year. 

Oooh how about Elizabeth Olsen? Everyone's talking about WandaVision. Is it possible she's 28 or so?

Nope... she's 32. And - hold the phone - she's the Olsen twins' younger sister?!? GTFO!

Okay, well... how about Ryan George? I've been binge-watching his Pitch Meetings and The First Guy videos. He's very funny. Is he 28, by any chance? 


Nope. He, too, was born in 1989.

Damn. If only his time traveling talk show had been based in 1993 and not 1995

Oh! How about Lynn Gunn, lead singer of Pvris. Was she born in 1993?

Nope, 1994. Fvck.

Okay, fine.  Who the heck was Born in 1993? According to this list on IMDB, here are our choices:

This the dude from One Direction? You don't know you're beautiful/that's what makes you beautiful. That guy? Or was that Harry Styles? Moving on...

Ah yes, Victoria. Gorgeous young woman. Talented, too. But I covered her over at The Collector.

Hi. I don't know you, but... hi. 

i never watched iCarly. Didn't know she was in Despicable Me 2. 

No. Just... no.

Why does this guy sound familiar... was he in One Direction, too?

Hey it's the half-a-man who quit acting to join a religious cult sect. Cool.

Here we go. You probably know Olivia from Ready Player One but I first saw her in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (she was the dying girl.)

That was a lowkey good movie (and book). And since Olivia Cooke was born at the tail end of 1993 I'm satisfied that I've found someone worth discussing here. 

In the next edition of Born In 1993 I'll try to find some other entertainers to discuss. Failing that, I'll just stick to sports ;)

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Oil Crisis

Houston sports teams are having a rough year already. The Astros are still public enemy #1 in baseball, James Harden and J.J. Watt couldn't get their teams to a championship and left town. George Springer did win a title in Houston, but left for Toronto anyway. Deshaun Watson wants out. It's a mess. But the city's sports scene in 2021 is a well-oiled machine compared to the 1993 Houston Oilers.

Do you remember the "Luv Ya Blue" Oilers of Earl Campbell and Bum Phillips? Or the "Run & Shoot" era with Warren Moon airing it out to Haywood Jeffires and Ernest Givins? I remember these Oilers - or I thought I did. They were an exciting team. Moon was fun to watch, and their powder blue uniforms were fantastic. 

This past weekend UrinatingTree posted a documentary about the 1993 Oilers that is absolutely worth watching. There was enough drama in that one season for three or four documentaries. U-Tree tied it all together in a tidy 31 minutes and it's as fascinating and informative as any 30 for 30 episode.

I was a casual Oilers fan at the time, they were on my radar and I cheered for them against just about any AFC team except maybe the Dolphins. Their logo and wordmark were one of my favorites; I picked up Oilers memorabilia whenever I could including a collector's cup, a key chain, and this pennant:

A few years earlier (1991 I think?) I managed to find a Warren Moon Starting Lineup figure. Almost bought a Drew Hill figure from a dealer named Jack who specialized in hard to find pieces, but I passed - it was either out of my price range, damaged, or both. 

Anyway... back to the 1993 Oilers. While watching U-Tree's video I made a mental note to check my collection for cards of the principal players in this season-long drama. 

I only have 23 Oilers cards from 1993. Ten of them (nine base cards and an insert) are from the SP set. So I put together a little wantlist here, which I'll refer to next time I shop at

  • 1993 Fleer #220
  • 1993 Pro Line Live #101
  • 1993 Score #216
  • 1993 Upper Deck Team MVP insert

I only have 27 total Warren Moon cards so I could definitely expand this list beyond '93 issues.

I have seven Haywood Jeffires cards including some very cool 1991 issues. Don't really need any more at the moment.

  • 1992 Pro Set #510
  • 1992 Skybox Impact #165

Ernest Givins' 1992 Upper Deck card makes me dizzy. I liked Givins and his touchdown celebration but the Electric Slide song was awful. My high school Spanish teacher played it frequently and I couldn't stand it.

  • 1994 Collector's Choice Crash the Game
  • 1995 Classic NFL Experience #38
  • 1995 SP #136
  • 1995 Topps #301

Gary Brown somehow rushed for 1,002 yards in 1993 despite getting just 195 carries in Houston's pass-happy offense. I have three of his 433(!) cards and wouldn't mind adding one or two more.

  • 1993 Bowman #394
  • 1993 Topps #547

I have one David Williams card - 1992 Stadium Club. Wouldn't mind picking up another one from 1993. (I could also use more Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews cards.)

  • 1992 Wild Card #132
  • 1993 Bowman #65
  • 1993 Topps #90
  • 1994 Pro Line Live #314

Wilber Marshall's 1993 Topps card lists him as a "Franchise Player" -- for Washington. He signed with the Oilers that spring, then followed defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan to Arizona for 1994.

  • 1991 Upper Deck #314
  • 1993 Pacific #294
  • 1993 Score #182
  • 1994 Skybox Impact #108

13 of my 16 Sean Jones cards picture him with the Packers. I could definitely use more Oilers issues of the team's sack leader in 1993.

Backup interior lineman Jeff Alm has just eight cards. This is the only one that pictures him in the powder blue Oilers uniform - aside from his 1990 Score Supplemental card that hides the logos so well it would blend in with an unlicensed set today.

  • 1993 Pro Set #167
  • 1994 Skybox Impact #98
  • 1994 Topps #516

Cris Dishman had 43 interceptions in his career and yet one quote about him has stuck with me since his playing days. I think it was Deion Sanders who said "Dish hadn't had a pick since God was three." I'm assuming I read that on the back of a football card but I can't find it anywhere.

Here's another case of my memory deleting some details. I will never forget this Antonio Freeman catch but if you gave me fifty guesses I never would have remembered that Dishman was covering him on the play.

  • 1994 Pacific #71
  • 1995 Topps #196
  • 1995 Ultra #126

Bubba McDowell was the guy I remembered but Marcus Robertson was the better safety. He led the Oilers in interceptions and earned All-Pro honors in '93. I don't have any of his cards, which might explain why I didn't realize how good he was.


I'm not sure if there are any other Oilers logo/helmet cards out there aside from this 1994 Pacific Prisms card but I might try to seek out some Panini stickers like this one or this one

I've updated my 1993 wantlist but I might create a second page for players who started or ended their career that season. I'll probably move my Oilers wants there, too. 

Thanks for reading!