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!