This is a really good thread. Thanks for posting.
The replies bring back some fond memories. In the 80's and early 90's baseball cards were hot! A buddy of mine had an older brother who was a huge collector, but then he kind of lost interest in the hobby. One day he invited us neighborhood kids over for a BABOOSHKA-BOMB party!!! The older brother would stand at the top of the flight of stairs, and flick commons down to us rubes standing at the bottom. I remember jockeying for position with the other kids, snatching and grabbing as many as I could, and dropping them into my trashbag. Yeah they were commons, but Beckett had a value for nearly everything, so even the 5 cent cards were worth rummaging around on the floor and lugging home, especially if I could leave with thousands of them!!!
As the older brother cleared out his worthless cards, every once in awhile he would toss down a BABOOSHKA-BOMB...meaning he would grab as many cards as he could hold and just bomb them all at once down the stairs at once. Man it would send us into a frenzy! Good times.
Fast forward, I think the card collecting hobby died off because the card manufacturing companies got greedy and starting jacking up the prices, charging over $5 a pack in some instances in the mid and late 90's. I was pretty serious about the hobby, thinking they would all eventually go up in value, but it got to the point where it just seemed like price gouging, even to a kid.
I took a break from it through high school, and as a broke college student (2003) I saw an advertizement that the local mall was holding a baseball card convention. I was in luck! I didnt even bother bringing along my commons, but I did have some valuable cards worth $20 and $50 dollars a pop (according to Beckett). I figured I would sell some to someone even dumber than me, and walk with a few hundred bucks.
The convention was almost dead. There might have been 20 people there, and every single one of them was a seller. Not a buyer in the lot. Man, what a disappointment.
Just this past Thanksgiving my parents visited, and they brought along with them the final box of cards that I had left. (They and I had since thrown away about 98% of my original collection). I placed the final box on a shelf in my closet, where its been sitting ever since.
I'd hate to just throw them away, but they are basically worthless.
Maybe I can give them away so a neighborhood kid who wants to have a BABOOSHKA-BOMB party???