Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life! recently messaged me with a great idea - he'd send me his leftover basketball stuff, which he had no use for, for me to send to COMC. In return, I'd send him stuff for his collection. Sounded like a great deal to me - I make some COMC credit, he gets some wanted cards for unwanted cards.
I didn't realize what a nostalgia trip late 90's basketball cards would be for me though. I mean...damn.
It all started with this kid:
I thought I'd dig through some of my personal keepers from Bo's cards to see what would've made the wall display (at least for a bit). So without further adieu, here we go.
We start with some Fleer Metal universe. Great set - I loved it then (even though I had maybe two cards) and love it now for its pure insanity:
But if I had the makings of a set, like I do here, it wouldn't make the wall display. Set cards went in 800 count boxes and binders. Boxes were reserved for "vintage" cards (aka 1993 and before). Binders for 1994 and later. It's all 1994 Topps Baseball's fault...that was my dividing line for older cards versus newer cards (and I know 1993 Topps has a nicer stock to it than 1992 Topps...but young me still didn't count it until 1994 got kinda glossy). So these universe cards would've been bindered alongside 1995 Topps.
Moving on - some weird college cards of stars and then some real oddball cards including an Apex card and some Scoreboard entries:
As for the pros as prospects cards, these cards just look amazing, and there is a 100% chance that Shaq would've made the wall, as well as probably Zo and Ray Allen. The other Shaq would've definitely been traded for some Braves cards as well to my littlest brother.
I had to grab some late 90's Celtics cards from Bo's package - they always hold a near and dear spot to my heart:
Had Tyronn Lue been around in the 90's, he would not have made the wall:
We shall see...I already have another collection on the way, for the meantime I'll hold onto these Lues just in case...
As I mentioned above, oddballs almost always made the wall at least for a bit. So these 3 cards would have a great chance:
Oddballs had to be appropriately sized though - so these oversized cards would've gone to my brother instead:
That said, and to finish - some big cards can get smaller - and I'd make those fit, like this Shaq:
Bo sent me some PC needs as well, and inspired me to start a new PC, but those cards will be shown off another day. Thanks as always Bo!