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Monday, April 15, 2013

Help pick the MOST SIGNIFICANT card of the Junk Wax Era-1987-1993

A few days ago I asked my readership to help me pin down what years constitute junk wax.  In a close vote, we are going to go with 1987-1993. Don't want to step on toes with some other blogs that are doing something similar right now but I have actually wanted to do this for a while.  I want to have a tournament to crown the top 8 significant cards of the Junk Wax Era.  What significant means to me may not mean the same to you.  An 88 Donruss Steve Sax may be significant to you or it may be the Mo Rivera Rookie.  Not putting any restrictions on this one.  Taking all suggestions.  Looking for a top three from everyone that will participate.  Anyone that lists a top three in the comments will be entered in a prize drawing!

Please take a few moments and share your top three significant cards from the years of 1987-1993!! 

Look forward to seeing everyone's entries and then I will put together a bracket!


  1. 1993 Topps Black Gold Ken Griffey Jr.
    1987 Topps Barry Bonds
    1993 Spx Derek Jeter RC

  2. It's tough to pick just three, but I'd have to go with:

    1. 1991 Topps Carlton Fisk
    2. 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken error
    3. 1987 Topps Bo Jackson rookie

    Griffey's '89 UD rookie is probably another, but I've never owned a copy of that one, so it's hard to see it as significant to me.

  3. 1) 1987 Topps Bo Jackson (Future Stars) -- my favorite card
    2) 1988 Fleer Billy Ripken -- for obvious reasons
    3) 1987 Topps Mark McGwire -- The green, AAAHHH!!! THE GREEN!!!!

  4. 1. 1990 Score Bo Jackson black & white baseball/football
    2. 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.
    3. 1991 Topps Benito Santiago

  5. Ah, you guys beat me to it.
    1. 1989 Upper Deck Griffey
    2. 1989 Upper Deck Dale Murphy reverse negative
    3. 1988 Fleer Billy Ripken

  6. I tend to start the Junk Wax era with 1981, the year Donruss and Fleer came on line.

  7. In no particular order, the ones that stand out to me are:
    '89 UD Nolan Ryan (multi-picture)
    '92 Topps Cal Ripken, Jr.
    '91 Score Rickey Henderson Dream Team

  8. 1. 91 Topps, Benito Santiago
    2. 92 Topps, Cal Ripken Jr.
    3. 91 Upper Deck, Fernando Valenzuela

    1. Or, it could easily be the rookie cards of Griffey, Jeter, and Chipper Jones.

  9. 1. 1987 Donruss Greg Maddux RR
    2. 1989 Donruss Best Ken Griffey Jr.
    3. 1991 Topps Chipper Jones

  10. It is hard to narrow it down to just three but :
    1988 Fleer Billy Ripken
    1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey, Jr
    1993 SP Derek Jeter

  11. 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken "Rick" Face
    1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.
    1993 SP Derek Jeter

  12. No Griffey or Billy Ripken for me:

    1991 Topps Roger Clemens
    1989 Upper Deck Kirk Gibson (666 card)
    1987 Topps Mike Laga (worst/best airbrush achievement ever).

  13. 92 Bowman Piazza RC
    91 Topps Carlton Fisk
    91 Score Dream Team Jose Canseco (no shirt)

    Ha ha! Take that!

  14. Great question!!

    -- 1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr. (my all-time fave!)

    -- 1990 Topps Frank Thomas (#1 Draft Pick)

    -- 1987 Topps Barry Bonds

    Kinda mainstream-y, but I dreamt about those cards when I was a kid!

  15. 1993 Topps Bazooka Todd Helton Team USA

    1989 Fleer Bill Ripken Error

    1992 Pinnacle Derek Jeter RC

  16. Wow... great question. I'm a huge fan of the Junk Wax Era, since it was the peak of my cardboard collecting years. But... this is one tough question. Here were the first three cards that came to mind... mainly b/c they were probably the 3 most popular cards while I was working at my first card shop job back in the early 90's.

    1990 Score #697 Bo Jackson BB/FB
    1989 Fleer #616 Billy Ripken Error
    1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr.