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In 1989, I was still a little new to the baseball card hobby. I had picked up a few cards here and there through middle school but I would say that my interest was reaching a peak that year as a 12 year-old. I was playing baseball every day, watching it on TV, and beginning to get a grasp on stats, divisional breakdowns, and strategy. Before that, cards were cool. But by 1989, I had reached a point where “I got it.”

During the mid-‘80s when I was piecing together a small collection of players that I had seen play on TBS or WGN, I didn’t really pay much attention to design. It was more about the player and team than what the card looked like. By 1988, Score made designs a little flashier. And then, in 1989, Upper Deck made cards look classy. So it is fair to say that my heavy interest in collecting coincided withthe design battles that marked the “Junk Wax Era.”

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