I have a problem when it comes to opening packs. I am not talking about the ability to find retail to open, though that is also an issue. I am referring to my immediate need to get rid of any cards that do not fit my collection, namely any non Cardinals. I always try to get rid of cards as quick as possible. The OCD in me cannot stand unwanted clutter, whether it is on my sorting desk or in a trade box.
For the most part I have pretty good luck, as I have less than 5,000 cards for trade. Most of those cards are from 1998-2003. That time frame was right after I graduated college and before my wife and I built a new house. Disposable income was more plentiful back then, so I busted quite a few hobby boxes each year. Even before the pandemic hit, it was down to a few blasters.
This year I have opened a few packs of Topps Series 1 and 2 Heritage blasters. I still have quite a bit of Series 1, but I have had good luck trading away the Heritage base cards. Last week TCDB member Kaline6 send me a nice Cardinals lot in return for 20 of those Heritage cards.
These 1981 Topps Scratchoff cards remind me of a Connect 4 game. It is tempting to scratch away, but I will resist the urge unless I find duplicates.
These 2 1987 Topps Traded cards are the Tiffany version. Very glossy in hand.
More Topps Traded Tiffany cards, this time from 1988.
I should have pulled out my 1991 Topps cards to show that this is a dark logo variation, but I was too lazy. Variations are not a big part of my collection. When they are clearly visible like this I will go after them. When it comes to the late 1980s Donruss cards with a dot or no dot after Leaf Inc, I will pass.
I remember thinking Jose, Bernand Gilkey, and Ray Lankford would roam the Cardinals outfield for a long time in the 1990s. Jose was an All Star in his first full season as a Cardinal in 1991, but would only last 1 more full year before he was traded to Kansas City for Gregg Jefferies. Glad I chose the outfielder to collect who had the best Cardinals career.