Nope, your eyes do not deceive you–I have been seeking this Mark Fitzpatrick card for nearly two decades. It is from the 1992-93 Fleer Ultra set–the height of the “Junk Wax Era,” though I prefer to call those years “Neo-Vintage.” Specifically, this was from the Awards Winners insert set, back when inserts were actually cool and made sense (All-Stars, Award Winners….uh, Russians….)
It is true that I could have had this card ten times over if I bought it online. It just seemed that whenever I bought a bunch of cards from an eBay or Beckett Online seller, they didn’t have this one. And we all hate the idea of paying $2 to ship one card if that one card is only “worth” a quarter.
There is also something rewarding about finding a card like this in the wild. I found this at a recent show in a quarter box from a dealer named Big Jon, who is an avid Red Wings fan. Upon finding out that it was the last card I needed to complete my set, he told me that the card had been accidentally put in the quarter box, and was actually a ten-dollar card. Ah, that joke is about as old as the trading card industry itself, and yet it still makes me smile a little bit.
Hell, I’m in such a great mood I’ll even scan and share the back of the card….
One thing I’ve learned about collecting is that it is a waiting game. Sooner or later, we all tend to find what we are looking for, no matter how way there out or insignificant.
3 thoughts on “19 years later, this card is finally mine!”
Nice job, again goes to show worth in all in the eyes of the collector!
That's the kind of card that epitomizes collecting. When a simple common card that most would disregard is such a huge addition to a person's collection.
Big Jon is by far my favorite dealer at the shows. He is always buying collections to keep his tables fresh, so I go through all his cards at every show since they are always changing. Plus he's one of the dealers that "gets it", so it's nice to sit there and have a conversation with him.