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    What single card does almost everyone have in their collection?

    This is going to be followed up in a bit with a poll. More on that later, but I want to know: What card do YOU think almost everyone in the collecting world has? Please give your answer with supporting reasons.

    My vote goes to the 1991 Topps Ken Griffey Jr.
    - Height of the junk wax era
    - Estimated FOUR MILLION of them exist
    - Little to no negative press about him exists
    - Everyone loves him
    - Superstar w/out steroids
    - On a team that virtually no one hates

    Do you concur? I would have said Chipper from '91 Topps, and while it is the most pricey card in the set, I still think the Griffey has far more mass appeal, even though it is probably a quarter card

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    My gut says:

    87 T Bo
    87 T Canseco
    87 T Big Mac

    Just have a feeling that 87 T was that big.


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    I would say a 1993 Topps Jeter RC. Topps was always the easiest and cheapest product to buy and even my 12 year old son and his friends each have them.

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    It definitely has to be a Griffey card. Of all the superstars playing during the peak overproduction years, he was THE GUY above all others.

    As far as specific cards, I think 89 Donruss is the one. It's a rookie card of the biggest star going, and cheap too. On COMC there are 461 of these for sale (starting at $1.00), more than any other of his issues. The COMC argument certainly isn't conclusive though. There are 4 cards from 87 Topps (Canseco, McGwire, Bonds, Bo) with more copies for sale. But I still think it has to be a Griffey, especially because he's a first ballot HOF'er that everyone still loves.
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    Rookie griffey too. Maybe some other junk ones

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    I think it'd have to be a common card from 87 - 92. If I had to single it down, I'd say 87 Topps or 90 Donruss. Significant rookies/stars have probably been cherry-picked and sold off when they were in their prime. I'd be willing to bet it's some common card stashed away in a common box that nobody even knows they have.

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    Almost every 91 score too

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    1987 Topps Barry Bonds

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    '82 Cal
    '89 Jr.
    "93 Topps Jeter
    Maybe a Frank or Sosa 90 Leaf?

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    '90 Topps Frank

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    I would say '89 UD Griffey no question about it. 1) It's Griffey 2) There are millions of them 3) It's the first premier card product of it's kind 3) It's affordable raw and in a PSA 10 case but not cheap either 4) It's one of the most iconic cards of all-time
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    The '89 Griffey is the one that everyone should have in their collection (relatively cheap compared to when I was a kid, mass produced, is undoubtedly the 'it' card of modern cards, and it's Griffey), but if I was going to pick the card that would MOST likely to be in the hands of MOST collectors, that makes it a little more tough to narrow down. I would guess Griffey would be towards the top of the food chain on this. As was already mentioned, he came of age at the height of the junk wax era when 'migillions' of cards were being printed so it makes sense that it would be a Griffey. Here's my top 3...

    1. 1990 Donruss Griffey Jr. (cheap 2nd year card from a product that I remember buying a ton of)
    2. 1990 Donruss Nolan Ryan (I remember living in Texas during this time and Nolan's popularity was off the chart)
    3. 1991 Topps Cal Ripken Jr. (The other Junior was pretty popular during this period)

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    Quote Originally Posted by George_Calfas View Post
    '82 Cal
    '89 Jr.
    "93 Topps Jeter
    Maybe a Frank or Sosa 90 Leaf?
    Leaf was a little obscure in 1990 or was it just me. I was 17 at the time and didn't even really see much of it. I still think of that Leaf set as a non junker. All the cards listed I have had at one time or another but I keep nothing if someone wants to buy.

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    1985 Topps or 1990 Donruss Puckett...

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    Good question! Initially, I was going to say the Jr. 89 Upper Deck card. But their output wasn't nearly as much as some other sets in the glut era. And I don't even own the card. So upon further review I'd say it's really close between these 4 cards. I have more cards from 1987 Topps than any other set and it's the set that got me back into collecting, and got my son started in collecting.

    1. 1987 Topps McGwire
    2. 1987 Topps Canseco
    3. 1990 Donruss Griffey Jr.
    4. 1989 Donruss Griffey Jr.

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