I was stationed in San Diego in 1989/90 and went to San Diego Sports Collectibles, I believe. I did not fully take advantage of the card market down there then though, because I was just easing into my hiatus. Full time Navy school and the allure of underage drinking and Mexico so close. I would not really dive back into cards until right before I was coming home from the Navy in 1993. I missed a really good time to be actively collecting, but also in a way, it was the best time to miss. So much overproduced crap that everyone bought and thought they'd get rich off of. I was able to come in a few years later and pick up the scraps for pennies on the dollar and really didn't miss much.It is impressive when you look back at how many good players the Padres had during those years. And so little to show for it. Reminds me of the "Trader Jack" set that Sony put out a few years ago, with a checklist of players McKeon shuffled in and out of the organization.
I like the 1990 Padres Magazine set as well. Robbie also had two cards in the 1989 set, one on his own (which I have the uncut sheet of) and one with Sandy Jr and Sandy Sr (which I still can't find the uncut sheet of). Back in the day when I started collecting, I could never find these. Probably nobody else that lived outside San Diego could either. But when I got back into it I ended up calling San Diego Sports Collectibles, who helped produce them, and they still had some left!
a previously hitherto unknown and unbewhenceforth unidentified card from Robbie's playing days.
So I just found this auction...
In case it's expired by the time you see it, this auction is from a guy selling a MASHED 1990 Bowman Robbie Alomar. BIN price is $1.30 plus $8.05 shipping (economy shipping!). Shipping from where? Greenland? Nope, from San Jose CA. Eight Dollars and Five Cents. This is an all-timer!
Here's the photo and the caption...
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"I have a Roberto Alomar baseball card for anyone that needs it to complete whatever collection they have.
I will have to apologize for the current condition that it's in, but you know how to fix it properly than buy right now"
Maybe Gary Moser knows how to "fix it properly", but I sure don't
Its as if the guy lost his crackpipe so he rolled a doobie out of a baseball card instead. . . but then he found his pipe but realized he had no lighter, so he unrolled the card to sell so he could buy a lighter . . . but then realized he would soon be out of crack too so he added more $$ to the price.