I've just recently begun the momentous task of going through the boxes and boxes of baseball (and, basketball and even hockey) cards in my house. I briefly sifted through them when I bought my house a few years ago. But now it is time to really get down to the nitty gritty and do some cleaning. Sadly, probably 95% of my cards are completely worthless. It's a shame because I really loved collecting them when I was younger. I am hoping to find a few to hold on to just to help remember the good times.
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Darryl Strawberry was my favorite player when I was growing up and I made it my quest to actually own every single one of his cards. Now, things were different back in the 1980s. There were basically three companies that produced cards, Topps, Fleer and Donruss. So, it was relatively easy to have every card of a specific player. This started to change in the 90s as more and more companies produced more and more cards. So, it became very challenging to achieve my lofty goals. I did my best and now I'm dreading it as I have literally hundreds of his cards which are basically worthless.
A few of his cards do actually have some value. One of those is the Topps 1984 Darryl Strawberry Rookie Card. I can still remember pulling this card out of a pack and I was so excited. I was a big Mets fan at this time and he was my favorite player. Over the course of the summer of 1984, I accumulated several of these cards for my collection. That trend continued as his popularity increased, not to mention the card value. At its height, the card was valued in the $20 dollar range. As it was the cheapest of his rookie cards, the Fleer and especially the Donruss skewed even higher, I accumulated even more of these over the years.
Not only was Strawberry my favorite player, but the 84 Topps cards were one of my favorites. I liked the dual picture of one large "in action" shot and then the smaller close-up picture of the player. And, with the team name written vertically on the side in team colors, it just made for a sharp looking card. The Strawberry card featured his nearly flawless, not to mention, beautiful swing along with a smiling youngster. It was if he was truly happy playing a kids game.
Now, for those unaware, Strawberry was a very successful player early on in his career. But, after a series of missteps with drugs his career spiraled out of control. Miraculously, he was able to get his life together and after battling cancer he regained some of his success as well as the respect from many fans. Sadly, it all was for not as after retiring from the Yankees, he again fell back into his old ways.
During the course of his career, the value of the Topps 1984 Darryl Strawberry Rookie Card varied dramatically. In 1984, it was a hot card and began the gradual ascension to around $20 at the height of his popularity in the late 80s. However, as his career cooled off, so did the value of his card. It began to drop at that point and slowly descended until finally settling at this point to around the $1 range. Just a quick search on eBay finds that there are no shortages of these cards available for purchase should the mood strike you. However, I can't recommend doing that unless you are a die hard Darryl Strawberry fan. And, if you are (or were) you probably have plenty of these cards already. There is simply no upside to this card and its value has no possibility of increasing.
Note: The picture featured in the listing is actually the 1984 FLEER rookie card of Darryl Strawberry
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