My Best Binder Page #9 – 1993 SP Platinum Power Tim Salmon

21 01 2016

1993 SP Platinum Power Tim Salmon

Yesterday I did the second best binder page in my collection.  Today is the start of the countdown for the best binder page.  If you’ll remember, Junior Junkie came up with a great idea – out of all the cards in your collection, what are your top 9?  What’s your best binder page?

This is the first card, or card #9.  To me this card barely beat out the Darren Dreifort Golden Spikes promo card.  It beat out that very rare card, as well as a number of other super mojo-type autographs.  Why does this card rank so high for me?  Well, in 1993 I was just getting back into baseball cards.  I had collected as an 8 or 9-year-old, but came back and I started going to card shows with my mom and brother.  I remember thinking Upper Deck was making the coolest cards you could imagine.  I had stopped collecting in 1989 before I even knew what Upper Deck was.  And then SP came out more toward the end of the year and I was hooked.  Between Upper Deck SP, Topps Finest and Fleer Flair, I thought these super premium cards were amazing.

To me, this is still the best looking insert set ever!

I would pick up a pack of so of Upper Deck SP and a big reason was because of this card.  In the first pack, I got this card.  Tim Salmon and Mike Piazza were taking baseball by storm as the new hot rookies, and I was partial to Salmon as opposed to Piazza.  So getting this card at 1:9 odds seemed amazing.  I can still remember the thrill of pulling it – I’m pretty sure it was at the monthly Holiday Inn show in Sharonville (Cincinnati).  I love collecting cards, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to quite recapture the excitement of a pull.  It’s mostly not possible because I’m not 13 any more.  But if I could bottle that up and take it out every now and then, that would be awesome.  On some level, I still can – by taking out my rarely opened Upper Deck binder and looking at this card.

It’s kind of amazing, I never finished this set.  I think part of it is that I want to keep the vibe of how unattainable it was to me.  Finishing it today by buying the last 5 or 6 cards I need on COMC would seem to cheapen that.  Still, I’ll have to finish it at some point.




One response

21 01 2016
Tom Tessier

Yep, Tim Salmon always makes for a nice card.

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