Daily Archives: June 27, 2010

Showing Off My Karl Malone Basketball Card Collection

Showing Off My Karl Malone Basketball Card Collection

When it comes to collecting, baseball was a focus of mine 95% of the time.  During that 5%, I spent quite a bit of energy collecting basketball cards.

But, I was not a set builder, or team collector.  Surprise, surprise, I was a player collector.

And my player of choice just happened to be my favorite NBA player – Mr. Karl Malone!!!

My love for basketball was born while living in Illinois.  And while 99.9% of the people in the state cheered and rooted for a certain team that won 6 championships in 8 years, I was the guy that didn’t conform.  Did I value the Bulls and what they did?  Of course.  Who wouldn’t?  But as a fan of the sport and a huge supporter of the fundamentals, I found myself a Utah Jazz fan.

My Karl Malone collection is large.  It is not catalogued the way that my Dawson one is, but I would guess that  I own 3,000 total cards with there probably being 800-900 different ones in that mix.  It didn’t take long to accumulate these as I found tons of willing trade partners.  While I bought packs and boxes like all kids did, everything I got was traded away except for my Malone and Stockton cards.

Here is my collection:

I made a quick re-entry into the hobby when I heard about ‘jersey’ cards from a friend.  I managed to grab a bunch of them right before I completely left the hobby some years ago:

 I have not purchased any basketball related cards in over 6 years now.  And while I have no intention of adding any more to my collection at this time, I have to wonder what new goodies may come out once Karl Malone’s Hall of Fame induction breeds new life into collectibles that feature him…

Time will tell!!!

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings – White

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings – White

Another 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings parallel to show off!!

This one is the ‘White’ version.  The basic difference between this card and the base version is the Black and White portrait of Dawson and the White trim that is part of the card’s border.

This is my 4th version of this 2005 card.   One of these days, I will have to show them all off at one time…

Of teh variuos versions of this card that I have picked up so far, I believe that this one is my favorite!!!

Dale Murphy 1982 Donruss

Dale Murphy 1982 Donruss

Overall I do not care for this card.  And if it wasn’t for the photo being shot at Wrigley Field, there may not be anything positive that I could offer up about this 1982 issue…

But when I think of Dale Murphy and his 1982 baseball season, I quickly get invigorated!!!

Murph won the National League MVP award in 1982.  Here is why:  168 hits, 23 doubles, 36 home runs, 109 RBI, 23 stolen bases, 113 runs scored, Gold Glove trophy, Silver Slugger Award, All-Star team selection.

Solid stuff, huh??

The card?  Not so much…