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!!!