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Just thought I'd start this thread, as I saw a particularly interesting ebay auction

THE MAXX (Sam Keith comic book by Image Comics) had 2 card sets, the 1993 one by Topps and the 1996 one by Wildstorm

The Topps set had 6 foils and a redemption for a Sam Keith auto card. Foils # 1 to 4 and 6 are ultra easy to find, and worth nothing. # 1 to 4 came in the packs, 2 per box, and # 6 came in Wizard magazine

Foil # 5 was a 1 per case (1 per 20 boxes ?) case incentive that few people saw in 1993. This was pre-ebay. Took me several years to find. Not a particularly spectacular card. It just depicts the villain. Rarely comes up for sale. However, I see one up for auction now, asking price $ 100...
 
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I have the Sam Keith auto redemption card somewhere. I'll have see if I can find the set.
 
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Can you think of any other cards released in the 1990s or thereabouts, which are very hard to find now, but have mostly been forgotten ?

I remember collecting all of the cards and stickers produced by Wildstorm, for their Image Comics related sets, from 1994 to the late 90s. I have everything, except for GROO, which is very hard to find now.

I recall that by 1997 or so, few stores carried the Wildstorm cards anymore, so sets like Savage Dragon, Wildstorm Swimsuit, and maybe 1 or 2 others were impossible to find back then, especially the items which came 1 per box as boxtoppers, as no one stocked boxes of those cards... Like I said, they also did a second MAXX set, as well, circa 1996 or 97
 
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I've been thinking about this thread. The Pro Cheerleaders (Lime Rock, 1992) set had pack-inserted autographs, and other than my mention in another thread last month, I haven't seen anything said about them in years. I don't think the series was a big seller and I also don't remember the odds for pulling an auto ever being officially stated nor even speculated on later but they were rare. They are distinct from the base cards (which had text on the backs) that were later signed locally at cheerleader signing events because they have blank backs.

Other than the obvious pin-up appeal, some collectors look for these because they're rare and no one seems to know how many different signers there were. Also, they weren't among the very first pack-pulled autographs but they were one of the early sets to have them and to have ones distinct from the base cards. Allender lists some but he suspects others and he's right. Even with the interest, they tend to sell in just the $10-20 range.

Here's one that Allender doesn't list, Gina Wagschal:









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Can you think of any other cards released in the 1990s or thereabouts, which are very hard to find now, but have mostly been forgotten ?

I remember collecting all of the cards and stickers produced by Wildstorm, for their Image Comics related sets, from 1994 to the late 90s. I have everything, except for GROO, which is very hard to find now.

I recall that by 1997 or so, few stores carried the Wildstorm cards anymore, so sets like Savage Dragon, Wildstorm Swimsuit, and maybe 1 or 2 others were impossible to find back then, especially the items which came 1 per box as boxtoppers, as no one stocked boxes of those cards... Like I said, they also did a second MAXX set, as well, circa 1996 or 97

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Very cool! I didn't realize there was a way to tell the pack pulled autos from in person autos so I never paid attention to these.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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I had heard about the autographs but assumed they were just signed base cards, finding out later they were different. I bid on that card then got outbid but at least saved the scan. If nothing else, it's another one for the Allender listing.



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Very cool! I didn't realize there was a way to tell the pack pulled autos from in person autos so I never paid attention to these.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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Hard to find forgotten cards....sounds like my collection.

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Man! So many NS titles back then! Although I am sure there were but it seemed like nothing wasn't super over produced. With card stores popping up all over the place it was easy to think that 50 to 90 thousand boxes really wasn't that much.

After the bubble busted I often wonder how much of that product was tossed out by disenfranchised collectors?

Then there were the rule changes about manufacturers being required to take back unsold product. I remember UD getting hammered when that went into effect. Wonder if card manufactures destroyed product as well?
 
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I don't know how much of a demand there is for these anymore, and I haven't looked on ebay to see if you can still find these, but some more cards come to mind...

Valiant Era II (1994) Had 8 different postcard sized boxtoppers, 1 per box. I remember having a tough time putting together a set of these in 1994, as there was no ebay back then. You'd have to find comic/card stores with open boxes and hope to not get duplicates.

Savage Dragon (Wildstorm, 1997) Hard to find when this first came out, as few stores carried it. There were 6 different boxtoppers (1 per box) which when put together formed a mobile, from what I recall. Again, pre-ebay.

In fact, all of the chase cards from the various Wildstorm sets of 1996-1997 were tough to find back then, as so few stores carried the cards.
 
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Just looked on ebay now and saw 2 of the Valiant OS cards that recently sold for $ 10 each, and one for sale now with an asking price of $ 115 !
 
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