Sunday, January 28, 2018

I had a 90,000-card bonfire today

     Today I burned about 90,000 Topps baseball cards that included over 50 complete Topps sets from 1985-2001, and over 50 complete Topps Traded sets from 1986-1991.  I burned a few complete sets of 1999-2002 Topps complete and factory sets as well as a number of other '90s Topps lots.  I burned nearly complete sets of 1980-1984 Topps and multiple partial sets of 1974-1979 Topps with numerous duplicates including stars.  I also burned an 800 ct. box of 1948-1973 Topps/Bowman cards.  Lastly, I burned about 15 unopened wax boxes and about 20 vending boxes from 1987-1991 Topps among many others.  Since this was work, and not pleasure, I didn't think to take pictures until I was finally breathing a sigh of relief at the end.  I wish I had more photos to share.
     None of these cards were part of my personal collection and represented only material from previous upgrades.  I did not spare the stars either.  Key burns include rookie cards of Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith, Tim Raines, Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, Don Mattingly, Roger Clemens, Kirby Puckett, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz,  Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., and Craig Biggio.  Other key burns include '70s cards of Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson, George Brett, Tony Perez, Bruce Sutter, Dennis Eckersley, Paul Molitor, Mike Schmidt, Gary Carter, etc.  I threw it all in. 
     I did what I felt I had to do given the amount of time I had available to prepare.  It all had to go, and it had to go right now.  Not later.  Not in a little while.  Not let me box this up for a special delivery.  This was a 100 yard dash into a blazing glory that lasted from dusk till dawn.  There was no planning or premeditation involved.  This was spur of the moment, little by little, get rid of a whole bunch of $hit really fast.  I don't really expect anyone to understand.  It's what had to be done, and I'm d@mn proud of it.  Hopefully, the increased scarcity of these late '80s Topps cards will raise the value of your collection by at few pennies.  Perhaps people should start hosting some more burnings, although this one was sort of by accident--at least it was never the plan.


  1. Dumbest damn thing I've ever seen or heard.

  2. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot OVER???? The junk wax maybe, but the other older stuff? C'mon man....

  3. Wow, and here I am trying to put together those complete sets with my kids. Donating them to some youngsters wasn't an option?

  4. I really hope this is some kind of April fools joke. There are tons of bloggers out there who are trying to complete some junk-era sets, and guys who have holes in their player collections from many of those sets. Heck, I would’ve payed for shipping to get some of the cards you threw out.