The saddest part of this whole story is not the lack of card value from the late 80s and early 90s, but rather the collector who collects for investment purposes. Actually that's not a "collector". That's an "investor". Children don't have much qualification to be investors and are better spending their childhood being children and not pretend-grown-ups. So a child that was raised to be an investor, rather than a collector is a sorely misled child.
I also have thousands of cards from 1989 through 1991 and I'm happy to have those cards and I'm happy that I spent the money I did back then. I collected those cards because I love baseball and I love the idea of having pieces of cardboard with photos and stats of players that I grew up watching.
In fact, I enjoy going to a show every couple years and I can see cards from my childhood that I can pick up for pocket change. I think it's great. I can find Barry Bonds, Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr, Greg Maddux rookie cards for under a buck. As a child I could never afford those cards because they were way too expensive for my budget. So the devaluing of 80s and 90s cards turns out to be a benefit rather than a disadvantage. Granted I'm not in the marketing for hundreds upon hundreds of cards from 1989-1991. I already have plenty of those. But I do like picking up a few cards here and there.
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