So I decided to look at some of the old cards that I used to collect back in the 90's. Wow, haha, I can say that they are worth hardly anything anymore! Well, that's obviously because of the super high print runs and lack of auto/game-used type cards that they have now. Since they are so readily available, I might as well pick some up for old times sake. There are some great rookie cards of great players from the 80's and 90's.
One of my favorite players from the 90's and 2000's was Dominic Hasek. They called him The Dominator - and for good reason! He was a spectacular goalie for the Sabres - and then later for the Red Wings. I really remember him as a Sabre because I used to play those old NHL games on the Sega Genesis and I would always play the Sabres for some reason. I don't live near Buffalo and have absolutely no affiliation with that city, but for whatever reason I liked using that team - well, probably because I won a lot using them.
On a whim, I checked Beckett for some pricing on his rookie card. I found that all his rookie cards are under $5. They come from these mass produced and cheap Score sets. Well, I could just get his card for pennies on the dollar, but since it's not that much anyways, I might as well get the best condition one that I could. And that's how I came to get one in PSA 10 condition. Now, I didn't pay $5, but not $50 either. The card was $12.50 including shipping costs. I thought that was alright and decided to purchase it. I think I'm going to look into getting other great rookie cards of NHL stars of the 80's and 90's. I'd be awesome to have a collection of high grade rookies from that era. Of course, I know they'll never be worth a lot - but that's ok, it's just for fun anways.
Now one more thing I'd like to add... I was reading on a sports card forum about pricing of cards. It was brought up that Canadian hockey players are always worth more than other nation's players. I've definitely found that to be true. The point was brought up that Canadians primarily collect hockey cards and so they drive up the prices of the players they like. I can definitely see evidence of this with Hasek. His cards pale in comparison to other goalies and stars of Canadian origin. It's not a bad thing, just an interesting observation. Trying to get a Martin Brodeur Score rookie card will cost quite a bit more than Hasek did in gem mint 10 condition!