Fast forward thirty years. The mall is still there, (which is an amazing feat within itself) but other than the cashier, I was the only other person in the store. The entire time I was there (about a half-hour) nobody came in. I'm not sure anybody even walked by.
While I was leaving the mall it was obvious that the employees of all of the stores greatly outnumbered the customers, and the high majority of customers all seemed to have graduated high school decades ago. It's certainly not the way things used to be.
Like this 1992 Classic Draft Pick Brien Taylor Promo card apparently used to be $30.00. I wouldn't doubt if some people paid that much for this card back then too. Promo cards like these had ridiculous prices attached to them.
The going rate was ten bucks for this Pat Falloon promo.
The rest of the cards in this post are not from the 1991 Leaf set, but part of a twenty-six card preview set which I was not able to find much info about. Apparently you could find these in the 1991 Donruss factory sets. If I wrong and someone else knows more about these cards, don't be shy.
And they're not black and white...I scanned it that way by accident and I'm too lazy to rescan it.
Here's the back where you definitely can see the words "1991 Preview Card".
A nice looking Tim Wallach card, but a nasty looking top loader.
This was the only card in the bunch that didn't have a price on the front.
It did on the back though. Ten bucks.
For anybody who wasn't collecting back in the early 90's, promo cards were everywhere. It didn't even matter who was on the card, if it was a promo card it was selling for far more than many player's rookie cards.
Would you pay $10 for a Leo Gomez card? Would you pay $10 for a Leo Gomez anything?
This card used to be $18. Wow.
If I had bought all of these cards back in the early 90's it would have cost me $129.00.
In 2018 it cost me $1.
I'm glad it's not the way things used to be.