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The Homecoming of My Joey Belle Rookie Card

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

My Short Hobby Blog/Vlog Story of the Month is about my acquisition of the 1990 Donruss Joey Belle Rookie Card - Number 390.

The Homecoming of my 1990 Donruss Joey Belle number 390 rookie card was both climactic and cinematic. It was climatic because the guarantee of finding this revere rookie card from my first hobby run was met with considerable uncertainty. It was cinematic because I felt like I was about to go on a quest comparable to the search for the “Lost Ark” or the “Book of Treasures.” Despite not knowing what this treasure hunt would yield, I decided to go out on a limb and ask Steve if he had the card I revered the most during my first hobby run. Before Steve could answer the question, his assistant placed a five-row storage box on top of the back showcase, and as he opened the box, I felt this quest had the potential to become a memorable hobby moment.

As I began my search for card number 390 at the back showcase of Knuckle Ball Sports Cards, out loud, I recalled specific moments I had with card number 390 during my first hobby run. In my first recollection of card number 390, I told Steve’s assistant about the time I pulled card number 390 from my very first wax pack of Donruss Baseball Puzzle and Cards. As I continue to share one recollection after recollection about card number 390, Steve’s assistant joined in on my hunt for the revered 1990 Donruss number 390 Joey Belle rookie card. I don’t know if my stories inspired Steve’s assistant. However, it was evident that this treasure hunt resonated with everyone in the store as we searched multiple five-row boxes full of baseball cards for just one card. My treasure hunt for card number 390 was a magical conquest because as the search for my most revered Joey Belle rookie card continued, nostalgia filled the room, cardboard stories were being recalled by everyone who entered the store, and as I recovered card number 390 from the final five-row box, Steve’s assistant and I shared a smile.

In most hobby circles, the 1990 Donruss number 390 Joey Belle rookie card is not viewed as a chase card. When you compare the value of card number 390 to other chase cards in the Donruss set, Belle’s card isn't comparable in both average sales or estimated value. Basically, what I am trying to say in layman's terms is this card isn't changing my tax bracket. However, I don't care because the true wealth and value of card number 390 is the smile it puts on my face every time I look at it, the nostalgia it gives me every time I share my story and the opportunity it gives me to explore my thoughts and feelings about cardboard.

Keep Collecting,

Click the link to view the 1990 Donruss Joey Belle Rookie Card picture!


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