Hi I’m Zach and this is the BurnCardBurn Project. The BurnCardBurn Project is about restoring respect to 1987 Topps Baseball cards.
During my youth I spent a good amount of time collecting baseball cards. This was during the late 80s and early 90s. I would spend hours and hours at the baseball card shop trading cards with friends and spending my last few dollars on a couple of wax packs. It was really exciting to open the packs with the possibility of maybe getting the hot rookie card of the year.
Recently — 20 years after my collecting days — I decided to dig out my old cards and have a look at them. It was a total trip down memory lane cracking open the first binder of cards. Seeing cards of Kirby Puckett reminded me of the 1987 World Series. Mark McGwire was one half of the feared bash brothers that came up short to Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series. Finding rookie cards of Greg Jefferies and Ken Griffey Jr were a kids dream in the late 80s.
Still rifling through my old cards, I made a small stack of ones that I thought might have some value and decided to look them up on the Internet. EBay seemed like the right place to go since they auction items. I must say it was very sad to see my youth collection items now so readily available and generally worthless.
A little more Internet research gave me some good insight as to the limited value of my card collection. Starting in the mid 1980s card companies started turning out huge volumes of cards to meet higher demand. This higher production increased company’s profits but created a huge surplus. Additionally, with the introduction of price guides, collectors started to see the value of cards and saved their most valuable cards in packaging to preserve their condition. The combination of overproduction and preservation has totally limited any long term value of cards from this era.
With the sheer volume of 80s and 90s baseball cards available they will never rival their predecessor’s long term collector’s interest or value.
I want to change that – but I need your help. To increase collector’s interest and long term value from the overproduced era these cards need to become scarcer. To reduce the number of cards in circulation, large volumes of these cards simply need to be destroyed.
Starting now, I am taking action to reduce the number of 1987 Topps Baseball cards in circulation. I am choosing the 1987 Topps Baseball cards because these were some of the first cards I collected as a kid and this is the set that I would like to restore respect to first. This set is very interesting with the wood borders and has many great stars that were very popular at the time so I think this set is a great choice.
To reduce the numbers I will be destroying 1987 Topps Baseball cards every week. To destroy them I will burn them in my fireplace. All 1987 Topps Baseball cards I acquire will be destroyed. This includes All Stars, Rookies, and even Graded Cards. To be clear — no 1987 Topps Baseball card is safe.
Now this is where I need your help. There are millions+ of these cards that must be destroyed before any type of meaningful impact can be made. So I’m asking you to make a small donation so that I can pool collector’s funds to purchase 1987 Topps Baseball cards, take them off the market and burn them in my fireplace.
To get started, I will start with burning my own 1987 Topps Baseball collection but I will only be able to support this cause with my own funds for so long. Donating even $1 dollar will allow me to continue reducing the number of cards in circulation.
Anyone that makes a donation will be immortalized on this website as a contributor to the BurnCardBurn Project. I will also be posting pictures and videos of the cards in flames.
If you do make a donation I thank you. You are making a great contribution to increasing the collectability of 1987 Topps Baseball cards.