About

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.

16 Responses to About

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  2. supporter says:

    i love this, its like you read my mind. I see you have 51 cards burned so far. I think documenting each one is key to actually give this some legs.

  3. TORPEDO TIM says:

    WOW! PERFECT (YOU MUST BE MY TWIN)
    Thanks brother for starting somthing that tops
    should have to keep there reputation.
    I love baseball and all sports. i hope all generations will be
    able to enjoy forever. Collections should be just that a
    collection for us to enjoy!

    • Zach says:

      Thanks for the encouragement ! Your comment makes me wonder if Topps would sponsor the project… probably not but you never know.

  4. Tarik says:

    Great site. I am working on a similar project except I am recycling the cards instead of burning them.

    I have focused on the 1987 topps set as well. So far, I have taken around 75k off the market and counting.

    Please e-mail me to talk further.

  5. Juan says:

    Holy wow!!!! I have been thinking of doing this myself over the last couple of years but I thought I was the only one. I would like to find a way to help in this project. Please email me.

  6. Mike says:

    I have recently been thinking the same thing. Either burn the cards or recycle them. And someone needs to come up with a calculation as to how many in existance would be left, depending on all the floods, house fires, throwing them away intentionally, burning them, recycling them would increase the value of the card. Great idea. And it is good for the environment if we recycled them.

  7. REJ says:

    Great idea. I wish you much success with this project.

  8. kurt squire says:

    I was googling “what do i do with my 1987 topps cards,” which i have in overabundance for the same reasons everyone else does.

    I landed here. I’ve only got 1,000-2,000, but I’m in.

  9. Ryan says:

    Please oh please let’s add 1991 Donruss to this list next. I was 6 years old in 1991 and even then I knew I received a crappy baseball card set when my parents bought me the factory set for my birthday, and my uncle bought me a wax box for Christmas several weeks later. 700 cards in the set and not a single card anyone would pay more than a quarter for. Let’s burn those cards and get that Luis Gonzalez rookie card up to 50 bucks!

    • Zach says:

      love it… 91 donruss must have been at the pinnacle of the baseball card mass production era. You would think that as popular as baseball cards were at the time they could come up with something with more staying power than those red and blue borders with the laser bolts going through them.

  10. Josh Phillips says:

    If we burn some ourselves and send you a video, would you add them to the counter?

    also, how about 1991 Fleer as the next set to go after????

  11. Troy says:

    I know I am a few years late in finding your site as I finally cracked open all the boxes of cards from my youth last fall, but I hope this is still happening!
    Having no place to burn things, I became quite addicted to my shredding machine. You will be happy to hear that over 20,000 1987 through 1994 cards (all brands) were turned into curly slivers of cardboard. Felt pretty damn good!
    Oddly enough, going through this process re-kindled my passion for the hobby and now I am having a blast buying vintage singles and building sets that I always admired, but could never afford. What a trip!
    Cheers guys

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