There are some designs in baseball cards that almost bring a tear to your eye because you can sense that an earnest, wet-behind-the-ears, hopeful arts team thought a certain approach would be really, really innovative and cool. In the hopes of being deluged with corrections by long-suffering readers, I'm going out on a limb to assert that the Gold Rush design, pictured below, was a parallel to the Score base set. The scan unfortunately doesn't do justice to the shiny gold-lamé-jumpsuit quality of these cards that brings to mind, for some reason, the Tropicana nightclub.
Now, we've seen gold on other baseball cards--Pinnacle with its gold baseball seam design era comes to mind--but there's just something so fundamentally wrong about gold on baseball cards that we think it deserves at least a mention in the Hazardous Waste baseball card design category, along with 40-year-old bubblegum and whatnot. The cards kind of fleck little gold bits off. Here's a photo rather than a scan:
Then there's this variety, even fleckier:
Taking a wild guess, we'd call this a 1997 Upper Deck Ticket to Stardom card (photo above, scan below).Of course, the most
memorable thing about this particular card is...what? Anyone?
Yes, that is correct. "ADMIT ONE: $2.50." Based on this bit of archeological evidence, we'd estimate that in 2023, it will cost approximately $4,312 to buy an upper deck ticket to see the Mets. Perhaps to cope with inflation, we'll sell all our gold baseball cards, which by 2023 should be worth a great deal of money.