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The junk wax era in basketball cards occurred in the late 1980s to the early 1990s when there was an excessive production of cards, resulting in little scarcity or rarity. This led to a significant drop in the value of most basketball cards from that era.

These cards became the commons that were often passed down to the 90s kids, like myself, who developed a connection to the hobby. My passion for the hobby continued to grow, as a kid I would save all of my money and spend it at the card shops. I have memories of making my grandfather wait for hours as I would make decisions on what cards I'd like to buy...he would always pay the difference cause I tended to buy more cards than my 11 year old budget would allow. Those are some of my favorite memories to look back on.

Now as an artist, I find myself taking a trip down nostalgia lane. I have collected and painted over a series of 1991-92 NBA Hoops Basketball cards, which were part of the overproduced products from the junk wax era. I enjoy giving these cards a new life; it allows me to reminisce about my childhood and bridge the gap between the past and present.


I will be released the first series of my 'Junk Wax' collection on January 27, 2024. New cards will be released throughout 2024.

For more regular updates follow @artjunkie_llc on Instagram.

- Kelson

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