Bill Clinton is sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States. The U.S. Postal Service issues its first Elvis Presley stamp. In sports, the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl, the Montreal Canadiens win their 24th Stanley Cup, and John Paxson’s three-point shot in Game 6 of the NBA Finals helps the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns for their third consecutive championship. At the Academy Awards, Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven wins Best Picture, while Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire and Sleepless in Seattle pack theaters. TV is ruled by Home Improvement, Seinfeld and Roseanne.
Magic: The Gathering trading cards were first released in 1993. The original illustration for the Shahrazad sorcery card by Kaja Foglio (b.1970) realized $72,000 at a July 2018 Heritage auction.
Jimmy Johnson and the Dallas Cowboys’ “Triplets” (Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith) won their first Super Bowl on Jan. 31, 1993. The championship ring presented to long snapper Dale Hellestrae sold for $36,000 at an August 2018 auction.
Harley Quinn is among DC Comics’ more popular characters, first appearing in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. The darling delinquent’s first comic-book appearance was 1993’s Batman Adventures #12. A copy graded NM/MT 9.8 realized $2,390 at an August 2015 auction.
Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas has gained cult status since its release in 1993, with character images from the stop-motion movie still popular today. A studio maquette of Timmy sold for $8,100 at a June 2018 Heritage auction.
This article appears in the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine. Click here to subscribe to the print edition.