By Chris Collins aka lodown
I believe I started collecting back when I was around six or seven (I’m 39 now). My parents would go to the drugs store and I would not leave the store until they broke down and picked up at least one pack of cards. Over the many years I only picked up baseball cards that were mostly of the Topps brand. I remember a couple of my favorite cards were a Johnny Bench base and a Pete Rose base. I really never followed the sport much but I remember the days spent on the playground trading More >
By Jake Lester aka jagrnyr68
There are many cards that I have that can be considered favorites but I have two that definitely stand above them all. Going back to 2001 I was only in second grade, so I didn’t know that much about the hobby. I recently bought my first hockey Beckett that had Ilya Kovalchuk and Jason Spezza pictured on the front, and I looked at this thing all day. I would look up prices to my cards that usually came from 00-01 Victory and 00-01 Topps. I always went by 01-02 Upper Deck and saw that Ilya Kovalchuk’s More >
By Robert Shirley aka champ1985
We consider ourselves lucky in life when someone profoundly touches our lives. This is exactly what happened to me when I met a young fellow online and became fast friends with him. It was a love of baseball and collecting that drew us together and life that made it all come crashing down. My friend lives 838 miles away and although we have never met, and probably never will, I’ll never forget him and the hours spent chatting and trading our baseball cards. It was this friendship that produced my favorite card. It is not an More >
By Spenser Davis aka sports collector
I guess the thing that really got me started with collecting cards was following baseball in the first place. I remember watching Mark McGwire with the Cardinals and thinking he was the best thing since sliced bread.
Those thoughts quickly faded as reality set in about steroids. Though he has never failed a test he is guilty in the public eye just by not claiming innocence. I then went on to watching Albert Pujols. After watching him I started picking up packs for $3 at Quick Trip. I had gotten a lot of cards as I More >
By Duane Williams aka duane1969
My story starts 16 years ago in Erie, PA. I didn’t get into collecting until I had moved to Pennsylvania and was already in my 20′s. It was the early 90′s and the hobby was taking off again and I, like many others, had gotten caught up in the hobby craze and had quickly accumulated boxes and boxes of cards. I had missed out on card collecting as a child in the 70′s so I was making up for lost time by grabbing every box and pack that I could. Along the way I even bought More >
By Matthew Tomkins aka reoddai
Back when I was a kid my dad took me to the local card shop. When we went the store was something like ten meters long and two and a half meters wide. The entire left wall, top to bottom, was full of open boxes. It was a pack buyer’s dream. Absolutely everything from the last few years was available as well as older products.
As a kid I got very little allowance compared to my peers. But every so often I would have enough money to pick one or two packs and buy them. As I More >