View Full Version : A world without sportscards.

09-17-2011, 09:31 AM
I knew I was going to write about something today,just didn't know what.After looking at all my bags of cards and memorabilia in my computer room this is what I decided on.

I've been collecting on and off for about 40 years of the 50 years I've been alive,I just couldn't imagine my life without these little pieces of cardboard.I remember the first cards I ever bought and they weren't even sports related,back in the late 60's my father use to drop my mother off at the Staten Island ferry terminal to go to work.It was a pack of Batman cards I believe,it was pretty cool having these little pieces of cardboard from a tv show I watched religiously.It became a Friday ritual,as that was Dad's payday and he would treat me to a couple of packs every Friday,I put the whole set together and was quite proud of my accomplshment,as for a 6 year old to remain focused enough to complete anything is quite the accomplishment.

My Father was never much into sports,but for some reason I gravitated towards baseball the following summer,joining a little league team sponsored by,get this name if you can Richmond Funeral Home.I can remember our coach would give out cards for a good achievement on the ballfield,being one of the smallest kids on the team I knew I couldn't hit a home run,but I finally got a card from the coach for getting a game winning hit.I believe it was a Mel Stottlemyre card,as even back then the Yankees were my favorite team.

Although my Dad was not much into sports he tried his best to be at most of my games,and for that I am thankful,as I didn't realize how many shifts he had to exchange being a policeman just to be there.He was there the day I got the game winning hit,and he treated me to my first pack of baseball cards,which started me on this long road of collecting these little pieces of cardboard.

I have come to realize that sportscards are alot more important than we give them credit for.I think the history and the comaraderie made from these pieces of cardboard is rather interesting.Considering sportscards have been around for more than a century now,although very different than their beginning stages they still remain an important part of America's history.I would venture to say they have led to alot of Father and Son bonding moments and alot of friendships forged in schoolyards.

I also believe they have given alot of people a chance to have a job,as think of all the cardshops that used to be around when we were younger.Today the cards are mostly sold in online cardstores on ebay and retail stores.In a way I find that sad,as many a good time I had as a kid was going to the card store and just talking with other collectors and trading my doubles for theirs.I think there needs to be a way to make cardshops a thing of the future instead of just a dying breed,as it is a good place for a child to visit and to keep them out of trouble.

I moderate on one of the biggest sportscard sites out there,called sportscardforum.com,it is alot of fun and sometimes it can be a little tiresome,but in today's day and age it is the closest you can get to visiting a cardshop without actually being there.The thing I love about scf,it's abbreviated name is all the friends I have made and all the knowledge every fellow collector brings to the table.If you need to know the hottest product,the top prospect,the cards to stay away from just log on to sportscardforum.com and ask away,as there are tons of collectors there who are more than willing to help.

In closing I will say this hobby has seen lots of growth and changes throughout the years,but it is still a fun hobby and I myself couldn't picture a world without sportscards.Thanks for the read,and remember Dad's a pack of sportscards is still alot cheaper than a video game,take care Steve

Trader Rich
09-17-2011, 09:56 AM
Thank you very much for sharing your story. I found it very interest and well written. :cheer2:
I didn't start collecting until I retired in 2005. I have found it to be an enjoyable hobby in my retirement years.
I wish I would have started earlier. Actually I started with a bunch of sets from eighties and nineties that my son started.


09-17-2011, 10:06 AM
Thanks Trader Rich,much appreciated.

09-17-2011, 04:50 PM
great article, i also couldn't imagine what the world would be like without sports cards

09-17-2011, 07:41 PM
Thanks Daqda,always appreciate when my articles are read,take care Steve

09-18-2011, 09:07 AM
Good stuff Steve, published here: http://www.sportscardforum.com/articles/2011/09/a-world-without-sports-cards/

09-18-2011, 09:17 AM
Thanks Karine,Good afternoon,enjoy the football games today.