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Win one of 10 2013 Topps Archives wax boxes for Father’s Day … from Topps & Beckett Media

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Collecting is often a family thing and with Father’s Day coming soon, we figured we’d offer up a chance for those of you out there to pick up a box of the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball — or football — cards the easy way.

By winning it from us.

Thanks to Topps, a total of 10 hobby boxes of Archives — five baseball and five football — are on their way to Texas to then be on their way to you in time for the holiday.

How can one of them be yours? Find out … after the jump.

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HOW CAN YOU WIN?

We want to know who got you into collecting.

So in a comment below, tell us who got you into collecting and/or you collect with. The more interesting or creative answer you provide, the better your chances of winning. Perhaps you can create a small video to show us who you collect with and your collection? Or maybe you have some other creative way of telling your story …

Be sure to include your name, age and approximate location with your post. (And include your email address in the appropriate field — can’t contact you if you win without it!)

We’ll pick 10 winners — five baseball, five football — from all of the answers received with complete information and note them right here on June 14.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

356 Comments

Ryan

When I was about 5 I started getting some packs of cards as gifts. Well, what truly got me into collecting was one of my mother’s cousins who would come visit for Easter. It was a time when my whole family would get together. In his Easter basket he would always get packs and boxes of cards. I remember sitting with him and watching him open. Being from a family that is full of Mets fans he would give me the Mets cards he pulled that he didn’t need. I still have the majority of them. Today I collect with my friends and my lovely girlfriend. Thankfully I was able to find a girl who enjoys collecting as much as I do! Even if we don’t collect the same team.

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Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

Twitter handle Odie_O9773…..No need to be creative here. My MOM started collecting for me when she found out she was having a boy. By the time I was born, I had over 1500 cards in my collection. She continued collecting for me until I was old enough to do it for myself. 28 years later, I’m still in the collecting business! Thanks Mom!!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink
Jon

My uncle was the one to get me into collecting. I started in 2012 and now have a pretty big player collection. Would love for Beckett to showcase it but I doubt it’s there yet

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink
John Stephenson

My father when I was 6. He started taking me to card shows in Nashville when ever they would come around and he finally started getting some if his 51-56 baseball and football cards that his mom gave away when he went to college. I still have cards at my parents house that my mom knows to never touch.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink
Brian

My story is very simple actually, me and my dad watched sports together when I was younger, but i started drifting more towards video games. Because of that my dad took me to the local card shop and he knew my favorite player was Ryne Sandberg, we live in VA and some how I was a cubs fan, still am to this day. Anyway, I think my dad saw an oppurtunity to bring us close with cards, knowing that with the options available it may catch my attention, I opened my 1st pack of cards and was amused by holograms and cards of different players. It was good to be a kid in the 90s when things were so simple but you got so much enjoyment, as i got older i learned some cards had value but at the time i just kept collecting. times have changed, and i still keep some stuff just not as much as I use too. Collecting was awesome in the 90′s now its all very expensive.

Brian weinsheimer
31
Harrisburg, PA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink
chrisolds

Be sure to include your age and location in your posts just like Brian did!!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink
brad jorgensen

i was about five or six when my dad gave me my first pack of baseball cards. He wanted to start what my grandfather did with him start collecting at a young age to understand the value of cards. every since then i been collecting cards with my dad and my grandfather. Now my son he is four years old loves cards just like me i wanted to do what my dad did with me start collecting at a young age. my son got his frist pack of cards when he was 3 and it was a basketball pack and the first three cards were okay but when he pulled out the fourth card he seen a jersey on it and he got the biggest smile on his face and that made my day seeing his big smile knowing he got his first hit at that age and he is just like me. it felt great knowing what my dad and grandpa did with me i can do this with my son now. so i know if i get picked i would open the box up with my son and we will sort out the cards together because that is the best feeling opening cards up with your son

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

My Uncle got me into baseball cards. When I was younger I used to collect Pokemon and yughio cards. But he gave me a big box of 80′s and nobody cards from the 70′s. this made me really like baseball cards and I went on to collect them from the time I was about 8 or so till I was 12. Now I’ve gotten back into card collecting in the past year and my collection is very good now. I’ve built up a good collection of relics autos rookies and short prints and it’s grown and still growing. I love collecting the newer better looking cards like archives heritage And GQ. I collect by myself sometimes looking at my uncles collection the highlight being a Wille mays rookie card. But I used to collect with my brother until he lost interest.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink
Moises Sanchez

I never really had anyone to introduce me to collecting. I just had so much love for the game if baseball that I started buying wax packs and that was all I needed!! The thrill of seeing what was inside the packs and the joy of getting my favorite players!!! It was just a rush that I still enjoy till this day!!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink
Roger Doseck II

My dad first got me started, we used to go to the Cincinnati Reds game every year when the give away was a collector book and cards. We would then spend the rest of the year trying to collect the rest of the team in cards. We would then do the same with the Cincinnati Bengals, they never have collector book give aways though. Now that I’m 31 and trying to get my daughter started on collecting, it would be cool to get a box for the 3 of us on father’s day.

Roger Doseck II, Dayton OH

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

I started collecting when I was 5. My father got me into the hobby at a young age. There were never any hobby shops close to us so we would hit all the shows in Cincinnati & Dayton every weekend. I stopped collecting for a while until around 2003. Once my two sons were old enough we started collecting again. On March 22, 2009 my youngest son Cam passed away unexpectedly at the age of 5. Since then his older brother & I collect numbered Auto’s & Jersey Swatches that have 17 in the numbered plate for his birthdate. Card collecting keeps him with us every day!

Billy
Age: 33
Clarksville, Ohio

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Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink
Mike Miller

Went to first card show in Chicago in 1984 with my Dad… We visited many shows seeing greats like : Mantle, Mays, Aaron to name just a few. Since my Dad passed in my early 20′s I’ve gotten back into the hobby ( even thought it’s changed a lot! ) with my son and loving it again. Memories live on. Baseball cards, visiting card shows and items I still have from those days keep the fire alive. I’m thankful for this hobby.
Twitter: @millerzeit

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

My dad is the reason I got into collecting. When I was born, he had a nice collection of trading cards and vinyl records since he’s a part-time DJ. My mom made him choose one collection to keep because it was taking up too much space so he decided to hand me his collection at a young age. When I started playing little league, he would reward me with packs everything I got a base hit or made a nice defensive play. I loved opening packs and to this day continue to add to my Dodger collection. I appreciate all of the time/money my dad spent to make this hobby a great one for me.

Jesse R.
23
Los Angeles, CA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink
Scott Thomas

It was my cousin who got me into collecting when I was about 10. I wanted to do everything he wanted, except be a Yankees fan. (Go Giants!) He passed away at 18 in a car accident. After that, I stopped collecting. It all reminded me of him. 20 years later, I pick it back up again, but now the memories of him make it that much more enjoyable! My 2 year old daughter loves to play with them, just have to make sure she only grabs the base cards!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink
Chuck Dupree

My brother Jim got me into collecting baseball and football cards when we were kids in the late seventies we live the old story of our mom threw out our cards many times and every year we would start a new collection and now many many years later I collect with my sons we collect any Chicago team and Junior Seau and Miami Dolphins cards

Chuck Dupree
age 40
Riverside,IL

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink
Erik Raffield

When I was young my mom would sit down with me and watch the Braves games. I had a freind of mine that collected. He asked if I would ride with him to the card shop. So we jumped on the bikes and took off. At the shop I seen how excited people where getting about busting packs opened, I still didn’t understand it. The next time I went with him I had some money so I bought a pack. Starting to feel (That Pack opening feeling) I ripped it open. From then out I was hooked like a fish at sea. I had a pretty good collection going. Then had something happened and lost all my cards. Got out off collecting for a long time. Now that I have a son we watch sports together & yes I started collecting again. Still have that feeling every time I’m about to open that next pack.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink
Troy P

27. It was Little league day in early 90′s at A’s game where Mother’s cookies gave out team cards. It was with my dad and little league team where I first got hooked. The thing was the packs weren’t a full set so I started trading kids on my team as well as strangers for the players I wanted. Those players were Mcgwire, both Hendersons, Weiss, Lansford, and Eckersley. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991mot01 This was just the start of what has become a 20+ year hobby for myself and still my dad from time to time. Nothing better than opening a fresh box to this day and the anticipation of who you will get. My dad still asks when I get some boxes who were the good cards. Thanks for the Awesome Little League days and Mothers cookies then and also thanks to Topps and Beckett for this awesome giveaway.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink
Chris

I got started collecting back in about 1987 with my cousin. We both loved Will Clark, and the Red Sox. i collected until about 1994 with my friend and his parents. It was always fun being there when they would rip boxes and pull their players (Fisk and Nolan Ryan). Then i had to move and lost all my collecting partners, so i let the hobby slip away from me. Back in 2003 i started to grab a few blasters here and there and loved the things i got. After that, i had gotten divorced so i couldn’t afford to collect anymore, and stopped again until the 2012 NFL draft and my son had just turned 4. He started to yell “GO RED SOX” whenever they would be on TV. At that point i thought it was time to get back to the hobby that brought me so much fun and excitement, and bought our families first box of 2012 topps chrome football. My son saw the patriots logo and Tom Brady, just like the plaque in his room ,and got wide eyes from recognizing the thing he showed me every night before he went to sleep. Now a year later, he has his own book and is proud to take care of it. I now have 2 collecting partners – my wife and my son.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

My father never collected cards, but he’s the reason I collect them now. He’s an avid baseball fan. He played in college, coached my brother and I through Little League and into High School. My brother was a pitching prospect in the minors before having TJ surgery. Baseball was always in our blood. When I was little, he bought me the Topps box set the year I was born. He did the same for my brother. When we were teenagers, he passed them on to us. I still have it sitting on my book case. I collected on and off as a kid, but not as heavily as I do now. I picked up the hobby full time a couple years ago. It was a natural extension of my love of the game. When I got married and we decided to have kids, I wanted to pass on both my love of baseball and of collecting to my kiddo. I bought the box set the year they were born just as my Dad has done, and I continue to collect sets to pass on to them once they’re older.

My father might not have collected, but he’s responsible for my love of the game, and as a father myself, I hope that’s something I can continue passing on.

Matt, 33
Houston, TX

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink
Michael McMannis

My dad i guess. But i have always loved collecting until someone stole my whole collection and that was allot of money lost. So i lost the Itch and i recently got the Itch back and I’m glad to have it back.
I’m from Elkhart, Indiana I’m 36

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink
john

i first started collecting baseball cards back in 1988 when going to our local mall back in dover,de. at a place called sheilas party world (a place where u would never expect a place to sell cards). as i looked into a glass case i saw team sets and common lots basicly to start a collection. what caught my attention was a phillies card on top i just had to have it (being a phillies fan and all). every weekend after i would go there jus to pick something new branching out to football in 1995, and then dabbled in some basketball,and have been collectinjg ever since…so i guess i owe it all to my dad for taking me to the mall every weekend….john age 38

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink
Mitchell

I got into collecting back when I was about 6. I knew absolutely nothing about baseball, but I loved seeing the pictures on the cards plus, the backs helped me learn how to read a bit. Like most people., my father got me into collecting, but in a different way. My dad had told me he used to have a collection of them when he was a kid, however my grandma had them put away in her attic somewhere and then my uncle took them and gave them to his son. My dad hadn’t collected cards since he was a kid. I figured by collecting cards I could help my dad rebuild what he used to have (a little naive of me though because there’s a pretty big difference between late 90s cards and 50s/60s cards). Even so, I wanted to help my dad in whatever way I could. This also got me learn about different baseball players which was my ticket to getting into my first game ever. My dad/uncle wouldn’t bring me to a Yankee game until I could tell them the Yankees starting lineup. They wanted me to show that I had a genuine interest in the sport. I could easily say that baseball cards are a huge reason for my love of the sport today. So I have my dad and uncle to thank for that!

Mitchell
20
Long Branch, NJ

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink
Matt Gilman

Once upon a time….at the age of 10 something changed in my life…nope it wasn’t the girl stage (though don’t get me wrong that was just as exciting but that came much later after my hobby) it was a grocery store trip with my father. There were some shiny wrappers sitting on a shelf. My father said, come here. I followed. We both gazed at wrappers with baseball and football players on them and the word Topps written across the top. I figured Topps just meant thats where the wording was. I didn’t know much about sports then but my dad was trying to get me into them. I was more interested with the Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles at that point. Those things rocked..Cowabunga!!! So he thought by picking up a pack of cards that it might interest me into sports and maybe get me a hobby other than dressing up as a Power Ranger. We picked up 2 packs of each and proceeded to the checkout line. We made the purchase and headed out to the car to open them.

After the first pack and scrolling through finding shiny reflective and cards marked rookie it kinda caught my attention a little. My dad sat next to me like a little kid at Christmas time ripping. He said he used to collect once and having this time with me opening up kinda brought his interest back. And for some reason inside of me the cards caught my attention. Did my dad just get me into a hobby other than my lack of ninja skills going around and fighting the forces of evil known as Shredder? Yup and boy he didn’t know the monster he was about to create. He was Dr. Frankenstein of the hobby to me.

Everytime we drove by the grocery store. I wanted more. I went home and sorted and sorted. Wrote down pretty much everything. Organized it crazily where it takes hours. My mom wasn’t really in too much support of our hobby addiction since we were spending a lot of money. So we started to sneak it creatively into the house after purchases (kinda like a spy…very fun game) We would hide them in coats, shoe boxes, pockets in coats and pants, sadly may have a few unspoken of places ;)

Now my dad has since gotten done the hobby and I have continued on like the monster he made, I look back at those times and laugh. Now I fast forward to the future where I have ones to pass the hobby onto myself.

Thanks for the chance at a great Fathers Day Gift! And as all Once Upon A Time stories say….THE END…for now.

Matt Gilman
30
VT

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink
Josh

My interest in the hobby began in 1998. I was in the hospital recovering from a s
Inal fusion, and my aunt had brought me some basketball cards. I had tried many hobbies to pass time while I was recovering, and this was the only thing that stuck with me. I loved finding cards of the best players in baseball, football, and basketball. My hobby started the same year McGwire broke the season home run record, and since the St. Louis Cardinals were my home team, this made my excitement for cards even greater. To this day, I have so many cards that we bought a shed to keep them in, and my bedroom is full of cards, too.

Josh Heinen
25 years old
Kennett, MO

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink
Nathan Crandell

My first set of cards came in a brown bag my dad bought me and it had 5-packs in it, I think 1990 Topps, Donruss and 1989 Bowman. I didn’t like them that much (the players who I got). After getting more and more. Eventually my parents got a divorce and my mom took all of our stuff (to include several Mike Piazza, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciappara, and David Justice (Personal Fav.)) and put them in storage where they were all lost. I bought more for a couple of years, and then my house burnt down and lost the whole collection. After a year hiatus, I bought some boxes with my own hard earned money and the single card the renewed my vigor was a 2001 Topps Chrome Albert Pujols, who’s beckett value at the time was $100. I collected heavily for a few years and then joined the military and stopped collecting for 5-years during my tours. I eventually got nostalgic and pulled out my packed stuff from my parents, I have been collecting fully since 2008. I have made it a mission to get the cards that I had lost in the fire and in the divorce back, and I have more than done that. So after 2 total collection losses I have come full circle and have surpassed my previous collections.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink
Michae; Zeitz

I started collecting in 1987 at the age of 12, when my father bought two collections from an auctioneer within a few weeks of one another for my brother and I. The first lot was predominantly 1975 and included all the major stars and rookies. The second lot was 1978-1982 and remember being really psyched when I found that I had a full plastic sleeve full of Dan Petry rookies. My brother and I had to split those, but I came into my own the final year when the same auctioneer gave me as a birthday gift my own lot of cards which included 1985 Topps rookies (Clemens, McGwire, Gooden, Eric Davis, Puckett), along with 1987 Topps rookies as well. This got me going, and led to a life of collecting that has seen my collection goals change dramatically over the years. To a point where I am not collecting to share with my now 2 year old son. I have purchased unopen packs for him including a box of Topps Archives from the year he was born, and continue to buy packs for him as we go.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink
Alex Oey

The first cards I ever remember getting was the 1988 Topps Baseball set for Christmas when I was nine. My cousin who is two months older than me is who got me into collecting and I remember he got the same set that year. We instantly had them out of the boxes so we could sort them! We didn’t have a card shop near us, so any time there was a local show we would go – even if it meant talking our way out of church! Without Ebay back then, we focused on trading. There was always someone to trade with and if you found someone from out of town, even better! It grew from there until high school and college got in the way. After graduation I brought my boxes of cards with me and got the itch to collect again. Chad Greenway was drafted by the Vikings right after I started collecting again and decided to go after him (https://picasaweb.google.com/106680291684119570737). My sons, 2 and 5, think it’s great fun to look at dad’s cards and recently I put together their own box of cards that they can look through when I am going through mine. The main cards in that box? The same 1988 Topps Baseball set that I received for Christmas that started my collection. I can’t wait to be able to share the excitement of opening packs with them. I hope it’s something that we can do together for a long time.

Alex Oey
33
Marshall, MN

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

Started collecting back in 1976, loved the colorful uniforms of the players, Red Sox favorite team, but angry that I kept buying packs and couldn’t get any players from Bristol or Pawtucket (not realizing that at the time minor league stats were listed on the card backs). With the advent of the “double prints” I got very frustrated in 1980 when I opened 20 Dusty Bakers and zero Rickey Henderson’s. To this day I can name all those nasty double prints from memory. Dwight Evans was my favorite player and my goal was to acquire all of his cards, and in the 1980s I frequented shows and mail order – I think I got most of em’ – not worth much today but valuable to me. The link to my collection for Dewey is here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3108912119079.2183651.1152614590&type=1&l=753b892a35

Another reason why I enjoy this years archives sets for the generous inclusion of Dwight Evans as well as many other vintage Sox players I have followed over the years – would love to nab a box – thanks!

JoshR, Boston, MA (live around the corner from Fenway)

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink
Eric Belvin

I got into collecting baseball cards when I was a child. My grandfather and I would do it as a past time. My fondest memories as a child were when we were busting wax packs and collecting our favorite payers and teams. When he passed away, I pretty much stopped collecting until I was an adult and one of my close friends at work was showing me some cards that he bought. Well, after that day he kept trying to talk me into getting back into collecting again. I went into it head first and started to buy several boxes a week. My first box that I bought was a National Treasures football box. It was an incredible box, I pulled several great hits but my biggest mojo pick was a 1/1 auto of Paul “Bear” Bryant. What a way to start back in the hobby!!! Ever since then I have been enjoying it a lot. I started wanting to trade cards so I became a member of Beckett and have enjoyed trading cards with people all over the United States and sometimes outside of the states. I love to collect baseball and football.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink
Clint Spencer

I was your typical little kid, finding change where ever I could to go buy packs of baseball cards. However, all my cards from back in the day are no longer around. I got back into the hobby in the middle 90′s when my son was born. In fact I have purchased Topps factory sets since 1994 the year he was born. I guess I got him started in 1998, the year McGwire and Sosa went nuts and he has been buying baseball cards every since. He and a couple of his buddies buy Bowman, Bowman Chrome and Bowman Draft every year just for the prospects. In fact he is probably a bigger prospector than I am.
Clint Spencer
58 yrs old
Imperial, Mo 63052 (about twenty miles south of Busch Stadium-baseball heaven)

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

I’ve been collecting with my brother since I was 6 and he was 3. Initially, we collected baseball cards, usually being rewarded with a pack from the grocery store for behaving while our mom did the weekly shopping. Because of an occasional dispute over ownership (usually spurred on by each of us owning the same card), my mom would occasionally write one of our initials on the back of a card in pen. Somewhere out there there’s a 1985 Mark McGuire USA Team rookie with the initials “JK” on the back. That card belonged to my brother, Joe.

Around the time that we reached middle school, our interests changed to collecting football. What caused the switch in sport? It was the discovery of our dad’s 1967 Philadelphia football card collection in an old lunch bag in the back of our grandma’s cellar. My brother and I split the find in half, each coming away with a Ditka, Unitas, and Butkus in the deal.

After school, we both stopped collecting for a stretch of almost a decade. Then around 2007 we both began collecting again in earnest. My main collecting focus turned back to baseball, with my brother collecting mostly baseball and football. While his collection usually focuses on the key players of today (living in Orlando, he gets to see more teams play spring ball than most), my focus is on Milwaukee Baseball, going as far back as the early 1900s, and more specifically my John Axford Supercollection.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

I’ve been collecting with my brother since I was 6 and he was 3. Initially, we collected baseball cards, usually being rewarded with a pack from the grocery store for behaving while our mom did the weekly shopping. Because of an occasional dispute over ownership (usually spurred on by each of us owning the same card), my mom would occasionally write one of our initials on the back of a card in pen. Somewhere out there there’s a 1985 Mark McGuire USA Team rookie with the initials “JK” on the back. That card belonged to my brother, Joe.

Around the time that we reached middle school, our interests changed to collecting football. What caused the switch in sport? It was the discovery of our dad’s 1967 Philadelphia football card collection in an old lunch bag in the back of our grandma’s cellar. My brother and I split the find in half, each coming away with a Ditka, Unitas, and Butkus in the deal.

After school, we both stopped collecting for a stretch of almost a decade. Then around 2007 we both began collecting again in earnest. My main collecting focus turned back to baseball, with my brother collecting mostly baseball and football. While his collection usually focuses on the key players of today (living in Orlando, he gets to see more teams play spring ball than most), my focus is on Milwaukee Baseball, going as far back as the early 1900s, and more specifically my John Axford Supercollection.

Kevin Kimmes
Age 34
Green Bay, WI

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink
Alex M.

Appropriately, my dad started me on my collecting journey. He found a small stack of Topps ’90 someone had left behind at a little league field and gave them to me. I of course followed baseball and knew some of the Braves players at the time, but I had no idea what to do with the cards. The funky, non-uniform color borders from that year made my brain hurt just a little bit… but I was intrigued. Then I noticed the cards were NUMBERED, and the numbers went really high! To like, 700 or more! Who knows how many there were! Thousands?!? Maybe! And here I had some in my hand, already well on my way to having the whole set (it was like, 50 cards, but hey Math is funny when you’re a kid…). I quickly got the itch to collect. Soon thereafter, my 3 brothers joined the fun. We were a very competitive bunch; there weren’t a lot of trades between us, but a lot of taunting from the one of us that had a card another obviously wanted… Today, even though we’re states apart, my brother Sam and I are quick to call and share and exciting collecting moment as it happens, and we’re way less stingy with the trades. It’s funny, I’ve never thought to thank my dad for that seemingly inconsequential gift those years ago that started what has now become a large part of the joy and simple happiness in my life. I will be sure to do so this Father’s Day. Thanks, Beckett, for helping me remember!
Alex – 31 – Cornelius, NC

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink
adam

my dad got me into the hobby 20+ years ago , i remember he took me to a show at a local mall 1 time and i had given him a urlacher rc auto he showed me how to turn that into a brett favre auto!! i collect with with friends but mainly myself and got to shows .
adam traeger
rockford,il

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink
adam

adam
my dad got me into the hobby 20+ years ago , i remember he took me to a show at a local mall 1 time and i had given him a urlacher rc auto he showed me how to turn that into a brett favre auto!! i collect with with friends but mainly myself and got to shows .
adam traeger
32
rockford,il

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink
Edward Bennett

I started collecting when I was in elementary school and playing baseball. My mother would take me to the stores after each game and depending on how many base, second, third base hits and home runs, I would get credited in packs of sportscards. It was a lot of fun and a great reward. In my teenage years, I started venturing out to warehouse dealers, buying large quantities of specific rookies, etc. and reselling online and at small shows. Didn’t make a whole lot, but kept me going. Cards were simpler and only a few real brands and inserts. Today, I am back in full swing again, now collecting with my brother-in-law who was medically discharge from the military due to head trauma from his convoy running over a large IED (we later found out this wasn’t his first). With the new age of sportscards collecting, we like the “Hits” of game-used and autos, very exciting to own some of these, but we are also still a little old schools, buying older packs/wax packs from various shows we attend. Recent one we opened was 3 wax packs 82 fleer baseball, and pulled a clean Cal Ripken Jr. RC, which might not be too impressive due to quality/price to some current day collectors, but it brought a smile on our face just for pulling it. Sure, we could have easily just bought the card off someone, but it’s the pack pulls that excite us.

Edward Bennett
Age 40
Torrance, CA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink
Joe

I started collecting in the late 80′s. The company my dad worked for had a yearly company picnic, and probably either ’88 or ’89, my dad convinced the owner of the company to bring a box of Topps football cards for the kids to have as a sort of door prize. There were only two of us kids there that actually were interested, so we split the box. The next year, they did the same thing, and I got more cards, and from there, my grandmother used to give me 50 cents to buy packs when I went to visit her. Really didn’t start avidly collecting until I was in high school, mainly because there was never a local card shop in the tiny town I grew up in until around then. Funny thing is, I grew up in Bengals/Browns territory, and the rivalry between the fans of the two teams in my school drove me to pick a team in the NFC to like, which ended up being the Packers. Sterling Sharpe was the player that convinced me to start following the Packers, and I’ve been a fan since.

Joe
34
SW Ohio

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
Meaghann Grey

I didn’t live with my dad growing up, but the one thing I do remember is buying and collecting baseball and basketball cards with him. We used to go to a local hunting store called Uncle Lees and buy packs. They were the only place in town that sold cards. It was the highlight of my weekend – getting to see him and rip some packs. Then we would take them home and see who got the best hits. I hope to pass down my hobby to my son. And maybe he will love it as much as I do.

Meaghann
26
Kentucky

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
Dave Trombley

I began collecting cards at 5 years old. A friend of mine (Jason) had a nice collection of basketball cards in the early 90′s. I began going to swap meets with him and his grandparents, where I’d take my allowance with me or money I earned doing work around the neighborhood. I started then and have continued ever since. Still have many of the cards from my childhood. Now being 27 years old and living in Le Mars, IA, I’m quite enjoying the online scene now. With no local card shops within a 1 1/2 hour drive, its keeps me busy. Now with children myself, only girls, they have started to take interests in the hobby. They may collect My little pony cards and a few Buckeye’s cards on occassion, but I’m glad to see my passion moving on with my children.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
robet m

Back when i was about 10 me and my dad started going to every single card show in New Jersey when they came around was lots of fun opening boxes and getting a hit in them even if it was not a good one was still fun . still open some stuff here and there hes not about in his 60s and i am in my 20s the biggest player i was into collecting even way back then was Jordan and it paid off years later I must say we are slowly parting off the collection piece by piece with almost 600,000 name player cards worth from 1$ to 1,000$

In all was the best ever if someone is reading these that’s never went to a card show a big one its a must do thing there great

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
Kevin

I picked up the odd pack here and there when I was little. In 1988 I was at my friend Anton’s house, we were in maybe 4th grade. He had some sweet micro-machines boats I was interested in. He wanted my Destro action figure so we worked out a monster trade.
Part of my take was a 1986 Topps box bottom Pete Rose.
I took my winnings home and as I was checking out my haul when my dad picked up the Pete Rose. It got him talking about collecting cards when he was a kid. A few days later we were at the store and he picked up some 1988 Topps packs for my brother and me. We all sat around checking them out. It turned into all of us making stacks of cards with players from our favorite teams. I had a stack of Mets, my brother had Pirates, my sister Twins and my dad had Yankees. We collectively decided we needed to make team sets.
After a few weeks we finished our team sets. I remember Don Mattingly and Dwight Gooden were two of the last cards we needed. The next logical step has finishing a complete set.
And so it went. Every weekend was family trips to card shows and local shops. It was what all of us did, me, my siblings and both parents. If we walked into a shop in the greater Mpls area they knew us all by name. As a family we collected cards until around the mid ‘90s when we all went away to college. My dad kept with it though.
Around 2004 my wife and I were at a Target outside of DC. She is a massive Yankees fan and saw a 2004 Topps Yankees team set in the card isle and decided to pick it up. The flood gates were re-opened. My wife and I started collecting as a team. In 2007 when my son was born I put together every set I could to give him when he grows up. As he has grown he has joined the team of his mom, my dad and me. The rest of the family hasn’t found their way back to the hobby, but still have their old collections.
Recently my dad finished a quest that began back in 1988 when he finished his 1952 set, giving him every Topps flagship set from 1952-2013. The Super Collectors story about it in Becket is framed on the wall at my folk’s house as a reminder of the hobby that defined us for so long.

Kevin
36
Waynesboro Va

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

Who got me into collecting? It’s fitting for a Father’s Day promotion that I’m proud to say my Dad did! I remember the Sunday morning routine when my Dad would take me to our local convenient store in Burlington, MA (first it was Richdale, then it became Christy’s Markets). Every Sunday he’d buy the Boston Sunday Globe, pick up any necessities my Mom needed, and he buy himself and me a pack of Topps baseball cards. This was 1978 and it feels like yesterday. I was 7 years old, playing little league ball, and had just become a big Red Sox fan. Dad and I collected as much of the 1978 Topps set through those Sunday packs as possible. I believe they were 20 cents a pack! We eventually got close to completing the set and my Mom took me to a card store in Stoneham, MA and I was able to purchase the singles I needed to complete it.

Dad and I continued our Sunday morning tradition in 1979, getting Topps packs on the weekends. 30-plus years later I’m still a card collecting monster and now take my boys to buy packs when we can.

Love the hobby and always will. Absolutely loved 2012 Topps Archives with the retro look of 1971 and some of my earliest collecting years, 1980 and 1984. Can’t wait for 2013 Topps Archives baseball!

Scott Greene (42 yrs old)
184 Magnolia Circle
Longmeadow, MA 01106

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
Hugo

A friend of mine got me collecting back in the mid 90′s, i first started out collecting NASCAR then went into baseball and football. But now i only collect football since i watch it more than i do baseball.

Hugo
44
Mineola, TX

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

I got started collecting again in 1993, helping out in a friends card shop in Nashville, Card Board Heroes. That lasted until about 1998 and I haven’t opened a pack until recently. I really like BasketBall, but I collected them all. I have just recently started a card site on fb to bring fellow collectors together, and try to move some “older” material back into the market place. I have managed to sell some of my collection, and open just a few packs as well. Thanks for you remake of the 50′s and 60′s cards, they bring back alot of memories, especially when I see a remake card or one turned into a poster of something I have. Thanks for the opportunity to enter

Regards, Lester D. Self, Lebanon, Tn.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
Don Sherman

I got into collecting as an 8 year old in 1978. I remember going Moore’s Convenience store, yes, these stores once had packs of cards, and asking for two packs of cards. I could not wait until I got home to open them. When I opened the first pack, the first card was Dave Rozema with an AS Rookie trophy. I was a Tiger fan, and remembered the season that Rosie had the year before. I was so excited that first card I can’t tell you what the rest of the cards were. I would use my allowance to buy cellos, wax, and rack packs whenever I could. I would always go for rack or cello because I could see the cards on top and would only get packs with cards showing that I needed. When fall came around, it was time for football season, and cards came along with that. I still remember going to the grocery store and picking out football rack packs. To this day the 78 baseball set is one of my favorites because it is the first set I ever collected.

Don
43
Arkansas

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink
langston

Well this is going to sound very dark and awful. But, hey Integrity first right? My very abusive father got me into collecting when I was 10. We did it together for a good 6 years. I think being in a baseball card shop was one of the only safe places to be with this moster! The horrible man died after I was in college and had just joined the military! I started back collecting in 2003; However, Ever since I started making some real cabbage in 2007 I started spending lot’s more greenbacks on the Hobby that is collecting. I probably will not win this, but I should get an A for Honesty and Integrity and most likely a D for creativity. Oh well it’s the truth. Lastly I collect by myself and I have my collection in a Will to my best friends Son! That’s all Jack

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
shawn davis

My tee ball coach and his son back in the 80s. he loved baltimore. Tried out for them in his younger days.said he pitched 3 balls hit so far they never found them. But never gave up his love for the game.took us to card shows back when they were big.from him i have directed others into baseball and cards.now my 10 year and i do it together.

Shawn davis
38
New Brockton Alabama

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink
langston

Well this is going to sound very dark and awful. But, hey Integrity first right? My very abusive father got me into collecting when I was 10. We did it together for a good 6 years. I think being in a baseball card shop was one of the only safe places to be with this moster! The horrible man died after I was in college and had just joined the military! I started back collecting in 2003; However, Ever since I started making some real cabbage in 2007 I started spending lot’s more greenbacks on the Hobby that is collecting. I probably will not win this, but I should get an A for Honesty and Integrity and most likely a D for creativity. Oh well it’s the truth. Lastly I collect by myself and I have my collection in a Will to my best friends Son! That’s all Jack

I’m 38 and live in Piedmont, Alabama; however, I have been in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last 6 years. I spend very little time at home, maybe 6 weeks out of the year. I have been overseas and deployed 8 out of the last 12 years!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
RANDY BARCINAS

So in 1987 some guys that I used to work with were collecting Baseball cards,I got involved because it seemed like a neat Hobby.I remember Denny’s Restauraunt had a promotion if you purchased a grand slam meal you would recieve a hologram card well 40 pounds later I completed the set.
lol,any ways I’ve been hooked ever since I collect Mainly by myself I hope to hand them down to my Kids some day.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink
Steve Z

My mom is the one that got me into card collecting. My dad wasn’t around so she is the one that did everything including getting me into sports and everything that goes with it. It started off with individual cards and progressed into the complete sets which I still have. Then my cousins had a card shop they shut down and I got all those cards. I just recently got back into it and love it just as much, a good reminder of my mom.
My mom started me at a young age and now at 28 it is still exciting to open new packs. In Billings though, we have very few options.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
Bret Semonian

I stated collecting at 4 thanks to my dad and grandfather I never met. My grandfather owned a gas station just outside of NYC from the 40′s-80′s. Many of the yankees knew my grandfather and used his station including Mantle, DiMaggio, Ford, Berra, Rizzuto, and McDougald. Knowing my dad had a son, my father, some of the yankees would give him their cards. McDougald was actually their neighbor and gave cards out at Halloween. Problem was, my dad used them in the spokes of his bike and my grandmother threw the rest out so I never got any of them. Feeling bad, my dad got me into collecting and taught me the value of keeping everything in pristine condition. One of the highlights of my collecting career was in 2008 Berra did an autograph signing in NY and I told him who I was. He still remembered my grandfather from all those years back and because he bowled at Berra’s bowling alley across the street from his gas station. Pretty cool a legend remembers my grandfather.
Bret
29
Pittsburgh

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

I started collecting as a child but like most dropped off until about 1994 when I realized and co-worker and friends family opened a card shop across town. I was living next door to a New England Patriot, and was working in law enforcement and needed something to distress after working long shifts. I felt the relaxation of assembling the cards like puzzles that all of the pieces were not there and needed to be searched for. It became a relaxation thing but also expanded my horizons on things to come. I met dealers at local shows, and shows as far away as Penn. I have over time amassed a collection of over a million cards, but like many downsized due to some flooding in the house and a divorce several years back. I am now retired from law enforcement and still love the hobby even thru the changes on where you can get unopened boxes and the licensing of the sports in those brands. My most prized collectables are 3 game used sticks from the Boston Bruins Championship year, A Bobby Orr O-Pee-Chee Update autograph(odds 1 in 104,000 packs) and a cut signature of Olivia Dehaviland from Hooray for Hollywood opened by my fiancé, and we have sparked interest in collection from her 13 year old son. We hope this will go on for years to come.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink
Moshe

I would have to say Ebay is what got me into collecting. As a young kid I did collect a bit for fun. but stop as I wasn’t really interest anymore as I got older. But when I discovered Ebay in 2004 I have been collecting since.

Moshe
age:37

Israel

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

My Uncle Ed got me into collecting in 1978 (I was 9). We used to visit him and my Aunt Fran in NJ about once a month and they would likewise visit us about once a month.

He knew I was playing little league ball at the time, so one day I showed up and there was a brown paper bag of about 10 1978 Topps baseball card packs that he had picked up (with his cigars) at the local store. He gave them to me. At school, I quickly discovered some friends who were collecting and soon I was trying to put the 1978 Topps baseball set together. My uncle would sometimes send me to his local store to buy his cigars for him, and then I could buy the packs with his change. I did it by teams back then, writing on the checklists, and storing them in this little card carrying thing that Topps sold. They had little blue plastic slots for each team and it closed up kinda like a red briefcase-well a briefcase for 9 year olds anyway. I even cut up some of my 1978 Rookies (4 players on a card) to decorate my carrying case. Quite a few valuable HOF rookie cards were reduced to worthless heads that summer!!

My friend up the street was named Robbie, so of course, he put an R on the front of each card he had, so I had to put my initials (KS) under the game result (single, homerun, out) that was on the 1978 Topps Baseball Card backs.

I never completed the set, but I got pretty far. Many, many bike trips to our local convenience store (7-11) for cards and a slurpee that summer, let me tell you! I believe the cards were either 25 cents or 30 cents a pack!! Got doubles of my favorite player of the time-Mike Schmidt!

As summer turned to fall, the baseball changed to football, and I was introduced to my first Eagles cards (in all their airbrushed and/or helmetless glory). No NFL logos on those cards!!! It was fun to watch the games with the cards in front of me on a Sunday afternoon!!

As fall turned to winter-NBA Basketball. Dr. J’s afro says it all on his card!

My uncle never got me hockey cards-don’t know why-perhaps his store didn’t carry them, and I wasn’t riding my bike up to the 7-11 thru all the snow!!

My uncle continued to buy me cards for the next few years. He really got me started in this hobby! I owe him big time for getting me hooked!

As I reflect about this, I am reminded of just how much times have changed (both in the world and in the hobby). And PS-no I never smoked in my life (those cigars reeked!)

Keith S-Pennsylvania-44 yrs old.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink
Jeremy Boynton

My foray into collecting began on my 10th birthday. My older brother started collecting baseball cards a year earlier, and naturally I wanted what he had(as I always looked up to my older brother). On my 10th birthday, I was given a few 1988 Topps rack packs, one of which had my favorite player(though manager by then), Pete Rose.

After my first trip to a card show in 1989 in which Griffey was signing during his rookie year, I was hooked. We didn’t get Ken Griffey’s autograph that day, as the tickets were sold out. We ended up in an empty line for George Kell and Al Kaline. We talked to them for close to 15 minutes, and being 11 years old, I didn’t really know who they were until I started to read about them. I can say that they were both world class gentleman. I understand what a treasure it was to be able to talk to two Hall of Famers. I can thank them, and my father for my love of baseball.

That, and watching my father jump up and down and scream like a little kid when Kirk Gibson hit his game winner of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Proving you are never to old to be a kid at heart over the game.

Jeremy Boynton
35
Port Angeles, WA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
Andrew McKay

I started collecting in junior high. My best friend at the time had started collecting cards and was showing them to me. Once I opened my first pack I was hooked and would spend allowance and any money I earned from cutting grass or shovelling snow to buy more cards. When I moved away to college I stopped collecting as I didn’t have the money anymore to do it. A couple years ago a friend said he was going out on Hockey Card Day in Canada and asked if I wanted to go with him to a few shops to try and collect the set. I once again got hooked when I saw the new design and style of cards, gone were the basic cardboard from the 80′s to something spectacular. I now collect baseball and hockey cards and slowly building a collection I can pass on to my son.

Andrew
38
Alberta, Canada

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

PS-One of my current collecting projects is to get 1 of each Phillies card from 1950-1978 (the year I started collecting). I am well on my way since I am buying wrinkled, written-on or otherwise poor condition cards. They have more character that way, in my opinion since I am collecting for me and not for $$$.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

I started collecting in 1970. No one got me started as a Kellogg’s Willie McCovey card fell out of my Corn Flakes box into my cereal bowl. It looked so cool that I had to get more of them. My Mom kept buying the Kellogg’s cereals with the cards in them and I got a bunch. Soon after my cousin showed me some of his cards and we began to trade. Like most New Englanders, he wanted Red Sox but I was more interested in putting together the entire 1970 Topps set. I found some classmates at school that had cards to trade and we would get together at recess and swap and I would save all my allowance and spend them at the neighborhood store on five cent packs until I eventually collated the entire 1970 set. When I had a son of my own I got him interested in collecting. He would collect Ken Griffey cards and I would swap him my doubles for other cards he had. He’s now grown and in the Navy and seems to have lost interest in his cards but we have his collection packed up safe and sound for him should he decide he wants to collect again one day. I have been collecting 43 years now, nonstop. I love last year’s Archives Baseball. I collect Hall of Fame players and potential HOFers and that set is full of them. I would love to win a box of this year’s cards. Thanks for the opportunity.

Mark Nickerson
Age 53
Dedham, Maine

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
harynjk

I started to collecting basketball cards around 1995 or 1996, basketball cards was a totally new thing in the country(no other kind of trading card could be found either before that, but also other kind trading card had no chance here since baseball, football, hockey were not a typically popular here), one of my classmate started to collect basketball cards(1994-1995 Collectors Choice as the first brand what arrived to the country) and he was selling those cards what he had doubles, and since i loved basketball i bought a few. Than i decided i want more cards and started to save the money what i got to buy food at the school, and bought packs instead. Collecting basketball cards became very popular in a short time, and many guy collected them in my town too. We used to get together 5 or 6 of us and went to the home of one of us to check each others cards and to make some trade. My mother was laughed sometimes because she said it was funny when 5 or 6 of us was sitting quietly in the room just checking the cards, and in every 5-6 minutes a question broke the silence: “Ezt adod?” (are you trading this?) “Ezért mi kell?”(what do you want for this?- sorry i put it in hungarian just to show how long sentences was spoken during those times when we were totally focused on the cards). But unfortunately those times ended soon, in a few years, the popularity of collecting cards dropped fast, and the cards disappeared from the stores, we couldn’t buy them anymore, i heard that one or two store still have packs in Budapest, but it is 150km from here, and back than internet was only accessible for a few people who could afford it, and to buy anything from oversee was something we couldn’t even imagine. So basically i was forced to quit collecting but i kept my cards, and after a time i felt i am over it, i don’t care about collecting cards anymore.
I gave away many base cards after that in kids basketball camps where i was coaching basketball, and those cards what basically worth nothing for collectors, can be great treasure to the kids.
Than next fall i wanted to sell my old basketball cards, and someway i found myself in a facebook group what is kind of a community for hungarian basketball cards collectors(around 360 members now). I tried to sell my cards there too, and i had to soon realize it is impossible, maybe a few cards, because i have cards from those products what were in the stores back than, and all the stores had the same kind of products so those who collected back than they had all the cards from that products what they wanted, and many people was trying to sell their old collections just like me. Than i saw all those cards what others just bought, and i soon had to realize i am not over at all of the desire to collect basketball cards. But concept is different know, i used to collect Jordan cards, just like almost everyone, but got saved during the time i wasn’t collecting, and when i admitted to myself that i am not over collecting i decided i am gong to collect the cards of born again christian players. But it is not easy to collect cards when you are unemployed, so i decided i will try to do it without investing money, the only exception was when ordered 3 pack this february, i guess the reason for that was i was a little nervous about my upcoming surgery, but anyway those were the first packs after 14-15 long years what i opened. I found out there are some contests where you can win different boxes, and i try to find contests like this. Thanks to God these contests already resulted 2 unopened basketball box (i won one ant the other was a compensation from the company for the lack of missing guaranteed hits) and a opened football box. If i find a contest where i can enter, i try it, i don’t car if i can win football, baseball or hockey cards, because one way or the other those can be turned int basketball cards. From the boxes i won i traded a lot of cards also sold some, and from the money i made i invested, and my first order from the US just arrived last Friday.
I know my collection is nothing special, but i have already over 100 cards of those players i started to collect a few mounts ago(and about 2000 cards from the old days and from the boxes), including jersey and auto cards, and all this is basically without investing money or investing only that money what cards resulted me.
Only God knows what the future holds, but i hopeful that i will be improve my collections, and it would be nice to extend my collections with auto cards from different sports, where the players put a Bible reference next to their autographs.

Age 28
Location: Kisújszállás, Hungary

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink
david spearman

What got me in to collecting heavy as I am today was after my second deployment. I came back and was having alchol issues. I started collecting cards again to help me stimulate my mind and keep my nerves calmed and have me after the next big chase. I’m working on my super collection of seahawks and I will make an issue of beckett.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink
William Miller

My Father started me collecting when I was 8 years old. I remember as a kid every time we would clean the garden we all got a pack of cards. Of coarse that was in the early 80s when cards were a quarter a pack.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink
Matt Traylor

After seeing my friends with their cards looking at them during show and tell, during kindergarten, I knew I had to have some. My mom wasn’t a huge baseball fan, but when I showed an interest in the sport, she nurtured it. We went to all the local card shows, befriended shop owners and solidified a solid collection of Bo Jackson, Will Clark and Ken Griffey, Jr. Those special moments are remembered every time I open a new pack or box of cards.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
Brandon

I started collecting when i was 6 yrs old. my grandfather gave me some cards and i was hooked. From that point forward all i wanted every birthday or christmas was cards. I collected everything baseball, basketball, and football. I stopped buying new in my early 20′s I had everything in a storage unit with an ex of mine and she sold it all out from underneath me. I didn’t collect anything up until this year when my son wanted a pack and now i am hooked and we love buying cards together. we dont have an LCS near us so we drive an hour to our card shop and have a great time!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink
Yankees4671

I got into collecting by my father buying me cards when we went fishing since I would get bored until the fish started biting. I vividly recall getting the Fleer Sticker cards and the ’79 Topps baseball the most. When we would go to Rangers games I would take all of my Ranger cards & whoever they were playing against so we could discuss their playing careers & how they were doing at that time. This is how I really learned what were good stats and who was a good player or not. There were many players that were good but not talked about in the media back then that I gained alot of respect for. One game when the Yankees were in town, Catfish Hunter saw my cards & asked if I had one of his. (We had seats for the game by the third base bullpen in old Arlington Stadium.) I did not but Catfish Hunter to a picture with me. While I have long lost the photo, this is the reason I am a Yankees fan to this day. Over the years, I would make my father collages of his favorite players at the time. I remember making Dale Murphy the most since he was my father’s favorite active player. Of course, he would drive me insane telling me how they used to take early Mantle cards & flip them against brick walls as well as the old putting them in their bike spokes trick. The cards he said he had growing up would make any collector salivate & cry when he got around to what happened to them. He always taught me to collect for the fun not the potential profit because there is more to life that money. He also used cards to encourage me to play hard like Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, George Brett, Johnny Bench & others. He would say playing hard can make up for having some lesser talent along with practicing more than you play. I also used cards to help me with my numbers. Sorting into sets is a great way to help kids with numbers as I have now handed that practice over to my daughters who love to open packs. Since I have no sons, I am counting on them to keep the tradtion going in my family.

Bryan
42
Forney, TX

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

I started collecting back in 1988 with my dad. I remember us both sitting there with a box each busting the packs, sorting the cards and then trading back and forth to help complete each others sets. Pro set was the funnest to be honest. 1998 Score football was the worse. We most have cracked 8-10 boxes and only ended up with 1 Brett Farve. GO FIGURE!

Today my daughter(11) sits with me and does the same thing and tries to get EVERY Bengals card she can from me.
Mikael 38, father of 5
Tacoma,Washington

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
Tom

I was actually a late starter, I was around 34 years old and one day i had to stop into a little sporting goods store, kind of a mom and pop place to pick up some glove oil for my 6 year old son. On the counter by the cash register was a box of bowmans best basketball and a box of black diamond football. I had never bought any kind of sports card prior to that day, but for some reason I asked my son if he’d like a pack. We ended up selectingone pack of each and I would have to say that the pulls out of each pack and their values was what hooked me. Out of the basketball we pulled a scottie pippen bowmans best atomic refractor, BV was somewhere between 30.00 and 40.00, I think. And from the football, we pulled a John Elway 3 diamond parallel card. That card too had a value near 40.00. So, needless to say, that was what got me started buying, saving, and collecting sports cards.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
Charlie

I grew up in a single parent family with four sisters. My father passed away when i was only three. My sisters were all older and like to do their own thing like girls do. I had to figure out my own hobbies and activities. I started playing baseball at age 7 and I was hooked. I started collecting cards around the same time just thinking about how cool it would be to one day be on one of them pieces of cardboard. My mom spent countless hours shuffling me from card show to card show. I was a huge Braves fan and wanted to pull a Braves card every pack. As the years went by I found a few guys that collected and we started trading. Yes I was a baseball playing, card collecting kid. I am 38 years old now and still collect. Although I never made on that piece of cardboard, I have had the opportunity to have some of the best players to ever play the game on that piece of cardboard. From 1981 to present, I have been a card junkie and have introduced my kids into collecting. My wife thinks we have way too many…..but as far as I am concerned you can never have too many. That’s my collecting story and I hope my kids and their kids and their kids keep the tradition going.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

Tom

I was actually a late starter, I was around 34 years old and one day i had to stop into a little sporting goods store, kind of a mom and pop place to pick up some glove oil for my 6 year old son. On the counter by the cash register was a box of bowmans best basketball and a box of black diamond football. I had never bought any kind of sports card prior to that day, but for some reason I asked my son if he’d like a pack. We ended up selectingone pack of each and I would have to say that the pulls out of each pack and their values was what hooked me. Out of the basketball we pulled a scottie pippen bowmans best atomic refractor, BV was somewhere between 30.00 and 40.00, I think. And from the football, we pulled a John Elway 3 diamond parallel card. That card too had a value near 40.00. So, needless to say, that was what got me started buying, saving, and collecting sports cards. I am now almost 47 years old with 2 young grandsons, and I hope I can pass the passion of collecting onto them.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

I’m 76 years old but started collecting when I was in high schools in the early fifties. I had a paper route in my home town of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and when ever I collected for my papers I’d stop off at one of the three mom and pop grocery stores to buy a pack of cards. I collected several shoe boxes of cards before I went into the Air Force in 1955. The usual story, by the time a retired in 1976, Mom had disposed of my cards so I had to start over.
I’ve been seriously collecting since then and now have a collection of over 100,000 cards. Unfortunately I don’t have any sons and my daughters and my grandchildren don’t have any interest in my collection. I’m now preparing to sell off or donate my cards to charity. I currently live in the state of Washington very close to Mt. Rainier.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink
Dalton Sarg

I have been a baseball fan my entire life. My collection started after I went to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown when I was 10. Im 17 now but Ever since then, I have been addicted to collecting. I love the feeling of pulling an auto or a relic, its always a rush everytime no matter the player. My collection is starting to grow and now I have even started selling. It feels great to make it a business. I started really getting into older cards from 50′s and 60′s and I love Ian Kinsler and im trying to build a collection of his cards as well. Card collecting is something I do that makes me unique from my friends and it makes me feel special. I really respect and appreciate collecting. Collecting is a art and will always be. Baseball is America’s Pastime and card collecting is how you see how far the sport has come and the athletes that paved the way

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
Adam

My brother was the one who got me into collecting and he didn’t even collect. When I was 7 years old, he brought home 3 boxes of 1987 Topps and we busted the packs. I loved the wood design of those cards. We stored them in a few albums and from there I was hooked.

Adam
33
Bloomfield, NJ

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
Mitchell M.

My current age is 16, and I live in southern Kansas. I started collecting about four years ago when I was 12. I didn’t know anything about cards or about baseball. We had a substitute teacher one day that brought in about 150 ziplock bags full of 25 baseball cards a piece. He handed them out to every student. They were just commons, mostly from early ’90s Upperdeck. As every one was going through the make shift packs some trade were beginning to go down. I didn’t want to feel left out so I acted like knew about baseball. When I was asked what my favorite team was I panicked and blurted out one of three baseball teams that I knew. The Brooklyn Dodgers. The other kids laughed and I did too. They thought I was joking so I pretended I was. I didn’t see what was funny, but I said my “real” favorite team was the Boston Red Sox. I would have said Yankees, but someone had already claimed them. By time the class was over I had traded most of my bag for Red Sox cards. It was those cards that peeked my interest in baseball. That’s the reason I ever started watching and the reason I’m now a die hard member of Red Sox nation. While the rest of my collection is neatly organized in storage boxes I still have the 25 cards in a ziplock bag.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
Michael Allison

My name is Michael and I am 51 years old. I grew up in the foot heals of West Virginia. I started collecting ball cards and NASCAR cards at the age of 6. I collected cards up to the age of 9, then I was put in a foster home until I 12, And then I lived on the streets until I got old enough to join the army. So when I got put in the foster home I didn’t get to take my collection with me , The way my life went after that was all down hill with a lot of not having the money to buy any cards. So in 2008 I fell of a roof while at work and broke both my heels and that made me disable . This is when I started collecting ball cards and other things , I really enjoy collecting again,I feel like a child again when i open a pack of cards, there is just one thing different there is no boozoka gum. Thank you for what you are doing . Michael 51 Dalton GA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
Dalton Sarg

I have been a baseball fan my entire life. My collection started after I went to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown when I was 10. Im 17 now but Ever since then, I have been addicted to collecting. I love the feeling of pulling an auto or a relic, its always a rush everytime no matter the player. My collection is starting to grow and now I have even started selling. It feels great to make it a business. I started really getting into older cards from 50′s and 60′s and I love Ian Kinsler and im trying to build a collection of his cards as well. Card collecting is something I do that makes me unique from my friends and it makes me feel special. I really respect and appreciate collecting. Collecting is a art and will always be. Baseball is America’s Pastime and card collecting is how you see how far the sport has come and the athletes that paved the way
Dalton Sargent
Florida NY

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
Harrison

I was 12 years old. My grandma used to have a friend who ran a hobby shop. She has boxes of commons (including about 40 Raul Mondesi rookies) she never pressured me to collect much. I had started collecting really in 2008 with my older brother. We bought the Upper Deck for the codes on the back and he would put them in a drawer in my room. About December 2009 before the 2010 Topps release I had grown tiresome of the mess. So I took them all out and started organizing them. By team, rookies, name, everything. It was a magical feeling, the pictures, and all the different feelings. I then took the rest of his old collection and started to do the same. Since then my collection has grown from the few hundred base cards then. To about 25,000 base from the last 50 years and several dozen autos and relics. I don’t have the money for hobby or high end but I just love the feeling of ripping packs and pulling these beautiful photographs.

Harrison Epstein
16 years old
Las Vegas, NV

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
James

Hi I’m Jim. i’m from central PA and I collect with my two sons Keaton, 13 and Derek , 4. My daughter Harlei is even starting to get interested in cards but she might be a little too young for anything but opening day yet. Anyways growing up I didn’t have my father around so I spent alot of time with male family members. My older cousin Paul took me under his wing and started me collecting around 5. He would take me to ball games everytime we had a chance and collecting cards together was big for us. I loved Will Clark, Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell and of course my Yankees. My sons and I enjoy collecting cards together. Derek’s favorite is CC Sabathia and other Yankees. Keaton likes Albert Pujols and Harlei likes the Angels because she loves watching Angels in the Outfield and I guess that’s the only team that clicks for her haha. I would love to win a box of these Archives to open with my kiddos on Father’s Day. Even if I don’t keep up the good work Beckett. Thanks!!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
Casey

I began collecting around age 9 because I loved the NFL. I grew up in a very small town so the card availablity was very limited. My father saw my passion about card collecting and decided to open up a card shop part time. This was back in 1992 just in time for Shaq’s rookie cards and an up-and-coming baseball player named Derek Jeter. We have collected together ever since and it has really helped develop our bond over the years, and now I have a son that enjoys collecting as well! Last year one of my son’s close friends and his father started collecting because of them seeing my son and I’s fun we have together.

Casey
34
Colorado

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

Fort Worth, 43

My dad got me into Baseball, and naturally that lead to a love of collecting baseball cards. It’s been a while since he’s passed, and I don’t collect nearly as much as I used to.

Hopefully my son will follow in our footsteps and catch the collecting bug.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink
Jason Gustafson

My cousin Roy took me to a card show at University Park Mall in Mishawaka IN when I was 12 and he bought some card. When we got him he let me open the packs with him. I remember the first pack I opened there was a Ken Griffey Jr rookie card in it. My cousin was so happy cause Griffey was his favorite player that he bought me 4 packs of cards. I quit collecting for 20 years and just last year I bought a box of Triple Threads baseball and been collecting again.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink
Chris Starr

I am not sure who exactly got me interested in collecting baseball cards. I played little league baseball in the early-mid 80′s. I was fortunate enough to have frequented many baseball games to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. I remember talking to the ball girl on 1st base foul line area, where she gave me a foul ball. Still have it, along with her autograph, and many other players from that day. We would visit the outside area of the locker rooms where players went to their vehicles, or on the bus. We did this at nearly every game. Quite an experience for a young lad who lived baseball! I guess my friends and I got into collecting around the same time. We would walk down to the carry out store and purchase packs of Topps, Donruss or Fleer. On the way back from our purchase, we would open our packs, stuffing loads of the gum in our mouths, looking to pull our favorite players, and trade up. I can remember my grandfather giving me $5 and sometimes $10 to go and buy a box (or what was left) and that was an awesome experience! Cal Ripken Jr. rookie cards, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Gary Carter, and many more stars were part of my pack opening experience. I also remember going to flea markets, or the local card shops where I started getting some vintage cards from the 50′s and 60′s. I still remember obtaining a 1950 Bowman Yogi Berra for $12-$14, which is still in my collection today. Since then, I’ve had the chance to purchase many of the cards I couldn’t obtain as a young boy. I’ve acquired many Mantles, a few Ruth’s, T-206 Walter Johnson to name a few. One of the greatest memories of my youth will always be collecting baseball cards.

Chris Starr
Age: 39
Near Canton, Ohio

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
Nate Baker

I started collecting with my father-in-law about two years ago. We both love baseball so we travel the country collecting autographed baseballs and cards from up and coming prospects. Best hobby I’ve ever had.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
Evan

Collecting started with my dad. He was my little league coach, so by default he was my baseball card coach as well. For me, it all started with the 1987 Topps set. Mark McGwire’s green A’s jersey against the wood border looked amazing, and I remember freaking out when I pulled an Ozzie Smith All Star card.

Now I’m a grown man starting my own family. And even as I look forward to (hopefully) collecting with my son or daughter, I still send cards back and forth with my dad throughout the season as a way to stay connected to our shared pasttime.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
Ryan Mommer

I collected for years when I was younger, worked in a card store making 1.50 an hour sorting cards for a card shop (under the table off course cause I was 13). I stopped collecting around the age of 16. About 2 years ago at age 34 I bought 4 boxes of old 80′s baseball cards and got hooked all over again! As soon as I saw the Ken Griffey Jr RC in the upper deck box I opened I was hooked all over again. When I really got back into it I was shocked to see autographed and relic cards, I was so far removed from collecting I had no clue they were making such cards! Who would have thought after 18 years I would still live the hobby so much! Now I’m a proud Beckett member and baseball card collector, super collecting Paul Goldschmidt.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
scott downey

I first started collecting for the gum in the packs, that was 1969. Once I found out that Topps made cards for all the main sports, I was off and running for about three years. After I discovered girls, my collecting took a hiatus until 1985 when I bought a few packs at a 7/11 and it rekindled a passion that has continued to this day.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
Evan Dyer

My dad got me started as a kid collecting baseball cards, I have since moved on to football as well. My interest in the hobby spread to my friends also. We quickly learned back in the late 80′s that we could use the cards to put together our lineup to play baseball in my yard. I will never forget catching as Tony Pena with my leg swung out or hitting as Julio Franco with his unique stance. So much fun and great memories with a group of guys that I am still friends with today!

Evan Dyer
32
Indianapolis, IN

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
Greg Connelly

When I was 10, my 12-year-old friend Jeff and I saved all our Coke bottles (remember when you could trade in the glass ones?) and ordered a vending box of that year’s Topps, which happened to be 1977. We got it from some place called Renata Galasso – maybe it was a person, who knows. To split them, we literally dumped them into my red wagon and took turns picking from it. I remember trying to snag George Foster and George “The Boomer” Scott. To that point, all I had was the Wonder Bread and Hostess cards from the bottom of Twinkies and Ding Dongs. That one box grew into a collection that numbers into the tens of thousands. Today I have a 10-year-old son, and just yesterday we opened a box of 1989 Fleer (dirt cheap, ya know?). He loves it, and he respects the hobby. We would definitely open this box of Archives together if we win. We’ll send pics! And yes, in that Fleer box we did get a **** Face Billy Ripken card…that took some explaining. Thanks for the contest!

Greg Connelly, Age 45, Trenton TX

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
Blake Meyer

The person that got me in to collecting was my father. Before I was born him and his best friend ran their own card shop for a few years and he loved it. After me and my brother were both born in a 16 month time period, he unfortunatly had to stop selling because he did not have time for it anymore. Collecting never stopped though. He has had me collecting practically since before I was born lol. After collecting with him all through the 90s we both unfortunatly slowly stopped. That all changed though about a year ago when me and him decided to split a random blaster box at Walmart one night and it rekindled the inner collector in both of us lol. Now a days we both go about collecting a little differently (I am a team/player collector, he is a vintage set collector) but we both share the same love for the cards. We do not really have a whole lot in common but cards have done a great job of bringing us much much closer. I try and snag him a few surprises for his 1960s topps set when I get the chance and he always seems to surprise me with an amazing Dodgers card when he gets back from the card shop. Collecting now is not just something I do, its something I am able to share with my dad and will always be able to share that with him. That feeling of sitting down with him at the table, splitting the packs between us and taking turns showing eachother what all we got reminds me of back when I was a kid and it is something that I plan on enjoying with him for as long as I can and then hopefully be able to pass that joy on to my kids one day!

Thank you
Blake Meyer / 25 / Lakewood, WA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

I got into collecting back in the late 1970′s and early 80′s.
Our local mom and pop convenience store always had a few boxes or cards behind the counter. My parents had given me an allowance, so it was perfect to pick up 2-3 packs. I still have the cards to this day. My friend Mike lived down the block and we would compare cards and trade our doubles for our favorite players and to complete our sets. We would spend hours reading the stats, laughing at some of the funny pictures and hairstyles. We even ate the gum!

Terry Leeders
Chicago, IL , 42

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
Brendan

I started collecting when I was 9 or 10 years old. My family took a 2-week road trip across the country every summer, and I remember my brother and I getting to pick out a couple packs of cards every time we stopped for gas. It was fun to have someone to trade with (and try to dupe–he is my younger brother after all!) right there in the car. Our dad got us into it–he had collected a little as a kid, but didn’t any more. It was just a fun thing to do to pass the miles and miles of highway. I kind of stopped collecting when I got to high school and college, but picked it up again in 2000, when Ron Dayne went to the NFL. I was at UW during the same time, and saw him, and plenty of other players, around campus quite a bit. I thought it would be pretty cool to have a card of someone I’d actually met. 13 years later, and my UW Alumni Collection just passed 3,000 different cards, and over 1,000 auto/mems. I have cards of nearly everyone who attended UW and went on to the NFL, and plenty who didn’t. Despite collecting football exclusively now, my favorite cards are still the old shoebox full that my dad passed down to me–baseball cards from the late 50s-early 60s (Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Clemente, Koufax, etc, etc) and a couple of authentic Mickey Mantle autographs. They hold a special place in my collection and aren’t going anywhere. Great contest!

Brendan
35
Madison, WI

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
Scott Inman

When I was a child my father got me hooked to watching sports. One day he came home and gave me my first ever pack of TOPS baseball card and I was in awe. Some many cards with stats I wanted more so it was our thing to do every week. He has been gone for some time but still collect hoping to have a family of my own so I can share my love of baseball and baseball cards

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink
Alex Maglara

I have been a passionate baseball and basketball card collector since i was about 12 years old. My parents were immigrants from Italy, and didn’t have much to offer us but the essentials while growing up. They always told me if i wanted something I had to earn it myself. So i would sell candies and home made crosses at school between classes. I would make about 10 -15 dollars a week, which would give me enough to splurge when we went to our local Fiesta supermarket, where i would spend the entire time talking it up with the local Card store booth owner. My father taught me to respect and keep what i earned in great condition. Over the years my collecting cooled off completely. Now in my thirties, married, about to celebrate my first father’s day with a young daughter. I found myself at a local Walmart, where i got wind of their card section. With in days I had purchased hundreds of dollars of retail packs and special box sets. lets just say i go bit with the collecting bug big time! There are no local shops near where i live, and its hard to get my hand on hobby packs. Since then i have been trying to catch up with all that i have missed in the collectors world. I hope to someday share the excitement of opening a pack of cards with my daughter, and seeing the joy on her face, when she pull that special card!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
Scott

Scott, 35, Boston

I can’t remember when I started collecting cards but I do remember my father telling me about his mother throwing out his collection in the 60′s and how upset he was when he found out! Stories of 52 Mantles in bike spokes – it didn’t mean much to me when I was a little kid but I get it now. I collected until the early 90′s and stopped. Like most guys my age – there seems to be a collecting layoff from the early 90′s to around 2000. I started collecting again when my son turned 1. All of the memories of going to auctions and stores with my Dad came flooding back into my life. I learned a lot from collecting when I was young as my Dad used it as a teaching tool about value, organization, and care-taking. He would often let me decide between two items – a box of this or a set of that and then talk to me about what I thought was important about each object. It is why I love my Luis Aparicio RC so much. I bought it with my own allowance for $13 and – although it isn’t close to my most expensive card today – it is the one I value the most because my father said that he would have made the same purchase when he was a kid.

Whether or not my son catches the collecting fever or not – I hope that it allows us to spend time together where I can tell him stories about me and his grandfather. Or – best case scenario – buy a case of 2023 Bowman Chrome Ultra Fancy Super Laserbeam 5000 cards and go hog wild!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
Pius Dominguez

I started collecting baseball cards when i was 12. At that time my uncle would take me to the Orioles games and I would also ride my bike with my friends and go to the 7-11 near us to get slurpees and baseball cards. We would stay on the front steps and front porch and just sit there until our parents would tell us to eat dinner ormthat it was getting late. We would take turns biking and hanging out at each others houses in the neighborhood conducting trades for favorite players or orioles players or hot rookies and young stars.

I loved trying to complete sets and would always save my allowance up for more backs or even better a hobby or retail box! It was an event to purchase a box and i still have a lot of my cards from when I was a kid to pass on to our son who is 3 . I still collect base topps cards to this day and ow love opening them with our son Noah.

From Millersville, MD
Pius Dominguez
Age 33

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
Ian Gibbs

My father got me into collecting in the 80′s. He would take me to the Woolworth’s near his work and we would get rack packs of 88 Topp’s BB. I still am really nostalgic about that set. I now live out of town & just last month my father came to visit me and when I went to get his bags out of the trunk there was a great surprise. He brought all of my old binders and boxes of cards from the 80′s. We had so much fun looking through them and talking about the players haircuts and glasses. It was a very fun and special visit.

Ian Gibbs 31
Cleveland Oh

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
Cory Phillips

I grew up in rural Alabama and got into baseball really young. I watched baseball games with my dad when they were on tv and that is what got me to Love the sport. I saw some baseball cards on a shelf at a local store and asked my dad for them. He bought them and told me he had something to show me at Maw Maw’s and Paw Paw’s house. He went up into the atic of the old house and brought down a shoe box that had some old 70′s baseball cards that he collected when he was little. I didn’t know who any of them were but loved how they looked. I felt like I inherited that love of baseball cards from him. I have since split them with my two brothers but they are still with us. I have collected baseball cards ever since I saw that old dusty box of cards. I now live in north Georgia and have my 3 yr old looking at the old cards with me and starting his own collection. Go Braves!!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
David

I began collecting the Canadian version of Topps (O-Pee-Chee) baseball cards in the late 80′s. I would save for what seemed forever all of my allowance for a few packs of cards and the bonus gum. Once I had cleaned enough toilets, tubs, counters, did yard work my father would take me for along walk (more like an adventure) for those cards. After we would return I would sit in my room and open those wax packs and eat gum. In those days doubles were welcomed as I would then take those cards and trade them with school mates, stick them in my bike spokes, or use them a ninja stars.

Well many years later, and now I am 35 years old I have the sheer joy of starting this tradition with my daughters. My oldest is 18 months and I took her to her first baseball game last week. She loved looking around the Rogers Centre, yelling “baseball” over and over again. The day we went the first 10,000 people received a free pack of baseball cards, since then she carries that pack everywhere. Infact she must even take them to bed replacing her stuffed Elmo plush toy. I also in a year will be able to start this with my 4 month old.

David
35
Toronto

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink
Ryan

I was into baseball at a very young age, I started regularly watching games with my father when I was super young. My father took me to check out an underhand pitch league (the buffer between tee ball and little league in my town) for 8 year olds the year before I could join tee ball one evening. On the way home that night we went to a card store named Phil’s, which was essentially an extension on someone’s house. I was into card collecting from that day forward. As I got older collecting started to involve targeting specific players that either me or my father thought were going to make some kind of significant leap. I still remember cherry picking Brett Favre Stadium Club rookies and Mike Piazza 92 Bowmans out of peoples common boxes before they did anything professionally. Some of my fondest memories and greatest lessons came from those experiences with my father. I still talk about cards with my father to this day. In fact, a football or baseball box of archives might be the perfect box to split with the old man which hadn’t dawned on me until this.

Ryan/ New Jersey/ 31

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink
Steve Shissler

Hi, my name is Steve Shissler, I am 40 years old and live in Plant City, FL.

I got into collecting with my dad in the early to mid 80′s. My earliest card show purchase was a 1984 Topps Complete Set. I distinctly remember going home and putting the entire set into 9 card sheets in an album. I think I looked at them everyday after school. I was 11 at the time.

My mom and dad met in the Chicago area but we lived in Brandon, FL (near Tampa) at the time. Based on the fact that they grew up in Chicago, we were transplanted Cubs fans and watched almost every game on WGN. My dad began sharing with me about Cubs history as they were going for the NL East title in 1984. He said that summer reminded him of 1969 when the Cubs were beat out at the end of the season by the Mets. We set out then to collect the entire 1969 Cubs team (but he wanted the 1969 stats on the cards, so we collected 1970 Topps). We found some of the major stars (i.e. Banks, Williams, etc.) pretty easily. However, it wasn’t until another card show in Tampa later that year that a dealer had a bunch of 1970 Topps Commons. We completed all but a few players from the 1969 team at that show. Shortly after we expanded to collecting Ernie Banks and to this day, I am still working on my goal of collecting every major Topps standard issue Banks.

Fast forward to last summer and my son and I were breaking a box of 2012 Topps Archives. We came across an autographed 1982 Topps Bill Buckner (who was with the Cubs at the time). I told my son he would have to give that card to my dad (his grandpa). My dad loved it… so I guess you could say we have come full circle now.

Good luck to everyone in this contest… has been fun reading the other posts!

– Steve

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
Shawn Brooks

Minneapolis, MN – 33

My dad got my brother and I into collecting baseball, basketball and football cards probably around the 87 season when Topps and the wood grain cards and I think it was Bonds’ rookie. We went to card shows pretty much every weekend until I was 18 and realized how my money needed to be spend towards more important things like rent and food. But, I still found time to collect here and there but took a while off until a couple years ago when I try to get those relic cards but with not a whole lot of luck. My brother is back at it very aggressively trying to get minor leaguers now. Collecting cards could be considered an addiction since it never leaves you but to my brother and I, its reliving our childhood and reminiscing of the old cards we used to get.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
brad sexton

It was my dad we used to collect our favorite teams and players and piece together sets. Ot was something we enjoyed together never forget it…

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
Kenneth Douglas

My dad actually got me into collecting as a kid. He grew up collecting cards, having no idea they’d be valuable in the future. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to keep very many as my grandma (his mom), threw out most of his cards. It’s both funny and a little devastating to think of what she threw away as my dad recounted how he had multiple Mantle rookie cards, among other greats.
I started when I was about 7 and I vividly remember the 1987 Topps cards with their iconic wood grain borders. It was actually baseball cards that was a tremendous help to me with reading comprehension and pronunciation of names at that young of an age. The classic example was how I used to always pronounce Eddie Murray’s name literally, as Mer-RAY. As I learned the different ballplayers names, so too did I improve and advance with reading. I’ll always be thankful to my dad for getting me into collecting as it helped me in one of the most important facets of life. Plus, he let me keep the cards!!!

Kenneth Douglas
Age 33
Downey, CA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
Aaron Wiens

I started collecting in 1987. I was 9 at the time. I remember helping our family friend move. He gave me a bag full of 1986 Topps, probably 200-250, that he didn’t want anymore. He said I could have them and I was hooked. I remember just going through them over and over. My friend at the time, Matt, got into collecting as well. We would go over to his house and trade cards and just have fun looking at all the cool cards that we got. We would thumb through our Becketts and marvel at how 2 kids like us had cards that were actually worth something. We really had no idea what we were doing but had a great time doing it. I started saving my money and began to frequent my local card shop, Baseball Heaven in Clovis. I would try to get there as often as I could. I started picking up cards that I thought were cool, basically any Oakland A’s player at the time. I loved collecting Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. I also started trying to get box sets. I remember how when I got my premier edition of Score and Upper Deck that they were going to “put me through college in a few years.” Of course that never happened and I slowly got away from collecting as so many different cards started to flood the market.
I got back into collecting when I met my pastor Chris Manginelli when we moved to Oregon for my doctoral studies. We each had a passion for baseball and he reintroduced me to baseball cards. He lives in Seattle now and I’m in California but we still get hobby boxes and FaceTime together as we open our boxes to share I the excitement of what rip open. This has also sparked an interest among my kids, Charlotte age 6 and Levi age 5. They love getting cards. Levi talks all the time about refractors and rookie cards and die cuts and my daughter meticulously catalogs each player she gets by name, team name, and card number. It’s once again a passion and joy of mine to collect baseball cards and to share those with my kids and friends.

Aaron Wiens
34
Fresno, CA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
Steve a

My brother got me into collecting he used to collect cards and he’d give me the gum

Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink
Andrew Friedman

It was just three years ago when i saw my first cards. My father and i were searching though our cluttered garage for items to sell in our annual yard sale. Digging through the mess i pull up a tattered yellow shopping bag with a size 8.5 shoe box hidden inside. I had know idea the “gold” held within would influence my life today. As we both stood there glaring into the box filled with hundreds of bent 1970s baseball cards curiosity raced though my head while warm memories of the past filled my dad’s. He told me stories of collecting with my uncle and how they built a 6 foot tall tower of cards which was recognized in their local paper. His childhood memories put into words inspired me to collect and have a great time doing it. It just so happens that my cousin got the bug to collect when i showed him our findings. Now my cousin and I are in the same position as the generation above us. It seems to be that the one thing that most connected my family is baseball cards, all stared by my dad.

Andrew Friedman
16
Greenlawn, NY

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

Who’s going to be the first to answer with a Vine video??? Might give one person an edge … innovation!!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
Jason Gustafson

My cousin Roy took me to a card show at University Park Mall in Mishawaka IN when I was 12 and he bought some card. When we got him he let me open the packs with him. I remember the first pack I opened there was a Ken Griffey Jr rookie card in it. My cousin was so happy cause Griffey was his favorite player that he bought me 4 packs of cards. I quit collecting for 20 years and just last year I bought a box of Triple Threads baseball and been collecting again.

Jason G
age 36
Osceola IN

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
Thomas Weir

I remember starting collecting in the late 80s early 90s. At first, my mom would buy me the old sticker books and then tranformed into collecting Baseball, Football, and Hockey cards. I was born and raised near Pittsburgh, PA where pro sports are huge. I remember chasing after Jaromir Jagr and Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards. My Dad would take me to the local card show once or twice a year and I remember being only allowed to spend a dollar or two per card. I collected all the way through my High School years. I am now 31 years old and have a daughter and son I’ve passed the family tradition of collecting cards down to them. I am in the miltary and move around alot, but one thing is certain, I make sure I carefully pack my cards and take them wherever I go. I currently live near Montgomery, AL and we only have one card shop, but we frequent it often. They hold trade days once a month, which we always attend. I have never had the privledge of busting a hobby box mainly because I’m too cheap. I usually spend about 40-50 bucs a month at the card shop on packs my kids can bust. My collection I had when I was a child is already passed down to my children and they are enjoying it and will continue to enjoy it for future generations. Thank you and Happy Father’s day out their to all the wonderful dads!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
Seth Cavins

My older brother (Cale, shoutout bro) got me into collecting when I was about 10 years old. He took me with him to a local card show and bought me a few packs of 1990 Donruss baseball. At the time Juan Gonzalez was my favorite player and I actually pulled his rated rookie out of one of the packs. I was so excited to pull the Gonzo rookie but after my brother looked at it he said that it was actually the “reverse negative” error rookie that was worth even more!!!! Back then error cards were like a subset and were chase cards!!! Needless to say I was hooked into the collecting world. I eventually put the whole set together including all the error cards ( which was a feet in the pre-ebay days). I still have that set tucked away somewhere and will eventually give it to my son one day. I remember the long nights trying to pull off trades, man it was so fun yet so difficult at the same time. Over the years my brother has been my good luck charm because most of my best pulls have been while I was with him. Now its more than 20 years later and we still go to shows together and talk cards every chance we get. Thanks bro!!! Love ya

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
Hughes Elli

When I was 12, my grandmother got me a 1987 Topps Green Christmas set for Christmas. It was the first time I had ever seen cards. But I was hooked. My grandmother and I sat there and put the entire set in order from 1-792 on Christmas Eve. After we put it in order (and over the next couple of weeks) we would sit there and look at the stats of each and every player, and she would tell me about her experience of going to games. If she ever saw the person play, she would tell me about her experience. Through the years, I have sold and traded various cards and most of my collection. But I have never let that set go. It has stayed in my possession since Christmas Eve of 1987. A few months ago, I put it in a notebook so I can look through the cards more easily. However, I kept the box and put in a cabinet next to a picture of her so I will forever remember who got me started in cards.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
Matt Arado

My dad bears most of the responsibility, with Mike Schmidt a close second.

I first collected cards as a kid in the late 1970s. Every couple of days I would run my hands under the couch cushions, check the pockets of all the pants in the laundry bin, insert my finger into pay-phone return slots (ewwwww!) and, when all that failed, beg my parents for a few nickels so that I could get a pack or two at the 7-11. This went on until about the age of 11, when I got interested in other things (i.e. music and girls). I abandoned my cards and the hobby.

Flash forward to 2002, when I’m in my early 30s. I’m visiting my dad at his house in suburban Chicago. Dad is a certified baseball fanatic who never stopped buying cards, and he had put a bunch of cards on display in his home. I looked at a bookcase and wham! — there it was: A 1978 Topps Mike Schmidt card! And I remembered that I used to own that card, that I’d pulled it out of one of those packs from 7-11! And for some reason, just seeing that relatively nondescript card again flipped some switch inside me. I started asking Dad about collecting, and he gave me an old back issue of Beckett’s. That night I went home and started looking online for all the cards I’d love so much as a kid. And now, 11 years later, I’m still hooked, and working on getting my own kids hooked, too!

Matt Arado
Age: 43
Chicago, IL

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
Wes Reynolds

It was actually my late grandmother who got me into collecting cards. She was an avid garage sale hunter. One weekend I tagged along and while en route she asked me what hobbies I had. Being only 5 or 6 years old I didn’t really have any. At the first sale we went to that day she picked me up a large box completely filled with unopened packs of football and baseball card. Ever since that day I have been collecting cards and loving it. Today I collect with both of my children,my 5 year old daughter and my 7 year old son. I have also passed down this passion to my (much) younger brother. Every payday my children know we will be making a trip to pick up a pack or 12.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
Lindsay

Growing up in Michigan, I have always been a massive Detroit Pistons, Lions, Red Wings, and Tigers fan. Since around 1st grade, I never missed watching a game and was a die-hard sports fan. My dad loved collecting cards, and he got me into the hobby. I fell in love with the hobby when I ws around 8 when my dad brought me to a hobby store for the first time. I still vividly remember the moment I walked into the shop with my dad. It was a beautiful, quaint store. The wood floors made a charming creaking sound as I walked across the store, and there was sports memorabilia everywhere I looked. Autographed pictures and jerseys of some of my heroes covered the walls. Glass cases around the shop were filled with boxes of cards from every sport imaginable. I was in love. All of a sudden, my moment of pure bliss was interrupted. The older man working in the shop looked over at me with a curious expression. “Are you looking for American Girl Doll cards?” he asked. I told him I was looking for basketball cards, and he got a big smile on his face and showed me where they were. It didn’t occur to me until then that it was probably a little unusual for an 8 year old girl to collect sports cards. But, this didn’t bother me. I had already fallen in love with this hobby shop. I bought a pack of basketball cards, and I pulled a Ray Allen jersey card. It was my first hit ever. Because I was so new to the hobby, I had never heard of jersey cards before. With a wide-eyed grin on my face, I asked the man that worked in the shop, “This is really a piece of Ray Allen’s jersey?!?” He smiled and replied with a yes. I couldn’t put the card down all day. At this point, there was no turning back. I was hooked on collecting. I think my dad was surprised on how fast he got me hooked. Years and lots of money spent later, we are still collecting together. I will never forget the day that got me started. The day I walked into that small hobby shop with my father will forever be one of my greatest childhood memories. I am so grateful I was able to discover this wonderful hobby.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink
Lindsay

Forgot to add in my earlier post:
Name: Lindsay
Age: 19
Location: West Michigan

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
bill johnson

my uncle david bought me my first pack of cards in 1982. i still have most of them. the corners are rounded and some are bent but those are my favorite cards as my uncle is no longer with us. i stopped collecting in the late 1990s. i still bought singles off ebay and card shops that i could find around here. it wasnt till around last year when i bought a pack of gypsy queen that i got hooked all over again.
this years archives is really nice looking set. im partial to the ’82 design as thats when i first started collecting. i cant wait to rip into some of these cards.

bill johnson
age:40
clarksburg, wv

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
Daniel Loy

I Startewd collecting in 1969-70 as a Young kid through 1974 and I still have that 800 ct box of those cards.–Fast forward to 1986 and My Wifes Uncle gets divorced and gives me 8 Binders filled with Topps Football—Still have all of them in Binders,,loaded with all the greats..Thats what got me hooked…1987 was the beginning of my collecting and I have been collecting ever since….Doing card shows in the 90″s and even Having my own card store in 97 =98—-As of now I am Unopened box collector which may seem weird but I now have 300 + unopened boxes in my collection—I am hoping to add this one to my collection!!!!!!—Tx—-Dan
Daniel Loy
age 52
Annville,Pa—

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink
Henry Knutson

My step dad and my mom began dating when I was seven in 1987. This was the same year we got cable in the house and I was able to be entertained by the Cubs on WGN. I was not interested in this guy as I was obsessed with The Hawk, Sandberg, and that scrappy team that stunk but entertained that year. I don’t know how but he got a hold of a box of Topps for that year and every time he came over he gave me a pack and we would talk about the players after he and my mom went out. Long story short I have a large amount of wood bordered cards and in.1998 (during Kerry Wood’s playoff game) I was the best man at their wedding.
Henry Knutso
33
Milwaukee, WI

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
Ed Simon

I started collecting when I found my dad’s collection. I was very amused when I saw it, and when I told him that I wanted to start collecting, he took me out to a card shop and I bought my first pack of cards. I pulled a Carlton Fisk, my favorite player, in that pack. I was very excited and never stopped collecting since then. Over the years I’ve opened packs from all different years, even packs that came out before I started collecting on my phone, and have gotten rookie cards of players like Dave Kingman and Rickey Henderson, two more of my favorites. My favorite sets are Heritage and Archives, because they remind me of collecting in the old days. Right now I am collecting with my son. My dad got me into collecting, and i got my son into collecting. We have so much fun together ripping packs.

Ed Simon
Age 44
Mesa, AZ

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

Funny enough my dad got me collecting back in 1989 and gave me my first card which was a Don Mattingly rookie card. 20 some odd years later im now 31 and this will be my first fathers day as a new father and i plan on passing my ken griffey jr rookie and a psa graded derek jeter on to her. Just have recently gotten back in to the collecting game and im excited to get her into it with me. A box of Archives baseball or Football would be an awesome gift to break open with her on Fathers Day.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
Will Rosenthal

I got sucked into collecting through basketball cards (Inaugural season of Hoops). I had opened packs previously when I was about 10, but hadn’t thought much about it. It wasn’t until I started taking the basketball cards and getting them autographed in person did I begin to like collecting (I wanted to get more cards to get them signed). I then branched out into football and baseball and started collecting football predominantly. To this day (I’ll be 40 next month) I still will try and get autographs in person. Last year, I managed to get John Elway and Peyton Manning to autograph a card each in person for me. I love the in-person autograph and if it weren’t for my initial card collecting to go and try to get autographs with, I never would’ve been brought into the hobby.

Will Rosenthal
Denver CO
AGE 39.9 (40 next month)

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
Ed Simon

Shoot, the “on my phone” part isn’t supposed to be on there. I think I mixed it up when I was texting my daughter….Sorry about that.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
Bill Palian

I was 8 years old and my older brother started collecting the 1974 set with me. I was hooked. Have completed every set from there on out and am now working backwards.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
Jason Bisesi

It was in the late 80s that I began collecting baseball & football cards with my dad and older brother. It was something for the three of us to do together. We set up at show’s, flea markets, went on runs to the local shops or a store that would have some wax that we could open up when we got home. The best times were driving to shows out of state and enjoying each other’s company. We mainly collected 1960s Topps products, specifically, the 1968 Topps baseball set and the 1960 Topps football set. We’d buy whatever we could but always trying (but never really able) to finish either set. After a few years of “trying” to build the set, my brother happened to pass away unexpectedly at the age of 18. My dad and I made the decision that we were going to finally finish both of those sets and call it quits. When we finally got the Nolan Ryan Rookie from the 1968 set in good enough condition, we went on the hunt for the Jim Brown card in the 1960 football set – once we bought that, we finished our collecting days.

Fifteen years later, I find myself back in collecting the new onset of baseball superstars, such as Harper and Trout. My reasoning behind getting back in to it is the fact that I recently got married, and would like to have the same great relationship that I had with my “old man” with my son(s), one day. There is no better way than to recreate that relationship than with sports cards.

Jason Bisesi
Pittsburgh, PA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
Jeff

I first strted collecting when i was 11 I played baseball since i was 5 and started to follow different players My dad had always been a collector of cards and comics so he helped me get started with some cards at 13 decided to go the football route because of Darrell Green since then I have put every topps football base set together My oldest complete set is 1977 all the way thru 2012. Im also a Redskins team collector and im trying to own at least one of every card made im almost 10k unique cards. We adopted our son 4 years ago when he was born and I now have him his own little collection of spiderman and race cars.Its our families passion. My dad is a general collector 1 brother is a!Cowboy collector 1 a box breaker and 1 is a coin and set collector I live in virginia and im 42 so 31 years i have been at it. Thank you for the contest

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

As most 8-year-olds did in 1989, I started collecting cards and watching the little up and down triangles in Becket Monthly, hoping to strike it rich (or at least feel rich with my boxes of valuable collectibles). My first wax box was a 1990 topps box that my stepdad drove me across Colorado Springs to buy. I collected cards for several years and lied to my mom that I was sick in order to stay home from school and watch the expansion draft for the Rockies and the Marlins in 1992. In the interim years between 1993 and 2008 I would buy several packs a year but I didn’t follow the hobby very closely.

Starting in 2008 I began putting years of photography experience to work by shooting Rockies home games in Denver, and since 2009 my pictures have been appearing on baseball, football, and hockey cards. Similar to another photographer you featured recently, I typically search high and low on eBay for base cards, parallels, and printing plates of the cards my pictures appear on.

For me, the 2013 Archives box is particularly ironic, since Wilin Rosario appears on a 1990 topps design (my first wax box), being player on a 1993 expansion team (my favorite team, and one that didn’t exist in 1990), with an image I took. I’ll always have good memories of those days of collecting despite the overproduction. Thanks for considering my entry. have a look at my website for some recent examples of the work I do.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
Tim Lindgren

I started collecting in 1971 and my two older brothers got me into collecting. They have since moved onto to other things, but I still am!

Tim L
48
Michigan City, IN

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

My brother-in-law, Jason. We were dating a pair of sisters just out of college. We spent a lot of time with each other over double-dates and BBQ’s. For fun we would buy a blaster or two while out shopping for groceries. — The bug hit when I pulled a Pujols numbered rookie, and Jason said “you might want to hang onto that.” — Since then, we’ve been each other’s good luck charms. We ended up getting married to those two sisters & became family. Jason and I still open our boxes together. In fact I drove over to his house to break wax just two days ago. For us, it’s a family affair.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
Randy Moore

Well for me, collecting started when I was deployed for Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. We would recieve care packages all the time from random people all over the US. This one package was different because it contained some trading cards inside. They were the desert storm cards non sports and they were hot at the time. Now I dont have a great story to tell you guys and I wouldnt be upset if I didnt win a box, but I feel the importance behind this is to state that America showed its resolve and patriotism to its armed forces, including all the companies like topps and others who risked profit just to show that we back our armed forces and refuse to have another Vietnam. I started collecting when I got back from the war just to take my mind off of what happened over there and now 20 plus years I am still collecting. God bless America!!

Randy Moore
48
Killeen,TX

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
Roland

Who got me into collecting? I did. I was a lover of sports. Still am. But when I was a kid I would stat everything. Even cards. It was a way to be part of the game with the players I loved.
Now though I have returned to gbe hobby to build my sons collection and in time watch him add to it on his own. Collecting his own sports memories.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
Jason Shuler

My dad got me into collecting at an early age,when he bought a box of cards at a garage sale. I loved those cards. After years of loving. Sometimes sorting by number other times by team or stats. My oakland A’s cards show the most love as they sometimes would find their way into my pocket in hopes of autographs at the games. I was also the kid sitting in the top section of the coliseum with my glove ready for that fly ball that never came. I now bring my 2 year old to the games and let her look and play with my old cards. She likes their hair and glasses and to put the cards end to end to make train tracks. I’m sure I did the same thing when I was younger. As I got older I learned the value of a mint card I started collecting completely different. When my daughter gets older i will share those with her too. She sometimes looks for her favorite player Coco. She can do a mean lean. She also looks for her boyfriend Buster. She tells me daddy cute. I think that came from her mom. I never thought I would share my passion for collecting with a child of my own so it’s that much more special to me to be able to share the love.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
Chad

I was probably 7 or 8 years old when I received my first Topps Baseball pack from my dad. Every time I got enough change (or found enough in the cushions of my grandparents couch) I ran to the store to purchase a new pack of cards. (Unbeknownst to me at the time my grandpartents would put the change into the couch before my brother and I would visit – they apparently thought our reaction was priceless) After that I could not get enough of Topps baseball/football cards. I sometimes buy a pack now just to buy one – I hope my son will love collecting baseball/football cards as I did when I was young.
He recently gave me all of the cards he collected with my brother and I from the mid-80′s. It was fun to think back to those days and how excited I would get to open each pack. I may go buy a couple packs today just thinking of this.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
Jeff S

I started collecting comic books when I was 8 years old. I collected for several years until my younger brother went with a neighbor to a baseball card show. He came with a few packs to open and when he pulled out that Willie Stargell card and showed me, it was good bye comics and hello a life of card collecting. I don’t think I’ve bought a comic book since. Eleven years old and living in Pittsburgh- sports took over my life.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
Roland

Who got me into collecting? I did. I was a lover of sports. Still am. But when I was a kid I would stat everything. Even cards. It was a way to be part of the game with the players I loved.
Now though I have returned to gbe hobby to build my sons collection and in time watch him add to it on his own. Collecting his own sports memories.

Roland Wake
Age 32
northern CO

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
Justin Buchanan

My father and I never had much in common. He was a cowboy and I, well I preferred the city life as a kid. By the time I was 7 or 8 years old, we rarely talked. He tried to get me to go ride the horses with him but I would prefer riding bikes with friends. I know both he and my mother were concerned about our relationship.

In 1990, I was 11 years old. My father and I rarely even talked. One day, during the middle of the week, he picked me up from school early and we drove nearly 50 miles to the nearest baseball card store. I had never collected and neither had he but I was really into baseball. Growing up, we never had much but we made due. That day was different though. My father and I picked out a box of 1990 Donruss and a Beckett magazine with Jose Canseco on the cover. We took them both back to the house and he let me open every pack while we looked up the cards together.

It took us two hours. But, looking back on it, those two hours changed our relationship forever. We began collecting more and more. Always the same thing, I would open the packs and he would open the Beckett. We could never afford much but we didn’t need to. It was our things. Even if it was only one or two packs, we would spend hours reading the backs of the cards and forming a real relationship for the first time over cardboard. To this day, my father and I still open packs together; I open the packs and he opens the Beckett. The 1980′s and 90′s cards still inspire those memories. I’m 33 now and expecting a child and I can’t wait until he gets to open the packs and I get to hold the Beckett.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
Rob Mazetta

I remember my first pack of cards I got was back in ’86 from my grandmother. I was so excited that I brought them into school to show off to my friends. Being a Mets fan, I traded away any card I had just for Met cards and it didn’t matter if I had doubles or triples. Then when the 87′s came out, I had my mom and dad buy me a bunch of them and we played all sorts of crazy games in the playground with them at the cards expense of course. Also, used to love to drag race with out bikes by putting them in the spokes. Oh those were days.

- Rob Mazetta
Age 33
Central NJ

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
Paul Weece

I don’t remember specifically anyone getting me into card collecting, but my dad is my inspiration for having a love for baseball. At a young age (5) he got me hooked on listening to Jack Buck and Mike Shannon and St. Louis Cardinal Broadcasts. Not long after I spotted nickel packs of cards in the early 70′s in which I spent my allowance. When the bookmobile came to my elementary school, I bought all the great books of sports legends (Most I still have). Cutting out box scores of every game during Lou Brock’s breaking of Maury Wills SB record is a prized possession.
As a father I got both my sons interested in collecting. My oldest son Titus sent letters to his favorite players such as Jerry Rice and received great responses with personal autographed pictures. While he was in grade school he sent Beckett a letter that was published about his hometown (Stillwater, OK) and his favorite Barry Sanders. Having you post his picture and recognize our Stillwater card shop was priceless to this father and son.
Titus is now 26 living in OKC and still has his cards stashed here at home. Dad still collects his baseball cards with a collection that might be a tad out of control (Ha!) In his last visit home the first thing he did was pull out an opened blaster of Bowman ’13 baseball to show me. Excited to pull a rookie Shelby Miller and debating on when the Cards might pull up Oscar Taveras from the Minors.
Our family are still Cardinal fans now rooting for our hometown hero Matt Holliday and fellow Okie, Peter Kosma. For me collecting, and baseball has been a rite of passage, a chance to turn on the game file through cards and be just a father with his kids.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
Ryan

My father got me into collecting. He would buy me a few packs here and there. He had a friend that owned a grocery store and I remember him buying boxes of 1984 Donruss for less than $8.00 per box. I mostly had 1981 and 1982 Donruss as he would buy me some mixed bags of cards. They had 1981 or 1982 Donruss, some Creature Feature, and Yellow Submarine packs.

I now collect with my 8 year old daughter. Her name is Mia and she has quite a stash of Mia Hamm cards

Ryan
Age 41
Harrisburg, Pa

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink
Doug

It helped that my dad had a card and comic book store. I grew up in Maryland so naturally I became an Oriole and Redskin fan. I worked in his store all through high school during the summers. It was amazing being on the front lines of buying, selling, and trading cards. I dabbled in pretty much everything from comic books, sports cards and even magic the gathering. But my true passion has always been sports cards. I have a pretty decent Cal Ripken Jr collection. Even though he retired over a decade ago, every year there are more and more cards honoring him. I’ll never be able to catch up! I have close to 3,000 different Ripken cards and it’s starting to get tough to find new ones that don’t break the bank. It’s been great to get excited about collecting football cards again. With all the success of the 2012 Redskins led by Robert Griffin III, I have started an RG3 collection now. I only have a handful so far but maybe one day I’ll have as many RG3′s as I have Ripkens! Only if RG3 learns how to slide better. Maybe Ripken can teach him a thing or two!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

Clint
Age:28
Central PA

I was in elementary school and didn’t have many cards. My Aunt was planning a trip to go see the Washington Redskins at Frostburg University in Maryland. So before we went I bought a bunch of Topps football cards trying to get as many Skins as possible so that I could get their autographs when I was down there. Luckily, I pulled a Darrell Green before we went because when we were at the camp I was the only one he signed. It is one of my favorite auto’s of all-time and got me into collecting football and baseball cards more frequently so that I had something for my favorite players to sign when I met them.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
Mark Jones

I will be 62 next week. When I was in my mid 30s I saw some kids in the neighborhood with packs of baseball cards. I learned that they bought them at a local card shop. I went there and bought a box of 85 Topps. I ended up with complete sets for 40+ years. My sons and I enjoyed putting many sets together, and I am still collecting today.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink
Giuseppe Profeta

my collecting started back in gradeschool when i around 8 or 9. just started myself since i started playing little league and my dad taking me to cardinal games in st louis. kept on collecting til i reached the 6 grade. then it stopped. idk why. prob cause i was more into girls!! lol.
anyways moved here to kansas in 99 and then in 2010, got back into collecting. started reading about the up and comers in the mlb and saw there cards and autos. i was like, yeah, thats some kick ass looking cards.
so my first box that i bought was 2010 bowman. heard Stras was auto was in the mix, and said yeah, i wanna play. and wouldnt u know it, BAM, card for an auto redemp. i was so stoked!! told my wife and she was excited for me. then read about Harper and how he was tearing it up in the minors. saw what some of his cards were commanding and wanted to take a shot. so i went out and bought 2011 bowman box. went through several packs before another auto redemp was pulled. and yup, was a Harper Bowman auto when he was signing his full name. so to me, i would say thats how i started when i was young and then back again when i was 35.
now i am 38 and still collecting and trading. been on here going now 3 years. i believe that my 3 year anniversary is coming up. and u wanna know the cool thing, my 7 year daughter is taking interest in the hobby. that makes me smile!!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

Lowery Ross, 44, Corpus Christi, Texas

The persons most responsible for getting me into collecting are Nolan Ryan and Marvin Miller. It was the beginning of the 1980 season and Nolan Ryan was all the rage as he was a local boy returning home and had just signed the first million dollar contract. As things at home were not good – cancer – I spent a lot of time and energy on baseball. As I read and listened and heard more about Ryan and Miller and strikes and finances I wanted more and more to SEE who it was I was learning about. There were plenty of pictures of Miller as the strike became real. However, once the strike cleared up and the games began in earnest and my newly beloved Astros were winning I needed to see who it was for whom I was rooting. Thus as I was spending time after school in the local 7-11 I noticed the baseball cards. I bought a pack and was instantly hooked. Here were my heroes!!!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
Leon Ritz

My uncle started me collecting when I was probably around 10 or so, I would go and spend a weekend every now and then with him and we would spend most of the weekend at the card shop sifting through boxes and buying/busting packs. I collected Baseball heavily until about 2005 when I really just didn’t get much into it anymore.

On Thanksgiving day 2010 I was admitted into the hospital and ended up having three surgeries in four days, after my surgeries I was put in a private recovery room where I spent about three weeks. For three in my recovery room I had absolutely nothing to do but look around on my laptop. One day I decided to check out cards on eBay, after looking at some Baseball cards which didn’t excite me I started looking at cards of KC Chiefs in Football. The first card I bought was a 2009 Topps Finest Tyson Jackson Auto Patch and I have been hooked ever since.

At this point just over two years later I have a pretty big collection of not only Tyson but also many other Chiefs, a couple sets, and a few Hall Of Famers. Now I have a six year old son who I call Mini Me that is also a huge fan of the hobby and collects everything he can find of Matt Cassel.

Leon Ritz
37
Licking MO

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
Tim, 30 yrs old

I started collecting when I was 7 with my Dad and Mom. My parents Divorced and every weekend I was with one or the other. My Dad would take us to SAMs Club and buy a box almost every weekend. That was the year of the Topps gold scratch offs and we got the set, and had a collection of Brian Taylor and Todd Van Poppel cards. Then when I visited my mom we would go to the local card shop where I was allowed to pick out three packs a weekend. I collected until the age of 14 when my parents got back together and eventually remarried. Then in December I found out my wife and I were having a boy. We visited my parents and I found my card collection and mailed it to my house. I was amazed to find out most of the cards didn’t amount to how much I paid for postage. So I started to collect again, and was happy to see a lot of sets include players from my Era and I am still able to add to that collection of players, especially Cal Ripken. I’ve been on a quest to get his Auto. Tim, 30 years old, Orange County California

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink
jonah adkins

When i was in about 3rd or 4th grade (84-85), my dad handed me shoebox. With no explanation, he just handed it to me and said here you go. It was full of topps baseball cards from 1979 and 1982. I was just starting to get into playing baseball, and watching it on tv, so i figured he thought it was a good time to introduce me to collecting. He wasnt a collector of cards anymore – but bought packs from time to time to satisfy his collecting need. I was hooked and immeditley would ask for cards any chance i got. Those 79 ad 82 sets will always be the most meaningful nostalgia wise, but 87, 89, 90 topps were the sets that i really cut my teeth in collecting on. Ive taken a few long brakes over the years for chasing girls, getting married, having kids, but have settled into a good routine of opening some packs or the occasional box with a best friend on a weekly basis. Not enough to build a set, but enough to appreciate the sport, design, or player on the cards. My 9 yr old daughter has taken an interest watching my friend and i open packs, and she has started a little collection of her own.

- jonah (@jonahadkins)

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
Ryan Sutley

I was very into sports as a kid and learned to read by reading the sports section of the local newspaper. My mother got me into collecting when she took me by a local card shop one day. This was back when my town had 3 card shops (now all gone) and so I had a number of choices when purchasing cards. I traded a lot of cards with my friends, but I was always on the lookout for the chance to acquire more mariners cards. I still remember pulling my first GU card, as it was still something special back in 2001. Nowadays my collection has greatly expanded through the internet but I still have fond memories of collecting as a kid.

Ryan Sutley
21
Bellingham, WA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
Greg Barlow

My name is Greg. I actually started collecting when I was young. The first packs I bought was 87 leaf. a friend of the family had a gas station and I would buy as many packs as my allowance would buy. I would even do stuff around his shop to earn money to buy packs. My dad saw the passion I had for cards and decided that was something we could do together. Over the course of the next few years we bought packs. Finally my dad and I decided a good goal was to have every card from every manufacturer back to 1978( the year I was born). In 1991, we had almost completed, we was a few cards shy of the 1978,79 and 80 topps set. I wish I could remember what all happened, I think we got tight on money and my dad decided to sell it all. I was crushed as a boy, my dad gave up(seems like) but I kept collecting. I’m 35 now, and I have 4 kids (2 boys and 2 girls). My daughter collects Sam Bradford. My oldest son collects Michael Oher. My youngest son collects Tim Tebow. Me, I have fun buying the cards for them and seeing their smile on their faces when I give them to them. I love sets, I am currently working on every Topps base set back to 1978. I am also collecting rookie cards of my favorite athletes like Dan Marino, John elway and Joe Montana. Eventually I want to have an awesome collection that I could hand down to them when they are older. I love collecting and wouldn’t TRADE it for the world.

Greg
Age 35
Oklahoma City

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Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink
Paul Braddy

I was born in 1977. Each year I was born my father had bought a pack of baseball cards and never opened them. He had planned to save them all for me and give them to me when I turned 18. My father passed away when I was just three years old. He was never able to complete his 18 years savings plan. I started collecting when I was a little kid just for fun. I gave it up like most kids do when I became a teenager and girls took over my curiosity. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I began collecting again when my mother gave me those three packs of cards my father had bought for me. She gave them to me just as he had planned on doing. I now collect a set of cards each year for my son. 11 years and counting for the little guy so far. He doesn’t know what I have planned for him one day, but I hope to give him 18 years of cards just as my dad had hoped to do for me.

Paul Braddy
Dickson, TN.
Age 36

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink
Al

I remember there was some excitement in Milwaukee because there was a baseball team coming to town. I was only 5 years old at the time but my dad and uncles were talking about it. Eventually, my dad and 1 of my uncles worked for the Milwaukee Braves. I got to go to quite a few games. One day my dad gave me a pack of 1954 baseball cards and that started the whole collecting, trading phase of my life. It’s quite addicting for a kid and some people never really grow out of it. The cards may be a bit nicer now and the players move to different teams more often, but you can’t beat the feeling of opening that 1st pack of the year and remembering when you found out there were pictures of baseball players that you knew of on a card.
Thanks Dad!

Al Nagel
Age 64
Dallas

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
Ryan Simpson

My dad got me into collecting when I was about 3 years old. He would show me all of his old cards and I would look at them for hours. He bought me my first sealed factory set of 1989 Topps lol and I wasn’t allowed to open it because it would be worth something someday haha. We would make weekly trips to the card shops here in Cincinnati and I always got $5 bucks to spend so I would look at everything and always end up with something. I started out collecting Cal Ripken Jr. and Allen Iverson. I literally tried to get every card and would go to card shows with my dad to see if there was anything I didn’t have. My collection blossomed into obsession and in my 20′s I started collecting Brandon Phillips and became a Beckett SuperCollector and was featured in a issue. Now that I’m older and have a son of my own I’m doing the same things with him. When he was born I started an unopen pack collection for him. He has almost one pack of everthing since he was born in 2010 and it’s going strong today. His first sets we built were 2011 Topps Heritage master set, 2011 Allen & Ginter master set, 2011 Gypsy Queen master set. Daddy sorted while he tore up the wrappers and box lol. I also buy him a factory set every year just like my dad did for me and he is not allowed to open it because it could be worth something someday. Without baseball cards my life would definitely be different, it has been a bonding tool, a means of survival when I sold my collection after I was laid off for 2 years and now a true hobby again that I get to spend with my son. I have my dads collection after he passed and it will be passed on to my son and so on. This Father’s Day I can see no other way to spend it than to open cards on the living room floor with my son and see his smile and then go to the Reds game that day and do things that my dad shared with me. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
David Brewer

Aliens got me into collecting. I was transported to the mothership where they rewired my brain into a collection freak. They made me watch videos and highlights of all the future Hall of Famers, and wouldn’t return me to my house until I agreed to collect them all my entire life. They said they would be back in 50 years to see what I had so they could steal them all from me and sell them on ebay so they could retire from probing humans, cows and chickens.

David
31
Atlanta Ga

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink
Blair burnside

@alladinsane69
Old guy here
Wednesday is my 48th birthday
As I was a youngster my brother and I collected mostly hockey cards being Canadian
We would save our allowance and buy the packs
Trading with each other and friends at school
We used to play the toss against the wall game,.. closest to the wall won the other cards
We also…wait for it… Attached them to our spokes on our bikes and road around making cool motorcycle sounds
Good fun
We had no idea about saving or collecting for the future
We were kids and had fun
Our father would always tell us stories about the players if he had seen them play
Now I collect for the fun of the game and try to get the rare cards and just have fun with it
Anyways
Happy fathers day dad
Miss u
B
Halifax nova scotia Canada

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink
Matt Feldman

My Dad got me into collecting at the age of five. I had just come home from a teeball game with a bloody knee, crying about the game (We had lost). He surprised me by placing some packs of 2002 Topps on my pillow. I opened the packs and marveled at how beautiful the cards were (Living in Pennsylvania, I was – and still am – a huge Pirates fan, along with loving the Steelers, the Penguins and the Red Sox). From that point on, I was hooked. I took a hiatus a few years ago, but am now fully back in the hobby that my Dad got me started with! Now, I’m 16, with two jobs that help supplement my card addiction. Just to thank him, I always buy my father a few packs of the newest release every now and then. He has never opened a box of Archives, but if he did, I’m sure his eyes would light up just like mine did 11 years ago, seeing the products that he grew up collecting some 40 years ago, all reincarnated in one amazing product.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

My mom actually got me and my brother back into cards somehow. I remember collecting as a 7 and 8-year old, and really liked those 87 and 88 Topps cards, but I stopped for a while. My dad had us interested in baseball, but not so much into cards. My mom was always a bit of an antique collector, and sometimes we’d go to antique shows or stores with her. Along the way, my younger brother got a little older, and he got interested in cards, too. So we’d go to these antique stores with my Mom, and while she was looking for copper luster ware, we’d see if we could find some old baseball cards.

This was probably around 1992 or 93, and eventually my brother and I got mom to ditch some of the antique shows and we would hit up Maverick’s card/comic shop in Cincinnati and go to card shows at least once a month. Now we weren’t finding old singles in an antique store, we were buying new stuff during the boom of product in 1993. See, I’d missed the whole Upper Deck intro into the hobby, but when I came back, UD really intrigued me! The holograms, the interesting pictures – cards just seemed so much higher quality. Inserts, chase cards sequentially numbered, even the potential for an autographed card in a pack? I really think in the ~5 years from 1988-1993 I wasn’t paying attention to cards, the hobby had changed more than it had in the previous 30 years.

It got us hooked, and I tried to buy anything Upper Deck baseball, my brother loved anything Leaf baseball. We even had some player collections – Griffey for me, Bonds for my brother, and we got my mom to collect Roberto Alomar. The other thing, we were big fans of Michigan basketball, so when the fab 5 went to the pros, I kept up collecting that way. I kind of left the hobby for over a decade, but collecting Jalen Rose was the one thing I did consistently before coming back to baseball cards a few years ago.

It’s a little different having my mom as opposed to dad being the main proponent of collecting, but she always had the collecting gene!

Charlie
33
Chicago, IL

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink
kris

way back in 1987 when I was 13 my dad and my grandpa got me collection we worked together to finish the topps 1987 set each would buy pack for me and each other we had a contest to see who could finish the set first. I was hoping to win it . but believe it or not my grandpa won it he was so excited I never seen him so happy especially being in his 80′s at the time. sad but he passed away now and I inherited his set and even time I bring out that binder it bring fond memories of all 3 of us spending time together. about two years ago I showed my dad the set and said do u remember this and he smiled and than got a bit emotional thinking about the old times. it was fun for all of us cause I was a mets fan but wanted as many hot rookies from the day and the barry bonds and bobby bonilla were there favorite cards. to this day that was one of my best childhood memories

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
Tom Waldron

Tom Waldron
Back in 87 I was working for Verizon just barley got the job had to move out of my home town inRoanke VA
to Leesburg va to work at the time Directory service. Unfortunatley i got sick and mover back home for awhile .
i started watching a young kid from UNC pLAYING BASKETBALL and i decided I need to get his card.
So it was Michael Jordan who made me want to go and start collectin cards.
I would rather have the Archives baseball since I have a chance to get some heavy metal ro topps original auto.
thanks guys and I haven’t stop collecting either and so far no Michale Jordan auto’s either

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
eric pawlak

i was about 5 maybe 6 when i began my card collecting journey. always a big fan of football my grandfather would periodically bring over football cards and i thought they were just the greatest thing ever amazed and wowed by card designs and such it got my attention very quickly and thats how i got my start is through my grandfather after awhile i became a more serious collector and have been ever since and im the only collector in my entire family til last yr when my son began collecting

eric pawlak
28
kansas city, missouri

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
RJ

My grandfather, who lived in Jackson, Mich., was legally blind and thus could not drive … he rode his bike or walked everywhere, including to the mall across the street (which was built about 50 years after his house was).

One of his favorite things to do … and what really got me into collecting … was to walk over to the mall and stand in line for free autographs from retired Tigers legends such as Barbaro Garbey, Denny McClain, Willie Horton, and “The Bird,” Mark Fidrych.

As he explained, there would usually be a dealer or two who would sell cards of whoever was signing that day, usually for $1 apiece.

I never went with him, however, because my family moved out to California when I was 6.

So, during the school year, without telling me, he would go get these autographed cards and save them for me when I came out to visit him and my grandma in the summertime.

They are not around any more, and neither is “The Bird” … but I still have the cards to remind me of those special summers at my grandparents’ house, which I think of every time I look at those signed Tigers cards.

RJ
Age 38
Napa, CA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
kris

I am now 39 years old and live in Johnstown Pennsylvania. sadly my dad stopped collecting and I would love to give him this box to try and get him back to collecting with me like ole times

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink
Samuel M

I started collecting just to meet the girl working at the card shop at the time…I was 13 and she was 15….I went in there as often as I could…Once the shop ended up closing, she was gone…Little did I know, 10 years later, we would find one another again and start dating…Now she is my wife and mother of my 2 kids! I think that was the best pull ever from a card shop!!!

Age:34
Location: Mountain Home AR

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
Nathan Mayberg

When I was six years old in the first grade, I used to buy books from a catalog which was given to us in school. One month, the catalog offered a baseball card collector’s album for $6.95. This was in 1986 after the Mets won the World Series and me and New York Mets fans were absolutely crazy about the team. I never owned a baseball card before but I asked my dad to buy this album. He ordered the album (I was worried he might say no) and I received this big album with pages and a bunch of reprint tobacco cards and Goudey cards with a little book explaining why the Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Magie, Plank and Ruth cards were so valuable.

From there, it was a love affair between me, baseball cards and baseball that has lasted to this day. My dad started buying me Topps packs as I long as I did good in school. When Gregg Jefferies was the big Mets rookie sensation in 1988 and his rookie booked for $8 (big money for the time for a card), we bought countless dollars trying to find his 1988 Donruss RC (which we didn’t find until the end of the year after I said a prayer). In 1989, we bought boxes of 1989 Upper Deck, trying to find the Dale Murphy reverse negative which we never found. After the recession of 1990, my dad wasn’t able to afford cards anymore and thought I was too old for it.

He would later try to get my little brother into the hobby by buying cards for him. When I returned home from college, he would buy cards for both me and my 10-year-old brother. While my brother didn’t latch on as much and my dad eventually stopped buying cards altogether as another recession came and he had to retire, I still collect and love the hobby. I never realized until I wrote this that I have to thank my first grade teacher for getting me into the hobby.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
Josh jones

Josh J. (Age 30) – Canton OH

My uncle got me hooked on collecting cards when I was 6 years old. We started going to sports cards shows at the local mall and various hotels that the shows were held at. I’m still an avid collector today and hope to pass on the tradition with my 11 month old son.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
steve emerick

In 1968 while visiting my grand parents in san bernadino California (it would be the last time Id see jmy grandfather) , we were standing in his front yard playing catch when we heard the ice cream/ lunch truck coming. Grandpa asked if I was thirsty and I said yes. When the truck stopped we got a coke in a glass bottle and I asked for some gum. Grandpa said not just any gum, we want a pack of Topps ball cards. The truck leaves and he says to me, now you get the best of both worlds, gum and something to keep! He said that cards contained all kind of information and would teach me all about the game I loved as a 6 year old. Still have that pack, wrapper and all. My grandfather passed in 1970 but he started me down a never ending quest of getting” things to keep” and plenty of knowledge from the stats and bios. This year marks my 45th anniversary of the hobby and promoting it to the youth of tomorrow

steve emerick
51
st Louis mo

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink
steve emerick

In 1968 while visiting my grand parents in san bernadino California (it would be the last time Id see jmy grandfather) , we were standing in his front yard playing catch when we heard the ice cream/ lunch truck coming. Grandpa asked if I was thirsty and I said yes. When the truck stopped we got a coke in a glass bottle and I asked for some gum. Grandpa said not just any gum, we want a pack of Topps ball cards. The truck leaves and he says to me, now you get the best of both worlds, gum and something to keep! He said that cards contained all kind of information and would teach me all about the game I loved as a 6 year old. Still have that pack, wrapper and all. My grandfather passed in 1970 but he started me down a never ending quest of getting” things to keep” and plenty of knowledge from the stats and bios. This year marks my 45th anniversary of the hobby and promoting it to the youth of tomorrow

steve emerick
51
st Louis mo

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
Jason Fleming

Jason, 29, Pittsburgh PA.
My father got me started on collecting when he handed me down all of his cards from the 60′s and 70′s. it became an addiction and I haven’t stopped since. The thrill of opening every pack and finding your favorite players and hidden gems.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

I began collecting at a young age, after my dad showed me his collection. I loved the fact that I could own a piece of history. But sadly we did not have a lot of cards or opportunity to get cards. I tried to trade and sell what I could to get cards. I never got to where I wanted with collecting but have started back the past couple of years and have tried to involve my nephew. I want to leave him the collection I never had as a kid.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
Freddie passafiume

The first day I was destined to be a sports collector was when at a Yankee game Derek Jeter picked me out if a crowd to take a picture . Ever since that day , I wanted to relive that moment by purchasing memorabilia of the Yankee greats to always have their support by looking at their autograph and notes written to me. This inspiration and their advice in their notes to me keep me going and makes me want to keep looking up to the legends for support and advice. I write to baseball players twice a week not asking for autographs but just to see how their lives are out of the baseball world, who are they in real life?

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
Nick Tegeler

I was seven years old and my dad and Don Mattingly got me started collecting cards. He would usually stop on his way home from work and pick something up for my sister and I. In my case he would bring me home wax packs of all three sports. At the time I didn’t really organize them, I would just throw them in my toy box… One day I got bored and had a cork board of the United States in my room with each state color coded and I started pinning cards of the team in coordination to the state they were in. I randomly picked up a 1986 Topps Don Mattingly card and for some reason started reading the back of the card and found out that he was from Evansville, Indiana. I thought that was awesome because Evansville, Indiana is my home town and were I was born. I have been hooked ever since then! My dad passed away in 2005 and some of the best memories I have with him was going to games and card shows chasing cards and autographs. I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the top players over the years.

I now have a son that just turned 12 and got him started on cards the same way my dad did with me. When he was seven years old I would bring him packs of cards home and just let him open them. Since then he has fallen in love with cards and started following the same teams as me. I loved collecting with my dad then and love collecting with my son now. I hope this is a hobby that my son will get his son/daughter into later.

Nick Tegeler

chibear72@gmail.com

Lawrenceville, Illinois

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink
Eric J Wilborn

A couple of my cousins got me into collecting cards. My cousin Dan had been collecting for a while ahead of me and got me started. My cousin Billy handed down some awesome ’87 Topps cards to me.. that moment got me even more hooked!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Permalink
Joshua Ebbs

To be honest, it was a collection of family members who really got me into collecting cards. It all started when I was about 5 years old and my mother passed on to me my fathers (who had passed away when I was 1 year old) collection of old baseball cards. My mom continued that tradition each year and would give me packs of baseball and football cards each Valentines Day, Easter, Birthday, and Christmas. I even remember one year for Christmas opening a box of Upper Deck baseball she ordered from the local news room/convenient store, along with a giant plastic candy cane filled with packs of cards and a card organizer. My mom would also take me to card shows at the mall where she would buy me any Chipper Jones card I didn’t have already as well as any Starting Lineup I didn’t have. She would always tell me the story of how she would go to the store and look through the Starting Lineups for all the good players and knew when the shipments came in so she could get to them first.

From there my collection continued to grow and would have to really credit my uncle and my cousin for continuing by collecting habits. I remember would would take road trips to Toronto to see the Yankees play the Blue Jays each summer. Each trip, my uncle would get us 3-4 packs of the Donruss Studio 8×10 portrait series until my cousin and I completed the series. My cousin and I grew to obsess over cards to the point where he would have a book just of of favorite teams and only the current players on those teams at the time (he had a NY Yankees and Dallas Cowboys book while I an Atlanta Braves and a Carolina Panthers book). Any time a new player was acquired, we would sort through our cards and update them in our books and remove whoever was no longer on the team. We would have boxes of cards sorted out by team so we knew exactly where to look. My cousin and I would even save up all of our money and instead of spending it at Disney World when we went down for a family vacation, we bought cards instead at a Wal-Mart in Orlando. When jersey cards and autographs were introduced into packs, I remember we would try to feel for the larger cards in the packs hoping we were selecting the right ones. Any time we would get doubles of cards, we would give them to each other.

Even though we have gotten older, my cousin and I still have the urge to tear open some wax, not as much as we would like to though. We will purchase some hobby boxes off eBay now and again, or whenever we get a chance and are in Buffalo, we will stop into a Dave & Adams and pick up a few packs or boxes. I would love to really get into collecting more often, if my wife would let me! Who knows, maybe I can pass on my collection to my 2 year old daughter some day!!

Joshua Ebbs
Age: 25 – 26 on June 26!
Rochester, NY

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Permalink
Robert Howell

True to fathers day it was my dad. Back in ’87 or so I can remember headed to Bangor (ME) to do some shopping with dad. He mysteriously turns into the Airport Mall. Seems by reading the paper he not only found a small card show but a card shop. Money was always tight but he managed to find a few bucks to get my brother and me both a few packs of ’87 topps. Over the summer when ever we went to Bangor we’d stop in and I’d get a few. Never got enough to complete that set but with some trading from my friends who were also collecting I did manage to get both the Twins and Cardinals sets which I gladly did as any young kid might do…thumb tacked them to my door! A long came a paper route then next year that quickly financed all those colorful 1988 Score cards. Every Sunday I’d get 2-4 packs depending on the tips and would quickly rush home to see who I got. Thanks dad for the great memories, glad your still around but being still in Maine and me now in Michigan I think you’d be surprised to see the collection that started with just a few packs of 1987 Topps. I still buy boxes when I can find them just to relive these memories.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
matthewgubler

i have been collecting cards for 25 years a collect them all by my self been trying to get some good name cards but cant get lucky enough to find any would love to win sa box and see if i can get lucky

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
Mike Large

I pretty much started collecting on my own when I was 7 or 8. I grew up on those overproduced late 80s and early 90s cards. My dad was big into sports to he was a huge influence in my interest in sports. However, he though cards were a waste of money, yet he would always buy me a pack every time when went to the grocery store if I asked for one. When I got older, and learned more about collecting, my mom always bought my cards. I would consider myself to be a good kid when I was younger, but my mom knew collecting kept me out of trouble and really went above and beyond to help my collecting. She would drive me hours away to go to card shops that were out of town, and even on family vacations she would always take me by a card shop if there was one in the area that we were. Both of my parents were receptive to my collecting and always took the time to listen to what I had to say or look at some of the cards when I’d show off ones that I was proud of. So overall, my parents didn’t get me into collecting, but they always supported my hobbies and took interest in what I became interested in. When I have children, I will definitely encourage collecting with them and take part in it with them. I don’t necessarily look at cards as an investment, but a part of life that can actually teach a person many values.

Mike
29
Litchfield, IL

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink
bill norris

Well of course my dad got me my first pack of cards but my friends were the ones who really got me into collecting. They were the ones i went to to trade for my favorite players and who i argued who was a better player more by their pictures and later on by their stats.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
Matthew

Who got me into collecting, my dad. Growing up I enjoyed a lot of things that my dad didn’t understand. I played a lot of Video Games, which he didn’t mind, until I brought home Pokemon. When I first started playing baseball, I was on the Cubs. Ever since then I have been a devoted fan. I remember busting old boxes of 1990 Leaf trying to find a Sammy Sosa RC, it took about 4 and on the 4th one we got 2. Collecting was the one thing me and my dad really enjoyed doing together (other than playing baseball of course).

Who do I collect with now? My mom. Give or take 10 years ago, money started to get tight for my family. One of the first things that had to go to make ends meet were my baseball cards. We didn’t sell anything we had, but the purchasing came to a halt. Since then I have graduated HS and College, and thanks to my parents and some nice Scholarships I was debt free. Finally with my new job I had the funds to start collecting again. I had to move away from home to find a job, and keep my now soon-to-be wife. When I told my mom I was collecting again, she began to buy up retail blaster and packs (she as all the like averages an auto/gu out of retail in every other blaster and about 1 in 3 value packs). I talk to her about 3-4 times a week and we mostly talk about cards I have bought or just the Cubs. Collecting is a way we stay connected even though we are several hundred miles away now. She’s even coming to the National with me this year! :)

Age – 25
Dallas Area

Posted June 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
Ian

I started collecting in the early ’80s, when I would have to go on family vacations to visit family in Illinois. The town was small and all my cousins were so much older than I was. I would walk to the local dime store and buy a few packs and then make my own baseball games when I got back. I stopped collecting in the early 90′s when I started a family and could not afford it any more.

I recently got back into collecting thanks to my daughter. She started to collect wrestling cards which then led to me starting to buy baseball and football cards again.

Ian Moore
41
San Diego, Ca

Posted June 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink
Brad Smith

When I was 11 years old my dad and I were heading to an estate sale just to look around. When we walked into the livingroom they had about 4 tables filled with single cards, relics, autos and complete sets. Next to the tables they had bins upon bins of autographed memorabilia, a signed photo of whity ford and mickey mantle with letters of authenticity. They wanted $800 for everything, so I bought a couple cards one which was a mickey mantle 565 hr blast card that books for $100 for $2. We offered $200 for everything, but the owner wouldnt take. My dad left them his phone number incase theyca, e up with an offer. The next day the owner calls my dad and says she’ll sell the lot for $200. Ever since then I have been collecting all thanks to my father who found a gold mine and bought it for me for cheap

Posted June 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
Rodney Bird

I started collecting sports cards when I was about 30 Years old.It’s fun to find numbered and autographed rookie cards.I cant afford boxes but the packs are fun to open.When things get to boring I just start checking out My collection of cards.Then it seems like time just flies by and I’m having fun going thru the Beckett Price Guides.It is a very nice Hobby collecting Sports cards.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink
Mark Kusz

In 4th grade, everyone collected and traded baseball cards. Don’t see enough trading anymore. Still remember the smell of the bubble gum.

Mark Kusz
47
Detroit, MI

Posted June 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink
James

My late grandfather was a big baseball fan and I would watch the games on TV with him when I was young. Around 1985 I started to notice that the liquor stores sold baseball cards next to the candy and I bought some. I thought it was a fun way to learn about the players on TV and Ive been buying packs ever since.

Matt, 35
Orange County, CA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink
Daniel SungRok Lee

Daniel SungRok Lee. Age – 29. Queens, NY.

Like most everyone else, I would take the yellow school bus back home daily from elementary school. With all of the stink & stank and the bumpiness of the bus ride, I was fortunate to have a bus driver who would visit the local card store almost every day before picking me and my friends up from school. And I’m telling you, you would KNOW that he went because he’d leave behind all of the base cards in our seats. Lucky for me, I was the only one who really enjoyed baseball, so I took almost everything for myself! On top of that, I was the last to be dropped off, so this big, jolly middle-aged guy would sometimes surprise me with a batch of Phillies cards =)

I sometimes wonder how he is doing. Unfortunately, even if I did meet him again, I’d have nothing from that time to show for in my collection because all of those cards became “cards that [my] mom threw out” … =(

Sincerely,
Daniel SungRok

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
Tom S

My uncle Pat got me into collecting back in 1989. He picked me up a couple of packs of Upper Deck baseball, and I pulled a Griffey Jr. The rest was history.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink
Michael Buzzard

Walmart….Erie pa…2008…the time my life was changed forever. A beautiful woman with long brown hair and su flower eyes was picking up the needed groceries for the week. She finally made it home and said to me I spent more money than I was going too. As a loving husband I said it would be ok as long as she shared what she purchased. And she pulled out a small cello wrapped box with those magic words. 2008 topps baseball. She said I saw this had Manny (Ramirez) on it so we should get it. And while opening said box we found something I never saw in all the years I collected cards as a kid ( which had been over 10 yrs prior), a card with a small replica jersey ofthe 2007 red sox world series jersey. From that point on we were hooked as a couple, and have since started collecting as family. But my beautiful bride still pulls the best cards ( from Marilyn Monroe relic to David Ortiz auto). So I’m so thankful that beautiful woman found herself lost in the card section of that walmart.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
Josh O.

I started collecting on my own, back in good ole 1989. I was 10. Jose Canseco was my guy and, well, he still is. My interest in cards got my younger brother into it, as well (Ken Griffey Jr. was his man), but he eventually gave it up, as did I, eventually, but in the past couple years I’ve fallen back into it … hard. Thanks to my 8 year-old son’s new found love for the Tigers (after we moved to Metro Detroit). So now we buy packs together, hoping to pull a Miggy or JV, and what can I say, I’m still filling out my Canseco collection. I may not have had a dad to collect with, but I’m there now with my son. Always have been and always will be.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
Josh O.

PS …

Josh Olsen
34
Plymouth, MI

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
Dean Eaton

In 1967 My Family and I were visiting at a couisins house and he gave me a shoe box of 1966 and 1967 baseball cards. I have been collecting baseball and some football cards since then.

Dean Eaton
55
Mount Airy,NC

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink
Jerry, Holmen WI

My father collected baseball cards when he was young. When he married and bought a house, he sold his cards and used the proceeds to purchse the appliances for the house. When I was 7 years old, I purchased my first pack of cards, and from that point, my dad I shared a hobby that we both enjoyed very much.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
Danny Tucker

I started collecting when I was 14. I had just moved from big city Boston to little town Deep River, CT. Total culture shock. New high school, no friends, new environment and totally lost. I was at a Toys-R-Us with my mother and little sisters when my mother saw a baseball card collector starter kit. It had a binder, some 9 card pages, some cards and a how to collect manual. My mother suggested I get it and to start a hobby. I did and never looked back.
Danny Tucker
39
Sanford, FL

Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Permalink
Keith Owings

I collected for a while during the craze in the 90′s. I moved away from it when I got married. Luckily, I kept a few of my best cards. My nine year old son recently decided he was interested in collecting, so I got to tell him stories about how I got each of the major cards in my collection.

Since then, we’re hitting flea markets (Canton first Monday was awesome!!), card shops and the local wal mart every chance we get. It’s brought is together in a way that nothing else has.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink
Shawn Mercier

Well I can remember when I was 8 or so my uncle joined the Air Force so he left me all of his baseball cards which were almost complete sets of 1973 1974 and 1975 Topps. I was very thankful for this and loved the cards. But as time went on I also joined the Air Force and left the cards with my mother. Well long story short my mother had no idea what they were so when she moved she got rid of them. I was heart broken. It wasn’t the value of the cards it was the idea behind them. They were a gift from my uncle. Well after basic and at my second base I got pretty heavy into collecting. This was around 1993-1996, I had thousands of cards, still do. I love collecting and I love the hobby. I have new additions from 2012 Fleer Retro and 2012 Classified Football as of today! Just have to be a bit more sneaky about it now around the wife, but my daughters know what I am doing!

Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
will

I got into collecting in the late 80′s early 90′s when I was young and dont really remember why. I have always been a huge sports fan because my dad is a huge sports fan, so I guess I just liked the cards for that reason. I do remember playing my dad in the basketball game horse and if I won I got to go to the card store and get some packs. Since dad was very good at basketball and I was 8 years old, I only won when he wanted to take me to the store, but I did “win” a good bit. I have such great memories of that.

Then I stopped collecting for over two decades only to start again last year for no real reason. Now Im crazy again about collecting much to my wife’s chagrin.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink
Mark

My dad got me into collecting in the Christmas of 1976

One of my first and best childhood memories involving baseball cards was from 1976: my best and most favorite Christmas ever. One of my favorite gifts was my first baseball glove. It was a Glen Beckert model. I had never heard of him, but that was OK with me. I had my first glove.

A nice rival to that glove was a stack of unopened packs of 1976 baseball cards. It was probably 5 or 6 packs. I don’t remember who was in the first pack, but I sure remember who was in the last pack…and in his last year in cards. Hank Aaron, the all- time Home Run King! I had to see how many HR he had. 745, way past Babe Ruth! Wow, he kind of looks old now compared to the pictures in the Scholastic books in my elementary school library, but now I had Hank. Brewers? I had no idea that he was no longer a Brave

Those same memories came back to me five or six years later as a teenager when I was finishing building the sets from my earlier years and I sorted my small stack of 76’s. Now that I was complete with 77-81, I had to go back and finish the ‘76 even though I only had about 100. Card shops were now around now although only a few. Some of my friends collected cards, but not many…and they did not have any this old, mostly ‘78 and ‘79 cards.

My parents were big fans of the flea markets, so I of course would look for cards there and found a dealer that set up almost every week, and I was able buy many of the commons for 10 cents each. The last card I needed for the set was Robin Yount. He was pretty expensive since it was his second year card. It was hard paying 20 bucks for him but I saved up and finished the set off.

mark zentkovich-age 46

Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
Kyle Edwards

I started collecting about 1991. All my friends were doing it at school and were trading cards. I was seeing players I watched on Sports center every morning. Back in the good old days we had 2 card shops in my downtown area in a small town in Oklahoma. I remember after basketball trips we would stop and eat and I would go to the gas station and buy cards instead of eat dinner. My son collects cards with me and I have started introducing my daughter to it as well. They have pack wars and the arguments and competition to who got the best cards is fierce. It is a passion I share with my kids.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink
Patrick Hefel

I wish I could say that my father got me started collecting, but he never shared my love of collecting or even sports for that matter. I got into collecting in 1987, after a sleepover for a schoolmates’ birthday. He got a bunch of packs and his mother gave everyone else in attendance a pack as well. I was hooked right then and there. Fun times trading cards at school with friends.

Today, I collect mostly with the wonderful community we have here. I love being able to get on the internet and trading, sharing my pickups, and sharing in others’ pickups. While that’s all fun, it would be nice to have someone to sit with in person to trade with, talk cards, and share my love of this hobby. For those reasons my wife decided to bless me with two little pack rippers of our own that are now 1 and 2 years old. (OK maybe that’s not the reason why we had kids but it sounded good anyway lol.)

Anyway, I’m hoping my kids have the same appetite for collecting that their Daddy does. I think my two year old does quite literally. Which reminds me, there are really only 60 2012 Topps Mini Gold #265 Aroldis Chapman’s left out there instead of the stated print run of 61. And in case anyone was wondering Topps Gold cards are obviously not poisonous. However, my advice to any new father is to make sure your children have better sources of fiber in their diet than Daddy’s baseball cards lying around.

Patrick Hefel
Age 35
Walford, Iowa

patrickhef30@gmail.com

Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Permalink
Joe Morgan

It was 1985. I was 10 years old. And the first time I saw a baseball card was when my two older cousins brought their cards to our grandmother’s house. I had just started following the Angels with HOFers Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson, and other greats like Bob Grich and Brian Downing. My cousins showed me their cards, and since this is pre-internet, card collecting became my way of getting to know the players. I enjoyed reading the backs of the cards. Anytime my mother went to the grocery store, I made sure to go. Just so I could get my hands on a Topps rack pack, always looking for the best players through the cellophane. My Angels just missed the playoffs, losing the AL West to the eventual WS champs, Kansas City Royals, by one game. That was just the start of my “addiction”. The next year, 1986, Rod Carew retired, and in came in this fresh faced kid (ironic since I was 11 at the time). Wally Joyner took over first base and took the Angels within 1 pitch of their first World Series (we won’t talk about the fact that Gene Mauch should never have taken out Mike Witt…ever!) Wally World sucked me in and when Topps produced their 86 Traded set, I was in love. Not only was Wally in the set, but Jose Canseco and Bo Jackson were too. Ever since then, I’ve managed to collect and build my collection to well over 30,000 cards. From baseball to football, even some basketball and wrestling. I’ve enjoyed collecting know for almost 20 years. My name is Joe Morgan, I’m 38 and live in Mesa, AZ.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
Dondria Yost

Let’s see…I’ve been a baseball fan since seeing Dennis Eckersley and his funky delivery/ mustache throw the walk off homer to Kirk Gibson. Even after that, I was always a fan of his. So I begged my dad to join a little league team. I didn’t understand why no one really wanted me on their team, but then my dad reminded me that I was a girl and little boys have a hard time accepting ‘our kind’ on their team. Seeing my disappointment, my dad decided to coach a team and put me on it!!! I was the Seattle Mariners new 2nd base/ Right fielder ( I didn’t realize the irony of being drafted by the worst team until I was much older…). As my little league career began, I thought I should learn more about the team I was on. My dad took me to the card store and made me the happiest girl in the world by buying me my first card ever…a 1989 Ken Griffey Jr Donruss rookie. I’ve been collecting Griffey ever since…

Age:31
Lakewood,CA

Posted June 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink
Jason Schufletowski

My mom got me into collecting baseball cards when I was 5. She bought me an album, pages, and 87 topps baseball cards from our local small town variety store. She thought it was the neatest thing. I still have that album after all these years, its covered in baseball stickers of all sorts.

My dad got me into football when I was in the 6th grade. I gave him cards for fathers day. He gave them back to me and told me to collect Vikings players, and that would be his gift. So he would take me to our local Kmart (when we still had one) or Pamida/Shopko and buy me cards.

He passed away from cancer in March of this year. When his health was fading, I would load him in the car, put his wheelchair in the trunk and we would drive to our local shopko. I pulled some great stuff on those last couple trips with my dad. Collecting has helped me remember him and our love of football.

FROM MOD: ONE OF OUR WINNERS

Posted June 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink
Mike Cook

My grandmother was the one that started collecting baseball cards. She gave me a 1980 Rickey Henderson rookie when it was around a $200 card and I fell in love with collecting. Henderson quickly became my favorite player and I soon amassed over 4000 cards of him. She had been collecting cards since 1980 and it became my favorite thing to do was go to grans house. I showed up every time with a box of cards in tow and she would go through her extras and help me out. She passed away a few years ago and I was suppose to inherit half of her cards and only wound up with less than 1/4 th of her collection. I still enjoy collecting today and hope to pass down my cards to my daughter or to her kids.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink
Dennis Metz

Growing up, my parents and friends parents, kicked us out of the house on weekends and summers. Our fathers would go to work and our mothers were all stay at home moms. So moms would kick us out of the house so they could clean, cook and have a moments peace from their own kids and the neighborhood kids. Our mothers would usually give us a couple of dollars to stop at the corner store for a snack or drink and we would leave the house with a football, baseball, basketball etc. and go find someplace to play.

When it came time to grab something at the corner store, we usually bought a couple of packs of cards to go with our soda and gummy fish.

My first packs of cards were were in the early 80′s. I grew up in the Pittsburgh during a time when the Steelers and Pirates were both winning teams. It was exciting to pull a Jack Lambert, Franco Harris, Mel Blount, Willie Stargell, Bill Madlock or the sidearm hurler, Kent Tekulve. And when we were playing pick up games we were our favorite players and would call our own games like Myron Cope would do….

Hoge takes the handoff from Brister into a pile up in the center of the line…Hoge bounces it outside left…breaks an arm tackle AND IS HEADED DOWN THE SIDELINE PASSING THE ENTIRE OILER DEFENSE…HOGE IS IN FOR THE TOUCHDOWN AND JERRY GLANVILLE IS NOT A HAPPY MAN RIGHT NOW! YOI!

As I got older I had other things to pay for and other responsibilities.

But about 5 years ago, I met my wife and as a birthday gift she bought me a Jack Lambert rookie card to go with my collection of Steelers memorabilia. This turned into me purchasing the rookie cards for the starting lineups of the 4 seventies Superbowl teams.

During this time, I found myself remembering growing up in Pittsburgh and how Sunday afternoons in fall were the only days our mothers didn’t kick us out of the house. They were spent with family having dinner and watching the Steelers play. And remembering all of the times that my dad would come home from the steel mill (U.S.S. Clariton works) with Pirates tickets that the company would sell to employees at a discounted price.

I enjoyed remembering my childhood so much that I started collecting, again.

Now I go to a local card shop or get online with Beckett and order my cards. Most of them will probably never amount to much to anyone else but they are for me. They remind me of days spent with family and friends watching the Steelers, even through the Mark Malone years, and the Pirates, before they went on a 21 year losing streak.

I hope that I can pass on this family time with my own son.

Dennis Metz
39
Gilbert, Arizona

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Permalink
Mitch Jomsky

It all started in beautiful Brooklyn, on an early Fall day in 1967. My grandfather, in an attempt to bribe me and keep me still while his “Old School” barber-buddy butchered my hair into some semblance of a flat-top crew-cut, went to the candy store and quickly came back with these cool packets of cardboard and bubble gum sticks. Much to my surprise, while studying these colorful cardboard baseball players’ photos & stats and chewing a huge wad of pink bubble gum, I lost all track of time …. and in the process, lost all of my long hair. :) But it didn’t matter, I was hooked and soon told as many of my friends about my newfound obsession!

My Grandfather died 6 months later, and those cards that he bought for me became extremely important. I guess it was my only tangible reminder him. I continued collecting from 1967-1972, then slowly drifted away from baseball cards.

I kept those cards very safe throughout my childhood, never thinking to ever trade them, sell them or flip them. I would buy some various cards here and there over the years, but in 2011, I re-entered the hobby and I’ve been going strong ever since. Throughout various moves, schools, homes, etc my Grandfather’s cards have always been with me and are the core of my collection obsession today.

It’s very fitting that on Father’s Day I have my grandfather to thank for planting that first seed.

BTW: Here are the cards that started it all!

http://i1352.photobucket.com/albums/q641/DrMitchJ/null_zps908eb8ec.jpg

Thanks for looking!
If chosen, I’d love to get a box of the Baseball Archives … The recent box break was terrific and the 1972 design inclusion immediately grabbed my interest! Looks like a great new product!

Thanks for your consideration,
Dr Mitch – 52 – Hollywood, FL

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink
John Snelling

When I was younger (41 now) I collected everything i could get my hands on – which wasnt much as a kid with only a bike to get around on. I would pick up cards where ever I could, 7-11, K-Mart ect ect….. I went to 7-11 a lot, not only because they had wax packs of cards on the bottom shelf of the candy asile but they also sold slurpees with baseball sportflics type coins/discs in the bottom of them as well. I of course had a ton…….

As I grew older life took it natural course and collecting cards wasnt as important or affordable as diapers and gas to work……To make matters worse, I got divorced and all the cards (if any survived) got abandoned at Monster in Laws house.

I enlisted in the military 14 years ago and due to world events have spent some time in other countries…….came across a box or two of cards on Amazon.com and said what the heck. That was the best mail day ever and would order some every chance I could. Now that I am back stateside – I have gone on a hunt for all the odd ball stuff, I still collect cards of course but also collect the coins/pogs from 7-11, RC Cola cans, Coca Cola 8 ounce bottles with MLB markings, Unopened Rack Packs, and anything else I happen to fancy when I come across it.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink
Anthony C

I was 12 years old and a card shop opened up in a spacious location in the middle of the local mall in Richmond, BC. For 24 years, I watched the hobby change with the owners of my local card shop. They were obviously the catalyst for my card collecting habit. They carried everything over the years. They were really good about bringing in product; whether it was hockey, baseball, football, golf, or even non-sport items. We shared a lot of good box breaks over the years and we saw plenty of awesome hits. I’m sad to say that they closed up shop at the end of 2012. Good times and good memories from this year on!

Posted June 4, 2013 at 1:37 am | Permalink

I started collecting baseball cards when I was around seven years old with my daddy. My dad has always been a huge Braves fan (my middle name is Aaron since his favorite player as a child was Hammerin’ Hank) and used to take me to games at Fulton County Stadium as a kid. I remember going to see Dale Murphy play every summer and once daddy realized just how much I loved the games he started buying me cards. As a kid I remember how excited I was to get cards of Braves players, especially Murph! After that I was hooked and have collected for over 25 years. I still take packs of cards to daddy every time I go home to visit and he still gets excited about opening them with me. A few years ago for his 50th birthday I took him to see the Braves play and gave him a 1960(same year he was born) Topps Hank Aaron card. Needless to say he was very happy to get that one. This year I got to meet my favorite Brave, Dale Murphy at a game in Jacksonville and was fortunate enough to get several items autographed. Daddy’s going to be very happy again when I give him some of my bounty for Father’s Day. I have a one year old son of my own now and can’t wait to share the hobby with him like my dad did with me! #3Generations

Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:40 am | Permalink
Randy Russell

What first sparked my interest in collecting is when I gained an interest in baseball at an early age and my dad telling me how he used to collect cards when he was my age at the time. He told me about how he had Mantle, Robinson, Maris, Ford, all the old greats…that got thrown away by his mom (my grandmother) while he was serving in Vietnam. I remember he bought me my first pack of cards at the 7-eleven down the street from where we lived, two packs of 1986 Topps cards. I was so stoked when one of the first cards I pulled was one of Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine, since the Rangers are my hometown team I was excited to get a card of a guy I instantly recognized. Since then I’ve mostly personal collected certain favorite players and my hometown Rangers, and made sure that my collection is taken care of.

Today I’ll occasionally show my dad some of the big hits I get and it always stirs up conversation of the cards he had, stories of ballplayers he watched when he was younger, or just give us a reason to talk about last night’s games. Baseball cards to me will always be a great father son catalyst no matter the age and I’m thankful to have had it as a great way to bond!

Randy Russell
Denton, TX
age 36

Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:18 am | Permalink

I got myself into collecting in the late 80′s but what cemented my love of the hobby was the summers of the early 90′s. I used to mow lawn for a guy that paid me in baseball cards. He showed me some of the ins and outs of collecting and storing cards. Sure, most of the cards I got from him we commons but at 12 yrs old I didn’t care, I was getting cards by the 100′s and all I had to do was mow his lawn! Occasionally, when I’d finish, he would show me his collection and I would ooh and awe over them for a while and on these days, he would throw in some of my favorite player, Kirby Puckett, and tons of Twins cards! It was this experience that cemented me as a collector and I’ve been collecting ever since.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 6:04 am | Permalink
Pat Olive

I started getting baseball cards with my dad in1960. We would go to the drug store and have a soda. Then a special treat of a pack of cards was given to me and after to my brother once he was old enough to understand. What i didn’t realize at the time, was that was not really affordable in the family budget. My dad always made sure we had that treat and I have loved baseball and collecting ever since.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink
Dave Desabrais

I guess I didn’t realize it at the time, but looking back it was my dad that got me into collecting. Dad is an antique dealer, and always has been. And I think it was the mindset that goes with that profession that made him keep the hockey cards he had as a kid, and keep them in relatively good shape. Growing up, and seeing RC’s of Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Terry Sawchuk, and then later on, Bobby Orr and eventually Wayne Gretzky fueled a desire to see more and more.

We live in the Ottawa, Ontario area and especially in the early years, we saw a lot of classic hockey cards. They’re not as easy (or as affordable) to find these days though :)

I’ve branched out into hockey, baseball, and even a lot of non-sports stuff these days. What can I say, I love busting packs.

Thanks

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:29 am | Permalink
James Francis

This takes me back to my grandmothers old house, sitting in the kitchen with my uncle, in the mid to late 70′s. I’ll explain – I am Sam McDowell’s nephew. He and I shared a number of things together including our love of drawling. What I remember is sitting there in Pittsburgh as a very little kid while my uncle was opening his mail. He gave me one to open. I opened the letter and a baseball card fell out – of my uncle! I didn’t understand that he had played baseball and really didn’t understand him being on a card and someone asking him to sign it. This got me to start thinking about cards of all types. My Dad took me to a comic store the following week. I walked in and saw this large display of baseball and football cards. Something spoke to me – I had to have these. The feeling of holding a wax pack in my hand and not knowing what was inside was a huge rush. I couldn’t wait to get out of the store before I opened the three packs my Dad bought me. There was nasty tasting gum and a bunch of people in uniforms that I didn’t know. I was hooked. I sorted all the cards by team colors. I never got cards from my uncle – he didn’t collect those things. I love collecting baseball and when I think of who introduced me to it – it just all seems like fate. I think my collection is around 20,000 cards. And I just bought my 5 year old son his first pack of cards. Bowman Platinum 2012. We now go every weekend and buy a pack. Soon he will know who these people are. I secretly still buy hobby boxes. Shhhhhhh

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:55 am | Permalink
Ryan Montgomery

I grew up in north canton, ohio where sports played a major role in my life. I grew up without a father and my grandpa helped raise me along with my mother and grandmother. We were huge Cleveland Indians fans and my grandfather was well known with the players having played in the minors. I have several family photos, some before i was born with Gaylord Perry, Frank Robinson, Buddy Bell, etc. Buddy Bell was actually at our home for dinner back in the early 80s. Our love of the Indians made my family collectors of Indians memoribilia and my grandpa bought me my first box of cards–1985 topps. From that point on i was hooked and i would spend every dime i had on packs at the store or my local card shop-Bedrock sports in north canton. I was really into the sportflics cards and thought they were the coolest thing ever and probably have over 1,000 of them which was not an easy task cause i believe they came 4-5 per pack. M y favorite hobby moment came when i was 5 and bought 2 packs of 1986 donruss and got a Jose Canseco rated rookie in each pack. At the time that card was going for 25-30 dollars and eventually reached over a $100. To this day i still have both of those cards as a reminder of my love for the hobby. Now i find myself buying more vintage cards because of the memories and sentimental value to me. Oh yeah and collecting in my era, who doesnt remember ripping pack after pack trying to get donruss elite cards and billy ripkens 89 fleer error. To me that was more fun than the chase cards of today.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:55 am | Permalink
James Francis

Sorry –

Jim Francis, 41
New Orleans, LA

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink
Ryan Montgomery

PS—–
Ryan Montgomery
32
Canton, Oh

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink
Chris D'Orso

Gave my son a box of cards when he was barely old enough to talk. (Start ‘em young!) He used to love going through and finding the Mets — we videotaped him once, and it’s still hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlcUNQvoqvs

Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink
Mike Napoleon

The NY Mets got me into collecting. I was 6 years old when all the talk in NY was about the NY Mets growing up. My whole Italian family were NY Yankee fans (Joe DiMaggio) but I went against the family pressure and became a Mets fan. We had some good years from 1969-1973 and began card collecting due tio there success. I collected every Topps card from 1962 through 1986 when I sold my collection, sans NY Mets cards, to go to college. I strated recollecting three years ago due to pressure from my son to complete my collection of every Mets base card. I am 5 cards short as of right now as I have filled in all my Mets cards 1986 to today by purchasing boxes and trading online.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink
Jim Jordan

My collecting experience started with Boy’s Life magazine. When I was in Cub Scouts, I got a subscription to that magazine. In the back there were full sets of Topps Baseball cards listed for sale. I was curious about these but did nothing else. Then, it happened: the Super Bowl between the Vikings and the Raiders. My “friend” at the time had football cards, mostly of the Raiders. I was a huge fan of the Vikings and Fran Tarkenton. He was so sure that the Raiders would win the Super Bowl, he wanted to “bet cards”. Since I didn’t have any cards, I was dense enough to suggest that we “bet money” instead.

Anyone that knows their NFL Football knows how I came out on that bet. I did NOT have the money so I had to go ask my mother for it. Needless to say, there was a LOT of payback work at home on the farm! It was then that I decided that I MUST start ordering these card sets. By ordering full sets of baseball and football (basketball came later for me), I would have more cards than my “friend” could ever dream of having. It was my ultimate revenge! LOL

Since then, card collecting has brought me not only all of the joys that are inherent with cards, but many friendships and great conversations in my lifetime. Collecting has greatly enriched my life!

Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink
Jim Jordan

And, I forgot to list my name, age, and location on the last post:
Jim Jordan
46
Onawa, IA

Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink
David Z.

David Z., 32, Charlottesville, Virginia

Not surprised that most people got in to collecting because of their dad, but for how many is it the other way around? I started buying cards at my local shop in Herndon, Virginia, when I was about 9. Pretty soon my dad remembered all the great series from growing up in the ’50s, and he was hooked again. We went to card shows as attendees at first, and then we upgraded to a table selling our wares. I focused on the modern stuff–Griffey, Cal, Big Hurt and (yes) Tim Salmon were the biggies for me, while he went to estate sales looking for Jackie, Mickey and Ted. Not sure it was a profitable hobby, but it was a great way for us to spend a Saturday, and I hope to do the same with my kids someday.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink
dean martin

My uncle got me into collecting when i was about 7-8, which would have been 1979-80. he would pick me up and take me to the local short track on Saturday nights to watch races. we would stop by the store on the way and i would either get him to buy me a pack of cards or use my allowance to buy my own as i got older. still have some of those original cards today, including a 1982 topps cal ripken Rc. but to my dismay somehow i lost the Magic/bird RC. i have been collecting ever since.

Now i collect with my son. his prized card his a Gronk auto rookie. i want to pass my coleection on to him someday.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink
Nathan Oak

When I was 7 my parents got divorced and my Mom and I moved away to a different town. It was there that I met one of my good childhood friends and he collected football cards. He’s the one that got me collecting and interested in sports in general. Plus it was good for me to have a hobby to keep my mind off what happened with my parents. We would stop by the gas station every weekend where they had Fleer Ultra packs for like $3 and I would easily blow my $5 weekly allowance. Now Im 24 and still collecting. Also still blowing my so called allowance, now other wise known as a paycheck. This hobby isnt one of those things that I grew out of because I love it so much! I still have a really good friend from my childhood that collects as well. I met him later on but we would always tell eachother at school what we pulled from packs and such. Who would have thought we would still be doing that 14 years later?

Nathan
24
Cleveland, OH

Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink
Chris D'Orso

37 years old, from Long Island — we gave my son a box of cards when he was barely old enough to talk. (Start ‘em young!) He used to love going through and finding the Mets — we videotaped him once, and it’s still hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlcUNQvoqvs

Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
Richard Deien

Ive been collecting for over 20 years now. It all started in 1991 with my older brother while my dad who was active duty Army at time stationed at Mannhiem Germany. I grew up in a family of 6 myself being the second oldest. My parents didn’t have much really just enough to make ends meet, but they always did as much as they could to make us happy. I still remember it like it was yesterday opening 1991 score baseball. The cards weren’t much then and still aren’t worth much now. The thrill collecting today cant compare to those days. There was really no such thing as an insert then but I still remember it like it was yesterday chasing after the 1991 score card with Ken Griffey Sr and Ken Griffey Jr called (THE GRIFFEY’S). To this day I still have never owed that card. Reason being my older brother was a huge Ken Griffey Jr fan. As my brother and I grew older he slowly stopped collecting, but he always held onto his Griffey cards. I myself could never give up the hobby.

Id say around 1998 is when my older brother quit collecting. Since then my older brother joined the Army that summer the five years later in the summer of 2003 I joined the Air Force. Over the last 10 years ive seen my brother a hand full of times.

Now we are coming into the summer of 2013 my brother is still in the Army stationed in Connecticut and myself stationed in Ramstein, Germany. Im proud to say thanks to Skype and hip hop artist Macklemore and his song, “My oh My”. My brother who is now 34 has been collecting again for almost 1 month now. Being so far away from my brother, Macklemore’s video has changed our lives forever. MY OH MY were has time gone….

Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
Bill Heinick

My grandfather got me started when I was 5. He would buy a box of Topps, because that was almost all there was, and then split it between my cousin and me. It didn’t take long to get hooked. Back then it was 5 cents a pack. Now, some 53 years later, I am about to start this same tradition with my grandson, Shane, who will turn 5 in about 3 weeks. Topps Archives is probably where we will start because the card designs are from many of the sets I’ve collected through the years. Yes, I still get a kick out of collecting today.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
Wayne Stearns

I started collecting in 1975. I got my first pack down at the local corner store and then I was hooked. Of course, that was the year my beloved Red Sox played in that memorable World Series with the Reds and I was forever hooked on baseball and baseball cards. My mom would take me to a local candy distributor and I would get a box. The fun I would have trying to put together the set. I completed the 1975, 1976 and 1977 sets. By then, as most teenagers, I found a new hobby, girls! It wasn’t until my son was born in 1994 that I got back into the hobby and have been enjoying it ever since.

I love the Archives sets as the designs bring back great memories of my love of baseball cards. Thanks Topps! And thanks Beckett for giving away these boxes!

Wayne Stearns

Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink
Lucas

My uncle was the one that first got me into collecting. I remember I was around 9 or 10 at the time and he had just given me a box of early 90′s cards. Most of which were 93 Ultra. From that point on I was hooked. From that collection I have accumulated over 75,000+ cards from 1951 to now!

Lucas
17
Lancaster, PA

Posted June 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
Nathan Craig

I started collecting cards in elementary school with my friends who went to the same daycare that I did. Every time my mom would take me to Wal Mart, or a gas station, or really any retail store in the 90′s, they always had packs of football cards, and I’d bug her till she’d get me one or two. Many of my friends were the same in that regard. It always made school days very exciting because we couldn’t wait till 3:30 when we could get to daycare and see if anyone got anything new the night before. We all had several binders and spent hours every day working on trades, looking at them, looking up their values in our Becketts and seeing who had the best collections. As an only child, football cards helped me bond with kids I didn’t know and make lifetime friends. I still trade with some of those people to this day.

Nathan Craig
27
Farmers Branch, TX

Posted June 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
Godfrey Ouwens

My story starts in the small town of Rochester, Wisconsin in 1976. ( I was 6 years old then, now 43 ) My dad and I just finished watching the Bicentennial Parade and we walked up to the local Mini-Mart. While my dad was getting stuff in the store, I was looking for some candy and came across some gum with cards in it. At that time I did not know what Sports Cards were. I asked my dad if he could get me a pack, and he said, “That pack only has 1 piece of gum in it, if we get it, you have to take care of the cards inside”. Of course I said I would, I was 6 years old !!

Years went by, and I kept most of the cards in the best condition I could. Showing them off to friends as I grew up took its toll on most of the cards. By the year 1993, I had 1 card left…. it was in pretty bad condition. A week or so before fathers day, I decided to put that last card I had inside of a Father’s Day Card and surprise my dad that I still had 1 card after 17 years! It was a 1976 Topps Walter Payton, it had been folded, torn and taped and went through the wash, but I still had it! Ironic that it was a Bears Card, living in Wisconsin, we grew up as Packer Fans.

Fathers Day drew closer and I was excited to surprise him with my gift. On June 17th 1993 ( 3 days before Fathers Day ) my dad passed away from a brain aneurysm. His funeral was on the following Sunday… June 20th 1993… it was Fathers Day… I gave my dad his father’s day card with the beat up Payton card inside during the wake and it is still with him to this day.

I started buying football cards again in 1996. Sometimes I think of what my father said as I open a pack, and sometimes I still look for the gum inside :)

I was very sad that I could not give my father the surprise I had wanted to give him after all those years, but now my perspective has changed and I enjoy the memories of my father and that first pack of cards. Now, I do adhere to those words he told me, not a single one of my cards has ever gone through the wash since !! :)

Rest in peace dad, I love you. Happy Father’s Day !!

** I understand that my story may seem fictional to some, but every word of it is true. I have come across a lot of fictional stories here on the internet, so I understand people’s hesitance to believe it. To ease some of your minds, my fathers obituary here:
http://www.death-record.com/d/n/Bernard-Ouwens

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there !

FROM MOD: ONE OF OUR WINNERS

Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink
James Bradford

My father is the one who got me started in collecting football baseball and basketball cards. See he was and still is a high school football coach so sports have been a part of my life since I could walk. I remember every sunday we would always watch the cowboys game together and really sparked a tradition and in fact we still do that to this day. We always had and still have sports to talk about and we could always relate to it. My father gave me his card collection when I was young probably around 6 or 7 and ever since I have felt it my obligation and my pleasure to build on his collection doing my best to make it unique. We would always make trips to our local store to buy a couple packs and it really brought us together. I am currently 18 and live in Shelbyville, Texas.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
William Autry

My story goes back to 1982. My family was moving from New York to Sicily but before leaving New York, my father went to the local Waldbaum’s and picked up several grab bags of Topps trading cards. Inside each bag were several packs of 81 Baseball, 81 Football, 81-82 Hockey, and Superman II cards. Dad figured packs would be a good incentive for me to do my chores or behave myself. At times I would spread the cards out all over the living room floor and then put them in piles of players that looked cool and players that didn’t look cool… The cards with Superman also went into the cool pile. I lost about half of my collection doing that. I would just leave them on the floor and my mom would throw them away because she was tired of picking up after me time and time again. About a year later we moved to California and the cards were put in a shoebox because stamps were in.

It wasn’t until Late Spring of 1986 that I really got into collecting. We had moved to St. Louis a year earlier and I was on the fast track to being a full time member of Cardinal Nation. School was ending in a few weeks and future Hall Of Famer Dan Dierdorf was coming to my school to speak. Upon hearing the news, my dad thought about my shoebox of cards and suggested we should look for a Dierdorf card and try to have it autographed if I did have one. Well we didn’t find one. What we did find was a not quite mint, but not in poor condition, Joe Montana rookie card. I had no clue as to who he was, but my dad told me he was a very good quarterback who led the 49ers to two Super Bowls. He also suggested I should keep it in a safe place. From that point on it was back to cards.

Today I collect with my wife. Sometimes we’ll get a hobby box, but we usually get a blaster box from Target. My daughter was born this past August and I got several Hobby boxes from 2012 in the event she wants to open packs with me someday. Sometimes when I’m at my parent’s house, my dad will bring out a few packs to open and we compare the players to see who had the better pulls.

FROM MOD: ONE OF OUR WINNERS

Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
William Autry

Age 35

Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink
Corey Atkins

I really got into the hobby the same way most kids do someone purchases that first card, that first pack and then your hooked. Hooked in this case is a good thing, like my lovely wife says, “It’s better than you drinking, smoking, and fittering it away” Well fittering money away is of course contingent on what lays in the belly of the box, doesn’t it.

So allowing me go back to my first comment, that someone purchase the card or cards for you. My card (gift) came from my cousin on Christmas, she didn’t have a lot of many but I was a big A’s fan at the time and no one, I mean no one was bigger than Mr. Jose Canseco. There in the bottom of this cray paper paradise was a diamond, not in the rough but a diamond in every sense of the word. A Jose Conseco 1986 Donruss (number 22) shoud in its’ green and black pinstripes and saying hello with its’ rookies logo in the left hand bottem corner. It wasn’t the big one but it was mine, after all you have to remember my cousin didn’t have a ton of cash on her in those days. It for the longest time was the crown jewel of my collection, sitting on the mantle for all to behold. I still have it to this day and it is one of five cards that I will never sell.

That is how I got in to the hobby but how I got obsessed with it is a different story all together. I had a buddy named Ed and he was a collector as well and he would always tell me these crazy stories of this card shop that he went to in Carmi, IL, called Gary’s Card Shop. So I begged my parents to take me, God love them, they did. It was a tiny building on the corner of the block and ratting exterier really casts it in a good light. I was bad! Inside wasn’t differant, the fluorescent lighting flickered like a bad “B” movie and to old grizzly looking guys looked up from their checker board, sigs in hand, to see who the new paron was.

Once they were done eyeballing me they went back to buffing on their Camels and jumping on their red and black board. About that time a guy behind the counter waved me over, I sheepishly moved toward him. He said, “Welcome to Gary’s, I’m Gary, can I help you.” I looked around at all the yellowed cards and said, “I just want a couple of packs, please.” He star gazed at me for a while with a blind look on his face and finally he spoke up, “What kind?” At this point I was beyond neverous I terrified. I managed to squeek out, “Topps.” “What year?” “This year, thanks!” I bought my packs and zipped out there, not looking back.

But over time I began to love that place, I would go look at cards, play checkers, and shoot the bull, it was great! Gary would pop out his pocket knife and cut the top of packs for us. A great old guy that I miss and I know Eddie misses as well. It’s a place I wish was still there but it was a hang out and where I hit my first big one. A 1998 Stadium Club Co-Signers of Kobe Bryant and Damon Stoudamire. That is where and how I got hooked and obessed with Sports Cards.

Corey Atkins
34
Ft. Branch, IN 47648

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Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
Brandon Gilden

When I was about 5 years old, my uncle bought me some packs of 1986 Topps Football for my birthday (in 1989). He had just started collecting and thought it would be a good thing for him and I to share. I busted open the packs with him and he explained to me that I needed to be careful with these, as some of the players I had found, were worth some money. I took his advice to heart, well at least, for a short while. A few days after my birthday, being bored and grounded (cut my sister’s hair, I thought I did a good job, parent’s didn’t), I decided to go back thru the cards. To a 5 year old, unsupervised, these things are just cardboard. So, I decided to make a game out of them. I snagged some safety scissors and began to cut away. I was going to make puzzles out of them.

Well, a few weeks later my uncle came over and unfortunately, I had to fess up to what I did to my birthday present. He was not upset, well, not nearly as upset as I was once I got a little older. In my puzzle factory, I had cut up three Jerry Rice and two Reggie White RC’s.

By that time, I was 9 and much wiser. To a 9 year old, the money I could have gotten for those cards would have made me an instant one hundred-aire and an obvious celebrity amongst my peers.

It was a tough lesson to learn, but I continued to collect, and share great memories with my uncle well into my early 20s. We attended countless local and national card shows. My collection grew but my interest waned. I went to college, worked full-time, and the time just wasn’t there for me to stay up on the industry and make educated decisions. It did not help that I saw the value of my collection plummet as the product runs during that time (early 90s to early 2000s) were so bloated, everyone had ten of everything I had.

I recently got married and we had our first child (a boy). I am back into collecting and am as addicted as I was in my younger years. I want to my son and I to share the same memories that my uncle and I had. Cards were a pivotal connection for us, and I hope I can experience the same thing with my son. While collecting certainly put a large dent in my wallet (without much return to show for it) when I was young, it was the memories and core values that I will always cherish and appreciate. Hopefully, my son doesn’t decide to start his own puzzle factory under my watch.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
Bryan Nance

I started collecting as a kid when my father would bring me home a pack of cards after he got off work in the evenings. I would get so excited when I would hear the door open that I would come running down the stairs to see what my dad had brought home. well when I got married the collecting pretty much stopped and kinda got out of it for quite a few years. Recently my 8 year old son wanted to start collecting sports cards so I bought him a few packs and before I knew it I was hooked. My son rekindled the fire I had when I was a child and me and him look forward to every weekend going to the hobby shop to get some cards. I really hope you choose us it would be so cool for me and my son to open some cards on Fathers Day!

Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
Bryan Olsen

When I was growing up my family (Dad, Mom, 2 brothers) were all huge football fans. Each had there own teams (Dad-Vikings, Mom Steelers, Brother- Packers, Brother-Rams). Living in Seattle I thought I would be a Seahawks fan. My brothers had collected in the 70′s and had football and baseball cards from then. I was 12 years younger then them so I started in the mid 80′s. Card shops had just started popping up around the area and my dad, mom and I started collecting cards together. We would hit up all the corner stores around the area to pick up .35 cent packs! Boy have those days gone! After watching the Seahawks be a miserable team I decided to pick a new team and now I’m a Falcons, Braves and Hawks fan for life. Collecting is always been in my blood and I find nothing more exciting then busting a pack of cards hoping for that big hit!

Bryan
37
Puyallup, WA 98372

Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
Bryan Nance

I started collecting as a kid when my father would bring me home a pack of cards after he got off work in the evenings. I would get so excited when I would hear the door open that I would come running down the stairs to see what my dad had brought home. well when I got married the collecting pretty much stopped and kinda got out of it for quite a few years. Recently my 8 year old son wanted to start collecting sports cards so I bought him a few packs and before I knew it I was hooked. My son rekindled the fire I had when I was a child and me and him look forward to every weekend going to the hobby shop to get some cards. I really hope you choose us it would be so cool for me and my son to open some cards on Fathers Day!

Bryan Nance
37
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink
Alfredo

I was introduced into collecting by my cousin Johnny Silva Jr & a church congregation member Keith Swanson. My first pack that I bought contained 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. rc. I was hooked ever since. My most valuable pull non-auto is Marshall Faulk Score Rookie Redemption. It has lost some value over the years but still a beautiful card! I only collect football now. I introduced my son into collecting and he was pumped when he pulled Adrian Peterson Topps DPP Black Refractor. He has shied away as he is a junior in college, but still enjoys going thru his collection and mine. I reintroduced one of my best friends Hernan de la Rosa Jr. He used to collect and really jumped back into collecting 2012 football. My son and I would really like the Topps archive football box to bust on Father’s Day!

Alfredo Martinez
37
San Juan, TX 78589

Posted June 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
Eric Pearson

I started collecting baseball cards when I was 6 years old. I looked forward to my dad coming home and opening his briefcase to find 6 or 7 packs of cards. I especially liked the gum and would save it all in baggies and sell it to the neighborhood kids for a penny a stick. Naturally I would use the money to buy more cards. I stopped collecting for a few years and started back up when a friend showed me his collection and I got hooked again from 1982-1992. During this time I had the opportunity to meet Ted Williams and Bob Feller and get their autographs. Back then they did not charge for a signature.

Once my dad had the chance to take a ride in a small plane a co-worker owned. When he announced he was going to fly over the house after I got out of school I asked him if he could drop some baseball cards out the window. He said he would ask but was pretty sure he could not. Being the great dad I had he found a way and opened a few packs of cards and let them go…and watched them scatter miles away into the river and the next town. ( He had really bad aim). Needless to say when he got home I was not at all interested in how the ride was but where the cards were.

Today I do not collect as much as I use to and spend time trying to complete sets from my childhood. That is why I love the archives cards and see the players I grew up with on a NEW card.

I am lucky to have a wonderful wife who not only tolerates my card collection but also the recently completed man cave/bullpen.

Eric Pearson
NH
42

Posted June 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
ed rubin

i remember when i was 10 now 48 i went to this old bowling alley next to fenway park boston they had a 25 cent arcade game in which you could win baseball cards i spent my allowance but i had all these cards i thought it was cool and i was hooked now kmart had these 1980′s packs i remember i came home with these packs going thru pack even 1989 packs chasing griffey not upper deck overall the cards i had from the bowling alley/k-mart wasnt worth much but it was just fun and just fellll in love like i couldnt resist buying 50 cents pack then 1 day i was in cvs they had these hangercards that had like 50 assorted my best hit as a kid was a chipper jones rookie even tho these hanger packs were $3.95 then i remember when i got older like 19 or 20 i love scoreboard you could get autograph cards but redemption for autograph memorabilia the best redemption i got was a kobe auto mini basketball then there were old judge packs just love these product until scoreboard went out of business then i found this store called the card dog sport cards store in cambridge mass my eyes open up to all these brands boxes packs as time went on had a good paying job that on sunday nites at that store we had pack wars best card won the pot by the time we went thru these boxes we left with monster boxes of cards,autograph,jerseys and rookie cards and today i have a closet full of monster and shoe boxes with top loaded cards and cards..the best cards i ever got a dan marino autograph card # to his jersey sold it for $750 the pull redemption for autograph glove number to 25 sold it for $1200 that when griffey was with mariners and hot..then a shaq finest gold refractor from 1996/97 topps finest and list goes on and today cant afford as many boxes prices were different back in the day i think more exciting then but still pop a hobby box or 2 maybe 3 today………..and walmart retail boxes….just love sport cards……
ed rubin
portland,maine 04101
48 years old..

Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
joe

My grandmother got me into collecting. As a kid I collected comic books. I did buy packs (damn that gum was awesome) but the cards went straight onto my bike. In 1985 we went to visit my grandmother in Houston. In her garage was two trunks full of comic books that she gave to me. Talk about being excited. Marvel Tales, Fantastic Four, X-men, Superman…… I could go on and on. When I got to the bottom of the second trunk there was 4 cigar box. Inside those cigar box was about 300-400 baseball cards from the ‘late 50′s to early 70′s. I went to a comic book convention in Chicago in the fall of that year. There was a table there that had both comics and sports cards. I brought with me a few of the names I recognized, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra just to name a few. I was shocked to find out that those cards was worth some money. I started buying packs and actually collected the cards but still most of money went to comics.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink
Chris Mayhew

I started collecting baseball cards when I was 6 years old. The first pack of cards I ever received was from my Dad. While growing up I was a huge California Angels fan and the joy of opening the packs and finding a Wally Joyner, Brian Downing, or Chuck Finley card was always really exciting for me. I continued to collect cards all the way until high school. This was about the same time that the hobby was getting over saturated with all kinds of cards of the early 1990′s.

Back in September of 2012 I went searching for all my old cards when I found out I was going to be a Dad. Since then I have gotten that hobby bug back I had when I was a kid. My favorite thing to do is to break wax, try to create a set, find inserts, and cards of players in today’s game that I admire. Every time I go to Target or I am near my favorite sports card shop, I get something to keep me busy. It makes me feel like a kid again!

The best part of this, on June 1st, just a few days ago, I had my first child. Until the birth we didn’t know the sex because it was a surprise. Can you imagine how excited I became when we had a little boy! Now I get the chance to share all the fond child hood memories I had as a kid collecting cards with my own son. It is something that we will be able to do together and create new memories for the both of us that will last a lifetime!

Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
kevin hughes

I’ve been collecting for over 4 decades. If only I had the cards were put in my bike spokes, I could probably put my grandkids thru college. The hobby sure has changed in 40 years.

kevin hughes
Illinois
53

Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink
Warren Nascimento

I was always involved in sports when I was a kid, be it baseball, football, basketball, whatever the season called for. Due to me playing sports all the time, I started watching it, then collected my favorite players. I started out buying cheap wax packs at the corner store near my house with my allowance money. I remember pulling a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card and me bringing it to school, while all the other kids thought I was god because of it. HA! My mom never was big into me collecting cards, so I had to scrape whatever allowance I could together to pick up a few packs here and there. And I would go through EVERY card, and memorize the stats on the back of each card. Then I would organize and re-organize my cards in many different ways: by professional team, then a couple days later by college team, then home state, it was never ending for me!!!
I remember when I realized that I really loved football more than anything else. My mom picked up my first complete set of football cards for me for Christmas from the local supermarket: 1990 Topps Football! What a great first set! I spent so much time looking at those cards over and over! There were the Super Bowl highlights cards from the Super Bowls, All-Pro’s, Super Rookies, WOW!!! I didn’t put that set down for months!!!!
Now I have a 2 year old daughter who I introduced to cards pretty much within her first month home from the hospital. HAHA! I was sitting at my desk holding her in my arms while thumbing through some cards, and she picked up one particular card, a Jordan Shipley rookie auto (protected in a penny sleeve and top sleeve) and tried to put the edge of the card in her mouth!
Prior to my daughter being born, I took it upon myself to put together an autographed name plate for my soon-to-be-arriving daughter, Taylor Marie. It took me 3 months of trading on the Beckett site and buying only one card on Ebay (the rest were traded for), but I completed the task! Once all of the letters were in for her name, I went to a local craft shop and purchased a shadow box frame of sorts, putting in a Minnie Mouse background, spelling out her name with the collected auto lettermen. It has been hanging on her bedroom wall since before she was born and will be there until she doesn’t want it any more!!!

Posted June 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
Warren Nascimento

season called for. Due to me playing sports all the time, I started watching it, then collected my favorite players. I started out buying cheap wax packs at the corner store near my house with my allowance money. I remember pulling a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card and me bringing it to school, while all the other kids thought I was god because of it. HA! My mom never was big into me collecting cards, so I had to scrape whatever allowance I could together to pick up a few packs here and there. And I would go through EVERY card, and memorize the stats on the back of each card. Then I would organize and re-organize my cards in many different ways: by professional team, then a couple days later by college team, then home state, it was never ending for me!!!
I remember when I realized that I really loved football more than anything else. My mom picked up my first complete set of football cards for me for Christmas from the local supermarket: 1990 Topps Football! What a great first set! I spent so much time looking at those cards over and over! There were the Super Bowl highlights cards from the Super Bowls, All-Pro’s, Super Rookies, WOW!!! I didn’t put that set down for months!!!!
Now I have a 2 year old daughter who I introduced to cards pretty much within her first month home from the hospital. HAHA! I was sitting at my desk holding her in my arms while thumbing through some cards, and she picked up one particular card, a Jordan Shipley rookie auto (protected in a penny sleeve and top sleeve) and tried to put the edge of the card in her mouth!
Prior to my daughter being born, I took it upon myself to put together an autographed name plate for my soon-to-be-arriving daughter, Taylor Marie. It took me 3 months of trading on the Beckett site and buying only one card on Ebay (the rest were traded for), but I completed the task! Once all of the letters were in for her name, I went to a local craft shop and purchased a shadow box frame of sorts, putting in a Minnie Mouse background, spelling out her name with the collected auto lettermen. It has been hanging on her bedroom wall since before she was born and will be there until she doesn’t want it any more!!!

Warren Nascimento
Fall River, MA

Posted June 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
Warren Nascimento

(sorry for the reposts, wasn’t posting right!)

I was always involved in sports when I was a kid, be it baseball, football, basketball, whatever the season called for. Due to me playing sports all the time, I started watching it, then collected my favorite players. I started out buying cheap wax packs at the corner store near my house with my allowance money. I remember pulling a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card and me bringing it to school, while all the other kids thought I was god because of it. HA! My mom never was big into me collecting cards, so I had to scrape whatever allowance I could together to pick up a few packs here and there. And I would go through EVERY card, and memorize the stats on the back of each card. Then I would organize and re-organize my cards in many different ways: by professional team, then a couple days later by college team, then home state, it was never ending for me!!!
I remember when I realized that I really loved football more than anything else. My mom picked up my first complete set of football cards for me for Christmas from the local supermarket: 1990 Topps Football! What a great first set! I spent so much time looking at those cards over and over! There were the Super Bowl highlights cards from the Super Bowls, All-Pro’s, Super Rookies, WOW!!! I didn’t put that set down for months!!!!
Now I have a 2 year old daughter who I introduced to cards pretty much within her first month home from the hospital. HAHA! I was sitting at my desk holding her in my arms while thumbing through some cards, and she picked up one particular card, a Jordan Shipley rookie auto (protected in a penny sleeve and top sleeve) and tried to put the edge of the card in her mouth!
Prior to my daughter being born, I took it upon myself to put together an autographed name plate for my soon-to-be-arriving daughter, Taylor Marie. It took me 3 months of trading on the Beckett site and buying only one card on Ebay (the rest were traded for), but I completed the task! Once all of the letters were in for her name, I went to a local craft shop and purchased a shadow box frame of sorts, putting in a Minnie Mouse background, spelling out her name with the collected auto lettermen. It has been hanging on her bedroom wall since before she was born and will be there until she doesn’t want it any more!!!

Warren Nascimento
Fall River, MA

Posted June 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink
Greg

My dad is the reason I began collecting for the last 35 years. I remember like it was yesterday. It was 1978 and my dad came home from the Jiffy Store with a box of 1978 Topps Baseball Cards. Of course at the time being 8 years old I had no clue that baseball cards existed, but I was excited. I have since made that set and others. Through my teen years he would take my brother and me, along with my mom, to local baseball card shows, which was another new discovery for me. He unfortunately passed away this past September and I will never forget that day he came home from the store with the beginning of my huge collection of baseball cards and love of baseball.

Thank you for bringing back those great memories of my DAD.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
Lushan Hannah

I got into collecting to be part of the “cool” kids when I was in elementary school in 1986. I’m a military brat and moved frequently…and collecting cards was huge back then. I started out with baseball because that is what everyone else collected…I’ve never been into baseball much but names like Gregg Jeffries, John Olerud, Jim Abbott, Mark McGwire, Wally Joyner and Ken Griffey Jr. became indelible in my daily lexicon. I collected until 1992 when a new high school and new “popular kids hobbies” grabbed my attention — anything I could do to be part of the crowd and blend in was my survival tactic.

I got back into collecting in 2009 after wandering into a card shop just to browse. I now collect a sport I truly love almost exclusively (football) without any peer pressure of trying to fit in :-) I ended up joining the military like my parents and have been active duty Coast Guard for the last 15 years. I have two daughters who are 2.5 and 1 years old so they haven’t been able to enjoy collecting with me yet. However, I have enjoyed making a few hobby friends that I have met when I travel for work and visit local card shops. The best one so far has been my buddy Andrew in Virginia who shares my passion for building a respectable PC and learning more and more about the hobby in general. Andrew has to toddler boys and we help each other out and send each other cards that we come upon in our travels.

Lushan
35
New Orleans, LA

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink
A

My brother actually got me into baseball cards! Strange as it sounds, my dad was born in a foreign country, so he didn’t get me into it. My brother was the one who really got me into baseball and cards. I now have a huge collection, all thanks to him.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink
A

My brother actually got me into baseball cards! Strange as it sounds, my dad was born in a foreign country, so he didn’t get me into it. My brother was the one who really got me into baseball and cards. I now have a huge collection, all thanks to him.

Posted June 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

When I was 7 my grandfather died, he was the first person that I knew who died. My dad is from New York, as was my grandfather and the funeral services were going to be held there so he could be buried with my grandmother. My family, not having a lot of money at the time, couldn’t afford for all of us to travel out for the services, so my dad went alone. He was gone for a few days and when he returned he brought back some gifts for me and my sister. I don’t recall what he brought my sister, but my dad brought me back a box of 1991 Topps Baseball. Those were the first packs I ever opened. That month in 1991 saw me lose my first family member but saw me gain a life long hobby.

At the time that I got those cards I had little interest in sports. I had gone to some minor league baseball games but was more interested in the snacks than the game. I had no concept of football or basketball at the time. GI Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Nintendo were the extent of my personal interests. My family wasn’t really into sports either. My grandfather, before he passed, was a Mets fan so I remember seeing Mets stuff around and believed at the time that they were my favorite team so I was only interested in Mets stuff, specifically Darryl Strawberry because he was the only Met I knew by name.

So I opened the box. I methodically pored over each card. I set aside the Mets cards, The rest were stacked up neatly. My dad gave me the run down about not bending them or ruining the corners before I opened the cards, so I was set from a young age on card handling skills. I loved all the pictures and thought it was pretty cool to learn about all the players on the backs. I didn’t have much of reference point regarding the design at the time, but looking at them now I love them. I’m not sure if that is just because I have fond memories of my experience opening them, but I really do love the multicolor borders and the large pictures (things that I still love in card design). The action shots from this set were really well done. The set is expansive (792 cards) and I know I never completed it, but I did end up with some cards that I love.

Those cards started a love affair with sports and sports cards that I carry with me today. It also helped me bond with my dad during a difficult time and eventually led to me adopting his favorite team (the Yankees) as my own. I’m now on the verge of being a dad myself and I can’t wait to bond with my daughter over baseball cards the way my dad did with me.

Derek, 29, Tucson, AZ

Posted June 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink
David

I was about 5 or so when I got my first pack of baseball cards, probably because my dad bought my older brother a pack at the local party store and didn’t want me to feel left out. That would be 1972 in a western suburb of Detroit. By the time I was 10, I was addicted – not to the gum, not to the individual players, but to the numbers. I would beg my dad to buy my a pack of cards if he was going up to the party store, and sometimes I would ride my bike up there with allowance money to buy them myself. Then I’d get home, sort the cards by team, then by BA and ERA within each team. I’d grab the sports section of that day’s newspaper, a calculator, and a pencil and paper so I could update each player’s batting average and ERA. I don’t update BAs and ERAs anymore, but to this day they are still the first thing I look at when I open a pack of baseball cards.
My name is David, and I am a stats addict.
David, 45, Tampa, FL

Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:12 am | Permalink
Vince

Growing up my father never collected it was always me and my friends we would go to local pack wars at the local card shop trade cards with each other and so on. I currently collect with my adopted brother, we will sit and bust packs together all day if money would allow it, i currently am in paramedic school only 2 more months left and i dont have the money to support this habit or “ADDICTION” as i like to call once u crack the pack you wont go back is my motto, i will always be collecting till the day i die.

Vince
Plainfield, IL

Posted June 5, 2013 at 6:13 am | Permalink
David

My brother got me started collecting cards in 1979. He was opening packs and I was getting the doubles. In 1980 my mother joined in by picking up rewrap packs for me from a flea market vendor she was friends with. In 1981 I started pack busting for real myself and put the 1981 Topps set togetehr by hand. Most of my friends at the time were also collecting and the trading we did kept us busy all season long. Two things really cemented my interest in cards at an early age. In third grade, my teacher decided to work witha teacher from the local high school connecting their students as pen pals. I was 8, my pen pal was 16 and also turned out to be a baseball card collector. After a few months, the teachers were able to get the young pen pals to the high school to meet the older pen pals. My pen pal presented me with a 1952 bowman card that I still have locked away in my stuff to this day. While I’ve bought and sold untold numbers of cards since then, that card has remained.

The other thing that happened was that my father stepped into the collecting picture. Noting that I was very serious about collecting he started taking me to shows and while I was buying my cards, he began to pick up his lost Boys of Summer, 1950′s Brooklyn Dodger cards that his mom had long ago thrown away. He also took me to flea markets in the area. I live in Staten Island so we went into New Jersey to shop at Route 18 and Route 1 flea markets where we bought many cards for our collections.

These days, my son is more into video games than collecting cards though he loves baseball and will sometimes accompany me to a show or store. When they make Call of Duty cards I’m sure he’ll be all over those.

David Blyn, 40
Staten Island, NY

Posted June 5, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink
Lori Oreskovich

My ex husband got me collecting! When he first started buying cards I was like “Oh, geez. What a waste of money.” But when he pulled a Dolphin GU and gave it to me I was hooked. After that I was wanting to buy cards all the time. I was the one that ended up putting them into a database and trading and selling them. Now we are divorced and I don’t think he even collects anymore. (He did keep all of his Broncos cards.) But I still collect and have been since 1998.

Posted June 5, 2013 at 8:43 am | Permalink

I collected when I was a kid and I started collecting again in 2003 when some friends showed me some game used, autographed, serial numbered, etc. I have been collecting ever since. My favorite player is LeBron James. I also have players from every other sport.

Posted June 5, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink
John Russell

My late grandfather introduced me to baseball card collecting, somewhat by accident. In 1985, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and became hospitalized quite often. Each time my parents and I would go visit him, he always made a point to have $1 waiting for me when I got there, so that I could run down to the gift shop and buy something. The first night I came back to the room with a handful of candy. He told me that I didn’t need all that stuff and gave me another dollar, “Try something more fun, like baseball cards or something.” To me that translated to “Go buy some baseball cards.” So I did. I can remember, even back then passing over the Roger Clemens RC, the Mark McGwire RC, and other great cards but getting super excited to pull a Whitey Herzog, Willie McGee, or any other St. Louis Cardinal. Most of those cards, and my grandfather, are gone now but I do still have the Ozzie Smith cards I pulled way back then. It sparked my love of the hobby and my passion to collect anything and everything Ozzie Smith. I am now instilling the passion in to my six year old son, who gets more excited to pull a Jon Jay than a Mike Trout or Stephen Strasburg!

Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:09 am | Permalink
John Russell

*RE-posting to include name, age, and location*

My late grandfather introduced me to baseball card collecting, somewhat by accident. In 1985, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and became hospitalized quite often. Each time my parents and I would go visit him, he always made a point to have $1 waiting for me when I got there, so that I could run down to the gift shop and buy something. The first night I came back to the room with a handful of candy. He told me that I didn’t need all that stuff and gave me another dollar, “Try something more fun, like baseball cards or something.” To me that translated to “Go buy some baseball cards.” So I did. I can remember, even back then passing over the Roger Clemens RC, the Mark McGwire RC, and other great cards but getting super excited to pull a Whitey Herzog, Willie McGee, or any other St. Louis Cardinal. Most of those cards, and my grandfather, are gone now but I do still have the Ozzie Smith cards I pulled way back then. It sparked my love of the hobby and my passion to collect anything and everything Ozzie Smith. I am now instilling the passion in to my six year old son, who gets more excited to pull a Jon Jay than a Mike Trout or Stephen Strasburg!

John R.
Age 36
St. Louis, MO

Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink
Corey Eubank

Of course my father got me into collecting. Everytime we’d go to the store or drug store, anywhere where they had packs would always get a few! Never hit anything huge, but it was all about collecting back then. People have lost that now a days. All about money and getting “hits” it’s sad. Thanks for the contest!

Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink
Robert

I got my start in collecting when my mom and dad brought my brother and I packs of 1988 Topps Football cards at Dick’s Supermarket when we were young.

I remember the packs of football cards were in the checkout lanes next to candy bars and bubble gum. For only 45 cents you could own the 15 cards AND a stick of gum.

One of my dad’s co-workers once found a box of sports cards in a dumpster and gave them to dad, knowing I collected. In the disregarded shoe box were Warren Moon and Steve Young rookie cards (though far from mint condition, both are still part of my collection over 20 years later).

Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink
Kraig Feldman

One day I was going to make it into the Hall of Fame book. Almost every day, my brother and I would take out my dad’s baseball card collection that he kept in several 3 ring binders. One book was filled with Phillies, our favorite team. Another book with commons. The third book, howoever, was the special book. In this book was my dad’s childhood cards full of 1964 and 65 Topps Hall of famers; Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and many more were scattered through the book. We called this special book the Hall of Fame book. My brother and I would look at awe through the pages, hoping that one day we would make the book as well. As my brother and I started to understand what that book was really worth, both monetarily and personally, we started to make our own additions. My additions were mostly Barry larkins; my brother’s was Jose Canseco. From there, my brother, my dad and I would enjoy our time together breaking packs with what we could afford. I remember getting a box of 1995 topps for my 11th birthday and opening one pack a day, trying to stretch out the excitement for an entire month, which showed the type of self discipline that would be impress any collector. Even though a similar box might last 30 minutes today, that same excitement still exists. I still can’t open cards without my brother being next to me to this day and still call my dad out of excitement for what I might have pulled. Collecting cards is something that has and will continue to bring the Feldman boys together to this day.

Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:51 am | Permalink
Derek Frank

My collecting days started, like most, with a pack of 85 Topps baseball from the local grocery store. It REALLY took off after going to see a Great Falls Dodgers (rookie league) game and watching Jose Offerman and Eric Karros play. I came back home, and rode my bike as fast as I could to the local card shop to spend my ENTIRE allowance on anything I could get my hands on. I ended up spending so much time there, that the owner would pull anything new, and let me get first crack at it, before he put it on the shelves. After-hours wax packs littered the ground and display counters. I even got my own tab! How’s that for great customer service, giving an 8 yr old a tab (granted it had a $20 limit). I took a little hiatus during later years of high school and college, but I am back in. Great thing, is now my children want to get started. They marvel at the commons, and are just in awe of the memorabilia/autograph cards.

Great idea for a contest!

Derek Frank
32
Great Falls, MT

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink
Blaine Kinsey

In 1987 I was 11 years old and I bought my first pack and box of Topps cards. I was immediatly hooked my dad then gave me his cards from when he was a kid so i could trade them at card shows and card shops. So I started trading and buying all the stars of the eighties and seventies I now have every major rookie card from 1976 till 1994. I was also awarded the rookie cards my dad had from 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960. My dad had a lot of cards from that era many times I had 4 or 5 of the same cards and most of them where in either mint or near mint condition. I stopped collecting after I got out high school. And I started back up in 2010. Now the industry is so much more fun to collect with autos, refractors, memrobilia, and rookie cards. And now with the kids that play today like Bryce Harper , Mike Trout, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, it has made Baseball Cards fun to collect again.Baseball is truly Americas Past time and the Greatest game on Earth.

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink
Dustin

I started in the 5th grade , 30 years ago, when a kid named Ronnie had a birthday party and gave 1978 topps football cards out as party prizes.

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink
John

I collected off and on as a kid, through middle school, and into high school with a friend. My dad used to buy 1999 Topps Football packs at a neighborhood store for me and remember how excited I was when I pulled an Edgerrin James RC. Later in high school, me and a friend split a box of 2005 DP & P Football, opened it in the car, and I pulled a “Cadillac” Williams jersey card which I was pretty excited about at the time, mainly because I thought his name was cool. I was out of collecting until late 2012, when one of my friends gave me a Vlade Divac RC as a joke for Christmas. It got me thinking about what I still had lying around– I really enjoyed going back through it and I’ve been actively collecting since then. I’ve since turned my attention to baseball, and I collect mainly my hometown team, the Minnesota Twins.

John A.
Age 24
St. Paul, MN

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

Collected Football and baseball together with my brother (back in the 80′s). Stopped collected after a while and now have gotten the bug back.

John H
Age 43
Lansing, MI

Posted June 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
william musser

my brother got me into collecting back in 1971 and still collecting today, my brother since passed away 5 years ago thats what kept are bond was collecting

Posted June 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink
Justin

Justin S. 31
Hackettstown, N.J.
I started collecting at age 9 with my father, when we use to go to a local card auction and hobby shop tat has been closed for over 10 years now. When I wasn’t going to shows with my dad I was trading with my neighbors and thinking I was ripping them off because I was the only one with a Beckett lol, well some of my favorite players to collect were, Natrone Means, Howard Johnson from the Mets, and Eric Lindross. I really collected all four sports and when I started making my own money at 13 I was riding my bike with my friends and buying up hobby boxes until I pulled a nice card like a Pinnacle Masks or Trophy Collection, or even a Electric Court Gold. Now all that money I spent back then I would have to say Lucent stock hit had nothing on my investment of 1990s inserts and Rookie Cards. I get anxiety when I look through my bins and bins of cards. I started looking through some of my old collection and just started cracking up after seeing the cards I had in these massive screw down cases, which were worth twice as much as the card they were protecting, but overall just writing this comment is bringing back great memories, so just goes to show money isn’t everything (It just helps ALOT lol). Good luck to everyone and happy Father’s Day to all the fathers!

Posted June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
sal sheiha

About 6months ago while at a yard sale i bought a box og unopened 1990 score series 2 football cards and thought i hit the jackpot until i went home and started doing research on the case. I learned that cards deminished in value so i figured this box has been sealed for 23 years, I am just going to keep it selaed. About 2 months ago, My buddy bought a car and in the trunk was a box of various baseball and football cards along with sets of spiderman, x-men, star wars and superman trading cards so he gave them to me and i took them home and showed them to the kids (6 and 8) who fell in love with traidng cards so i started buying them wwe and yugio cards and then bought myself a couple packages of various cards and once i began opening them, it took me back to my child hood when i would purchase and save cards and leave them in milk crates because i didnt understand the whole concept other than they looked cool. Now that i am in the my 37 with young kids i understand how it was for me and teach my kids that these cards are fun to look at and save them for their kids and not make the same mistakes i did. Its been great buying packages of different stuff and placing them in holders and yes even the wwe cards because the kids are starting out that way and watching me.

Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
Nathan Mayberg

I am reposting because I didn’t include my age and location before

Nathan Mayberg
Monticello, Ny

When I was six years old in the first grade, I used to buy books from a catalog which was given to us in school. One month, the catalog offered a baseball card collector’s album for $6.95. This was in 1986 after the Mets won the World Series and me and New York Mets fans were absolutely crazy about the team. I never owned a baseball card before but I asked my dad to buy this album. He ordered the album (I was worried he might say no) and I received this big album with pages and a bunch of reprint tobacco cards and Goudey cards with a little book explaining why the Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Magie, Plank and Ruth cards were so valuable.

From there, it was a love affair between me, baseball cards and baseball that has lasted to this day. My dad started buying me Topps packs as I long as I did good in school. When Gregg Jefferies was the big Mets rookie sensation in 1988 and his rookie booked for $8 (big money for the time for a card), we bought countless dollars trying to find his 1988 Donruss RC (which we didn’t find until the end of the year after I said a prayer). In 1989, we bought boxes of 1989 Upper Deck, trying to find the Dale Murphy reverse negative which we never found. After the recession of 1990, my dad wasn’t able to afford cards anymore and thought I was too old for it.

He would later try to get my little brother into the hobby by buying cards for him. When I returned home from college, he would buy cards for both me and my 10-year-old brother. While my brother didn’t latch on as much and my dad eventually stopped buying cards altogether as another recession came and he had to retire, I still collect and love the hobby. I never realized until I wrote this that I have to thank my first grade teacher for getting me into the hobby.

Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink
Mike smith

My dad got me into collecting baseball cards when i was a kid, now i still collect and get to share the same experience with my daughter. We both get to enjoy it and ripping open packs is the best. Thanks for the chance at a box if i win , my daughter and i will be ripping opening them together on father’s day.

Mike Smith
36
Collinsville, illinois

Posted June 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
Michael

My father got me into collecting. We disagreed on plenty, but we shared a love of baseball, and the Cubs. It was the one thing we could do and just enjoy it together. We spent countless weekends in the 80′s at flea markets, card shows, and chasing down regional sets for my player collections. His collection was simple – one binder of Cubs team sets from the year I was born, 1971, to the present. After high school, the collection sat dormant, and I grew up. He passed away in 1998 when I was in my late 20′s, and I ended up getting a job in the baseball industry shortly after that. It doesn’t take a therapist to connect the dots. I liquidated the collection I had as a kid, and kept that one binder. I have since completed the run of base issue team sets from 1948 – present, and built a collection of Cubs certified autographs that isn’t too shabby. I don’t know if my kids will take an interest, but it’s the one thing they will be able to touch and feel that can let them know about their grandfather.

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink
Michael/41/Chicago, IL

forgot the contest details. See above

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Permalink
Mike Razler

I would buy a few packs here and there. I went to work with my Dad one day, and his boss happened to be a dealer. I ending up buying the UD 89′ Griffey Jr. from him which was about $7 at the time. Still probably the best investment I ever made. Sadly, I sold it several years later to finance a trip to Six Flags. I dropped out of the card collecting world through my 20′s. A little over a year ago I started buying a few packs from Target and Walmart. After reading a few blogs and of course Beckett News, I realized I should probably buy some hobby boxes. Boy, how the collecting universe has changed. I just had a son on the 2nd of January, so my pockets have been quite tight recently, only buying a handful of retail packs since. I usually open my packs with him in my lap. He seems to enjoy it. I really look forward to collecting with my son in a few years and passing my colllection on to him. Mike Razler, 31 years old, Laurel, Maryland

Posted June 6, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink
Noah Folk

When I was around 6 years old I had the idea to go downstairs alone and check out the wonderful and mysterious basement lol. I was down there searching through tub after tub until I opened one and I saw something pretty cool. It was my dads large baseball collection! He had multiple sets from most of the 1990′s era, like 1990 Topps and 1990 Upper Deck. I Then saw 2 un-opened boxes of 1986 topps, and right before I was about to do some wax busting my dad walks down the steps and catches me before I have a chance to open any! Needless to say now I am glad he did as they are a wonderful pieces of history! Since then me and my dad have gone to shows, flea-markets, yard sales, auctions, and wherever else you can get cards! We would mostly buy stuff the 1980s as this is my favorite decade of cards, there is nothing like pulling a pristine Ken Griffey Jr. card straight from the pack! We now have a very large collection and we are both die hard fans for the hobby!

Noah Folk
Age: 21
East Greenville, PA

Posted June 6, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink
Rickie Hinrichs

I hate to admit it but when I was 6, yes I spun way to many baseball in the spokes of my bicycle. Yeah like a lot of guys will forever regret it. I have for years been collecting since I 40. I know what took me so long to many things going on till I went to a auction where they were selling over a hundred boxes of cards, finally bought 10 boxes costing me around fifty dollars. They only go back to the late 80′s but some nice cards. I have bought a signed Barry Bonds, to bad about all the meds thing but still the best I’ve got. Though I have hundreds of auto signed cards from the mid 2000′s. Just maybe one day one of the kids will take this up seriously. I have my fingers crossed.

Posted June 6, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink
Ken Capell

My collecting starting when I was 8 years old after my 1st year of little league with my brother who was 7. I collected my favorite team the LA Dodgers and my favorite player Steve Garvey. I wanted to be just like him, I smiled like him, played like him, cut my hair like him. That is when I a tarted playing 1st base. I collected cards for years. I enjoyed it do much we would play games based on the stats, we flipped and traded with all our friends. One year my mom even threw out a set, the 75 Topps with Brett and Yount RC’s, ouch.

After some years away for college and family my best friend got me back into it with hockey. I love the sport and love the business. I have not left again.

I am getting ready to go to my 6th National.

I collect the vintage baseball RC’s, I got back my Yount and Brett cards. I also collect hockey specializing in my Columbus Blue Jackets and BGSU players in the NHL. I am now 46 and I still also collect the 1981 LA Dodgers!

Ken

Posted June 6, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink
Roy Leader

I always loved watching sports especially hockey, just started one day buying hockey packs and I was hooked

Posted June 6, 2013 at 11:01 am | Permalink
Carl Burke

When my grandfather, Bill, was dying in a hospital of lung cancer about five years ago, I was having trouble visiting him because it was hard to watch him deteriorate so quickly. My father had told me to stop by Bill’s house and grab anything I wanted because my grandmother had Alzheimer’s and was headed to a nursing home. Someone had been hired to clean out the house. There was nothing of monetary value left, only sentimentality.
I was standing in gramp’s kitchen looking at a chicken casserole recipe taped to the cupboard that I had given him only a few weeks before. Next to the cupboard was a window that looked out over the back yard, I pictured us having a catch. I remembered how he had introduced me to baseball and baseball cards and how he had pushed me to be a better baseball player. That was years ago. I was ten then. I was 35 now. He was a better man than me. He took care of his family. I had turned to beer and chasing skirts after my divorce. I needed to change.
I went downstairs where he kept his baseball cards. I knew my father didn’t care about them. There weren’t any hidden gems. Just the ones I knew of, some mucked up Mickey Mantle Home run cards worth a couple of bucks and a great Jose Ascue card he’d had autographed in another day and time. I grabbed them up and swore I’d be a better man that day, promising God I’d stop to see gramps the next morning and tell him. He died that night. I was tore up. I still regret not seeing him.
But I kept my promise. No more beer, no more skirts. Just a renewed dedication to my son, Tye, who was six years old at the time. That included introducing to him the game of baseball and collecting cards. He is eleven now and has played baseball for four years and has a pretty good collection working. We crack packs and have a healthy competition going. Sometimes he gets the better of me and sometimes I luck out. He loves Mike Trout and has a Bowman blue refractor that is his pride and joy. I’m into the prospects more.
Collecting cards saved my life and restored sanity in my son’s life. Tye and I go watch Buffalo Bisons games in downtown Buffalo, NY at least a couple times a month. He works like a horse to get a foul ball and we take it to the flagpole by the players’ exit after the game. He gets it signed by any ballplayer who’ll oblige him.
Thanks for loving baseball gramps. We all still love you. We all still remember.

Posted June 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
Rob

I got my start in collecting when my mom and dad brought my brother and I packs of 1988 Topps Football cards at Dick’s Supermarket when we were young.

I remember the packs of football cards were in the checkout lanes next to candy bars and bubble gum. For only 45 cents you could own the 15 cards AND a stick of gum.

One of my dad’s co-workers once found a box of sports cards in a dumpster and gave them to dad, knowing I collected. In the disregarded shoe box were Warren Moon and Steve Young rookie cards (though far from mint condition, both are still part of my collection over 20 years later).

Rob
33
Wisconsin

Posted June 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
Paul Carnevale

I started collecting baseball cards in the mid-80′s, featuring the likes of Topps McGwire, Gooden and Clemens. I would also be sure to pick up the latest give-away sets during local ball games. My routine involved riding my bike to the local hobby shop, accompanied by two friends, to marvel over the cards behind the glass, or within the coveted binders. Half the fun was seeing the actual cards that everyone was talking about.

I always made sure to pick up the latest Beckett magazine, along with a few random packs of cards hoping to score a diamond in the rough. I was never able to share the hobby with my father, but I am already planning to turn my two young sons on to the hobby of collecting as soon as they can appreciate all that it holds.

Paul, 40
SF, CA

Posted June 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
Brandon

I started collecting cards when card collecting was peaking in the late 80s. I collected with a group of 8 guys who collected cards and played baseball all summer long. Our highlight of collecting came when a card shop called Ballmart opened up in the neighborhood. We were standing outside the shop an hour before it opened the first day waiting in anticipation.

After buying cards at the local KMart and Venture, we were amazed at the options when the doors opened up. We spent about 2 hours walking around the small shop looking at all the cards. The best card the place had was a Nolan Ryan rookie card.

My buddy was pretty savvy with negotiating and noticed that the way the $1200 was written was with the 00 in smaller numbers, looking like it may be misinterpreted as $12.00 vs $1200. Since the card shop was connected to jewelry store some of the employees were helping out in both stores that morning. Well when the owner was in back, my buddy asked one of the other employees if he could purchase the Nolan Ryan. He offered his $12.00 and snapped it up. 6 of us jetted out of the store as quick as we could. We ran to my house about a mile away and could not believe the deal he had just got.

It took about a week before the owner had figured out what had happened. He offered a reward for information, and 2 of the guys that stayed back, ended up turning my buddy in.

It is my one claim to fame that I not only collected with the kid who bought the $12 Nolan Ryan rookie card but I was standing right next to him when he made the deal. I recently got back into collecting when some of my friends kids started and I got to tell the story. Its pretty cool that I can search on google for the story and share it.

Brandon
36
Wisconsin

Posted June 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink
Justin Piatt

My cousin’s husband, Todd got me started collecting at age 11. He would buy me boxes, graded cards, and complete sets for my birthday and for our Christmas get togethers. Those get togethers were so boring until Todd came around. He made me enthusiastic about collecting then, and after a long break, I’m back it. Todd is a great father of two, wonderful girls. He’s been through a lot lately and was diagnosed with brain cancer just this week. If I win this contest, I’ll surprise Todd with a hobby box of 2013 Archives baseball and try to give him an unexpected surprise and a little happiness now that he needs it most. I don’t win contests, and I never try to garner sympathy online, but I think this is a great opportunity, and hopefully I can turn this into a chance to do some good. Thanks for your consideration.

Posted June 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink
Joe Bingaman

My late grandfather got in me unto collecting…both times. When I was 5, he took me to the store and bought my my first pack of cards – 84 Fleer Baseball – the day we watched our first game together – which happened to be Jack Morris’ no-hitter in 1984. The player on the top was Alan Trammell (still my favorite).

Many years later, I had long since stopped collecting cards when my grandfather approached me about something he wanted to make for his den – involving the ’68 and ’84 Tigers world championship teams. Living in Michigan, I figured tracking down the cards for him would be easy (I was so wrong – still working on the ’68 team). My grandfather passed before we finished the project, but I am still faithfully working on them.

After his passing, I went out and bought a pack of cards, just for the hell of it, in his memory. I had forgotten the excitement of ripping open a pack. The pack was 1988 Topps…on top, Alan Trammell. It was a sign. That was last spring. Today, I am still ripping open packs again, along with my 13 year old daughter and twin 5 year olds (1 boy, 1 girl). At age 33, I still get excited when I open a pack and see a Trammell (or any Tiger). Its great seeing my kids get excited over pulling their favorites too. I guess this is a hobby that is now being passed on to a fourth generation in my family.

Posted June 7, 2013 at 5:14 am | Permalink
Tim Winstone

Moved from England, UK to Orange, CA in 1980 as a soccer-mad 10-year old kid – straight into 8th grade and a whole new World. Father made me attend school first day dressed way too smart – short, neat hair, I also wore black leather shoes, collared shirt and tie on a sweltering hot day. All of my classmates had shoulder length hair, bermuda shorts and Vans footwear. Dude, did I look outta place!!!

My salvation was a box of vintage baseball cards I’d been given. I studied them hard, read all I could about the history of the game, got quickly familiar with all the greats – from DiMaggio + Ruth to Ryan + Carew, and actively built my collection. An after school collectors club proved my chance to shine – my card knowledge (homework) really paid off. I knew as much if not more about America’s favourite past-time as any of my peers – acceptance was immediate. I made friends for life through cards. Better still I got to wear shorts to school next day and never saw the that tie again – sweet, just like Tony Gwynn’s batting stroke!!!

Posted June 7, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink
Ross hennick

The person who got me into collecting was my father. When I was 8 he and I went to a farmers market where he bought me my first pack of 1988 topps pack. Since them we have been going to places ever since . Now since I have a daughter I hope to pass my cards down to her one day and maybe get to do with her what my father did to me

Posted June 7, 2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink
Matt Lingle

I got started collecting as a kid in small town minnesota we had a bakery,hardware store and a gas station that sold cards (every store in town sold cards back in the 80s) me and my buddys would always hit the first store to open in the morning and drop 25 cents a pack and go to the city park and crack them open and chew that hard old stale gum then we would go to someones house and trade are cards we just got everyone had there favorites will clark,daryl strawberry and of course kirby puckett being a bunch of minnesota kids who did not love kirby…Now i have son who is 11 and i have got back into collecting with him and teaching him the things we did as kids…its just to bad other kids dont have the passion he does for the hobby… i love the look on his face when he cracks a BRYCE HAPER!!!!!! MIKE TROUT!!!!!!!!! PRICELESS

Matt,38
Columbia Falls Mt

Posted June 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
Maurizio Paglia

When i first got off the boat from Italy in 1966 ,the week after i moved into a my neighborhood the kids gave me a spanking brand new set of Topps batman black bat cards hooked.
when i dragged my dad to the local smoke shop for more cards and found the 5 Cents packs of opc hockey cards,hooked,line.
When my uncle came to visit from the U>S>A> about a year later and brought me my very first assortment of baseball and football cards hooked,line and sinker.
still have the passion to this day.

Posted June 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
Michael Kiley

There are a few people who got me into collecting:
My dad got me into collecting basically right when I was born. He bought me a couple boxes to save for later on the year I was born (1991), and as a kid I was constantly looking through his cards . When I was about 5 I started getting my own collection started, and it has just blossomed from there. My mom also plays a big role because she kept the passion my dad gave me going as she would take me to the local card store in my town after I got a haircut when I was a kid. Finally my best friend growing up Steve collected alongside me, and was in the card collecting club that my LCS had when I was in elementary school. His dad took us to card shows, and that’s where I bought my first ever game used card: a dual bat card out of 2002 Absolute of Vlad Guerrero and Jose Vidro, because Vlad was my favorite player at the time.

Michael Kiley
Age: 22
Danvers, MA

Posted June 8, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink
Shawn Smith

I played sports all day long as kid. My family was on the poor side and I didn’t receive an allowance so I did alot of roaming. One day I was passing by a place called JVs Sports Cards. After slipping into the shop I was mesmerized. For some crazy reason I grabbed 2 packs of 1989 Proset, one in each hand, and shove them into my pockets. The lady behind the counter caught me trying to escape into the parking lot. Luckily she did not call the police. Instead I had to come work at her shop an hour or so a day for 2 weeks if I wanted to clear my debt. By the end of my “prison sentence” I was thoroughly hooked to opening, sorting, and set building. By the end of my first year of collecting cards I had reeled my father into collecting as well. I helped out at that card shop for almost 3 years in exchange for cards. They even put my little league card in a top loader and placed it on the shelf next to more expensive cards. So I would like to throw a huge thank you out there to Velma, (from Jim and Velmas (JVs) Card Shop in Walla Walla which closed several years ago) cause without you I would have been roaming the streets getting into all kinds of trouble.

Shawn Smith
34
Spokane WA

Posted June 8, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink
Scott Frost

I fell in love with collecting cards at the age of 12 and can thank my cousin, Jim Spohr, for getting me involved in the hobby. As life progressed, I stopped collecting at 18 as I wanted to do all of the grown up things and enjoy life. However, I kept my collection intact and as of last year I became intrigued one day while shopping at Wal-Mart. I checked out a few of the products and noticed that Topps and some of the other companies were offering a chance to score an autographed card which wasn’t offered back in the mid 80′s to early 90′s. So there it started. I grabbed a few packs here and there, but still had no luck with grabbing an autograph. Being an avid collector of autographs from every sport I did some research online about card collecting and discovered the “Hobby Box” or “Jumbo Box” . Well say no more, but 1 year later, married with a child, I am collecting cards hard core. The problem now is I have an addiction!

I began purchasing my own boxes and some boxes offered 3 or 4 autographs, but there’s more. With searching the internet and being a loyal Twitter/Facebook user, the discovery of card breaks just added to the addiction. The chance of getting a crack at a case of cards for purchasing a spot in a break just sent excitement through my skin. Having a good paying job, I hopped into break after break and was buy 3 to 4 boxes a month. My collection grew like grass watered everyday with the perfect amount of sun! I was in heaven. Needless to say I had a rude wake up call last month when I began to realize that the thousands and thousands of dollars I was spending was not paying off in the amount or quality cards I was getting in return. I realized at that point that I wasn’t collecting for the enjoyment but the profit or ability to sell cards and purchase more boxes or card breaks.

So I have dialed it back a few notches and taken time to enjoy the autographed cards or relic cards I acquire. More importantly I only have a few years before I can get my son into the hobby and hopes he enjoys it as much as I have. Regardless, some day he will be the owner of a decent collection of autographs but autographs I gained with pride and shared with love. I hope he enjoys it cause his mother thinks that collecting cards is a waste of money! Lets keep the hobby alive and thank you Jim for introducing me into the hobby of cards. Happy Father’s Day!

Scott Frost
Algonquin, IL
40 years of age
@scottfrost12

Posted June 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink
Nathan

I started collecting cards when I was around 6 years old. In the summertime, I use to stay with my great parents while my mom worked. There I learned how to play baseball in my great grand parents backyard. My great grand mom (Janie) would throw ball to me almost every single day in the summer. That’s when I started becoming a fan of the sport. Luckily for me there was a baseball card store in walking distance of their house. Not only did Janie help me become a good little leaguer she also helped fund my obsession for cards. We would play poker, bridge, and other card games out on the porch and the stakes were high. Penny’s and nickels would go back and forth for hours at a time. Somehow, my winnings of a few coins would turn into a few packs of cards every Friday when we would visit the corner card store. I loved the smell of that store, and even though it is no longer there I still can envision the full layout of the store. My birthday happens to fall in the late summer, so my yearly birthday tradition would be to head to the store with Janie and pick out a set or box of cards that I have been eyeing up all summer long. I still collect 20+years later and love going through my cards, because it brings back all the great memories of Janie and I.

Nathan, 32
Wilmington DE

Posted June 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink
Kevin Boisjolie

I was 9 years old at the time and went over to my cousin’s house who had a TON of cards. He was older than I was and had been collecting for a while. I thought it was so cool to see a Nolan Ryan rookie card. I couldn’t wait to be able to start collecting for myself. He said he would help me get started and handed me a 1989 Upper Deck baseball complete set and the September 1990 Beckett with Rickey Henderson on the cover. He told me to look up the value of the first card of the set, which is the Griffey rookie card of course. I couldn’t believe my eyes and I was instantly hooked! The Griffey was and probably always will be my favorite card.

Posted June 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
David Panopoulos

Every Christmas since 1985 I would have a special box which was wrapped in another colour paper and that was from my dad. I would get a complete set of OPC hockey every year for years. Now over the years my dad and I share our bonding experience of collecting at the Toronto sports card expo twice a year for the past 18 years and I hope one day I will pass this onto my children and share the collecting experience with three generations our of family.

Posted June 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink
Ryan

Reposting because I didn’t include my address and location!

When I was about 5 I started getting some packs of cards as gifts. Well, what truly got me into collecting was one of my mother’s cousins who would come visit for Easter. It was a time when my whole family would get together. In his Easter basket he would always get packs and boxes of cards. I remember sitting with him and watching him open. Being from a family that is full of Mets fans he would give me the Mets cards he pulled that he didn’t need. I still have the majority of them. Today I collect with my friends and my lovely girlfriend. Thankfully I was able to find a girl who enjoys collecting as much as I do! Even if we don’t collect the same team.

Ryan
30
Greenville, SC

Posted June 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

When I was a small child my neighbor across the street was a school teacher. She gave me 2 shoe box’s of baseball cards that she had confiscated from students in her class over the years. The cards were from the years 1966 -1970,and all the stars of the day were there although as a 6 year old I didn’t realize what I had. I would love to say that I still have them all to this day but sadly cannot. I do still have a 67 Mays that was amongst the lot and as a Cardinal fan I kept a very nice collection of the great Cards stars of the era. I started buying packs in 1971 and have been at it since.

Mark
48
Centralia,Illinois

Posted June 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink
MIKE DORN

I started collecting in 1987, when I was 10 years old. My friend got me into collecting. We used to take our allowance to 7-11 or Circle K and buy packs of cards and trade our duplicates. I got hooked in 1988 when I got my first price guide (Hygrade price guide) and realized that my cards were worth money. 26 years later, my collection is still going strong. I wonder if my friend who got me started still collects? I haven’t seem him since high school.

Posted June 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
Dan Carstens

My father collected as many kids did in the 50′s and 60′s. He stopped collecting at some point and his mother eventually threw away his cards (as most did at the time). My mother actually bought me my first pack of cards when I was six. My dad never got back into collecting with me, but he supported my hobby, buying me packs here and there as a child. When I was a bit older he took me to spend my allowance at the local shop, and sometimes he gave me a few extra dollars to buy more Ozzie Smith cards.

I stopped collecting through my college years, but got back into it after my first son was born. I now have two boys, ages 2 and 4, and I take them with me to the card shop. I buy hockey stickers for their potty charts, and put packs in their Christmas stockings even though they aren’t quite old enough yet to open them (though my 4 year old is getting there!). I put their cards in toploaders so they can “play” with them, as they like to imitate me sorting. Hoping they will collect one day, I save any Cardinals dupes I pull, and I put together every Cardinals base card from basic Topps every year for them. I just hope that when they are teenagers they don’t become Cubs fans just to spite me!

Dan Carstens
Age 27
Marion, IL

Posted June 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink
Benjamin Telenko

Listen, I’m only 13 years old and I still have a lot to learn about cards. My collection started 5 years ago when I went to my first Atlanta falcons game with my dad. A vendor gave me, a 8 year old kid, a free pack of cards. At first I didn’t think much of it. Little did I know, this would be the spark that would ignite my collecting fire. That day when I got home, I opened the pack. I told my dad how cool it was. So, the next day, he took us to our local hobby store. My eyes almost fell out of my head when I saw the glorious amount of cards. There was boxes upon boxes of packs just waiting to be opened, So naturally, I walked over and started opening the card packs. Since my dad was looking around, he failed to notice that I had already opened 10 packs of cards. My dad quickly rushed over and told the owner of the store he would pay. The owner was very happy to see a new “card collector”, so he just let me keep the cards. This is how I began my collecting.
The next couple of years I became interested in baseball cards, as well. By the time I was 11, I already had a display set up in my room of all the spectacular cards I had collected over the years. Now I have Robert Griffins, Andrew Lucks, and other great cards just because of that one day

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Posted June 9, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink
George Evans

I got into collecting baseball cards in 1958 at the age of 10 when the New York Giants moved to San Francisco.
Reading the stats on the back of the cards really peaked my interest as, in some cases, I would discover that two players were actually brothers.
The brothers being Faye and Marv Throneberry.
A classmate of mine was also big into baseball and he helped getting me hooked into the cards. He had family in Cleveland and he kept telling me about Rocky Colovitio.
I was also surprised when my friend and I discovered that a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals was actually from our Home Town, we never could get up the nerve to try and go to his house and get his autograph.
The irony of this is that about 3-4 years later, when we started Jr. High School, one of our new classmates was the brother of that player who, when we were in 8th grade, got drafted by the newly formed New York Mets.
This player was always one of my two favorite players.
Again when I was reading the back of a card of a Detroit Tiger Player who got drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, I discovered a second favorite player as we shared the same birth date, albeit 10 years apart.

My parents discovered that since I enjoyed watching baseball, collecting cards and knowing things about stats, they ended up getting me a subscription to the Sporting News and also purchasing me some of there books like the Baseball Register. It seems that for a number of years, I would end up with these subscriptions and purchases for either my Birthday or for Christmas.

This isn’t to say that I didn’t follow any other sport, as I started collecting football cards somewhat in about 1956 or 1957. A local store owner gave me some team photos of the 49er’s from about 1956 or 1957.
Although I did purchase some Topps Football Cards of that era, I really got into Football cards in 1960 when Fleer produced the first year American Football League cards, I was a big AFL fan as I lived in the East Bay and we had the Oakland Raiders.
Also the fact that one customer of my Dad’s business was the wife of one of the Original Oakland Raider Owners. Besides this family was also customers on my paper route at that time.

My age at the present time is 65.

Posted June 9, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink
Chad Clark

My name is Chad Clark and I am 31 years old. I live in Hardwick, Massachusetts. When I was young I always wanted to do anything my older brother was doing. And it just so happened at this point collecting cards was thing for kids to do. So naturally I wanted to do it too. I was about 6 or 7 at this time. Jose Canseco was my favorite player and I still have my 1986 Topps Traded Rookie of his that I got for my 8th bday. (I also cried when the the earthquake hit the bay area during the world series because I wanted to see Jose play so bad). I stopped collecting when I was about 13 (for obvious reasons). Then in 2003 I was at Toys R Us and bought one of those retail repack baseball boxes and pulled a 2002 Upper Deck MVP Mike Piazza Dual Mem Card I once again I was hooked. I had no idea about mem cards or autographs at that time so I was pretty stoked and to be honest there really isn’t too many things on this planet that are more fun than cracking a box of baseball cards. I now have 2 kids… a 7 year old daughter and a 2 year old son and hopefully they will enjoy the hobby just as much as I do. My daughter doesn’t seem to care too much about collecting but my son loves baseball and loves those shiny Bowman Chrome Refractors that he always manages to grab when I am not looking. I would love to be lucky enough to win one of these boxes for Father’s Day not only for myself but for my kids to enjoy with their old dad on his day!!!

Happy Fathers Day to my fellow Dads and Dads to be,

Chad Clark

Posted June 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
Mitch

I first got into collecting in the mid 1990′s around the time that Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record. I discovered a stack of my dad’s old baseball cards in a cabinet. They were 1967 and 1968 Topps including some big names including Aaron, Mays, and of course Mantle. We really had no idea what they were worth so we went to a local card shop and bought a Beckett Baseball magazine ( i believe Cal Ripken was on the cover) and some supplies. Not many 9 years olds have vintage Mantles in their collection!

Now, I have gotten back into collecting thanks to my 9 year old soon to be stepson.

Happy Father’s Day!

Mitch N – 27
Columbia, SC

Posted June 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

I opted to go a little bit of a different route here. I’ve uploaded a video to YouTube with my entry, and it can be found here. It isn’t terribly long, and I hope you enjoy it!

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNUFDUHaEuc

And, to meet the qualifications specified in the contest rules per se, it was my father who got me into collecting and I currently collect with my wife!

Ryan K. – 27 – Des Moines, IA

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Posted June 10, 2013 at 7:04 am | Permalink
Joe

My parents started me out collecting back in 1978 when I was six. They used to take me to a flea market in Norton, MA and give me a dollar or two for spending money. I started by collecting the Topps sets and somehow decided on a player collection of George Brett cards. Seeing how consumed I was with collecting my Mother started taking me to a local card shop to work on completing the sets. And, my Father would take me to area shows to work on my continuing George Brett collection. Over the years they took me to shows to get get autographs of Duke Snider, Jim Palmer, Yaz, and even one with both Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams when I was about 12. Finally, when I was about 25 we even made a trip to Atlantic City to one of the 3,000 hit club shows so I could meet George Brett. Best part of the trip was having my father pull me away from a black jack table and point me to a Caribbean Poker table with an open seat next to George Brett. Couldn’t have planned it any better… unless I had actually managed to win rather than lose everything I had on me. Still, great memory only made possible because my parent’s knew how much collecting meant to me. It was a great hobby that they got as much out of as I did. And now I have started passing it along to my sons by taking my oldest to a recent show to meet one the Celtics original Big Three (Robert Parish). Hopefully my sons enjoy collecting over the years as much as I do and build the memories that will stay with them.

Posted June 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink
Adam Sali

So my Dad is who really got me into collecting in the late 80’s early 90’s. I always enjoyed buying and collecting cards but my Dad always seemed to take it to the next level. I did not really have the funds so my Dad pretty much took over in that department. He grew up a huge Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants fan which is somewhat odd considering he was from Yakima Washington. As a kid he could get the bay area stations to come in on his radio so those were the teams he grew to love since he got to listen to them all the time. As I got older I continued the legacy of being a huge Oakland A’s fan and that is who I enjoy collecting the most still to this day. All of my friends and coworkers always ask me did you grow up in Oakland and I always reply no but they still want to know why I am a fan. I simply tell them it has a lot to do with my Dad and the fact that we used to have the Triple A Tacoma Tigers stadium not too far from our house in Tacoma Washington. Growing up I got to see a lot of the greatest Oakland A’s players come through the farm system. Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi as well as many others. I know there are quite a few more great Oakland A’s players but these were the ones that I knew as a kid. Rickey Henderson is still one of my favorites to collect.

I can remember going to the card shop 5-6 times a week bringing home cards and my mom would just laugh at us. We would get out our TV trays and just start ripping bragging about the cards that we pulled. We pretty much collected all sports. Even when we would go to Costco my Dad would always manage to grab 3-4 boxes in bulk. Keep in mind we had no idea that these were the down years and that they were mass producing at the time. Most of our cards we own are not that valuable but they mean a lot as we did it together. They did not really have all the autos and the relics that they have now so we were not really looking for a huge pull more just to collect. What’s funny is every time we would go to the card shop together I would always beg my Dad to get me one of the cards in the glass case. Turns out that many of the cards I would get him to buy me are worth the most today. Pretty funny how that all works out. Still to this day I am very picky on what I buy. Things have changed so much as far as high end cards and there are so many more products. You just can’t do it all like you used to be able to do. Stuff is just so expensive now.

To make a long story short my Dad recently passed away on December 22nd 2012. He was only 61. I had to move all our cards to one location so I have been going through a lot of the old stuff trying to complete all the old sets as well as keep up on all the new stuff. Even though it is a very time consuming task it is well worth the time and energy. I am not getting rid of anything even the 1991 Score. It brings back so many awesome memories and I pretty much get to relive my childhood. The cool thing is that I now have a family of my own with a 2 year old son Hunter and another son due in October 2013. I am so excited to keep our family’s hobby alive as it is stronger than ever. Everything I collect here on out will be passed down to my boys and there is nothing cooler than that. They will have great memories of Papa through these cards as well as me. Cards are more than dollar signs on Ebay they are what create bonds and lasting memories.

I have included a couple short videos of my collection that mean the world to me. Thank you for taking the time to read this and consider it for the contest.

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vine.co/v/bl52r7iXvwK

Adam Sali
@Chestrockwell29
31
Kent, Washington

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Posted June 12, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink
Pete Marrufo

When I was about 9 or 10 my dad bought me my first pack of sports cards, upper deck to be exact. I was so excited going through the pack, especially spotting some of my favorite players. From then on sports cards grew on me hugely. My parents would often surprise me by taking me to local card shows at malls in my city. I would always find myself leaving stores with a new pack or packs of baseball cards. It didn’t matter if I got cards I already had, I just loved the feeling of opening a new pack. I still find myself going through mine and my fathers baseball card collection. I’ll always be glad I opened that pack upper deck baseball cards.

Posted June 12, 2013 at 1:17 am | Permalink
Pete Marrufo

Forgot to add, Age-16 years old
Graham TX

Posted June 12, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink
Carl Burke

I forgot to put my age and location so here’s my post again with it included. Thanks.

When my grandfather, Bill, was dying in a hospital of lung cancer about five years ago, I was having trouble visiting him because it was hard to watch him deteriorate so quickly. My father had told me to stop by Bill’s house and grab anything I wanted because my grandmother had Alzheimer’s and was headed to a nursing home. Someone had been hired to clean out the house. There was nothing of monetary value left, only sentimentality.
I was standing in gramp’s kitchen looking at a chicken casserole recipe taped to the cupboard that I had given him only a few weeks before. Next to the cupboard was a window that looked out over the back yard, I pictured us having a catch. I remembered how he had introduced me to baseball and baseball cards and how he had pushed me to be a better baseball player. That was years ago. I was ten then. I was 35 now. He was a better man than me. He took care of his family. I had turned to beer and chasing skirts after my divorce. I needed to change.
I went downstairs where he kept his baseball cards. I knew my father didn’t care about them. There weren’t any hidden gems. Just the ones I knew of, some mucked up Mickey Mantle Home run cards worth a couple of bucks and a great Jose Ascue card he’d had autographed in another day and time. I grabbed them up and swore I’d be a better man that day, promising God I’d stop to see gramps the next morning and tell him. He died that night. I was tore up. I still regret not seeing him.
But I kept my promise. No more beer, no more skirts. Just a renewed dedication to my son, Tye, who was six years old at the time. That included introducing to him the game of baseball and collecting cards. He is eleven now and has played baseball for four years and has a pretty good collection working. We crack packs and have a healthy competition going. Sometimes he gets the better of me and sometimes I luck out. He loves Mike Trout and has a Bowman blue refractor that is his pride and joy. I’m into the prospects more.
Collecting cards saved my life and restored sanity in my son’s life. Tye and I go watch Buffalo Bisons games in downtown Buffalo, NY at least a couple times a month. He works like a horse to get a foul ball and we take it to the flagpole by the players’ exit after the game. He gets it signed by any ballplayer who’ll oblige him.
Thanks for loving baseball gramps. We all still love you. We all still remember.

Carl Burke
Age: 41
Location: Buffalo, NY

FROM MOD: WINNER

Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
brant parsons

My grandfather began buying me football cards when I was six years old and I had taken an interest in the sport. Everytime I visited my grandparents, he would always place a pack of cards under my cereal bowl in the morning. Over time, I started getting them other places, but my favorite cards were always the one I got every morning when I visited him. He passed away when I was 10 and when my grandmother was going through his things, she found his “stash” of football card packs he had purchased for my visits. There were still five or six packs there that he had been saving for my next visit. I’ve collected since and occasionally surprise my own son with packs of cards in the morning.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
brant parsons

My grandfather began buying me football cards when I was six years old and I had taken an interest in the sport. Everytime I visited my grandparents, he would always place a pack of cards under my cereal bowl in the morning. Over time, I started getting them other places, but my favorite cards were always the one I got every morning when I visited him. He passed away when I was 10 and when my grandmother was going through his things, she found his “stash” of football card packs he had purchased for my visits. There were still five or six packs there that he had been saving for my next visit. I’ve collected since and occasionally surprise my own son with packs of cards in the morning.

Brant Parsons
Age 40
Satellite Beach, FL

Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
Ryan

My older cousin got me into collecting. I was about three when my family used to go visit them in New York. After dinner, we would go into the living room and get out his box of baseball cards. We would look through them together and he would let me have a few to keep. Thanks to him I now have about 10,000 cards in total and I even have a YouTube channel where I open various cards from different sports and years. I would really like to have a box to open for my viewers.

Thanks

Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Permalink
Ryan

Ryan
21
South Boston, Virginia

Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
Mike B

My dad started buying me packs of cards when I was 8 years old after my Mom passed away. I never realized until years later that he was using baseball as a bridge to connect us and bring us closer together. We used to sit and open up one pack together after my chores were done or as a reward for something I had done, be it a good report card or whatever. He showed me the fun of collecting and helped fuel the passion I had into the late nineties when I was really into it. After he passed I got away from the collecting world, but now, with a son of my own, I look forward to showing him the fun of collecting cards and introducing him to baseball and hockey through these little pieces of cardboard that can help hold so many memories.

Mike Barton
Age 36
Baltimore, MD

Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

I remember my dad introducing me to the hobby in 1985, starting with a few packs of Fleer from the candy store when he was buying a Sunday paper (my first card — Dwight Gooden rookie) and then a few weeks later, taking me to a baseball card show and buying me a vending box of Topps for $5.

I was hooked. I started building Topps sets every year. I bought packs of other brands. I traded with my friends. Some kids would have lemonade stands in the summer time, I had a table with baseball cards where all my friends came and traded with me.

Ed, 36
Long Island, NY

Posted June 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
Mike Pappagallo

I started collecting in 1978 – I was 4 years old. Would go to my grandfather’s house and listen to the Red Sox games on the radio. He always had an old stack of baseball cards he kept rubber-banded together in his cabinet. They were 1959 Topps cards and included Mickey Mantle. I was fascinated, and would beg to look at them every time I went over his house. I started a collection of my own… He gave that stack of cards to me before he passed away in 1987, there was about 30 of them. I still have them… and have been slowly working on cpompleting the 1959 Topps set ever since. I am 39 now and have two kids of my own… my daughter enjoys looking at my boxes of cards… and even has a small collection of her own. :)

Mike Pappagallo
Age: 39
Location: Saugus, MA

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
Alex Emming

When I was around 10 my dad got me a few topps joe montana cards. I loved them! From that point on I have been addicted. I have tons of cards, and I hope one day to do the same thing my dad did when I have kids.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
Mike Henry

I’m not sure how I got in collecting. The thing I think of was when my brothers and were younger my grandma worked at a local mall. We always spend a a few weeks with her the summer. The mall she worked would have sports cards shows about once a month. They would local sports players there signing autographs. I have few autographs of Tiger greats like Gates Brown, Darrell Evans and Denny McLain! I think this where I started collecting cards and autographs.

Mike Henry
Age: 40
Port Huron, mi

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink
Larry Williams

My father Introduced me to collecting cards in 1990.these are some of the best times and memories I have.when my mom passed away in 1998 my father remarried in 2001 and moved away saying the collection was going to be left to his grandchildren. When my father passed away in 2009 the first thing my monster in law said was your not getting the card collection and moved away. My sons and I are building a collection from scratch and try not to look back. We are building more memories and she can’t take the memories I still have collecting with my dad.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
langston

My name is Chris Langston currently in Afghanistan from Piedmont, Alabama. I got into collecting with my dad in the late 80′s/early 90′s, then quit for about 9 years just like everyone else did. I’m to tired to type anything else,cheers lemme win something for once eh? God bless america! Im 38 yrs old, approaching the big 4 zero, stay away would ya.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

I started collecting in 1975 when I saw a friend’s copy of the Pete Rose all-star card from that year. I was seven at the time, but all I wanted out of life was a copy of *that* Pete Rose card. In fact, that card became my very own Joe Schlabotnik as I opened pack after pack, and never pulled that card. My mom used to take me to Dennison’s Market in Marion, Indiana after my T-ball games. She’d buy five packs of baseball cards and a red pop for me, and I would open the cards on our way home. I know she couldn’t have cared less about the players or the cards, but she dutifully listened as I explained why I liked each card, who the big time players were and so on. She also listened as I lamented the fact that I never found my coveted Pete Rose card. It wasn’t until years later when I was a teenager with a job that I was finally able to buy my very own copy of the card at a card show in Indianapolis. There are few landmark purchases in every person’s life – first car and first house come to mind – but the one that sticks out for me is that first 1975 Topps Pete Rose.

Rick Kughen
45
Kokomo, IN

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink
Jonathan Lynch

My dad never got me into collecting sports cards specifically. But he did get me into collecting and into sports, so in a way he did. Before I was even born he had amassed a stamp collection for me (although I never took it up) and a model airplane collection for my brother. We always used to watch the football (soccer) on the TV, and he took me to Sir Alex Ferguson’s testimonial game, where some of the best soccer players on the planet played a friendly. It was my grandma, however, who got me into sports collectables. She would buy me the Premier League soccer sticker album, and the one time a week me and my brother saw her she would give us one pack of stickers. Neither of us ever managed to complete an album, but the great feeling of opening packs, not knowing what you were gonna get, stayed with me and came back a year ago when I discovered this great hobby.

Jonathan Lynch
20
Blackpool, UK

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
Samuel Breniman

My name is Sam, and I’m 30, currently living in Sacramento, CA. I actually got into collecting twice over the years. Initially, I collected baseball cards. I got into it around the age of 6, as my Dad took me to a lot of Oakland A’s games back in the day. One of the giveaways was the “Mother’s Cookies Cards” team set, and when I got my set, I was hooked. We went to those giveaway days every year, and I think I still have all of my team sets. Heck, as an enterprising 7-8 year old, I would actually buy them off of people in the bleachers around us so I could trade in extras at the local card store.

Eventually, with the baseball “hiatus”, my interests shifted. I became more of a football guy. I didn’t get back into collecting unti 2006. I had enjoyed playing Magic, and I enjoyed collecting, but with a move to college, all of my old circle of card-playing buddies were quite far away. I still enjoyed collecting, but I didn’t see the point when I couldn’t play the game all that often. Enter football cards. I randomly picked up a few blasters at Target one day figuring that if I enjoy football and I enjoy collecting, I should still like football cards, right? I ended up opening up two game-used cards, which threw me for a complete loop: one was Dante Hall dual GU and one was a Vince Young GU RC, both out of Absolute. I loved the idea of having memorabilia WITHIN a card, and I was immediately hooked again. Been collecting ever since with an emphasis on the autos and GU that got me back into things.

And there you have it! That was actually a longer story than I thought it would be. Thank you for the contest!

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
Mark Loftus

I really wish I could put more or even some really awesome story but I’ll give what I got..My dad got me into collecting when I was very little..He even had a box of cards already saved up for me..I do remember him taking me to the corner store near our brownstone in Queens to buy packs of cards once a week..Sadly my dad passed away when I was only seven..I was pretty devasted and stoped collecting..I kept the box he had given me for a very long time..Untill I was about 20 then again sadly the whole box was stolen..It wasnt untill about a year ago that I found my love for cards again when I won a box in a Panini contest..I got the box and my daughter asked if she could open them with me..I so enjoyed watching her face as we opened the cards and she would ask me if every card was a good one..If I remeber right she was the one who opened the packs with the hits..Now whenever I get a box I Have to wait untill she is home to open it(she’s my good luck charm)..I appreciate you doing this contest and hopefully my story was good enough to earn a box…Would really love to open one with my little one a hear her ask if every card is a good one again for Fathers day…Thanks

Mark L
Age 35
Kennewick WA

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
Richard Hardy

My dad was the one who got me into collecting. Many people in his family gave him cards when he was young, even though he didn’t really like them. He decided that instead of throwing them out, he would save them. Over the years, he started to pick up some boxes of unsearched cards at flea markets and yard sales, for if he had a kid. He had my older brother, and gave him some of the cards. My brother Chris sold most of the ones he got. My dad still saved some, as a just in case type of scenario. Later, I was born. He kept the cards till I was old enough, then told me I could either sell them or keep them. I kept them, some for when I (hopefully) own sports memorabilia shop, and others for a collection of my own. I hope I win, to be able to thank him for more cards! (without him starting my collection, I probably would not be entering this)

Richard Hardy
Age:15
(Near) Uniontown, PA

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
Doug Kanipe

I’ve been a big fan of sports since a little kid but didn’t collect as a kid. As my oldest son, now 10, started getting into sports he got into collecting cards which got me into collecting. We visit some of the local shows and trade cards with each other for the cards we don’t have. To help motivate him in playing baseball this year, I offered to buy him cards for every base hit and a box of cards for every homerun. He got his first homerun over the centerfield fence a few weeks ago. I’m going to end up oweing him lots of cards after this season.

Doug Kanipe
Age:44
Radford, VA

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
Scott DeJarnette

I collect some when I was a kid. Didn’t have much money we were kinda poor. I would pick up soda bottles on the way to town to sell and I would buy a pack or two. I never really knew about the players or stats I just liked the photos I kept some traded some never knew the price value of the cards As I got older kept them in a shoe box I guess like a lot of kids. Really sorry now that I never kept up with them now that I’m grown I buy a few now and then. I do have my favorites like CalRipkin and A few others. So now I have bought sets for all my grandchildren each one has a set with their name on it and will get their set when they each turn 13. My oldest is 4 now. She had some cards of her own and a price book it’s cute to see her look at a card and find it in her book her eyes just light up and she shows me the price to tell her what it is and it only worth 25 cents. Ha ha. She thinks it’s a big deal so I encourage her to handle them with care ok that’s about it keep up the good work Even if I don’t win I will still collect and enjoy all kinds of cards

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
Richard G.

I was inspired by my 5th grade teacher to collect cards. He was (and still is) a huge baseball fan and would bring cards in class to show us and give us a brief history on the player on the card. I then started collecting baseball cards then got into basketball. I stopped collecting after my apartment was broken into in 2005 and my complete collection (among other things) were stolen. I’ve started back again recently because I love ripping open those packs with hope that I get that one of a kind.

Richard G.
34
Sugar Hill, Ga
rgooding78@yahoo.com

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
Matt

I started out as a stamp collector. My dad has always been a stamp collector, so he helped push me into collecting something. My parents got tired of me picking up every rock in sight (they were all different, I had to have one of all of them!), so stamps became the next obvious choice. I got into dinosaurs and put together exhibits at the local stamp show for a few years. However, after awhile, it started to feel more like a chore than a hobby for some reason. Baseball has always been my favorite sport, and around that time, Topps hooked up with Post and inserted baseball cards into cereal boxes, most importantly, Honey Bunches of Oats, which still stands as my favorite. Finding those first 10 cent cards of Willie Mays and Babe Ruth really sparked my interest in baseball cards. I still have those first few cards stored away in a Pepsi fold-out 12 pocket page that I must have also gotten for free out of a food product. My passion only grew from there as I grew to appreciate the hobby and understand more and more about it. Needless to say, it stuck! Today I find myself with tens of thousands of cards, and still a lifetime to enjoy the hobby. If it weren’t for Topps and Post, who knows what would have happened!

Matt Smith
17
Apple Valley, MN

Posted June 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink
Ryan

My father got me some packs of 88 topps when I was a kid and over the years it became a thing for he and I. I still buy a few boxes a year to this day.

30, Minn

Posted June 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
John Glazewski

My dad got me into collecting around age 8. He had found a set of 1981 Topps cards at a garage sale in 1982 or 83 and decided to buy them for me. I had really never had cards and he wanted to get me into sports and appreciate the players by reading the stats with me. I went straight for the Mets, but he was a Brewers fan because of all of the Polish people in Milwaukee. Go figure, right?? Well, it made me respect other teams and the set is still with me through multiple moves. Dad is no longer with us, but I appreciate him introducing me to card collecting. Thanks, dad!!

Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
John Glazewski

whoops sorry, I’m 38 in Neptune City, NJ.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink
Jeff Yates

My story is a bit different I’d guess. My older sister got me into collecting when I was about 7 years old. She bought me some retail packs from target, Walmart, and some other local shops. I would trade them at school in the mornings. Once I got to middle school I lost interest in collecting. Then we get to skip all the way to 2010!! I got married to the love of my life, when we were gathering up my stuff we came across a box of mine that I hadn’t opened in a long time, my wife opened it up n found my card collection!! She thought it was interesting, and it brought back some great memories of my childhood. I didn’t think much of it, got it packed back up and moved, not long after we got settled in our new place I come home from work one day and she two hobby boxes of 2010 topps on the table and says she thought it would be fun to do together, so now were collecting together, it’s been a very fun hobby to share with my wife, and now we have a 1 year old son that were building a collection for. Card collecting is a family activity for us, that’s what makes it the most exciting.

Jeff Yates
25
Cushing, ok

Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink
Vaughn L.

At a time before there was Tee-Ball when at 4 years old and walking alone if not skipping along to the soda fountain after having shaken down mom for her spare change and looking forward to buying packs of cards seemed the norm and oh so fun. I happily charged into the candy/kiddie aisle to look for what would be the Topps 1972 series of wax packs.

What drew me to them you may ask? It was from a child’s point of view was the appeal of person throwing a ball and a player holding a bat on the wax pack…..they appeared to be doing what I would do in the backyard….so that was the lure that hooked me in was the outline of players much bigger than me playing like me and since my parents didn’t “play” like I did unlike these guys on the front of the wax packs did made it all the more appealing! Once I opened up my first pack and saw the brightly colored uniforms and logo emblazoned hats and big wooden bats and balls and gloves I was hooked! As I gradually learned the teams and who the Cincinnati Reds were and there awesome radiant red hued uniforms I collected non-stop from ’72 to ’83 with a hiatus until ’89 thru ’09 afore I got laid off and could no longer pursue the hobby.

Vaughn L.
45
Dayton, Ohio

Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink
john calvert

well let’s see it all started back in 1987 when my best friend took me into a comic book store to but the comic of superman and as i was waiting i saw this guy buying some packs of basketball cards and i heard him tell the cashiers i hit a good rc . till this day cant remember who it was. i ask him how much did he spend on the pack he told me $3.00 but the rc is worth 25 bucks i said wow that’s pretty cool bro so i said i don’t know much about sport so why not give it a try i brought two packs and guess who i got a Jordan card he said i’ll give you 30 dollars for that, yep i was thinking what a way to make big money kind of like gambling so before i knew it i till this day buying packs so i can pull that hit and turn around and try to get rich, but now i love this hobby really it’s like playing a slot game hoping for the jackpot.. all it took was opening that pack and triple my my now i’m hook for ever…one thing for sure wish i held on too that Jordan.. passing this hobby down to my kids not so much of making money but the fun of pulling that one hot card…thanks jordan for a priceless memories

john calvert
pendleton oregon.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink
john calvert

oops forgot put my age i;m 45 now

Posted June 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink
Gregory Dutko

I am 36 years old and I got into collecting when I was probably 6-7 years old. My dad was my muse with collecting just as he was for almost everything else I am into these days. I was always is collecting baseball and football and I occasionally dabbled in hockey and non sports. I collected up until I was 28-29 years old. I am on disability now and can’t afford to buy as much or as often as I would like. I have 3 sons aged 10,7 and 5 and hope that someday I can pass it on to them but so far no luck. Oh and my name is Greg Dutko.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
Jacob Clark

I started collecting when I first started following baseball when I was 5. Neither parent was a fan of baseball (or any sports) at the time but I loved the game and one time when we went to the mall, there was a card show and I had discovered heaven on earth. Been collecting ever since, when finances allow new purchases.

Jacob Clark
Age: 29
Maine

Posted June 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
Robert Kale

My Dad really tried to get my brother Jim and I started collecting in the spring of 1972. He’s stop home for lunch and make lunch sandwhiches and give us each a 25 cent 1972 baseball cello packs. We both saved up a bunch of cards for a while, but lost interest. Later when we were moving to a new I tried to look for the big box of cards as I started collecting again with the 1974 Topps baseball and my Grandfather who was living with us told me gave the cards away to other kid in the neighborhood….so seeing 1972 feature in Topps flagship set and Archives brings back memories of getting interested in baseball cards….over 40 years ago! :)

Posted June 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

The people who first got me into collecting were my mom and dad. When I was only about 7 years old, they took me to the mall, and at the time there was a card show going on in the noshing area. I loved baseball at the time and my parents (who are the time were gods, but whom I now suspect were probably trying to get me to shut up for five minutes) allowed me to pick out a single baseball card of my very own. Little did they know that the 1992 Fleer Ultra Ryne Sandberg card they bought me (living in Mesa, AZ at the time, I was obviously a Cubs fan from the Spring Training games at Hohokam Stadium) would continue to hold a special place in my collection. In fact, it is kept next to my 1/1s and printing plates in a nightstand drawer (converted into a baseball card organization system) next to my bed.

That all said, I got out of collecting for a while during my teenage years, but after graduating college, I started going through boxes and found my old cards. It inspired me to see out a local card shop, Hot Corner Sports Cards, and wander in a couple times. I eventually developed a solid and long-standing friendship with the owners (Phil and Phil, Jr.), their families, and many of the other regulars there. I credit them for getting me BACK into card collecting, and supporting my set-building habits (especially Allen and Ginter).

This might not be the exciting “I had an uncle named Indiana who used to take me relic hunting” for cards type of story some people will inevitably come up with, but it’s my story, it’s special, and I’m sticking to it!

~Andrew Meeusen
Phoenix, Arizona
27 years old

Posted June 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
andy s.

I have been collecting since about 1983 around 10 yrs old I was and my mom was a police officer and everyday she would pick me up from the baby sitters and drive home and when ever she would need her perscriptions filled or any thing from a pharmacy we would stop at the local drug store and she would let me buy packs of football cards and I would collect and collect for years and became a card collector mainly football and when I grew up and card collecting had blown up and cards where expensive I checked thru my cards and realized thru those stops at the drug store I had gotten a Montana topps rookie card my most expensive to date also dan marion,john Elway,jerry rice a few to name and still remember the drug store I purchased it at the drug store on the corner of red lion and verre rd in philly how awesome thanks mom luv ya xoxo the best police women in philly.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink
carson comer

My big brother got me started in 1988. We worked together and he took me to a hobby store one morning on our way home from work to pick up a nolan ryan card he had bought,it was the only nolan card he didn’t have at that time and thought it would be fun to start a collection of my own. I bought packs here and there through 1997 than quit for a while then in 2000 had a son and when he got about four years old I started collecting with him. Up till then I only had baseball but we started collecting football and nascar and still do when we have a few extra dollars we will buy some. These would be nice to add to our collection which at present is in excess of sixty thousand cards. My name is Carson Comer, Spring Hill Kansas, 47years old

Posted June 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
Josh Kristiansen

I always collected cards when I was young than gave up for a long time now I’m 17 and I was just searching youtube and one of your videos popped up and I was like I haven’t opened a pack of cards in years and I spent like 24/7 just watching all your videos and the next day purchased couple items and got a lot of sick cards and every since that I’m addicted to opening new packs and watching your videos.
Thanks for getting me back to collecting.
Josh Kristiansen
17 years old
Live in New Jersey

Posted June 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
T.M. Coleman

I started collecting in 1988. I was staying in Colorado for 2 weeks for a company training class. I had the hotel driver take me by Mile High stadium (snowing) in April so that I could see the stadium. On the way back to the hotel I saw a card shop and we stopped by. I bought several Topps football boxes of 1988 and a 1984 topps football set for . The rest is history and I have all Topps sets from 1973 to present and many many more cards. I love collecting football cards.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Permalink
T.M. Coleman

I started collecting in 1988. I was staying in Colorado for 2 weeks for a company training class. I had the hotel driver take me by Mile High stadium (snowing) in April so that I could see the stadium. On the way back to the hotel I saw a card shop and we stopped by. I bought several Topps football boxes of 1988 and a 1984 topps football set for . The rest is history and I have all Topps sets from 1973 to present and many many more cards. I have the first issue of beckett football to 2003. I love collecting football cards.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink
Zack Stair

It was about the Treasure…

My Great Grandfather Abraham Heffentrager (b. 1875) collected baseball cards, some known to be tobacco cards, and his favorite player was Honus Wagner.

At the ripe age of 80, he introduced my mother, then Susan Heffentrager to baseball cards in about 1954 as a New York Giants fan, who’s favorite players were a new superstar Willie Mays, & team regular Don Mueller.

Now, these Heffentrager’s lived on a farm & loved to save everything. This bordered on “hoarding”.

How did I come to collect baseball cards? Try looking for and incredibly awesome needle in a haystack. A possible collection of cards spanning Tobacco cards up to 1960, with rumors of a Wagner?

Could a could an 11 year old have anything better to do but dig around 2-3 outbuildings, a full barn, & a Farmhouse for hopes of a fantastic treasure?

This plus frequent rewards of baseball cards for good grades, good baseball plays, birthdays & Christmas made me love collecting baseball cards. Pulling a 1990 Frank Thomas NNOF didn’t hurt.

Now I collect cards with my three young sons. Nolan (7, yes after Nolan Ryan) collects Red Sox & Phillies (trading the rest away), Abram (5, short for Abraham) collects “sideways cards” who’s front or back picture is in landscape instead of portrait, Isaac (2) must be given cards whenever packs are opened or suffer the wrath (sorry Yuniesky Betancourt cards and your brethren).

Thank you for the chance to win, Have Fun!Zack S.
36
Gilbertsville, PA
(Baseball Only Please)

Posted June 14, 2013 at 12:57 am | Permalink
Zack Stair

Although Nolan would enjoy the football (Go E.A.G.L.E.S Eagles!), and we’re grateful for any fun that could come our way.

Side note
Both boys trade away their Yankees Boo! & Mets Boo!

And yes it is tradition, and possible the younger ones thinks it is the standard name, to always attach Boo! when mentioning either franchise.

Forgot to mention I am a Phillies & Indians fan.

Thanks again, Zack
36, Outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Posted June 14, 2013 at 1:13 am | Permalink

I collect with my seven year old son Lucas (click the link for some YouTube videos of us opening Topps cards) in beautiful Warwick, RI. Not a week goes by when he does not ask to stop at the local card shop and get some new cards. The hardest part is explaining that some cards take time to arrive; he is so excited about Topps series two that he is driving me crazy asking about when they will arrive and what cool cards there will be inside the new set. Cards are a great thing for us to do together and he loves sorting and displaying his cards. We have some relic cards that he rotates on the bookshelf above his bed and he NEVER puts them in card holders, lol. He loves to feel the material in jersey cards and one of his favorite cards is a bat piece card that everyone who comes over must feel. I tried putting them in a top loader once and he was having none of it, he loves the cards for their coolness, not their value.

Posted June 14, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

I started to collect cards one day in school because my friends brought cards to school and from that day started to collect cards

11, Latvia (Carnikava)

Posted June 14, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink
chrisolds

It wasn’t easy, but our box winners were …

Greg Barlow
Godrey Ouwens
William Autrey
Benjamin Telenko
Jason Schufletowski

Billy Fairchild
Corey Atkins
Carl Burke
Ryan Kalmoe
Adam Sali

Posted June 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
Matt Gilman

Congrats winners!! Great prize! Thanks for contest Beckett. Thought my funny one would had gotten me in but was fun being able to tell my story that way.

Thanks again Chris and Beckett!!

Hope winners post their hits!

Posted June 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
Joe Bingaman

Congrats to the winners! It was worth a shot…

Posted June 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
Godfrey Ouwens

Congrats to all the winners! and thank you to everyone who participated! I enjoyed reading all the stories. I will post my pulls as soon as I can! Once again, Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!!

Posted June 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink
Steven Luke

I can’t remember who got me started collecting when I was a kid. I stopped collecting for years after my collection got left behind in storage of my ex in-law. When my oldest son started showing interest in sports though the fire for collecting came back. I now buy him a box of cards for major holidays and our collection has grown. My younger son is starting to gain interest too, and before I know it he will be responsible enough to collect cards. Every time I open a pack of cards with my kids we feel like a family and my boys watch in awe as they see their favorite ball players on each card.

Steven Luke, 30, Antioch, CA

Posted June 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
ryan parr

My uncle got me into collecting baseball cards with him. My dad was responsible for making me a Baltimore Orioles fan (from Annapolis, MD), but not being into cards himself, it was my uncle who turned me into 25 yrs now of card collecting (both baseball and football). Started when I was 8 and am now 33.
Several years after my uncle got me into collecting cards, he got into an accident that paralyzed him. I was young and so was he being 28 when he had the accident. It was a tough time for each of us (obviously much more for him), but it was tough for me given being a young kid and not knowing how to handle something so massive and not knowing how to feel and help. Instead of shying away, we used baseball cards to become closer. I would put his older cards in order for him, putting them in plastic/binders, and we would go to card stores together. It was something special that me and him shared. Just the two of us that nobody could take away or stand between. It was OUR thing.
Sadly, he just passed away last year and we are still bound through cards as I have been helping my aunt by selling his collection to get through a hard financial time. That may seem sad, but it actually is a good feeling that even with his passing, I am still connected to him through that and always will be as I keep some special cards close that I see everyday that makes me think of him and the times we had together.
Ryan

Posted June 15, 2013 at 5:45 am | Permalink
larry robidoux

Congrats to all the winners

Posted June 15, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink
Mr Mark Alan Winchester

I’ll be 56 in July. This year is the first time I’ve ever collected baseball cards. I wanted to leave something fun for some of my 15 grand children..lol I guess they got me into it, and I like it. :)

Posted June 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink
steve

Got me a pack of topps baseball cards and got a don mattingly rookie card for my birthday and since then got hooked on card collectin.

Posted June 17, 2013 at 1:02 am | Permalink
Chuck Dupree

Congrats to all the winners now we all know to use a sob story to win I wonder how many of these stories were true Kudos to all that were honest shame to the liars

Posted June 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

When i was 7about my dad would take me to flea markets and buy me some packs of cards to keep me busy…he started into collecting when he was young as well…he never bought me the high priced packs but then he came into my room and saw how i treated my collection and organized it was. To this day colle ting has created a bond a father and son will share for a lifetime. I live 1700u miles away from him and i am 34 and he is 59producing and we still open pa ks over the phone together…he used to put mickey mantle rookies in his bike spokes when he was little…lmao…only if he knew today….i am located in wesley chapel, florida now and still collecting…thanks dad…

Posted September 21, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink

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