This site provides an outlet to share my baseball card collection with the world without being constrained by formatting rules and the ephemeral nature of social media platforms. It also provides a place in which I can record my thoughts and research on specific cards and players.
My sports card addiction began in 1990 when my grandmother bought me what she described as a “pack of baseball cards” for Christmas. What I opened that morning was a package of 25 penny sleeves with a 1990 Topps Rich Gedman card on top. I had never held a card before and remember thinking, “So this is what the all the older kids are always talking about.” I was hooked.
Over the next half dozen years I built a collection out of whatever packs the local Rite Aid had available and whatever low/mid-grade cards could be scrounged up at local shows. A regular dealer at these shows and the discovery of mail order catalogs allowed for a decent accumulation of low-grade stars from the 1950s. A combination of junk wax fatigue, girls, and refocusing income towards upcoming tuition needs led me away from collecting later in the decade. In the late 2010s I began using baseball statistics to learn new software applications, an initiative that eventually rekindled my interest in cards as time progressed.
I decided to start collecting again, but this time I would purposely set out to collect what I wanted and not what was simply available. I drew up a list of sets that held special meaning to me and resolved to work towards completing each one. These sets combine to represent less than 1,000 cards, a total I believe to be achievable and small enough to allow a deeper look at each individual component. This should take more than a decade to fully put together.
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