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Baseball Cards

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by HeinekenMan, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    On impulse, I checked the card section at the local Target and spotted 2007 Topps. I snagged a box and opened them. I guess I'm nostalgic for those long-ago days when I'd drop $10 on three separate trips to the store so that I could build a set.

    I sold my collection several years ago so I could make a car payment during a brief period of unemployment. I got shafted by my friend, and it still hurts to think about it. But I've slowly rebuilt my collection, primarily with older rookie cards. I tried to do a Sweet Shot collection and fell a few autographed cards short. I'm hoping for better luck with the 2007 Topps baseball, but there are tons of parallels, etc.

    Any other collectors/former collectors out there with stories to tell or memories to share?
  2. I used to collect in the mid to late 80s when I was in middle and high school. I stopped when one of my friends ... not sure which one it was ... stole my book containing my best ones ...

    What's sad is I think of those cards now and realize they wouldn't have near the value they did then ... Mattingly, Boggs, Gwynn rookies ... can't remember the others

    I still have some of the 82, 83 and 84 sets ...
  3. MartinEnigmatica

    MartinEnigmatica Active Member

    I remember taking my collection out almost every weekend as a kid, reorganizing them in plastic sheets, often just looking at them. In one particularly memorable incident, I took them all out to sort, and my brother kicked them into a pile and started dancing on them. He bent my Ken Griffey Jr. rookie, which I tried to make him pay for physically...but he was and still is much, much bigger. I still have the bent card, too.
  4. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    All 5,000 or so of the cards I have hold little or no value today. I tried to sell a bunch of them a few months ago in Lexington and the dealer I went to said they were pretty much worthless.
  5. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    I sold my entire collection for $6,000 two summers ago.

    The majority of the money, though, came from the countless autographs I had gotten over the years when I was a kid and used to stake out the stadiums and such.

    The baseball cards were largely a throw-in by myself to make the deal work, I'm sad to say. Because it was a blast collecting them.
  6. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    My dad used to buy us wax packs every so often, just because. It was great to get them.

    I've got a specific player that I collect, and if I see a card show in the mall or pass by one of the few card stores remaining, I can't help but stop and see if they've got any I don't have.
  7. Chef

    Chef Active Member

    Does Gretzky (I think) still own the infamous Honus Wagner card?
  8. SilvioDante

    SilvioDante Member

    I was really, really into it. My dad would walk to 7-11 for a pack of smokes every day and bring me with him, and I'd get a pack of Topps baseball cards. I have an enormous collection that's still housed at my mom and dad's place, including a 1980 Topps complete set (though not in mint condition, not by a long shot) that was assembled simply through the daily stroll to 7-11 plus purchasing a few cards (like 14 or 15 of them) from a card dealer a few years later for a dime apiece or so.

    One of the things I most look forward to having a child - if it's a boy - is getting him hooked on the hobby, as well. I actually had a dream the other night about having a young son and participating in his card collection with him and I woke up wanting to have a baby more than I ever have before.
  9. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Silvio, you don't have to wait for a boy. Girls like collecting baseball cards, too. I was more into it than my brother was. :)
  10. SilvioDante

    SilvioDante Member

    Hope so. I just don't want to seem like I'm trying to turn a daughter into the son I never had, you know? Hope she comes by it naturally.
  11. John

    John Well-Known Member

    There a couple of boxes in my old room at my parents' house. I'm not sure how much stuff I have is worth anything - I know I have a Mark McGwire rookie card and some unopened packs of Upper Deck cards from the first year they were printed -- but written all over the boxes is "Do Not Throw Away."

    Next time I'm home, though that might be until July, I might go through them to see what's worth saving.
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I too was big into baseball cards probably around ages 10-15, which for me was the mid-80s. My favorite uncle gave me a complete Topps set for every birthday and the smaller "traded" set for Christmas. The biggest purchase of my life at the time was the $150 or so I spent on a big case of plastic sheets to bind and catalog them all. I was spectacularly anal about them.

    Now they just take up basement space. I'd seriously consider unloading them for a few grand, if they're worth that much (maybe not given the predominance of mid-80s cards, seems like those were the glut years?). My nostalgia for baseball is all but gone.
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