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Old 04-20-2017, 11:37 AM
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1971, I was seven. Only knew Red Sox players and was on the lookout only for them. My grandmother bought me my first pack and I remember getting George Scott and a Yaz league leader card.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:39 AM
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1992 upper deck Ryan Klesco
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:41 AM
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1975 rack pack - Joe Lis. Just don't ask me where I need to be tomorrow
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:48 AM
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My first baseball card experience was receiving a 1987 Topps factory set. This is really what got me started in the hobby.

My earliest memory of opening up a pack was pulling a Ken Griffey Jr. from a pack of 89 Donruss while in Myrtle Beach with my grandparents - it was traded away long ago.

A little off topic, but a friend of mine who was my father figure when I was a teenager (via the Jewish Big Brothers / Big Sisters program) took me to Cleveland Indians games back in the early 90s. During one game (April 17th, 1993 vs Blue jays) we had seats right on the first base line. A ground ball got near us and he tried hard to reach over and grab it, but toppled over into the field in the process of doing so. As the umpire got close to him, he tossed him the ball and apologized. The ump allowed him to stay in the ballpark (mind you, I was 16 at the time and terrified of the 20k+ people all staring in our direction). He ended up sending the ball to the dugout and it got autographed by the player who hit it (I believe it was Dick Schofield). Just recently, he said he wants me to have that ball. I'm very excited about this, as that day holds some incredible memories for me.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:54 AM
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Good stories, all.

Not only do I recall one of mine, I still have it:

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Old 04-20-2017, 12:00 PM
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GREAT question.

My mom bought me my first pack of cards in 1977. I don't remember who the first card was, but I remember that there was a Rod Carew in the pack, and to my 8-year-old brain, Rod Carew was the GREATEST player in baseball. To this day, whenever I see a 1977 Topps Rod Carew, I still get that same childlike enthusiasm. As much of a prewar guy as I am, 1977 Topps is probably still my favorite set, because of how much it represents to me.

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Old 04-20-2017, 12:06 PM
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Now that I'm pushing 72 yrs young I remember clearly my first pack of cards bought in 1956. Was early spring and couldn't wait to pull back on the waxed folded paper holding the cards in the pack. Bottom card was Ted Lepcio of the Red Sox. I was thrilled. One of my hometown heros. My thoughts back then, if I get a Mantle trade with one of my school chums for a Frank Sullivan or trade a Yogi for a Jackie Jensen, I win every time. Oh you got an Ike Delock how about trading me for a Whitey Ford, great! Next day they all went to school with me in a old rubber band. The new 56 topps cards sailed beautifully up against the schoolhouse. Just hoping for a "Leaner" Won a few, lost a few, gosh those were wonderful days. Thanks for the memories Ted Lepcio and Net54. Happy collecting to all you collectors young and old, Jim
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:15 PM
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My first cards were Halloween funpaks in my trick or treat bag that had close encounters of the third kind cards. I was hooked on cards from that pack on.

Wish they would sell funpaks again so I could hand them out, a great way to bring kids in.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:18 PM
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Wish they would sell funpaks again so I could hand them out, a great way to bring kids in.
Make your own. Fill up a team set bag w/ various cards that you might have laying around.
It may make a kids day & it helps to get rid of any excess cards that mean little to you.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:18 PM
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1966 Mankato MN, Ben Franklin at the Tempo shopping center. Rode my bike the 2 1/2 blocks, pulled a Sandy Valdespino in the first pack, although it may not have been the first card.
No sooner had I hit the streets
When I met the fools that a young fool meets
All in search of truth and bound for glory
And listening to our own heartbeats
We stood around the drum
Though it's fainter now, the older I've become
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