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Old 04-20-2017, 04:01 PM
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I first started collecting cards at the age of 9 in 1975, but I don't remember anything about my first pack because I got into it gradually. I collected the Topps MVP set that year because I liked the pictures of old Topps cards on the fronts, presaging my interest in vintage. One of the neighbor kids stole them from me ("hocked" them, as we said), and I don't think I had them all again until I bought the 1975 Topps set about 15 years ago. I do remember that year when my dad brought home some packs of cards for me and my brother, and one of us got Jackie Brown, who had a big chaw of tobacco in his mouth on that year's card.

I bought more cards in 1976 and made a good run at the set, but didn't come close to finishing it. I also bought one Topps card from each year, 1952 to 1975, starting my collection of non-current cards. To represent 1976, I picked a random card from that year out of my collection, which turned out to be Duffy Dyer. In 1977 I decided that I was going to collect the set, and I further decided that the first card I saw in my first pack of the year was going to go into my run of consecutive years of Topps cards. That first card from that first pack of the year, which I bought at the 7-11 at Butterfield Road and Park Boulevard, was John Montefusco, which I still have. In 1978 I did the same thing, and my first card that year was Pablo Torrealba. I'm blanking right now on who my first card of 1979 was, but in 1980 it was Don Money.

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Old 04-20-2017, 04:02 PM
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It was the winter of 63-64. I saw some cello-packs in a convenience store and recognized a Pirate in one of them. Thanks to my dad for buying it -for me. The card was Johnny Logan, and that is how I remember my first pack. I suppose I was 5? Not my first cards, though. My mom had been cutting out Post cereal and Jello cards for me for a year or so before that. (I still have them, and it is not difficult to tell which ones I cut out for myself).
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Still have it, 56 Topps Mantle in NM-MT condition.....
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Not my first as I bought 68 Football, but for the 1969 Baseball, it seemed like Al McBean was in every other pack of the 1st series when it came out, must have had 20 of them! Of all the cards it sticks out the most from early memories.
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Not my first as I bought 68 Football, but for the 1969 Baseball, it seemed like Al McBean was in every other pack of the 1st series when it came out, must have had 20 of them! Of all the cards it sticks out the most from early memories.
I've heard this type of story a lot, with variations on the player. But I've never heard anyone say "I got a Mantle in every pack"... or Mays or Koufax. Somewhere some kid must have had this happen.

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My grandparents moved to Florida in the late seventies & were season ticket holders for Bucs. Here is the 1st card I remember. My collecting habits have turned more than 180 degrees since then.
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I think it was in 1969. When I was still living in Japan, and my dad who was in the Navy bought a pack for me at the PX. I don't remember all of the cards, but for some bizarre reason one of them was Max Alvis of the Indians.

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Nice to see you Scott.. I have no idea of my first but I distinctly remember the Hostess cards from my day camp days and the '72 set from the magazine inserts..
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I don't remember the cards I got but I remember riding my bike to the local pharmacy and buying a pack of 89 Donruss hoping to find a Griffey RC. I didn't find one in that pack but did eventually.
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First pack was 89 Donruss. My brothers and I each got a pack. My pack had a Ryne Sandberg. My brother had a Dwight Gooden in his.
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