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Old 05-31-2017, 08:34 PM
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I collected hockey cards as a kid but gave up collecting for years and years until my Father gave me these back in the early 90's.

Needless to say, I went from collecting hockey cards at a young age to collecting baseball at a much older age.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:49 PM
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The Ryan/Koosman rookie card was what first got me interested in cards, but I recall it taking a while to grab one--maybe 20 years after I first saw one? The first card I got that made a meaningful difference in my collecting was a 51 Bowman Mantle. I'd purchased a few Mantles previously (the 1960 Mantle/Boyer being my favoreits), but this sent me chasing the Mantle master set. Now I'm one "card" away from completing my version of the set and cannot wait to post my final vintage card (for a while anyway).
Mantle Master Set: 425/425 (complete!!!)
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Old 06-01-2017, 08:11 AM
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When I became a card addict as a 7-year-old in 1972, the Vida Blue In Action card was the first object of my abject covetousness. I also discovered older cards that year through friends with older brothers. I distinctly remember acquiring a 1966 Mantle and other '66s from a fellow second grader with a brother in junior high school. I got the '69 Bench about the same time in a box of cards from a kid who got them from his brother, didn't care about them, and gave them to me when I let him ride my bike. After that, I was obsessed not only with ripping open new packs of cards but finding older stuff, mainly by targeting neighborhood kids who were entering their teen years and giving up the hobby. The Mantle card here is the same one I acquired 45 years ago; I'm pretty sure the Blue card is as well.
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:26 PM
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Although I started collecting In 1971 it was until 1973 I became obsessed with cards. I was in the 4th grade, a chubby kid with a craving for chocolate milk traded me his older brothers 1953 Topps Satchel Paige for three small cartons of milk. He approached me the next day in a state of panic. He begged me to return Satchel. He said his brother threatened to kick his a$$ if Satchel didn't return home safely. I told him that was an a$$ whipping he was going to have to take.

Twenty-eight years later my wife made me attend my 20th HS reunion. While there I was approached by a very large and intimidating looking body builder with tattoos and a shaved head. It was fairly obvious that he recognized me. After a few minutes he realized I had no idea who he was. He then asked if I still had his brothers Satchel Paige. I confirmed that I still was in possession of Satchel. I also explained that if necessary I was prepared to take an a$$ whipping in order to keep him. Thankfully he laughed and didn't take me up on my offer. I still own that card.
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1971 Pirates Ticket Quest:
68 of 153 regular season stubs (44%), 14 of 14 1971 ALCS, NLCS , and World Series stubs (100%)

If you have any 1971 Pirate regular season game stubs (home or away games) please let me know what have!

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Old 06-01-2017, 01:56 PM
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My dad got me this card for my birthday when I was in grade school. Probably 4th grade or so. It started my crazy obsession for sure. I have a few of them now although the original one was stolen when I was in college. Later I purchased one online while deployed. I had a deep desire to replace the stolen card.

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Old 06-01-2017, 05:15 PM
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This was the first old card I ever received. I think I was around 9 at the time. I've had it ever since.
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Old 06-01-2017, 06:11 PM
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I'm also 40. Loved the game and started buying packs hardcore in '86. Found a 56 Aparicio behind my Aunt's sink, and that got me looking into older cards in my CCP and Beckett Guides...and that's when I met the 1952 Topps Mantle.

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Old 06-01-2017, 07:04 PM
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Not too long after I was introduced to baseball cards and was discovering the crisp 1978 Topps set design for the first time, I took a great liking to a 1967 Topps Mickey Mantle that a collecting friend's older brother had. Something about that card appealed to me. Not sure now, because I see now that it was not a very flattering card for The Mick. I would also learn that the 67T Brooks Robinson was not an easy card to get, as all of the ads selling star cards always showed this one much more than most of it's counterparts.

I was able to get the Mantle eventually, although not from my friend's brother. It was probably after I was reintroduced to collecting as an adult after a short break and had some spare income to spend. Robinson took me considerably longer to obtain.

I still like the simple design of the 1967 Topps with the large colored block team names. Hard to believe those were only 11 years old at the time. That is like a 2006 card is to a new card today!
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:16 PM
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My two favorite players when I was a kid were Tom Seaver and Johnny Briggs (Briggs was from my hometown of Paterson, NJ) The first year I bought packs of cards was 1975 and I still remember getting both cards, been collecting ever since.
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:50 PM
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For me, it was the 1949 Bowman Bobby Doerr and Sam Mele. I bought them from my local card shop when I was in fifth grade? sixth grade? Anyways, I lost them both at some point; the Doerr was stolen and I sent the Mele out TTM and it never came back. But I replaced them both a couple of years ago, and got both of them signed TTM.
Signed 1953 Topps set: 232/274 (84.67 %)
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