Here is the first piece I ever wrote, back in December 2014, borrowed from my Cardboard Isaac blog. Things got out of control fast from here, both in terms of the Newton collection and the blogging! It was a huge thrill in 2017 to be contacted by a bestselling author who wanted to interview me for his own piece on the 1952 Topps Look ‘n See set.

Cardboard Isaac

One of the great joys of growing up was collecting baseball cards, even regardless of the many tragedies that beset my collection over and over again. It was in my card collecting prime, around the age of 11 or 12, that the hobby seemed to change considerably. What I had always done for fun and spent money on was becoming something a great many people were now doing to make money. On the bright side, it meant that card shops started springing up in neighborhoods and conventions became more frequent; and on the downside, the cards I had hoped to someday add to my collection grew more expensive. Concurrently, the hobby’s focus shifted over the years from established Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron and Willie Mays to rookie cards of whoever might be the next big thing…Ron Kittle, Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Jerome Walton, etc., at least until he…

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