I began collecting baseball cards in 1977 and became full-on obsessed the following year. This lasted into the early 1990s before taking a long hiatus so I could “adult” till around 2014. It’s an incredible thing to be back into this hobby as an adult with an actual job and the whole internet at my disposal.
Obviously a lot of the cards I would have loved to buy as a broke college student almost 30 years ago have gone up considerably, but the funny thing is how many haven’t. And famously, an awful lot of them have gone down in value so much that the biggest barrier to purchase has become postage.
Like a lot of collectors my age, I find contemporary issues to be so overwhelming and different that I avoid most of them, even if a great many of the cards are genuinely beautiful. What I do chase are the cards I grew up dreaming about as a kid as well as the cards I actually had but in some cases no longer do. Here are the main things my collection centers around–
- Hank Aaron (playing career) – Highlights include full Topps run, 1954-76, including All-Stars, Record Breakers, etc. and a few test issues like 1969 Topps Super and 1974 Topps Deckle Edge. Also includes many bobbleheads, magazine, and other Aaron collectibles.
- A project I started in college is my “Top 100,” one playing era card of each of 100 all-time greats, covering a variety of sets from 1933-81. I probably missed my chance to add Ruth and Gehrig, so it’s really more of a Top 98.
- I collect various Brooklyn team sets, including T205, (halfheartedly) T206, 1934-36 Diamond Stars, 1934-1936 Batter Up, 1951 Bowman, and 1955-57 Topps. Why those? A combination of the aesthetics of the set or the historical importance of the year.
- Some of the quirky Fleer/Laughin sets of the 1970s
- My son and I collect vintage Isaac Newton, and may well have the largest collection in the world at this point
- Dwight Gooden (playing career) – Am up to around 700 different cards.
- Various Dodger greats including Steve Garvey, Clayton Kershaw, and Kirk Gibson
- A few sets from when I was a kid
- Card art
WRITING ABOUT THIS STUFF
- I have many, many articles on the SABR Baseball Cards blog, which is where I do most of my writing
- I have some articles (largely older ones that pre-date my SABR membership) on this blog right here!
- I have a separate blog site for Isaac Newton and math-related pursuits.
- I am working on a collector’s memoir, “Ejected: A Love Story,” that may someday make it out to the world.
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