Hello, my name is Steve and welcome to my latest project. This is totally different for me and way outside my comfort zone. I am not a writer, but wanted to create something where I could share with you my small part of the hobby. Please ignore any typos and incoherent tangents as I type away, two fingers at a time.
I have been a collector since the summer of 1989. One day, my Mom gave me a couple packs of 1989 Topps baseball cards. Between the bright photos on cardboard and stale gum, I was hooked. During my peak childhood years on 10, 11, 12, I collected a lot of baseball cards, and some football and hockey cards. During those early years, most of my collection came from wax packs. Whenever I went shopping with my parents, I would buy the odd pack of Topps, Score, Fleer or Donruss (didn’t have any Upper Deck until 1991 for some reason). I would come home, rip the packs open, eat the stale gum and sort the cards by teams. I then stored them in one of those plastic boxes and looks like a locker. A couple of times I remember getting a few factory sets for Christmas; notably 1990 Topps Football, and 1992 Topps baseball. I collected a lot of cards until the mid 90’s. By the time I got to High School, I drifted away from the hobby.
After college, I picked up a few packs here and there. Before I knew it, I was back in. I was dabbling in a lot of the current hockey and baseball products. Between rookies and autographs, I was hooked. However prices kept going up and it got to be too much. In order to limit my focus, I started to develop a few personal collections. Then in the last few years, I realized my love for junk wax. Wax boxes from the late 80’s and early 90’s can be purchased cheaply and found easily. My local card shop has a great supply that gets restocked. These cards, that are 25-30 years old, are full of nostalgia and could offer hidden gems. Who needs a Brien Taylor or Todd Van Popple rc?
My current collecting in mostly junk wax and the odd rookie single that I pick up. I still collect team sets from my teams; Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills, Red Sox and Everton FC (English soccer). I am big into vintage cards. I have a few different personal collections revolving around cards from the 1960’s, 70’sand early 80’s.
During the Fall 2016, I began writing TTM letters and sending cards out for autographs. This has become a large part of my hobby. Its a great use of the extra junk wax cards that I have. Plus, who doesn’t love getting mail?
I’m not sure how often I will write, but I hope this blog is interesting to some of you. I love this hobby and cannot wait to share it with you. Many have helped me, especially with TTMs, and I would like to pay it forward. If you ever have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Here’s to ripping boxes and collecting gum and wax stained cardboard.