Some may argue that card collecting skews more toward adults these days than kids. That’s not entirely true. Kids still go to card shops if they have one nearby. They still bug mom for a pack or a box of the newest product when they’re at Target or Walmart. Many do like to go to card shows with dad.
Will their card collecting memories be as strong as those of us who grew up in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s? It’s hard to say, but it might be a long shot.
It would be hard to top some of those pre-internet, pre-video game activities that involved packs of cards (the ones with GUM, remember?). They were purchased at the drug store, super market, gas station, five and dime. They were flipped, put in bike spokes, traded, dissected for stats and put into sets, sometimes series by series. There was no reason to search packs, really, unless you were looking for a star on the back or front. If you got packs as a gift, it meant you could use that quarter to buy even more.
No era has an exclusive on nostalgia, though.
Rookie cards and price guides were the name of the game for today’s 20-and 30-somethings. Trips to the card shop with dad or on the bike after school and the never-ending hunt for Mattingly, Strawberry, Canseco, Griffey and Thomas.
Now, it’s time to give you some new memories while you share yours with collectors around the world.
Share your best childhood card collecting memory in about 200-300 words and you’ll go into a drawing for an unopened 24-pack box of 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball with a retail value of around $70. By entering you agree to allow Sports Collectors Daily to share your story online. Your story can be longer but that won’t mean you’ll have a better chance to win.
Email your entries (preferably in a Word document if you can) to [email protected]. The winner will be drawn AT RANDOM from all entries received. Please include your name.
Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Central time Monday, March 11, so grab that keyboard.