In honor of Mother’s Day, we used our Facebook page Sunday to ask for your best stories about your mom’s contribution to your collecting pursuits.
As usual, you didn’t disappoint.
The overall feeling was that collectors’ moms have been, by and large, very good sports.
Here is a selection of some your stories. You can see others by going to the page and, of course, you’re welcome to add yours if you haven’t done so yet.
Carey Cozocar: (In the) 1970’s I think packs were 5 or 10 cents at the time, mom would give me quarter after quarter so I could run to the corner store to open packs so I could finish my set as fast as possible. Those were the days!!!!
Chet Pulaski: 1971 when I was 7 & mom giving me a dime or so for a pack of baseball cards & a bag of Doritos for my walk to school each day where I stopped at the local grocery store in Pullman, Il. Still have them all.
Victor Ross: Mom saved all of my cards for me also. She boxed them up and kept them in her basement for at least 10 years while I “grew up”. I still remember how cool it was looking through all of those 60s and 70’s cards. She is the reason I have been in this great hobby for most of my life!
Brad Beneke: My mom would go to garage sales and pick up cards cheap for me. Mostly it was common cards in rubber band damage, but once she handed me a Velveeta cheese box with about 200 cards from 1971-74 in them. 2 Schmidt rookies, 3 Winfield rookies, 3 Hank Aaron home run champ ‘74 card 1. Two 73 Clementes, a 73 Ryan, 71 Reggie Jackson and a 71 McCovey, all at PSA 7 or better quality. She paid a buck for the box and she gave it to me when I took her out for Mother’s Day in ‘93.
Kenny Evans: I was watching a Giant football game with my Dad and four brothers in the mid-70s and my Mom came I to the room and asked if anyone wanted to hit a few yard sales with her. She didn’t get much if a response so I said, “Sure, I’ll go.” We’ll wouldn’t you know it but at one if the sales was a box if baseball cards. I started digging through, mostly from 70s and was asking the owner how much for this card and how much for that card. My Mom said why don’t you make an offer for the whole box (about 400 cards). I offered $5.00 and the guy said $10.00. I put my head down and walked away. My Mom saw the look on my face and handed me a $10 bill. I couldn’t believe it.
I bought the box and brought it home. As j started going through the mix I discovered over 100 of the cards were from the 1950s… ’56 Mantle, ’57 Aaron, ’55 Snider, ’58 Williams and on and on. I’ll never forget that day. As a 14 year old kid, it was the jump start of a baseball card collection that us over 100,000 card as well as a complete run from ’59 to date as well as complete sets including ’41 Play Ball, ’51 Red Backs, and the ’54,’55 and ’56 Topps sets. Thanks Mom!
Bob Boffa: As a kid of the 50’s and 60’s, my mom NEVER threw away my cards! She would say later that kept me close to her, though I moved 1600 miles away. I guess that’s what mom’s love is all about!
Scott Lewandoske: My mother liked to take a look at the cards I would get. In 1973, I got an Indians manager and coaches card, which had Warren Spahn on it. Spahn was my favorite player and she took that card from me. She put it in her jewelry box. When I got another one of the same card, my mother took that one toO. When I got a third one, she finally left me keep it. When my mother died years later, that Warren Spahn card was still in her jewelry box. About two years ago, I started collecting Warren Spahn cards in her memory.
Larry Mathews: She bought me my first pack of 1985 Topps football and the first card I got was a Jerry Rice rookie card. Boy, do I miss her being here.
Ralph McCullough: In 1979, I stayed up late trying to put a set together,and fell asleep, face first into the cards (lol). Woke up and found them in numerical order, sheeted and in album, with note “off to work. I love you”. My mom was a true collector’s mom, and I love her.
Noel Edward Reucroft: You would think my mom buying me a complete set of 86 Fleer basketball for $10 back in 86 would be my best memory! I must have bought at least two boxes worth of ‘84 football packs trying to get a Marino rookie but I never pulled one. For Valentine’s day back in ‘84, she bought me one single pack that yielded me the elusive Marino RC. Moms always have a knack for pulling the best packs!