September 12, 2008

My First Cards

No matter what Roger Clemens may have done in the past, this card will always be special to me:

I started collecting in 1985 and this card was among the first I ever had.  I didn't really know who was good and the idea of a prospect was something I'd never heard of.  But the real reason why this is among the top cards of my collection has nothing to do with book value or even what's on the front of the card...it's all about what's on the back:

Before I had any card binders or Ultra-pro card sheets, I had a Mead notebook and some tape.  And this wasn't some nice Scotch tape, this was some hardcore "rip off the back of the cards" tape.  I would be busily taping my favorite cards in the notebook and my Mom would say, "Matthew, I don't think you should tape them in like that."  "It's okay, I like them this way," I would say.  Well, we can all see what happened later when I took them out of the notebook.  Nonetheless, this card will always symbolize the beginning of my love for this hobby.

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