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    Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    Here's a neat article I found on ESPN's website with some of their talking heads telling about their favorite baseball cards when growing up.
    I can remember the first Red I got when I started buying packs back in 1971. It was a 1971 Topps Ty Cline and I was thrilled that I had finally gotten a Reds player after buying many packs. I still have that card today.


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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    I guess my best single moment was the day I pulled a 1974 Reds team card from a pack. I was pumped up the rest of the week, and couldn't stop staring at that thing.



    My other general memories are keeping all my Reds seperate from the others with a rubber band around them, and buying those cardboard (later plastic) "locker" things to keep the cards sorted in.

    We had a really good discussion about baseball cards last summer, and oddly enough, it was running exactly one year ago today.

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    Quote Originally Posted by macro
    I guess my best single moment was the day I pulled a 1974 Reds team card from a pack. I was pumped up the rest of the week, and couldn't stop staring at that thing.



    My other general memories are keeping all my Reds seperate from the others with a rubber band around them, and buying those cardboard (later plastic) "locker" things to keep the cards sorted in.

    We had a really good discussion about baseball cards last summer, and oddly enough, it was running exactly one year ago today.

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    I did just the opposite (esp. the 1971 cards) - took the Reds players and scotch taped them up on my wall next to my bed, in a shape of a heart, no less! Of course, it ruined the cards - tho' I still have them and even keep Bench and Gullett in my wallet.

    After the 1970 WS loss to Baltimore - I took Brooks, Frank, Earl, Boog, Jim (Palmer) cards and place them in the spokes of my bicycle. Made a great sound. Then the greatest insult... I had an extra card of Brooks (who was clean shaven), took a sharpie and drew a mustache, beard and horns.

    Now the other cards I kept in shoe boxes - have multiples of Ryan, Seaver, Aaron, etc. that were not even touched - some are even mint condition (which is tough to find for 1971 Topps). About 15 years ago took those cards and transferred them to an album for safekeeping.
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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    My two favorite baseball card memories ...

    1) Completing the 1986 Topps set by purchasing pack after pack. I still have the set in a binder with the protective sleeves. It was the one and only set I completed in this manner.

    2) Topps had a baseball sticker book in the early '80's. You bought the book and packs of the stickers to complete the book. Very similar to collecting a card set but a lot less expensive since the packs of stickers went for .25 or a jumbo pack for 1.00. I only saw this book one year and never saw it again.

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    Quote Originally Posted by HotCorner
    2) Topps had a baseball sticker book in the early '80's. You bought the book and packs of the stickers to complete the book. Very similar to collecting a card set but a lot less expensive since the packs of stickers went for .25 or a jumbo pack for 1.00. I only saw this book one year and never saw it again.
    Found the book on E-Bay ...

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    Quote Originally Posted by HotCorner
    My two favorite baseball card memories ...

    1) Completing the 1986 Topps set by purchasing pack after pack. I still have the set in a binder with the protective sleeves. It was the one and only set I completed in this manner.

    2) Topps had a baseball sticker book in the early '80's. You bought the book and packs of the stickers to complete the book. Very similar to collecting a card set but a lot less expensive since the packs of stickers went for .25 or a jumbo pack for 1.00. I only saw this book one year and never saw it again.
    I did this with the 1982 Topps set as well. Topps collation standards were so poor that by the time I got my final missing card (Gary Lavelle-SF Giants), I nearly had two complete sets for that year...
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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    Quote Originally Posted by HotCorner
    My two favorite baseball card memories ...

    2) Topps had a baseball sticker book in the early '80's. You bought the book and packs of the stickers to complete the book. Very similar to collecting a card set but a lot less expensive since the packs of stickers went for .25 or a jumbo pack for 1.00. I only saw this book one year and never saw it again.
    I have to agree with this one. I loved those sticker books, and I almost completed an entire book. They had them for more than one season, so I'll have to dig mine out and check. The one thing I remember was a page dedicated to the top HR hitters of all time. Those stickers were thicker and sort of shimmered. I think there was an All-Star page on the very last page of the book.

    My Grandpa used to buy packs and packs of cards, then give me all the gum and all the Reds players. Now I try to buy cards for my son, and they end up costing an arm & a leg. My God, they've gotten to be expensive.

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    1) Getting a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. RC for my bday back around 1993 or so.

    2) Trading Several cards including Pedro Martinez Hat card and Cash for 2000 Upper Deck Autographed Game Used Jersey Ken Griffey Jr. which at the time was booking for $800
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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    I bought a box of 1986 Donruss for the shockingly high price of $20 (big bucks when you're 13 and it's 1986) in hopes of getting a Jose Canseco rookie card. I finally got one in the 4th-to-last pack I opened. Too bad it's almost worthless now.

    I also remember trading a 1985 SportFlic (briefly available in the mid-80's) card of Kirby Puckett to a friend because I didn't know who Kirby Puckett was and he did.

    My favorite card:

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    I remember when I was little getting a 'hot pack.' Which was a pack of cards with NOTHING but inserts in them. I took the whole pack to the local card show, and made about $70 off that pack. I was definitely smiling ear to ear then....

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    The 1976 Topps set is great: Love the Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench cards.

    Also- the 1977 set is cool in regards to the Bench, Foster and Rose cards.

    I bought a 1971 Garvey rookie off of ebay just so I could have it as well as the 69 Bench card, which is simply classic.

    The 1950s Aaron and Mantle cards are special, too.

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    The first Red I got in a pack, the great Bill Plummer in 1978.
    Finally completing that 1978 set, 10 years later.
    Opening my very first 1989 Upper Deck pack ever - and getting the Ken Griffey Jr. card on the very top.
    Recently completing my 1968-1972 sets.
    Presently, getting each 1933 Goudey card - I have 118 cards of the 240 card set (38 of the 66 HOF cards).

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit
    The first Red I got in a pack, the great Bill Plummer in 1978.
    Finally completing that 1978 set, 10 years later.
    Opening my very first 1989 Upper Deck pack ever - and getting the Ken Griffey Jr. card on the very top.
    Recently completing my 1968-1972 sets.
    Presently, getting each 1933 Goudey card - I have 118 cards of the 240 card set (38 of the 66 HOF cards).

    My first year collecting as well. I was seven. I remember not caring about anything but pulling Reds out of packs. I loved the Morgan and Foster cards. I used to get a few new packs and then dump the new cards into a box with all the others and then shake the box up and put them back into teams. I loved doing that. Every time I bought new packs (a nickel a pack IIRC), I would do this. As I got older, I went to some card shops and eventually competed the set. They were in pretty bad shape, but I put them in plastic sheets in a binder and eventually traded the set for a 1989 Upper Deck complete set at a card show in 1989.

    I was consumed with card collecting until I discovered girls.

    In fact, if I hear a song from the period '78-83, I can almost 100% guarantee I get the year the song was out by shutting my eyes and picturing the cards I was collecting at that time.

    Eventually, I got the '78 set back. Many of the cards I traded and sold away as a poor college student in the early 90's, I found again on Ebay and it's a total buyer's market right now. I don't care about turning a profit on them, I just want to have the cards back from my childhood.

    The 1978 set I have now is near mint. I mean, these cards could almost all be sent away to be graded. Beautiful. I wouldn't be surprised if the average card was a 8-9, graded. I have every Topps set from 1978 on to about 1994. All either factory (sealed) or hand collated (1979, 1980, 1981) but in Mint. I just need to get on Ebay and start shopping all factory (sealed) sets from 1995-2006. I figure it may cost me well over $1000 to complete the gap.

    I'm also in the process of going back to the first year I was alive (1971) and completing every set from 1971 to 1977. I have many older cards given to me by relatives, but I have a way to go to complete them with many of the commons. I need at least half of the '71 and '73 sets. I have about 75% of 1972 and most all of 1974. As for 1975-1977, I was thinking of just buying these as complete sets. I don't see how they could be that expensive. The 1975 set has Brett and Yount rookies, but other than that I'm sure I could find someone on Ebay that is desperate.

    It is a total buyer's market now for anything you want.

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    I was 8 years old when 1989 Upper Deck came out and had been collecting for awhile due to a 5 year older brother. The set was so diff. I bought many packs trying to get the hot Griffey RC, but could never get one out of the pack. One night I lucked into a factory set at Hills dept. store and convinced my mom to buy it for me. That hills was pretty good to me, I also bought a lot of 1989 score football cards there just because I liked the way they looked. That turned out to be a pretty good set also, and I ended up having about 3 full sets.

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    Re: Favorite Baseball Card Memories

    highlights of collecting:

    The Upperdeck "motion" card of Nolan Ryan
    Getting the 89 and 90 upper deck complete sets for xmas both years
    Having a book filled with nothing but Chris Sabo cards (my fav player at the time) including his 1988 "THE ROOKIES" donruss rookie card
    Topps Stadium cards when they first came out were exciting
    1900 Bowmans being too big for my book and the tops of the cards always getting damaged! (BTW WORST PHOTOGRAPHY EVER)
    Bo Jackson score card with football pads and bat
    Michael Jordan baseball card
    Remember The Studio Cards?

    wow i could go on forever


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