Hey everyone. It is winter, and with few fishing opportunities locally besides catfish, I am trying a new venture. During the pandemic I started collecting baseball cards again, with a goal of getting at least one card for every hall of famer who has a card in the "wax pack era" ranging from 1952 to when I stopped collecting as a kid, 1992. I ended up getting every one except for a Jackie Robinson or a 1953 Topps Satchel Paige. But, more than the value of the cards, I like the history of sports. And, when you reach a certain age, there is a power in nostalgia.
So, I have started up an Instagram account @frenchsjunkwaxmemories. The plan is to do one video a day, looking back at some of my cards and telling stories (either a little bit about what I remember about a player, either by watching or by reading about him in library books, or about how I got the card.) Most of the focus will be on my peak window of collecting (cards from the late 80s and very early 90s), while mixing in some vintage cards along with some football, basketball, and hockey. If you are into collecting, feel free to follow.
It is crazy to think, I opened my first pack of cards (86 Topps) in May of 1986. It has been almost 38 years. Meanwhile on the same day I opened my first pack, I was only 34 years removed from those first Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps being put in the spokes of bicycles.