I started collecting baseball cards in 1985 when I saw some packs in a Revco Pharmacy while visiting my grandparents in Florida. My dad bought me some packs and I was hooked. One of the first "good" players I got in those packs was Daryl Strawberry and he soon became my favorite player. For years I was disappointed how Strawberry's career ended up... the off field problems, etc. was all very disheartening for me as a fan and collector. However, I've read a little about Strawberry lately and it seems like he has perhaps turned his life around and is making a positive difference in people's lives. So, I'm willing to give him another chance.
Anyways, I collected avidly through 1991 or 1992 I guess then slowed down a bit. I have been fascinated with vintage cards for a long time and now collect vintage cards almost exclusively. I still have all those mid-1980's through early 1990's cards though (about 50-70 THOUSAND of them) if anyone needs some for sets or whatever.
I bought my first T206 from a classmate in highschool for $5. I have been hooked on those ever since. I have over 90 T206's now and completing that set is a lifelong goal of mine.
My dad bought me 100 1965 Topps baseball cards at a card show in Memphis, TN (I think I was there to get Lou Brock's autograph). I have been hooked on those ever since too. I have about 95% of that set complete with the toughest card, the Mickey Mantle (#350) in my collection at maybe a VG/EX grade.
I am slowly building my vintage sets and would like to trade for some of the cards I need. I started a low-grade (aka "beater") set of 1955 Topps which is nearing completion. So any help with those would be greatly appreciated.
My next beater set may be one of the Bowman sets... 1950, 1951, or 1952. Or maybe 1952 Topps (so I could possibly afford the high numbers!). Or maybe the E98 set. There is so much to choose from!