Last week, I learned a new psychological term called "the reminiscent bump" over on Night Owl Cards. Greg does a great job of explaining what it is, but I'll do my best to summarize it. It's essentially a tendency for older people to remember more things from their adolescence and early adulthood than from other periods of their life.
When I started this blog eight years ago, one of my objectives was to document my card collecting history for my future self. And based on my experiences, the reminiscent bump is a legit thing. I'm constantly writing about the 80's and 90's which essentially makes up a large part of my personal bump.
Today I figured I'd give you a quick glimpse (sort of a CliffsNotes version) of my reminiscent bump as it relates to my collecting history. Someone had suggested that we turn this into a Blog Bat-Around and I couldn't agree more.
So without further ado, let's take a trip down memory lane...
1981 Fleer #574
1982 Topps #30 and #31
1983 Fleer #643 and #644
1985 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 #74a
1986 Topps #370
1987 Topps #60
1989 Bowman #220 and 1989 Upper Deck #1
1990/91 Fleer #63
1992 Fleer Ultra #277
1992 Fleer Ultra Award Winner #12
1992 Fleer Ultra Gwynn Commemorative Series #S2
1992: 1992 Fleer Ultra was my personal Money Pit. It's a good thing that I had an employee discount, because I spent a lot of money building a master set (w/o the Gwynn autographs).
1994 Signature Rookies Autographs #10
1994: When 1994 Signature Rookies Draft Picks guaranteed an autograph in every pack, it changed card collecting for me. I bought a ton of this stuff and have been collecting autographs ever since.
1998/99 Topps Chrome #143
1999 Pokemon Basic #4
1999: Pokemon takes my classroom and the rest of the school by storm. It also helps me get a job at the card shop located across the street from my work. I'm able to bring the LCS new business and they're able to give me discounts on unopened product. It's a win/win situation.
2001 Topps Gallery #151 and 2001 Topps Gallery #135
2001: I sold off the bulk of my collection and left the hobby. It might have been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but it was the right decision. Unfortunately... I totally missed out on the Ichiro and Pujols rookie card craze.
Student Sketch Card
2008: Teachers in my district reach the top of the salary schedule in their 12th year, so by 2008 I was doing pretty well for myself in regards to finances. It was the perfect time for me to return to card collecting. That's part of the reason the 2008 Topps design remains special to me.
2010 Topps National Chicle #235
One of the singles I purchased during that period of time was this beautiful Jackie Robinson card. It took me a few years of seeing it everyday on Night Owl's blog header, but I eventually got my hands on one.
A huge shout out to Greg for inspiring this post. It really gave me a chance to sit down and piece together a personal hobby timeline.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!