By the mid 80's, they were the heart of my baseball card collection. Pulling rookie cards of Gwynn, Mattingly, Gooden, and Canseco felt like winning a jackpot on a slot machine. Things started to shift for me in the 90's. That's when I started trying to hoard inserts and eventually collect autographs and memorabilia cards.
These days modern inserts do little for me, but I still enjoy picking up autographs and relics. As for rookie cards? My interest was resurrected a few years ago along with a lot of current collectors.
However it's not quite the same as when I was a kid. Back then, I relied on my parents to buy packs for me, so I might only add a handful of nice rookie cards to the collection each year. As an adult, I'm fortunate enough to have the discretionary funds to allow me to add nice rookie cards with a click of a button.
That doesn't mean I hit up eBay and blow my savings on cardboard. In fact, I've cut back a lot recently which has allowed me to dig into my collection and appreciate cards that have been looked at once, thrown into a box, and in some cases forgotten.
This Reggie Jackson is a perfect example:
1969 Topps Decals #NNO
As an avid Oakland Athletics fan and card collector, I have long yearned to own a copy of Reggie Jackson's 1969 Topps rookie card. Unfortunately, they've always been a little too pricey for my taste..
So last summer, I settled for the decal version instead. It's not a card, nor is it considered a rookie... but I was happy to finally add a 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson to my Oakland A's collection. It's just a shame that it's taken me almost a year to share it on my blog. Why? Like I said... I forgot about it.
I won't be going back into my classroom for the rest of the school year... and it's starting to look like my summer school gig may be cancelled. The good news is I'll be able to sit down, go through some more boxes, and appreciate some abandoned purchases that have been buried for far too long. Stay tuned. I'll be sharing whatever I find in future posts.
In the meantime...
Do you have any boxes or binders sitting in your collection that haven't been opened in years? Do you ever feel like you neglect certain parts of your collection?
Looking forward to reading your responses. Happy Thursday and sayonara!