When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was pull out my box of baseball cards and sort through them.
My highest priority was to stack them by teams.
That way, I could easily find my favorite players and read their stats on the back.
After a few years... I became obsessed with collecting rookie cards of whoever was considered hot at the time. This trend lasted throughout most of the 80's.
In the early 90's, I expanded my collecting horizons to other things such as comic cards. Twenty-something years later... I'm still trying to complete those Marvel Universe sets.
Eventually I grew up and sorting cards became less of a priority. Paying off my financial debt, focusing on my career, and buying a place replaced collecting sports cards.
Then in 2008, I was fortunate enough to be dating a girl who actually supported and encouraged me to collect cards, so I jumped back into the hobby. At the time, cards of politicians were gaining popularity... which I thought was totally awesome.
Eight years later... I haven't looked back.
Over the years... I've shifted my collecting interests for the umpteenth time. And these days... I mostly enjoy targeting a unique oddball, an on-card autograph, or a beautiful looking vintage card for one of my player or team collections.
But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate sitting down on my office floor on a Saturday afternoon... sifting through a few thousand trading cards that were generously sent to me by a fellow collector.
Thank you Woody for helping me take a stroll down memory lane.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!