While this is my first post, I am not new to the hobby. Like many in my demographic, I started collecting as a kid in the 1970's (77, 78 and 79 were prime collecting years for me) and then drifted away during my teenage years. Fortunately, my mom did not throw out my cards BUT I did discover during my college years that I could convert the better cards into beer money (which I gladly did). Although I wish I could turn back the clock and get some of those cards back, I did manage to retain a decent stack of cards from my childhood.
Growing up in the Philadelphia area, Mike Schmidt was my favorite player and Steve Carlton was, in my view, the best pitcher in the game. I collected Phillies, Phillies and more Phillies. The following cards in many ways epitomize why and how I collected as kid (and highlight certain aspects of cards and collecting that I still gravitate towards today).
First, Tim McCarver 1977 Topps #357.
Next, Garry Maddox 1977 Topps #520.
Finally, Mark Fidrych 1977 Topps #265.
I will be back with Part 2 of this post - which will focus on the early 1990's and my re-entry into a very different hobby....