Tell me a fun hobby story...
With all that has been going on recently, the fun times and reasons why we are in this hobby can sometimes slip to the backs of our minds. I'd like to hear some fun hobby stories. If nothing else, it will help me get to know you all a bit better. So please post away with stories about what got you into the hobby, fond memories, great acquisitions, friendships you have made... really, just anything that helps to illustrate why you enjoy the hobby.
I will start... When I was a kid, maybe 10 or 11 years old (roughly 1982-1983), I was at a swap meet with my dad. My dad had grown up loving baseball and collecting cards, but a house fire destroyed his collection right after he graduated college. Anyway, we came across a seller at the swap meet who had a couple boxes of mid-late 1960s cards. He was a younger guy, maybe mid-20s. Anyway, my dad asked him what he wanted for the cards. I don't know how it came up in the discussion, but somehow the guy mentioned that he needed a clothes dryer as his had died. We had just replaced our washer and dryer, and my dad offered to trade him our old machines for the cards.
At 10 years old, I remember thinking that my dad was really going big for these cards with his willingness to give up a dryer in trade! Looking back now, especially to those days when department stores didn't necessarily take your old machines away to recycle them, my dad was probably thrilled to have the guy take the machines off his hands. Getting the cards would have just been a bonus!
I recall getting a 1968 Topps Mantle and three 1969 Topps Don Drysdale cards in that lot, but the rest of the cards have faded from my memory.
So, tell me a story...
PSA Employee & Grateful Collector
I focus on autographed American Football League sets, Fleer & Topps, 1960-1969, and vintage lacrosse cards.