Although I got roped into the show by these two old geezers, I also share a love for this sports collecting hobby. When I was a kid I’d buy packs with chore money, but I truly refined my collection about 10 years ago after the 2009 off-season. I’d just witnessed game 163 and was excited for the Twins future. I remember going into 2010 wanting to buy Upper Deck series one, Topps series one and started to save for Allen & Ginter. Upper Deck would be forced out shortly after release, and Topps that year was disappointing so I shifted my focus onto the grand Twins base project.
Mind you I’ve bought a few boxes of product here or there since, but for the most part I’ve been chasing every Twins *base* card. Learning more about the history of the hobby, I added the Senators because what’s another ~10 years. Pre-war would come later, though I was always drawn to them as a history nut. After a decade of personal growth through injury, strife, and patience outside of collecting – I’m done with Score and Pinnacle, near completion in Fleer, Donruss, Upper Deck and I’m just THREE Twins cards from completing the team set run from 1961 to current year, with eight Washington Senators to go as well.
I’ve been to three National Sports Collectors Conventions – THE National show held annually near the end of July through early August – which is a great hobby event if you’ve never been. You’ll be able to meet and greet with card producers, distributors, auction houses, as well as vendors from across the country! In addition through local show promoters I’ve levied my card knowledge into a job in the hobby – working with COMC as an Identification Technician. Basically once cards are received, they’re scanned and sorted in the warehouses and I enter them into the database marking years, sets, parallels, etc. Every day I see something new and there’s always something to learn. So on the show, I’m the resident ‘WTF is that’ expert. :D.