Baseball Cards before the Internet
There was a time, before the Internet, when baseball cards were bought, sold, and traded through mail order catalogs, hobby shops, and sports card conventions. If you were a collector, you remember what it was like to visit your local hobby shop or go to a convention. It was the highlight of the weekend. You never knew what you might find. Many treasures awaited as well as instant gratification. Ordering through the mail, had a different dynamic. There had to be some trust built into the transaction, because you never held the card in hand before the purchase. The upside was the day the mailman arrived with your cardboard acquisition. The wait was worth it.
“The Collector Talks”
The very first card catalog I subscribed to was “The Collector Talks”. It was a quarterly, thin, flimsy, construction paper, mailing. I waited eagerly for it to arrive at the change of each season. It was through this catalog, that I began to acquire the taste for older cards. My first “older” card was a 1959 Topps Duke Maas. I bought it for no particular reason, other than the year. I wanted something that would surge past the 60’s and went right back to the 50’s. That card, which was 18 years old at the time, changed my approach to card collecting. (If Mrs. V wants someone to blame, it was Duke.) I started chasing older baseball cards from that point.
“The Sports Collectors Bible”
I would spend hours trying to determine what my next purchase would be, always cross referencing “The Sports Collectors Bible“, which would give me an idea of worth. “The Sports Collectors Bible” (Published 1977) was a tremendous resource for every type of sports collector. The information contained within was staggering.
I still reference it frequently. It opened my eyes to a whole world of sports collectibles…and I wanted them all. (Again…if Mrs.V is looking to blame..) This book, purchased 40 years ago, was the driving force in my passion for collecting. I am sure many other collectors have the same feelings.
The Chicago Card Company published “The Collector Talks”. Neither of which seem to be in existence anymore. Those flimsy, thin, construction paper flyers will always have a special place in my collection.
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