above: some photos from my venture back into collecting cards!
In the "About the Author" section of this site (which you should go read), I briefly mentioned that I am a collector of baseball cards. I want to take some time today and tell you all about how I got back into the hobby. I've honestly been surprised at how deeply I've allowed myself to dive into buying and collecting cards.
To say that this pandemic situation is a weird time would be an understatement. I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, it has changed the way I think on a deep level. Frankly speaking, it's opened up some doorways to dark rooms in my head. In my aforementioned "About the Author" (seriously go read it), I talked about the Summer of 2016, when I was at my lowest point. The thing that started my ascension out of that metaphorical hole was baseball. In much the same way, the greatest game on Earth and my love for it are comforting me through these unusual days. That was really the catalyst for my return to collecting cards.
One day, navigating the mental minefield, I was thinking about the 1990 Donruss baseball cards. The design is honestly one of my favorites ever, and that particular set had a profound impact on my knowledge and love of the game at a young age. It didn't take long for me to wander to Google to start scouring the internet for unopened packs to open, just to offer a little joy to my presently mundane existence. Much to my excitement, I discovered how easy it is to find unopened packs and factory sealed boxes of nearly any set of baseball cards one could think of. I hastily purchased a box of 1991 Donruss cards. Full disclosure, they were mislabeled as 1990 Donruss, but it was such an impulse buy, I didn't notice until after I had completed the transaction. Nonetheless, I was still elated. Once I received the box, opened it up and discovered 36 packs worth of nostalgia, I was hooked.
Since then, I've continued to buy unopened boxes and packs of my favorite card sets from my childhood. In addition, I have started to find the welcoming, passionate community of collectors who buy, sell, and trade baseball cards online. I've even started to buy some cards knowing what I'm getting. It's been really cool to find some great relics of not only my childhood, but also years that predate me. I think those are my favorites, the retro and vintage cards. Picking up this hobby again, after years of hiatus from it, has truly been a beam of light in an otherwise dark time.
If you want to connect with me to talk about the hobby or even trade, hit me up on twitter @baseballsmymuse