I have to tip my hat to Heather! She understands the value of sports cards, and not just potential resale value at some point in the future. Since the baseball card craze started in the mid-1980′s, the baby boomers whose mothers threw out their 1950′s and 1960′s baseball cards (when they either went to college or the military) have been trying to recapture their youth. Part of this recapturing was to relive the times when the guys flipped cards, put them in the bicycle spokes, and other games they played with their baseball cards. Not to mention their penchant for the bubble gum which came with the cards!
Heather at least understands this, so she got some old “commons” cards in bulk. These are the worthless cards that are deemed to be “filler” in a baseball card set. Usually these are of players who had short careers and who really made no impact with the sports fan landscape in any era (as a player, coach, analyst or other). She got these cards in bulk from a sports card shop which had these leftover cards, usually in poor condition, and got them for a nominal amount.
What is cool about her is that, even though she deals with high end clients looking to buy new homes for sale in Prosper Texas, she took the time to get “down and dirty” and help show the kids in the family the value of flipping these old cards and putting them in the bicycle spokes. By teaching them the history and origin of the cards then the kids received a better appreciation for how cards have evolved and why they have some degree of value to grown men.
My friend Donovan was telling stories about his time in Utah. One of the things he mentioned is that he had some tough-to-acquire Winter Olympics cards from the last event there. It is interesting seeing US-produced cards for international athletes as the presentation is quite different than cards of the same athlete from his/her home country.
In addition to language differences, the content on the backs of the cards tends to be different. The US cards were more factual whereas the international cards had more of a story and “hype” to promote the athlete. The artwork on the international cards was different as well.
I was glad to see him smile when talking about his favorite athletes and the memories of those cards because he was able to recount stories he doesn’t get to do very often. Since he owns a company which performs residential and commercial heating and air conditioning repair and installation in McKinney and the nearby Collin County towns (like Allen, Frisco and Prosper), he doesn’t get to talk very often about international athletes and sports cards or other sports memorabilia. He has some great stories!
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My friend Tim was watching the World Cup with us a few days ago, and he was talking about his experiences with the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. Being a kid back then he loved collecting baseball cards – right around the time that the Fleer & Donruss manufacturers came out – but he loved finding difficult-to-acquire sports cards. Again, this was long before the internet and eBay!
One of the things he enjoyed doing was tracking down unique sports cards from international sports, including those that were made in other countries for the World Cup. Unlike U.S. cards, they weren’t always standardized in terms of size or color layouts. Obviously there were different languages, especially Spanish so he started to learn Spanish words as a result of his card collecting as a kid – something that helped him years later with his business doing custom pool remodeling in Dallas Fort Worth.
This passion to learn about new players, get interesting insights, and learn words in new languages served him well. He talked about some of his favorite cards including countries which haven’t been discussed since the late-1970′s after their last World Cup appearances. It was fun hearing him give history of international soccer while the game was going on as it gave a context which the announcers failed to convey on television.