I just recently got into baseball cards for fun. Hey, it’s America’s oldest pastime. I grew up doing it. What a champ I was selling cards at the Flea Market once with a case my granddad made for me. It was like a dream opening one of those wax packs and pulling a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card. It was like a million dollars for one of those in my mind, but not really. I hung out at the Dugout in Jackson, Mississippi hoping to swing for the fences with my favorite stars, and nothing beat 1986 Topps, 87’ Fleer, 89’ Upper Deck or Bowman. I had a few oldies to from Christmas—gifts from my parents. How about that Willie Mays “catch card”—that worked for me to put a smile on my face. My dad should’ve bought his cards by the boxes and stored them in the attic by the way. It’s like a Ty Cobb card he threw away once that I didn’t know about. Wow! They literally used cards in bicycle spokes. Anyway, today everything is graded in these neat little cases—no bent corners. But I went onto Ebay anyway to cruise around and picked up some of my old favorites graded (cheap) and some weren’t (just to keep costs down). I got a Big Frank Thomas Stadium Club Rookie. I think the words rookie weren’t on it, but I went for some of those too! I even swiped a couple of Canseco rookies, which aren’t worth much anymore due to his book and all, but who even cares about it. It’s like my players, you know. The Bay Bash Brothers or something. That was me and ESPN circa 89’, hitting homers in the living room over the big painting with a badmitton racket and a badmitton ball. It was like grand slams after school instead of homework. I even got to see the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s play in their home stadiums on a trip out west. What’s better is that I just picked up a Will Clark 87’ Fleer rookie, and gave it to a friend for a wedding present I think, what are friends for, except cards, you know. Here’s to your rated rookies, Topps wax boxes and loads of commons to sort through, and not all that expensive, going for the best card thing—although that’s cool to—but keep it local and awesome by liking all the players like when we were younger. Frank Thomas Leaf cards worked for me once, why not now? I showcase all my cards on these little things I got from Michael’s, plus I even snagged a Rated Rookie Canseco poster. It’s hitting homers on my mind. How about yours?

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