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Old 02-22-2006, 07:25 PM
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Posted By: nbrazil

just curious as to how many of you started collecting pre war cards in your 20's or younger? The question is mainly focused on those in their 20's NOW (as i am in that age group)...what brought you into it? generally speaking, pre war collectors are far older (and "situated" in life)...the median age group of the posters in this forum is probably 15-20 years older. mainly because younger collectors are more exposed to more modern cards and don't really have the money to support a large undertaking of collecting pre war cards (money, i think, is such a huge factor in why younger collectors dont go into pre war). Additionally, there is usually a gap in between collecting when you were a kid and then coming back into the hobby...that gap usually takes place once someone hits college and ends when one becomes more situated financially in life.

the question can be generalized to all who started collecting pre war in their 20's (it's less relevant for those of who were in your 20's...say, in the 1980's because pre war cards back are not as pricey and were not salient in a lot of collectors minds (as opposed to say, don mattingly, jose canseco and darryl strawberry cards). a lot of people talk about how they collect cards from their childhood. well, if that is the case with us 20 year olds..we should be hoarding 1988 donruss cards. Why pre war?

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Old 02-22-2006, 07:30 PM
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I purchased them when I was 24. I really began to collect T206 cards in earnest when I was 26 or 27, and I haven't really looked back. I am now 32.

By 1998 I knew not to purchase modern glossy crap anymore. I never bought into the serial numbered cards/game-used cards/etc. which I viewed then and continue to view as artificial scarcity. How jazzed can someone really get about Lebron James cards that were manufactured yesterday? What if he breaks his leg tomorrow and never plays again?

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Old 02-22-2006, 07:57 PM
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Posted By: Brian E.

I first started collecting in 1988 and purchased my first Donruss cards from ToyRus. I'm now 27 and its been four years since I purchased my first vintage card.

I still vividly recall when I first started collecting, looking at b/w photos of T206 Wagner and Cobb Portraits hoping one day to afford one.

Fast forward to 2002 and I'm in Kosovo spending some off time surfuring the web. Times had changed, I was no longer a 4ft tall kid rather I was now a single army officer, collecting a tax free paycheck and not spending any of it. I found a Red Cobb EPDG on Ebay for $300 that later graded as a SGC 40. Been collecting T206 Cobbs ever since.

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Old 02-22-2006, 08:07 PM
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Posted By: Charlie O'Neal

I'm 28 and started collecting T206's last year b/c I liked the way the cards looked. I actually got started by finding this site looking for something completely different and once I started looking at the pictures posted on the website I instantly fell in love with the cards.

What actually made me make the jump from newer cards to vintage was the fact that I could get some nice cards of some very famous people for about the price of a current rookie that had not even made it to the majors yet. While I still collect my basball heros from when I was a kid (Canseco, Griffey, McGwire, etc) I have a better appreciation for the past now and the players that helped form the game and have since given up on current players on the most part to focus on some of the all time greats.

Your post hit it right on the mark since I quit collecting when I was about to start college and didn't start up again until a couple of years after I was out. Why collect little pieces of cardboard when you have more important thing to focus on in college, like getting up enough money to buy beer for the weekend.

Now if I could just pay off those damn student loans...my collection would grow alot faster.

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Posted By: robert a

I actually know more folks on this board that are in their 20s or early 30s than otherwise.

I'm 30. Of course, the monster sucked me in as well. I stopped collecting in the early 90s because I couldn't keep track of all the new products that were modern baseball cards. I'm glad I did.

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Posted By: Josh Adams

I'm 28, and have been collecting vintage pre-war for about 3 yrs, and cards in general for 15. Love it, and this board has really expanded my knowledge and increased my love for old, musty, cardboard photos of dead guys.

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Posted By: pete ullman

i'm 36 and have been a bb card collector most of my life. i've always been interested in bb history as well. i collected 50's-present as a kid with a focus on hof'ers and yankees. my first 2 vintage cards are pictured below. the matty i paid $2 for at one of my first big shows and i paid $5 for the criger from a local card shop. i sold my collection after i wrecked my first car to buy another but kept some. i got interested in cards again in college and went mad buying early 90's crap...and this rekindled my interest in cards and i vowed to never buy a card i once owned so i focused on vintage. first t-206's esp the backs and some caramels. i decided i wanted to be a type collector years ago but it's become the impossible dream. i wish i had leon's collection!

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Posted By: Ray

I'm 29 and started collecting T206 cards back in August of 2003.

Why??? Two reasons:

1. I had stopped collecting in 1992 because of all the crap on the market (I have thousands of cards from 1981 to 1992). I wanted to get back into it and was originally going to go for cards from the 50s.

2. I visited Cooperstown that summer and names like Mathewson, Young, and Cobb interested me more than Aaron, Ford, or Drysdale.

Hence, my T206 collection was started. 2 and 1/2 years later, I have over 140 cards in the set... along with a T200 Giants, a few Hornsby, Carl Mays, and Sisler cards from the 20s.

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Posted By: fkw

Im 40 and started collecting vintage at 13 years old in 1979. My very first card was a T206 Unglaub in EX for $3 (I loved the name). My first big card was to trade a Bench rookie and Ryan rookie and a couple other 1960s cards for a R319 Ruth #144. my first exotic "type" card was a W555 Wagner I picked up for $75. I learned the most when I bought all 3 of Lew Lipsets books and subscribed to "The Old Judge" in the mid80s. I stopped collecting for a few years a couple times, once in late 80s and once in late 90s and gutted my collection for needed cash and other priorities. I wish I never did, I had picked up some good stuff in the early 90s when the prices were a bit lower on the exotic "type card" stuff.

BTW I still feel like Im in my 20s....... I still listen to modern alternative music, surf, ski, mountain bike, have tattoos and date a 26 year old.

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Posted By: jpaol99

I am 22 and never really took a break from collecting once I started at 13. The issues I collected however did. I started with 60-80's cards and worked my way back. I have been mainly focusing on pre-20 issues since I was 18 or so. The set that really pulled me into vintage was the 1933 goudey set. The history of the players and even the look and feel of the cards themselves fascinated me. From there I have went into caramel, tobacco, and even some 19th century issues. Not only do I like to collect but I also look at my cards as a potential investment. Its not just throwing money into the wind like some hobbies.

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