I've been collecting baseball cards since 1985, when I was 34 years old. I didn't collect cards as a kid. In 1985 I bought some packs of Topps and I was hooked. I really don't know which is the first card I bought, but I'm sure it's a 1985 Topps card.
I really have no sense of what is considered a large collection but I guess I have a large collection. I'm a pretty eclectic collector and I never discard a card I've bought, unless it is a duplicate of a player I don't care for. When I say this is my 90,000th card, I actually mean I own 90,000 different cards. My collection, counting duplicates amounts to 103,898 cards. And I know this because I'm a careful collector who catalogs each card into a database. I'm not counting the pile of cards that I have waiting to catalog,
including 2 blasters of Topps Heritage I found yesterday (one with a
Yes, I am a nerd with an engineering degree. What's the point of having a collection if you don't know what you have? Better than that, I can put my hand on any one of these cards within maybe 10 minutes of being asked to produce it. What's the point of having a collection if you don't know where it is? And for a lot of these cards I can tell you when I bought, where I bought it and how much I paid for it. For me, a large part of the enjoyment of collecting cards is in cataloging them and maintaining the collection.
So without any further ado, my 90,000 card!