It was my freshman year of college in the spring of 1988. I walked to a local convenience store to purchase a few necessaries. While I was checking out, I noticed a box of Topps baseball cards on the counter. I could not resist. With the exception of one pack in the spring of 1986, I had not purchased baseball cards since 1981. That was the year that the New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
I spent the entire summer of 1988 completing that set. It was the first set that I ever completed. The years that followed produced a rise in the interest of collecting baseball cards. Sports collectors conventions abounded. Unfortunately, many of the baseball cards produced during those years are worthless today. My entire collection was placed in my son’s closet, never to be thought of again.
I purchased my first pack of baseball cards in 1978. It was the year after Reggie Jackson’s historic World Series performance. Like most kids, I stored my baseball cards in shoeboxes, and flipped them against my classroom walls. Needless to say, they never survived. So when I saw that Mickey Rivers was doing a signing for Steiner Sports many years later, I did not hesitate. I immediately purchased his 1978 Topps baseball card, and sent it in.
Mickey Rivers is one of my childhood favorite Yankees. I could not resist having him sign a 1978 Topps baseball card. The 1978 Topps baseball set is my personal favorite baseball card set of all time.
When I posted an image of my Mickey Rivers autographed baseball card on Autograph Live, Terrier commented on it. “That was a great set,” he replied. “I actually had the complete set autographed.”
I was impressed. “Even Catfish and Martin and Munson?” I asked. This gave me a great idea. Why not have my 1988 Topps baseball set autographed by as many living players as possible?
The 1988 Topps baseball set presents some wonderful autograph opportunities for baseball autograph collectors.
Collecting those autographs has been a wonderful project. I know that the set will never be completed, but it does not matter. I also know that the money spent on the autographs will never be recovered. I do not care. It is a passion project of mine. Many of us collect autographs without any consideration of their resale value. Our money is not being wasted. It simply means that we are spending our money on a hobby that we enjoy. It does not matter what the resale value of my autographed baseball card collection is. It’s my money. I hope that many autograph collectors agree.