One of my earliest vivid memories is from when I was four years old and I had just gotten some sort of shot at the doctor. Because I had handled it so well, I was able to go to the Red Owl to pick out a toy and rent a movie.
The trade was made and I went on with my day, until there was a sudden loud and angry knock on our front door. As it turned out, Tony's mom realized that the Aaron card wasn't vintage or valuable at all-- it was just a common card from the 1989 set.
Tom talks about his collection, where he gets his vintage cards, how important the condition of cards is to his collection, about his favorite cards and what he hopes happens to his collection years down the road.
Any time my dad went to the convenience store in 1993, there was a good chance that he was going to bring back some baseball cards. Scratch that- there was a 100% chance that he would bring back cards.
When my dad and I would set up our booth at a card show, we would put this mutilated Ryan on the table with a price tag of $10. We both knew if anyone actually tried to buy the card we would not be able to follow through with the sale.