Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's all downhill from here

From 1981 to 1985, collecting sports cards of any kind was totally off my radar.  Why you ask?

High school.  Puberty.  Girls.  Yep, like most young men, I had lots of other things on my mind other than cardboard.  Nope, that's not the downhill part.

During that period, I missed out on purchasing rookie cards of some of the greatest names to play baseball in the last 30 years.  Boggs, Gwynn, Sandberg, Henderson, and Raines to name a few.

But this past weekend, I found one name that had eluded me for 3 decades.  For $20, I now have the '82 Topps RC of the Iron Man in hand.

Getting the Cal Ripken RC for the '82 set build that I just started wasn't high on my priority list at the card show last weekend, but when the pile of cards I had to purchase from my vintage dealer was a bit small, I saw this in one of his showcases and added it to the pile.

Finishing this set should be all downhill from here...

thanks for reading, Robert


  1. I was still collecting during that period (and in high school). I pulled that card out of a pack and saved me some trouble and cash.

    See kids? Always collect when you're in high school.

  2. Iconic rookie card. I was just starting to collect back in the early 80's and opened a fair share of 82T packs. Unfortunately... I never pulled the Ripken rookie card. Five years ago, I finally picked up a copy (actually two) at a garage sale. It felt good to cross that one off of my list. Now if I could only get my hands on his Traded card.

  3. That is a beautiful Bob Bonner rookie! :)