You always remember your first.
It was the summer of 1979, and I was on the porch of my parent's house with another kid from my neighborhood. I had found out recently that he had some cards and he brought them over for me to look at. I don't remember why I only traded for one card, it probably was that I didn't have very many at that point to trade.
I do remember that he wanted the 1978 Butch Hobson that I had a duplicate of. So we traded.
Butch Hobson for Thad Bosley.
Why Thad Bosley?
It looked so cool to my ten year old eyes.
So who's up for a contest?
If anybody is interested in a hanging box of 2013 Topps Update, all you have to do is guess what card has been the most influential card in my life. These aren't my favorite cards, but the cards that bring back the most memories and keep me coming back to this crazy hobby.
So let's recap the previous four and why they are so important to me:
5.) 1977 Topps Pete Broberg - First experience with airbrusing.
4.) 1978 Topps Lyman Bostock - First deceased active player I had a card of.
3.) 1978 Topps Len Randle - Thought he was missing his right hand.
2.) 1979 Topps Thad Bosley - First experience with trading.
In order to enter the contest, you have to be subscribed to my blog.
To enter please comment on this post with the year, brand, player's name and why you think it is so influential to me.
I'm also going to give you a clue about each part of the answer.
Year - It's from one of my first four years of collecting (1977, 1978, 1979 or 1980)
Brand - I'll give you this one. It's Topps.
Player's Name - He is from one the most recent expansion teams at the time (Blue Jays or Mariners)
Why It's Influential - This is going to be the hardest. If you look at the previous four, most of them are "firsts". This is actually a "last" but a "first" as well.
I'm going to run this for a few days, so whoever gets the closest to the actual card will win. If there is a tie, I'll defer to random.org to choose a winner.
Good luck, but don't spend too much time on this. It's only Topps Update, but it is free cards if you win.