It is nothing special and it has got pretty beat up in the last twenty some years (I didn't know anything about protecting cards as a kid), but this is my first ever ball card. I'm not quite sure where I got it, actually I think I found it somewhere. (Those are not really creases they are personality marks)
Next up is the beginning of my Red Sox collection. After I got that Walter Payton card I started collecting football and my brother started collecting baseball cards. In 1988 I moved to Missouri and there was nowhere here to buy football cards so I bought some baseball. Now-a-days if I buy ca box of cards and get doubles I feel cheated. the card companies are a load better than they used to be about this because back in, 19888 I bought a box of Topps and got 13 of these:
It is a 1986 Topps Record Breaker #7 Walter Payton. As a kid Walter Payton was my favorite football player. I loved watching him run back then. I even named my oldest son Payton after him.
Evidently as a kid I thought It was awesome that I had 13 of one card. Todd became my favorite player. As soon as I pulled this card the Red Sox became my favorite team.
Pretty soon a grocery store started carrying football cards in my town and I switched back to collecting football but my favorite baseball team continued to be Boston. I collected football cards till 1998 (i have a ton of football to trade, e-mail me if you have some football needs) when it got to expensive to buy cards and chase women. When I got the itch to buy some cards again I started buying baseball instead of football. It was the Heritage sets that drug me back into the hobby. I accidentally came across this Boston blog (Touching All The Bases) with it's random card of the day and some links to a few baseball card blogs. After reading blogs for a few weeks and making a few trades I jumped in headfirst with Thoughts and Sox.