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Old 01-12-2013, 02:25 AM   #101 (permalink)
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This is a great thread.
I think about this a lot, my close friends know and stuff but I don't tell girls about it cause it is kind of embarrassing
Wow Guys its baseball cards C'mon I bet 90% of girls have a barbie collection or make scrapbooks do yoga or plank? I think thats what its called! When I was younger the only thing I cared about is if the chick thought my "Collection" WAS BIG!!
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:33 AM   #102 (permalink)
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some people have an issue with it...My dad makes fun of me for collecting sports cards but my brother is cool with it. He use to collect back in the day so I think he's glad that somebody is keeping the tradition alive..even if it's not really a tradition..
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:39 AM   #103 (permalink)
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I keep it under the hood. My family knows but alotta my friends and other kids at school don't really know. Always laugh when kids bring in binders of 87s and try to sell them or trade them for random things. It's 8th grade. Makes no sense. I'd find it wierd if someone just walked up and asked me if I collected. I'd say ya but it'd be just different. I have a few teachers that collect. And my principal used to run a shop. It's there. Hoping to get to look thru all his inventory sometime. Not my .02.. I'm broke
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:46 AM   #104 (permalink)
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Does anyone else collect secretively?

My parents/friends have no idea that I collect. I don't tell anyone because, quite frankly, it's embarrassing. I just don't think it's socially accepted that people older than 12 collect sports cards.

Does anyone else feel the embarrassment and not tell anyone?
i own a card shop...

i tell everyone who will listen...

Great hobby...

I'm 39 and i have started collecting sketch cards of batman also... lol
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:38 AM   #105 (permalink)
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Seriously.....why should anyone be embarassed?
I never knew my father and some of my greatest memories in life are of my mom and her uncle taking me to Red Sox games in 74 and 75.

I used to save my allowance and bought my 1st packs of cards in 1975. Topps baseball in all their rainbow glory. I would pull out my favorites. When I got Rico Petrocelli I ran home and showed my mom.

I was 10 then. I'm 47 now.
I'm the same person, older, bigger but the same person.

So again why be embarrassed? The world can be a cold harsh place and if collecting items with sports players brings you some joy and you have the discretionary income to do so then do it.

QFT!!

Cards are bad ass. Never been embarrassed of much... certainly not this hobby
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:49 AM   #106 (permalink)
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:53 AM   #107 (permalink)
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I've never been embarrased about my hobby. I'm 35 and some of the best memories of my childhood are opening packs of 1986 Topps with my dad and getting PUMPED when I got a Detroit Tiger. Also pulling a Hank Aaron hologram from 1990 (?) Upper Deck at a show and selling it for like $40 on the spot. I was BALLING at 12 years old...lol

When I was a kid, my dad & I talked baseball all the time and collected together. Now that I'm a dad, I have an even better appreciation for those times and am trying to share a similar experience with kid.

My 4 yr old daughter loves My Little Pony, so we've started collecting those together. She is very proud of her collection, and has even gone so far as to take it to her daycare for Show & Tell. Not to mention it has proven to be a great way to help her understand organization and help her with counting.

If nothing else, sharing a hobby with you kid/parent is a GREAT bonding tool, and in todays world of instant gratification and now-now-now, I love the fact that I can sit down with my daughter, talk about Rainbow Dash and how this shiny card is extra special, and just spend some time with my kid that years from now I wont regret a second of.

I don't force my hobby on to anyone, but if somebody asks a question about it I am more than happy to answer. Some of the ladies I work with have brought their kids "collections" in for me to look at, and admitedly its tough to say that those boxes of 88 Donruss & 1990 Hoops arent going to pay for college.

One thing I have noticed throughout the years is that people who don't have a hobby have very little tolerance for those who do. My ex wife HATED my cards, and even went so far as to throw out several thousand. (glad I didnt miss the garbage pick up that day...). On the flip side, my current girlfriend reads and knits, and has shown a general appreciation for my collection. She admits she doesnt understand a lot of it (shes not real big in to sports), but if it makes me happy then it makes her happy.

On top of everything, collecting cards is/can be a self sustaining hobby. Between trading/selling, its possible to put a collection together without spending much money at all. It doesnt matter how big or extensive or valuable a collection is. As long as you're proud of it, thats all that matters.

To the OP, don't for a second be ashamed that you collect. Be proud. You have a hobby that you love and enjoy. If other people don't want to understand that, f 'em. I'll give them my ex wife's phone number and they can all hate together. Keep doing what you're doing and have fun with it.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:09 AM   #108 (permalink)
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I'm not ashamed of my hobby. almost everyone i know knows I'm a collector and always have been. quite frankly if you're going to judge me for it you can go f yourself


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I really don't care what anybody else thinks. My philosophy is if I don't sleep with you i do not have to please you.
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I'm open with it when people ask me what my vices are, but I don't go out of my way to scream about it to strangers, either.
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I often wonder why I collect pieces of cardboard with pictures of men on them
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I really don't care what anybody else thinks. My philosophy is if I don't sleep with you i do not have to please you.
LOL not here I tell her "Baby you know I like racing and the first one to the finish line wins" "Sorry!"
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I often wonder why I collect pieces of cardboard with pictures of men on them
I joke with my son about wrestling! I tell "Why do you like watching these guys in underware and GoGo Boots!"
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:20 PM   #114 (permalink)
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I think that's another reason I stopped collecting. No one I know collects, or if they do it's also 'secret'. Plus our LCS are holes in the wall, over priced and I've never even seen other people in them. A very few people knew I collected, my GF wasn't a huge fan of when I would buy cases and lose money, or buy $100+ cards.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:01 PM   #115 (permalink)
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I just tell people I collect sports memorabilia.
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No, it's those 30+ year olds at the LCS buying up Magic cards that are the real weirdos .

Seriously, though, it's a hobby. There are a lot worse hobbies out there if you ask me.
Thats the truth. I sometimes feel weird walking into the card shop and there are a bunch of guys standing around talking about dragons and warlord crap. At least what I collect is reality.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:49 PM   #118 (permalink)
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I'm 22, not ashamed at all. I usually don't start conversations with it but most people who I am close with know about it. I work in baseball so no big surprise to anyone.
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I just tell people I collect sports memorabilia.
Same. I'm not only into cards, but also stuff like pennants, 8x10s, minis and the like. My family knows and thinks it's cool - my brother and I got into the hobby together 6 years ago so it's nice to have someone close to share it with.

As a previous poster said, I don't go around wearing a sign that advertises my hobbies but if it comes up in a conversation I have no problem talking about it. Many people don't seem to really comprehend what collecting cards means anymore, so I tend to keep it general.
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I am a senior in high school. I batboy for a minor league team, so a lot of people know im a big baseball fan but not really many people outside of my hobby friends (or friends i have made through the hobby) Know about it.

I actually collect game used memroblia like bats, jerseys and gloves more then i do cards. And in person autographs.

My family knows, some of my close friends from school see the 30 or so GU bats i have in my room (along with the jerseys and pictures i have on my walls) but most of my friends have no clue to the extent of it. I dont really know if that is out of embarressment or because i dont really care to tell people. I dunno.

My girlfriend also knows about a lot of this, but she doesnt have a hobby, per say, which is a big part i think. And il tell her about how i can trade a few okay abts for a really good one, or that they are worth "this much" (even though i dont really sell, mainly trade, I just like to know how much my stuff is worth) the first thing she thinks is that i should sell it. So thats prob goes back to what someone said earlier about other people that have hobbies and such. But she knows i enjoy collecting so she doesnt really care.

Not so secretive as much as i dont go out and tell the world about it
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I love the hobby, so I will talk about it with anyone. My problem is, I get annoyed by all the people I talk to who are clueless. You know, the guy who thinks that the 1990 Topps factory set they got 20 Christmas's ago is worth something.... or I'll get... "Dude, I own every Bo Jackson card ever made!" type comment. Its like beating my head against a wall to tell them they have nothing of value when they always want me to look at their stuff to see what its worth. My reactions sometimes offend them. So... I pretty much keep it to myself now just to avoid the conversations with the late 80s / early 90s collectors.
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I'm 46 and don't give a rat's ass who knows. I work at a car dealership and there's not a single employee there that doesn't know. At times, I've given cards of their favorite players to them even though they don't collect. I know they all loved them.

On the other hand, I revived my stamp collection over the last year or 2 and have made some great yard sale finds and ebay finds. I talk about that stuff to co-workers as well. That feels a little embarassing to talk about but I still don't care.

A plus in more people knowing that you do collect is there is a better chance if they see something you might like, they'll think of you and tell you about it. That's worked out quite a few times for me
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I'm 46 and don't give a rat's ass who knows. I work at a car dealership and there's not a single employee there that doesn't know. At times, I've given cards of their favorite players to them even though they don't collect. I know they all loved them.

On the other hand, I revived my stamp collection over the last year or 2 and have made some great yard sale finds and ebay finds. I talk about that stuff to co-workers as well. That feels a little embarassing to talk about but I still don't care.

A plus in more people knowing that you do collect is there is a better chance if they see something you might like, they'll think of you and tell you about it. That's worked out quite a few times for me
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I forgot what it's like to be a pre-teen. Embarrassed about baseball cards? WHY??!?? It's not like you pick your nose or have a crush on Hasselhoff....

Who the hell cares what other people think?
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I am 30 and I have no problem with people knowing I collect cards. I could care less if people don't approve of me collecting cards.

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Does anyone else collect secretively?

My parents/friends have no idea that I collect. I don't tell anyone because, quite frankly, it's embarrassing. I just don't think it's socially accepted that people older than 12 collect sports cards.

Does anyone else feel the embarrassment and not tell anyone?
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