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October 29, 2019

For most sports fans, it’s difficult to recall the exact moment or even specific season when they fell in love with their favorite team.

Oftentimes, adulation for a team begins at birth when the parents bestow their devote fandom unto the child. Or it might occur a few years later when a child favors a team their older sibling follows. For me, there is no doubt when my love affair with a team become one of the most important aspects of my young life.

I became a Green Bay Packers fan in the fall of 1989.

I had just turned nine years old. My dad wasn’t really into sports and my older brother was more of a baseball fan. He helped foster my joy for baseball and the Milwa...

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About the Author

In 1985, when I opened my first pack of Topps football cards, baseball was king. Wiffle Ball, Little League, & collecting baseball cards were all that mattered. It wasn't until Bo Jackson took over the sports world in the late 80s that I really got into collecting football cards. 1989 was a huge year with the arrival of Score and Pro Set, two series that really took card photography and design to a new level. I remember going to a card show with my dad and buying that Score set for $20 when it first came out. The box is a bit banged up from all the moves since then, but to this day it remains one of my favorite sets.

As the 90s arrived, my interests changed and I grew out of the hobby, but would return back in 1999. Pro Set was long gone by then, but Score was still around and celebrating its 10 year anniversary so I had to get a few packs for old-time's sake. Those couple of packs turned into a couple more, which turned into a few boxes, and before you knew it, I was hooked again! Soon, I was building sets and chasing autograph rookies, jersey cards & short prints. 20 years later, I still love the hobby. 

These days, I've scaled back my collecting and found new interest in my old cards with my Twitter page. It's been a lot of fun looking through stats and finding facts on guys I forgot about or never heard of! I enjoy being taken back to the days of Wiffle Ball, Nerf Football, and stale bubble gum. And although the cards that we collected as kids didn't end up buying us a house or allow for an early retirement, they are far from worthless. In fact, I would even go as far to say that they are priceless.

Scott Spaulding currently resides in the Philadelphia, PA area. All cards pictured on this site or associated pages are from his personal collection.