I used to semi-collect sports cards. I didn't jump into it with both feet, but picked up a pack here and there from time to time. Whatever happened to those old cards from my youth is anyone's guess.
I got back into picking up some cards here and there in the early 90's. From 1992-1996, I worked for two different NBA players, and the basketball card "bug" struck again. Back in the day, you built your sets/collections by trading with your buddies, and buying packs at the store. Later, collectors shows popped up, and you had hundreds of guys with tables to display/sell/trade their cards.
Now, it's all about eBay. Missing that obscure card from a 1957 Kellogg's cereal set? There are probably 5 or 6 on eBay right now. It's also opened up the International market to find those missing cards you've been searching for. I've bought cards from Japan, Korea, France, Phillipines, and Australia. Pretty cool time for the hobby.
Anyway, I don't dabble too much in the newer stuff, and it's 95% basketball in my collection. I'll be posting a random card or two from my collection here and there, and for the cards that have a back story, I'll fill you in on those as well.
If you have any cards (regardless of which sport), and want to drop one in, feel free to send along, and I will post.
With all that being said, here's the first card to share, one of my favorites:
That's Darryl Dawkins #29 from the 1981-82 Topps set. Dawkins had the nickname "Chocolate Thunder", and had names for his dunks. For those that aren't basketball fans, Dawkins is the guy in the middle of all those arms, clutching the ball. If there is a card/picture that better exemplifies the raw power and physical nature of what happens in the paint in an NBA game, I haven't seen it.
Also note the skinny white guy in the red Sixers jersey, with his elbow in Grevey's back. That's Doug Collins, who has been a coach for many teams, and an announcer for NBA broadcasts. Collins is the guy NBA owners talk out of coaching retirement when they have a young team that needs discipline and structure. He coached the Pistons when I was in Detroit, and I had the opportunity to meet him a few times. Super nice guy.
Here is the back of the Dawkins card: