My collecting days started in the Spring of Summer of 1981. My friend, who's father owned a small convenience store, told us about something the store had just received. Baseball cards.
I raced the two blocks to the store. There it was, a whole box of 1981 Fleer baseball cards. The price was 32 cents per pack, including tax. I bought three packs that trip.
I remember scrounging at home in the couch, under my bed and anywhere else I could think of to find a few cents. Every time I got 32 cents together, I'd go get another pack. Until they ran out.
Later we were able to find 1981 Donruss and Topps, but it was Fleer that first grabbed my attention.
I've taken breaks from collecting over the years, but I always come back for more.