It was August 2007 and I was browsing one of my favorite stores, Barnes and Noble to see if my favorite magazine, The Ring had a new issue. When I was walking past the hobby section towards the Sports, an old friend caught my eye, Beckett Baseball Monthly. Out of curiosity I pick it up to see what my Mark McGwire ’85 Topss was worth, the only card I had left from my once massive collection of 30,000+. It had been exactly a decade since my last pack of baseball cards and seven years since I stopped watching baseball, the day Jose Canseco, my idol growing up, admitted to cheating to get ahead in the game. I felt lied to and betrayed and turned off the game for good on that day.
After finding the price of the card I went to put the Beckett down but before I did an advertisement caught my eye. It was a brand called ‘Co-Signers’ by a familiar company called Topps. The card pictured was a dual autograph of Alex Rodriguez and legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin. When I quit collecting 10 years prior the Piece of History bat memorabilia cards were all the buzz and the idea of pulling something like that or even an autograph in a pack was unheard of to a guy barely busting 2-3 boxes a year. I decided then and there to buy a box of Co-Signers, 10 years since my last product. As you can see from my review, I did not get the card I was hoping for but the pulls were so exciting that it ballooned to another box and then another and then another and now a baseball card blog called Wax Heaven.
So if you stopped collecting at some point what did it take to bring you back?