Dodgerpenguin hooked me up with a lot of cool people, and it's only the first day! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment and look at the page. I have a feeling this is going to be a lot of fun. Before I show the next card, I wanted to let everyone know a little about myself and how I got into collecting cards. First off, I'm a female collector in a male dominated hobby, which is very rare these days. When I was a little girl I always tagged along with my dad and brother on their weekly trips to Northridge Collectibles (shout out to the owner, Brian and his bid board). I can still remember my first pack of cards- 1988 Topps, which is still one of my favorites of all time-yes, I'm biased. Inside that pack was a Orel Hershiser card, and from that moment on, I was hooked! To me cards are like pieces of art. If I think a card is ugly, I move on. No point in spending money on a card that isn't visually appealing. Anyway, I digress. From about age 5-12 I collected every year of Topps and practically memorized every single players stats. Baseball was literally my first love!
Flash forward to 1993- Mike Piazza was the man! I had a little crush on him and his fu manchu, and I loved the way he crushed the baseball. I started collecting all the Mike Piazza cards I could get my hands on. Then around age 13-14 something happened----puberty lol I decided I liked boys more than baseball cards, and I completely gave up the hobby. So how did I get back into the collecting game? Let's just say it was a total accident. I was looking at random Dodgers videos on youtube when I stumbled across a video titled something liked "Dodgers PC." I watched the video and couldn't believe how much cards had changed from when I first started collecting. Certified autographs, patches, bat barrels, whaaat? The cards were literally like pieces of art! Then I started reminiscing about the old days of busting packs with my dad and brother. My dad passed away in 2002, and collecting cards with him was always one of my favorite memories, so maybe this was my subconscious telling me to do it. All I know is, that very night I went on ebay and bought the Clayton Kershaw Bowman Chrome auto and the following day the '05 Matt Kemp Bowman Chrome auto. The rest is history.
Now on to the card: This was given to me as a gift by the very same guy whose video got me back into collecting. He decided last year that he wanted to sell his entire collection and move onto other things. I wish Alex the best, and I totally wish he didn't stop collecting, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. This card was his very first Kershaw card, and it happens to mean a lot to me. Here it is in all its glory:
Thanks to everyone that took the time to read this and GO DODGERS!