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Posts: 27 | Location: Boston Mass | Registered: September 19, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Welcome to Card Talk Bunkie.

You don't say why you switched from sports cards now, but I did that back around 2002. I was weaning off for awhile before a decided to quit and go exclusively to non-sport. Part of it was that I was losing interest in the sports because the teams kept changing players and part of it was the cost of premium products. The non-sport card hobby was a lot simpler and celebrity autograph cards became my thing.

Now non-sport cards are not so simple and have taken on many of the characteristics of the sports card hobby. Some good, some bad. There is a wealth of material in current products, less so in the vintage stuff. I think you will enjoy finding your focus as there is so much more to choose from than you might think going in. Smile
 
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I haven't totally switched to non-sports. My first and only(so far)non-sports is Chronicals of the Three Stooges. I've taken a brake from sports cards these past 12 months. But then I only build sets and collect vintage cards that I like. I won't quit sports cards. Life just got in the way this past year. All normal males like the Three Stooges. I even know a few women that like them too. Good stuff.
 
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My name is Richard Parks (of RRParks CARDS). I'm originally from Sacramento but moved around a bit from California to Vermont to Oregon to Colorado and am now in Nevada for awhile. I just turned 50 a couple weeks ago. I started card collecting around 1973/1974 or so... with the earliest cards I can recall being Topp's Creature Features and Topp's Wacky Packages series three or four (the first box I bought was series four as I clearly recall 'Wormy Packages'). Although by 2001 I had done a number of jobs and career starts (archaeologist in Israel, high school and special ed teacher, librarian, legislative/lobbyist reporter, and antique art dealer) in 2001 I'd amassed enough resources to begin a trading card publishing company -- was in contact with Les Davis of The Wrapper and setting up my first licenses. But instead I got up early one morning and decided to go for a cup of coffee at Java City and 'met' someone, got engaged, married, divorced and began the long process of restoring my financial situation (which had been wiped out) and picked up, in 2013, exactly where I'd left off in 2001... certainly older and with only about 1/5 the working capital I had a dozen years earlier. But in 2013 I launched RRParks CARDS with The Monster Times, Halloween Trick or Treat and Monster Choke n' Gag. The first commercial level series I'd planned was a monster card series -- but after securing all the pre-approvals from the families, estates and lawyers of Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney, Price, Lancaster, Laughton, Costello, Abbott, Hull and others the project went into the basically-predictable limbo of Universal's legal department. And so I secured the license with C3 Ent., Inc. to make my first full on commercial endeavor Chronicles of The Three Stooges (ironically publishing the first box Dave 'Bunkie', right above me in this forum, bought for his son). While getting a trading card company is an uphill running battle it's also a lot of fun and picked up the license for Basil Wolverton about a month ago and so during 2015 hope to have Chronicles of The Three Stooges series three and four completed, Basil Wolverton's Barflyze, a throwback/nostalgic original monster card series, a spoofery series... and together with a new buddy in the hobby (who designed the gorgeous 3D Stooges cards for series three) we're working on getting a 'knock yer socks off' license which could take years to publish completely.

I'm interested in 1950s/1960s monster cards (completed Terror Tales, Horror Monster, Famous Monster & Rosan, Monster Laffs #1-108 in mint panels and working on the high numbers in panels), virtually all non-sport series of the 1950s and 1960s, original Wacky Packages, obscure monster card series vintage and modern, and once in awhile pick up a 'modern' series like Family Guy A New Hope, Mars Attacks, and card series from Studio Haedes / Acheron Mint (which are tricky to collect because I've only ever 'caught' them on Kickstarter.com). And like Dave, above, am also a fan of vintage airplane cards (Wings, the Jets minis, arcade cards... Rails and Sales, although there no aircraft... etc.). I'm not too much of a fan when it comes to modern card series because publishers seem to be mostly concerned with creating autograph and relic cards and 'sketch' (sometimes 'scrawl') cards all too difficult to collect in packs tend to make it too expensive to piece together subsets and chase cards (hence explaining the way I publish -- master sets in a single retail box, achievable without having to buy boxes and cases of cards only to end up with 1,000s of dupes). I'm a fan of the good ol' 'base set' and while I like subsets a LOT I also like it when they aren't ridiculously expensive because of scarcity to assemble. Although I never really got interested in sports cards (except the 1975 Topps 'minis' which I'd get in trades with fellow 4th graders) I guess, on and off, I've been a card collector for 40 years ... and recall when Star Wars came out my brother and I had seen it at the theatre in Vermont and weren't aware there was a card series until we took a weekend vacation to the beach and the weirdest thing -- we found a series one card (trash compactor scene) just at the water's edge (wrecked of course... but still recognizable) and hunted down a kiosk selling series one cards. Collected the whole set... then came series two and we collected that and the rest of the series. And because of that 'surf card' my brother got interested in Star Wars and special effects (he went on to animate 6 or 8 of Pixar's films and is a full time CGI and stop motion animator) and I went onto (eventually) being an OCD trading card publisher.

As a publisher and, I 'think', a bonafide 'fanboy' turning 'nerd' (someday a 'geek' but at present merely a nerd -- and proud of it) I'm always happy to talk cards and ideas with fellow fans and I set up my website with a contact link so chats are easy (and spend a lot of time on the phone just talking with fans I don't know and making new friends in the hobby). I'm delighted to be 'back into cards' after being 'out' for a dozen years ... and publishing is the most fun I've had in AGES.

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Oh... one last thing: am delighted with the sense of 'family' that the non-sport hobby has at all levels -- both fellow fans and nerds (sorry if the word 'nerd' offends some people... I like the word 'nerd' because it is easier to type than 'afficionado' which I can't even spell... and I enjoy being a card 'nerd') but also the wonderful encouragement, support and help provided by Harris Toser of NSU and Les Davis of The Wrapper). There's a nice sense of passion for the hobby among the majority of collectors and even when I encounter 'disagreements' about this or that it really seems that there's a "we're all in this together" feel. It's a blast!

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Richard, thank you mentioning me in your post above. It looks like you've done a life time of interesting jobs and occupations already. I actually bought the boxes of the Three Stooges for me. My wife thinks I'm nuts. I was trying to sort cards from the 2nd series the other night, when my 9 year old nephew came in and asked what I was doing. He helped me sort the cards for a few minutes. All the while I tried to explain what the Stooge cards were about. I got he usual lost look of a 9 year old. I even tried to give him one of the cards from the Stooge Christmas subset. He said no thank you. I have my Pokemon cards at home. At least he has some non-sports cards to hopefully keep up with collecting others. I'll keep working on him. Big Grin He's a great kid too.

As Richard said, the non-sports community is more of a family from what I've seen so far. It's a good thing. In the sports card forums it's a tough nut to crack to get to know people better. A lot of the sports sites have bashing going back and forth.

The Chronicles of the Three Stooges are great looking cards. The photos are sharp and crisp. It's great that I can make one or more sets and subsets from one box and still have some singles to trade. I did manage to get a redemption card too. No, I don't work for Richard. Smile It sounds like great work. The commute from Boston would be a small problem.

Sorry to admit, but I think I'm going to stick to vintage non-sports and vintage sports cards. Both building sets. My wife and I haven't been to the movies in over 5 years and I usually watch history programs and science channels. Most TV programs seem to turn into soap operas after a while. And the reality programs. We won't go there. I don't follow sports either. Roll Eyes It's great to read about other peoples collections. Thanks for letting me join in.

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My turn to chime in....I am Steve and I am a collector and a dealer. I remember talking to Roxanne Toser in 1998 at a Chicago card show and asking her if I could be both a collector and a dealer. She said a resounding "yes." For about 10 years I was an active dealer. Now I am more a collector than dealer. I collect promo cards, Game of Thrones, and Garbage Pail Kids.

For the past two years my profession has been conducting estate sales.

I have met many people though this forum and appreciate both NSU and the people that participate.
 
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All these years I have been on Card Talk, and I have never posted here (I don't think)

My name's David, age almost 42, married with 2 sons, ages 5 and 2

I think the first card set I ever purchased was the 1990 Marvel Universe set, and then shortly there afterwards, the 1991 Hulk set by Comic Images, and the 2 Peanuts (Charlie Brown) sets by Pro Sports, 1992

I collected all of the Marvel and DC Comics sets through 1998, and from the 1990s to present, all of the X-Files (except the 2008 movie one), Smallville (except the Crypto one) Topps Star Wars, and James Bond sets that have been produced !

Since 1995 or so, I have also been an avid promo card collector

I've been a practicing attorney since 1999
 
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Hello,

I'm Joseph aka Kryten67 & ebay Josemo67

I remember getting cards in the early 70s...

1st set was the 76 Topps Star Trek Set.

then STAR WARS came along......

the Most Important thing to know is I am SyFy.

I don't carry anything I don't like.....

I am doing Trek, CONTINUUM, Star Wars, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and a select few requests...

I have Artist Proof/ Returns for most of my Current sets....

I am not gonna Carry Cryptozoic except for request as I REALLY don't LIKE them .

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Hello Joe and welcome to Card Talk. That is a really cool picture.

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Like David R., I've been a member here for several years but haven't posted here before (though I did check to make sure).

My name is Jess and I've been collecting cards off and on since the early 70's. I started with Topps baseball and football cards. Then one day in 1977-1978, my brother and I stopped the ice cream truck intending to buy ice cream until we saw that we could buy Star Wars cards (red series had just been released). We bought all the packs we could. We ate as much General Mills cereal as possible to get those Star Wars stickers too.

I started college (from geology to languages) in 1981. A high school friend was working at a comic book store so I picked up some comics and cards then.

I got out of cards for a while but then got back into them one day (late 1994) while visiting my brother. He had told me a little trading card store had opened up near his apartment so we walked over to check it out. Star Wars Widevision had either just been released or was about to be. I ended up buying a couple of boxes of that and several packs as well as other sets (William Stout, other SW, etc.). Within a couple of years, I was really getting into collecting promos too. My brother and I went to SDCC from 1998 to 2001. Those shows were great just starting to become a huge multimedia thing. He got married and started having kids.

Around 2005-2006, I started drifting away from collecting cards and sold some of my collection - kept a lot of stuff I liked (many promos, science-related sets, my 70's-80's cards).

A couple of years ago, I resubscribed to the Wrapper and started buying every issue of NSU again. I started to better organize my card collection and got into buying cards again.

My other main collection is fossils, buying, trading and digging for my own. I have a little of several groups but mostly shark teeth. It's a hobby that is sometimes as much a job as any real job I've had because of the research that can go into it if you really want to know more about what you have. I have done some of my own fossil preparation and that led to people asking me to help prepare their fossils.

In the late 80's to early 2000's I worked in text-to-speech (creating computer voices). After the company was sold and the new company let go of the five of us from the old company, I worked for other voice work companies and now I do website stuff for my brother's company as well as some fossil preparation.

I have done some work that's very technical and collecting shark teeth can be technical too. There have been times when I needed a break. Trading cards are as low-tech as you can get (though there can be research involved in that too, trying to find out where some oddball promo came from). One of the things that can keep card-collecting a viable hobby in the future is that there will always be people who work in high-tech (and/or deal with high stress at work and/or home) who need to get away from it and play with something simple like little, illustrated pieces of cardboard.

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Welcome in from lurking. Glad to have another person who shares the joy of non-sport trading cards.

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