Looks are temporary, but memories are forever.
Former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi said, “I have one that I’m arguing with an umpire and Matt Williams is clapping and I’m pointing out Bruce Froemming and arguing. I like that because I always say I won that argument. Nobody knows.”
Most of us don’t get to live out our big league dreams. For the rest of us there are baseball cards, serving as handheld time machines to hold onto our youth.
John “Pinky” Mast has been selling cards for over 30 years and hasn’t aged a day.
Mast said, “It’s me growing up again. My childhood again. I like the vintage cards they call them.
And I personally, me being on the vendor side of the table, I like the passion of the customer.
I like to talk to the customer. I like to deal with customers.”
Whether it’s the stars of yesteryear or players still making their mark, today baseball cards create a bridge that no technological innovation can replace.
Card collector Jon Schinderling said, “I love baseball. I love playing baseball.
I love watching baseball. My sons kind of the same way. It’s a shared common interest.”
Jon’s son Bailey said, “He told me all about it and I found some stuff in the basement of him and all his cards that he’s had. So I started collecting.
I got like two binders now full of cards that I’ve collected since I was like five.
He points out some stuff to me about stuff I didn’t know and every time we play baseball he shows me other stuff I didn’t know that I even think there’s more stuff I could learn.
And I keep on learning more about it every time I’m with him.”
From the former pro to the average joe, baseball cards have power. The power to capture and relive feelings while continuing to create new ones.