Sunday, January 22, 2012
Passing cards from one generation to the next
The first card I gave my son, the day he was born a few weeks ago, is this Derek Jeter 1993 Topps rookie card. I have two of them, although having a dupe didn’t factor into play. I figured that Jeter, while past his prime, is still the biggest star on his dad’s favorite team at the time he was born. In his birth year, Jeter got his 3,000th hit, so there will be a history lesson involved too.
Who knows what he’ll do with the card in a few years, or if he’ll be interested at all. Maybe he’ll treasure it. Maybe he won’t care. Maybe he’ll trade it to his friend for a Pokemon card (shudder). Maybe he’ll save it until college and then sell it so he can buy beer one Friday night. But I wrote a small blurb about Jeter and the card and taped it to the back of the top loader. I hope it’s special to him for this reason alone one day.
I’m not sure when I’ll give him his next card. Maybe when he turns one? Maybe when he takes his first steps or says his first word? I’m not sure what the next card will be. Something vintage or any autograph I think.
To all of you parents out there – do you ever give pieces of your collection to your children? If so, how do you do it? As gifts? As rewards for a job well done? When were they old enough to receive it? Did you have any special methods to how you handed down a card(s)?
I’m interested to hear and hope you take the time to share.