My first interaction with Mark was an unsolicited email he sent me, saying that he'd like to contribute to my 2-year-old son's HOF collection. Mark sent an incredibly generous package of cards for Joey, knocking off a bunch of HOFers that he didn't have yet. Since then, Mark has sent four or five other packages, most recently this amazing 1956 Topps Jerry Coleman. I've tried sending Mark a bunch of Red Sox cards he may have missed while he was away from collecting, but I can assure you the cards he has sent me far outweigh what I've passed along to him.
While Mark has yet to start up a blog, I wanted to give him a forum to give other bloggers and collectors a little more info about himself. We kicked around a guest post or two, but landed on a Q & A for now. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about Mark and his collection!
The Lost Collector: More and more, I see your name popping up on various collecting blogs. What’s your impression of this “card blogging world” we’ve got going on?
Mark Hoyle: I found out about the blogging world by accident. I was looking for a few '75 Topps cards, I googled "75 Topps baseball" and a blog was one of the first things to pop up. I think I sat there and read the whole blog start to finish. I looked on the side bar and saw hundreds more. For the first 6 months I just read a bunch of them. Slowly I stated commenting. Eventually inquired about some trades. I think Marcus (all the way to the backstop) or Brad (sox fan in Nebraska ) were my first two trades.
TLC: When did you start collecting?
MH: I started collecting in 1969. My mother worked at the only store in town that sold cards. I always got the first packs. In the early 70's they were 10 cents a pack. With my mother discount I could get 11 packs for a buck. One hundred and ten cards for a buck. I collected all four major sports.
TLC: Tell us a little about your collection? You once mentioned to me complete Red Sox teams sets from the 50’s-70s. Do you strictly chase team sets, or do you have any complete sets?
MH: I have complete Topps sets from 74-95. Working on completing the 71,72 and 73 sets now. Have complete Sox Topps sets from 51-95. Except for the high number 52's.