I have been collecting cards since I was in the first grade. The first cards that I remember owning were from the 1970 Topps set. A handful of the cards were given to me by a family friend. I was instantly hooked. I had a stack of about 30 cards that I looked at often. When I was finished, I would throw them in a shoe box for safe keeping. Later on, I would wrap a rubber band around the whole stack to keep them in order.