Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series profiling the various personal collections of residents of Marshalltown and the surrounding area.
Collecting baseball, basketball, football and hockey sports cards evokes a level of nostalgia for many of its collectors. As a way of celebrating this pastime, local collector Andrew Potter has organized a new club for those interested in the hobby, called Sports Cards Collectors Club. The first club meeting was held Sunday afternoon at the Marshalltown Public Library.
“So many sports cards are ordered online these days, so the social aspect of collecting has been lost,” Potter said. “So this club is a way to get collectors together in person.”
A group of collectors assembled, bringing along boxes and scrapbooks filled with sports cards, dating from the 1960s to the present, plus a few autographed photos and baseballs.
“We had a club here [in Marshalltown] that started in the mid-80s, and ran until the mid-90s — back when everybody was printing cards and buying them to send their kids to college,” said attendee Frank Drey.
Drey said dwindling membership caused the sports card club, which did not have an official title, to stop holding meetings. He said he was pleased to see a local renewed interest in the hobby.
“When I was buying cards, I had a rule. You never bought them for the money, but because you enjoyed it,” Drey said.
While no cards were for sale, attendees got the chance to view each other’s collections, reminisce, and talk about their favorite moments in sports history. Cards were given away in a series of drawings, and there was a large bin of sports cards marked “free” in which attendees could peruse and pick out ones to take home.
“I don’t so much collect now; I collected when I was a kid,” said attendee Richard Heckner. “I didn’t get rid of the cards, not so much because of their [monetary] value, but because of the memories of going to buy cards. It was my version of playing video games as a kid.”
Heckner said he favors the…