Sport card collecting. It's an expensive hobby for collectors like me. These days we shell out not just $2-$5 a pack but over hundreds even thousands of dollars for wax boxes, cases, and high end products hoping to pull authentic game-used and/or autograph cards along with your favorite players or teams.

How did I get hooked on this hobby? Look no further than 20 years ago with this set, 1987 Topps baseball.

It was my older brother, who was at the time collecting, introduced me to a world of baseball cards. I love baseball and would do anything get knowledge of the sport. Baseball cards were it as card companies printed a player photo and his stats. At the time he had collection of 1986 Topps baseball cards along with Pete Rose cards. He was starting to put together 1987 Topps baseball card set. I want part of it hoping to put together a collection as well.

My first pack of baseball cards happen 20 years ago at the mall. At the time Walgreen's had store at the mall before moving to building by itself. The family was out shopping and getting ready leave. I was roaming through their candy section and notice box of 1987 Topps baseball cards. Be a small little kid (I was 6 at the time) I got my mom to buy me a pack.
At the time you can get a pack for 40 cents containing 17 cards along spring training sweepstakes card, and hard stick of gum. Now its $2-$5 a pack and you get about 8-12 cards depending on brand. I still remember opening my first pack of cards. In fact I still remember four of seventeen cards I pulled.

The card design is originally simple with the wooded background along with photo of the player, his name, and the team logo on the upper left corner. Amazing how many teams still kept their logos like the Cubs and Dodgers or changed it. This is one of many. I still like old school Mariners logo they had at the time.

They re-introduced Topps Rookie Team trophies on certain rookie cards which last appeared on 1977 Topps set.

They also added "Future Stars" on front of certain players as well despite most were misses. I did like look of it on the front thinking I got a good card out of a pack. Tim Pyznarski anyone?

The set were loaded with rookies such as these guys to name a few:

The other rookies in this set? Bobby Bonilla, B.J. Surhoff, Devon White, Dan Plesac, and Bobby Witt to name a few.

It was also known for these rookie cards at the time:

It was Topps last regular issue this Hall of Famers:

The Players who went on to become current managers:

I would also get multiple cards of these guys in most packs:

Through the following years it would become Deion Sanders, Dewon Brazelton, and Taylor Tankersley.

* Note: Bo Jackson, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Andres Galarraga, and Will Clark have Topps cards printed before this set. They were in 1986 Topps Traded set and known as Extended Rookie Cards. The 1987 set is the first time they appeared on regular issue Topps set.

It's likely the most common baseball card set. Collectors around mid-to-late-20s will say they started their sport card collection with this set. The card design holds up consider how this year card design looked.

Being a kid at the time I didn't know the cards are not to be bent-up and all four corners must be sharp to keep it mint condition. It turn into my fun hobby and kept me busy. Then like all parents they manage throw away some junk. One of those happens to be shoebox of 1987 cards along with 1988s and 1989s. It when I got older I rebuilt the set buying wax boxes, packs, and single cards from sport card shops, places like now-closed down K-Mart which had older wax boxes for sale at the time, garage sales, and Ebay.

Over the years I expanded my collection of cards to various sports such as football, basketball, and hockey. To this day I still collect sport cards. In fact I still get this thrill of opening a pack. I learned from my earlier collecting mistakes as I try to keep the cards as mint as possible. I still consider 1987 Topps baseball card set as one of my all-time favorite sets mainly it was my first set and introduction to the sports card hobby.