Dan Marino was my first true player collection. Or focused collection of any kind. By age 10 or 11, my dad started taking me to a few Pitt games each season at the now destroyed Pitt Stadium. I instantly became a big fan, and was amazed by the fact that perhaps the greatest quarterback in the game, Dan Marino, had not just gone to Pitt, but was from the Pittsburgh area.
And so started my fleeting childhood obsession. Marino instantly became my favorite player, and the Dolphins my favorite team. Soon my bedroom was decked out in teal and orange, from the bedsheets to the garbage can. And so started my humble Marino collection, since around that I also discovered the amazing world of local card shops.
My collection never grew to anything resembling epic proportions. A couple hundred base cards, the odd insert or two, and the crown jewel: a serial numbered card! At that age, and for the late 90's, it seemed like an amazing collection to me.
I haven't really given much thought or effort to the collection since then - the occasional Marino pickup at card shows if I find something in a dime box, but that's about it.
But I'll make an effort to show off both old and new pickups. Both these beauties came from a dime box. Edge was probably my favorite card company growing up. I know a lot of collectors take issue with their cards, but they were shiny, affordable, and had some nice designs. What more could a pre-teen want?