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In continuing this 20 Days Of Chill Writing Challenge, I have been participating and it’s now time for a new post. As you may remember three weeks ago I started this challenge and have now completed 17 days worth of the challenge and you can read them both by checking out 20 Days Of Chill.

Today is a new day and a new challenge and today’s theme is:

Coin

Today’s theme is coin. I like coin. Coin is money. Already in this 20 Days of Chill we talked about money, about what we would do with a million dollars. So you’re probably thinking which way I will be taking this theme. I could talk about the different coins in my pocket, but then again my pants are sweatpants and they don’t have any pockets. Or I can talk about how I have an old container in which peanuts were held in and have numerous coins in there.

Instead maybe I’ll talk about the hobby part of coin. I know a guy through work who is an avid collector of coins. He collects all shapes and sizes, he’s one of those guys that gets a full roll of those new quarters. Yeah, you know those quarters that have different theme’s on the back of them. The one’s that started with different state themes has now gone to different state parks. It’s a good concept to make money fun again.

But I’m not one to collect coin, I usually spend it, well outside of my 401K. But like I said, this guy has taken up collecting coins as a hobby. I have plenty of hobbies, I enjoy wrestling, baseball and various other things. When I was younger, and from time to time still, I collect baseball cards. That’s something all young men have done. from my dad to my Uncle to millions of people I’ve never met.

Cardboarding as I call it, is one of those things that I enjoy doing, but never seem to have enough time to actually do it fully. I have collected cards for way over 20 plus years, maybe even longer, and I have collected cards from baseball to football to basketball to well, even random things like Looney Tunes cards.

While coin is something that has a monetary value most of my cards don’t seem to be worth much. I’ve seen many of them being worth anywhere from a dime to a quarter. Outside of that rare one dollar card.

I never thought at 8 years old that these would ever make money. I wasn’t thinking that. I was thinking of baseball, learning about the fantastic stats on the back. Not becoming a rich person.

Collecting baseball cards was fun, it was before the famous strike of 1994 to 1995, and the amount of card shops in and around my house were amazing. The entire hobby was booming and sadly I was too young, so I had to beg my parents, my aunt, my uncle to take me to the card shops. I’d buy some cards, but seeing as I was too young to work, I had no money. Sadness.

But after the strike, all the card shops slowly disappeared. Turning into a pizza shop, a gun shop, and well, I’m not even sure what that other place is. I’ve gone to a few card shows, where they sell mostly single cards. I’m not one to buy single cards, although I have. I usually like purchasing packs of cards and going through them and discovering what I have.

The discovery is the funnest part.

I have friends that are crazy big into cards. They collect certain cards, collect complete sets. Me, I just do it for fun. If I’m at the dollar store, I’ll buy a pack. They’re usually repacks, meaning that someone has already gone through them and then some company has reorganized them and picked out the good ones and I’m now getting them second-hand or even worse.

The hobby saw a boom back when I was a pre-teen and now it’s not as huge as it was. Although many people still collect them, there’s other ways to display them. I’ve seen online where people have taken sharpies and other things to them and altered the baseball cards.

Like I said they’re not worth where people can make money, but with this alteration they can be re-sold as something completely different, as art maybe.

Me? One day I’ll go through them all, I have written about some of them. I’ll write more about them some day. Maybe I’ll actually make some money off them. But I’ll probably just make a coin.

Check out my category Cardboarding for more about that. Have you collected cards? Do you have a hobby?

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