When did you start collecting sports cards? Did someone help get you started, or did you stumble upon this yourself? I started collecting 3 years ago as a self-defense mechanism at my job. It was my first job out of college, wanted to impress, etc, and several co-workers plus my boss were into card collecting. All they talked about were cards, and sports. So to fit in I asked about how to get started, they supplied me with their extra/duplicate cards, and the rest is history. Now I don't work there anymore but still enjoy card collecting on its own merits.