"I did collect cards when I was younger. I would say it was my #1 hobby and where all of my allowances got spent. I haven't done so since high school. I'm not sure where most of them are. Probably in my parents basement. I need to look into that so they don't get thrown out.
My favorite card is probably my first pro one which was in Salem-Keizer,OR in 1997. The pic isn't great but there is something about your first card. I also like one I had from Bowman. It has me in an actual SF Giants uniform in Spring Training which is nice to see since I never got any official time in the big leagues.
Interesting stories...not really. I just remember guys would always try to do the staged photos of robbing a home run or putting a good swing on a ball and it never looked quite right. The action photos always turned out better.
I still get some cards sent to me by collectors to sign every once in a while and it takes me back to the fun days of playing in the minors which has now been 10 years past."