What makes something old? Is it something beyond our years, or merely our perception on when something was created?
Take baseball cards. What do we consider vintage? Is it sets that were released before we were born, or is there a cut off point that we all pretty much agree on?
Personally I think vintage, I think of anything before 1980. No particular reason but it seems like a good point to draw the line.
Back when I was younger, my collection had a lot of this:
Back in 1988 though, it was a different story. 1987 was the oldest I had seen, rarely ever did I see these:
And even rarer were these:
Then in around 1993, I went into collecting football. I had a much more vast knowledge that yes, they did make old cards. Much older. I went to an antique show with my mother one weekend and one dealer had some old cards for sale. I'm foggy on what he had for sale but I did pick up this:
When I got back into collecting in early 2010, I was new to the game once again but only because I had missed so much. Jerseys, autographs, serial numbered parallels? What is the meaning of this? Wow, I guess I missed a lot but I adapted and I obviously never forgot about the vintage. It was shortly after that when I started to pick up some older stuff. Namely for my Topps history binder, in which I dedicated a page to each year of Topps from 1952 to now. I did aim my sights higher though and acquired my first:
What I didn't tell you though is that I did have another goal in mind but I wasn't sure if it would have ever happened.
Well, it did. I aimed and took the shot:
So again, what makes a card old? Obviously something from 1887 is damn near ancient but what I consider old is actually pre-1976 cards. Anything after that is usually cheap and easily attainable. Of course perspective is changed dependent on the age of the collector, as anyone collecting 1975 Topps when it was new probably might not consider it old. For now though, we'll leave the cut off at that 1979 mark.