Why is a good question. I guess because when I started, card packs were fairly cheap and I could buy packs with my weekly allowance my folks gave me. I've always been a big baseball fan and I guess owning part of the game was what made it special. Collecting the entire set pack by pack was fun too. Trying to find the last couple of cards or using your duplicates to trade for those final few cards to complete a set was always fun. Sitting back looking at the entire set that I put together was always special to me. Also, as companies started using insert sets, by collecting pack by pack, I always ended up with a few insert cards that could be traded or kept depending on who and what they were.
As to what I used to collect, I've got just about every Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez card made from his minor league cards through 1997. I'm missing a few commons here and there and a couple of the higher dollar cards, but it's maybe 20 cards total that I'm missing between those years. I've got over 1000 different Pudge cards and around 2500 of them total. Needless to say that he was and is my favorite player out there. I loved seeing him get a World Series ring last year and it's nice to see him doing well again this year.
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....