By John Bloom
Offers a learn of baseball card gathering within the higher Midwest from the overdue Eighties into the Nineties.
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As I eventually learned, Bob's bitter and perhaps paranoid characterization 39 Venues of Exchange and Adult Collecting of the former MCC president was largely the product of a controversy that had erupted over Dave's leadership. In 1984 Dave was the MCC's vice president and was scheduled to assume the top role in 1985. Before becoming president, however, he wanted to put forth a proposal to the club's membership. He had been helping to promote the club's annual shows when he discovered that the MCC had never been legally incorporated as a nonprofit or for-profit organization.
But for many adult collectors and hobbyists, their attachment and interest in baseball cards stemmed from a need to hold on to elusive encounters with the past. This is what they had invested in the hobby, and it was as valuable as money. To those who complained to SCD, good business also meant that their hobby was being taken away from them. The conflicting emotions expressed by hobbyists illustrate that there is generally more to baseball card collecting than naked greed and that corporations do not have total control over the hobby's meanings.
They first met at a restaurant to plan the club and soon would meet with each other regularly, rotating from the basement of one member's house to another's garage. At this early point in its history, the organization was rather informal and private. Still, its members wanted it to grow, so they printed a small newsletter, which attracted more people. Soon the organization was too big for its membership to meet in house basements, so they moved to the lower-level meeting rooms of the mall where they sponsored their monthly meetings.