Baffling or Insoluble Question

Sadje asks today, “Have you kept anything from your younger days or childhood?”

My family moved a lot and although I was born in Brooklyn and in the same house that my dad was born in, we soon moved to Long Island and by the time I reached Eighth Grade my family had moved 8 times.  I collected stuff, butterflies, bees, baseball cards, albums and coins.  I know, who collects bees and I actually feel bad about that, but I didn’t know any better at the time.  Every time my family moved, stuff was thrown out, so I don’t have anything from my younger days.  All of my baseball cards got tossed out and I bet some of them would be worth money now.

I started collecting albums when I was in High School, but when I was in between jobs, I sold all of them.  My dad was a neat freak and he would throw out stuff all the time when he started his decluttering and cleaning projects.  He threw out my tennis racket and said, “I never saw you using it”, like what the hell, who does that stuff.  I have one painting left from the 70s, which my friend Cliff painted.  It is very colorful and it has to be at least 45 years old now.  I never got it framed, but I call it Alien Landscape.

Written for Sadje’s Sunday Poser.

12 thoughts on “Baffling or Insoluble Question

  1. I did not keep my baseball cards, stamps, or record albums. But I do have the coins I collected although I have not looked at them for decades. Photographs I kept and do look at them.

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  2. We also moved a lot, and stuff got thrown away. I myself am a declutter-er so I’ve given away or thrown a lot of old stuff too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jim. You should get the painting framed. It’s nice.

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  3. Cool post! Is that the painting you talk about at the top of the blog?
    I grew up in a family of collectors – my dad was big into coins and stamps (I actually have just inherited some of that) , my brother into comic books when he was young. I was a coin collector as a kid, still have a couple of albums of the state quarters etc….more for artistic interest than value. Used to collect baseball (and a few hockey) cards when little… they’re long gone, but I had vintage Pete Rose, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, thurman Munson rookie, you name it. Could’ve probably sold for about a downpayment on a house in 90s if I’d been able to keep them all, but things don’t always work out like that.

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    1. Yes that painting is the oldest thing that I own. My dad took my brother and I to see the Mets at Shea Stadium and we would wait till the players headed out to their cars and get their autographs. We brought our baseball cards with us and the players were happy to sign them. I got some good ones, but I don’t have them anymore, as my mom threw all my cards away when we moved, saying that I wasn’t playing with them and they were taking up too much space. I got Tug McGraw, Nolan Ryan, Ralph Terry, Jerry Grote, Bud Harrelson, Ed Kranepool, Ron Hunt, Roy McMillan, Cleon Jones and Ron Swoboda all from the 1966 Mets. The really good players like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays I would attach to the spokes of my bicycle wheels, because I thought that was cool.


  4. The only thing I have was my sister’s….she glued a lot of paper over some kind of jug…for a school project. It has newspapers in it…I thought about digging them out to see the date. It’s from 73 or 74…I love it.

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      1. I don’t know why it means so much to me Jim…well it’s the only thing from my childhood that I have that I can remember. I’ll take a picture of it one day…it’s very seventies…

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