Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
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"Baseball Cards & Credentials"
When I was growing up, I was an avid baseball card collector. It gave me a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I had the best collection on my block and if anyone wanted to see a card of his/her favorite player, he/she came to my house. The good news is, my mom didn’t throw them out.
Collecting bubble gum cards was a very valuable lesson. It taught me that if I was meticulous and complete, I would be the “go to guy” in my peer group and, therefore, popular. My phone rang off the hook at home and my friends were constantly knocking on my door. This took diligence and money on my part because I grew up in a very poor household. You could get just so much by “flipping cards,” as I wasn’t a great gambler, even back then. My brother and I would walk through the woods, gathering old “soda” or “pop” bottles, as some call them, because you could redeem them for a penny. We spent countless hours scouring our neighborhood and others, as I grew up in the suburbs of New York City and around the bus stops there were always plenty of empty bottles if you went back frequently enough. Over time, we raised enough money to buy our baseball cards and got a piece of bubble gum as a bonus. I truly enjoy seeing Mickey Mantle’s, Henry Aaron’s or Willie Mays’ cards that I now proudly display in my office.