In the beginning.....
I first started
collecting Football memorabilia as a small child hoarding Scanlens
cards and rain soaked Football Records (picked up off the ground
after Football games) in the very early 80’s. Due to the
addictive nature of collecting, it became clear very quickly that
collecting all things Football would become very time consuming,
very difficult and very costly. My passion for the Mighty Demons
ensured that I would soon specialise in Melbourne F.C. items predominantly
and, after that decision, things have progressed fairly smoothly
My two main
vices are football cards and football records…
From the first Sniders and Abrahams series of Australian Footballers
in 1904 to the glossy, high quality signature and tribute cards
of today, football cards have progressed at a rapid rate. They
depict the famous, infamous and sometimes unknown stars of the
day as well as providing a vital source of reference information.
In my opinion
the mass-produced, “limited edition” cards of today
pale in comparison to some of the more obscure issues of yesteryear.
I have more pleasure (and difficulty) searching for 1958 "Jonco"
cards than any current Select signatures!
Everybody knows the weekly “AFL Record” is available
at all games throughout the Football season, but how often does
a copy of the programme from Melbourne v. Central Goulburn Valley
Football League (played in 1948 at Shepparton) come around for
sale? Practice matches, night series records, overseas/exhibition
matches, commemorative records - these are the true football record
There were 97,431 people at the 2006 A.F.L. Grand Final and probably
in excess of 50,000 AFL Records printed. How many copies exist
of Melbourne v. North Launceston (played in 1950 in Launceston)
or Melbourne v. East Perth (played in 1956 in Perth)? One wonders…