To be honest, I don't really know. I was 10 years old when I first started collecting baseball cards. I became a Red Sox fan with my first pack of baseball cards. But it took awhile longer before I started my player collection.
My first card of Sandy Alomar Jr. was a 1991 Donruss Series 2 card (I will get to that soon). That was at least a couple of months after I first started collecting. I also do not know the circumstances surrounding that first card. I think I probably got it in a pack, though I don't know when.
At some point I decided to collect a few players. My rules were simple. I did not collect Red Sox players because I did not want to separate my Red Sox cards. Those cards had to stay together. I have never denied being a little obsessive-compulsive. I also rarely collected Yankees players.
Anyway, there were a few players early on that I started focusing on, just to have something new to collect. Part of it was that I wanted to trade with my two brothers and they rarely had Red Sox I needed. So I needed something else to try to trade for. The earliest players I remember collecting were Sandy Alomar Jr., Delino DeShields, Tom Glavine, Ryne Sandberg, Barry Larkin, and Craig Biggio. I remember considering picking just one player and DeShields was one of the players I was strongly considering with Alomar being the other option. I believe I ultimately picked Alomar because I always liked catchers.
So at some point I decided to focus a single player collection on Sandy Alomar Jr. I still collected a few other players, but Alomar was unique. I actually had the collection in a binder. Only my Red Sox were previously treated this way. My Alomar collection was also unique because I allowed myself to buy cards of him directly. Again, I only previously spent money on single card of the Red Sox. I had a friend who had a single player collection of Jose Canseco and he and I went to card shops together. At this time, Alomar was something like a primary focus.
At some point around 1993, the Alomar collection lost its luster. Much of that had to do with the near-constant injuries he faced each year. Part of it was also that I slowed down my collection in general. After that I picked up a few cards here and there, but for the most part this was a time when the player collection took a backseat, almost permanently.
For some reason I never really got a lot of cards of Alomar in packs. So the collection rarely increased until recently. For the last year I have added a number of cards here and there in trade. Which brings us to this week. I decided to resurrect the Sandy Alomar Jr. player collection.