Mom didn't know much about baseball or sports for that matter, but she knew that I was crazy about this team that hit a ball with a stick. During the height of my Mets phase, she was always on the lookout for anything related to my beloved team.
The folder I'm holding below was a replica of Ron Darling's 1988 Topps baseball card and was my absolute favorite. Since most of my other folders for school were those “5 for a dollar” cheapies you would get at Paper Cutter, I would carry this one on the outside of my stack of folders in the hallway, just like someone who puts a hundred dollar bill over a wad of singles.
At that age, it was important to always have a few cards on you because you never knew when you would run across someone that would have a card that you were missing or vice versa and in the heat of the moment you could make a sweet trade that that would complete your set.