hobby started when I was 12 years old. Like all of my friends we used to
collect a lot of things (currency, bus tickets, stamps and cigarette packs)
that moment I had few packs, I still remember my first international box, a
Chilean Lucky Strike, I was so delight, having a foreign pack. Time pass and my
aunt had to go to Europe on a trip, and so I asked her to pick up some packs and
bring them to me. I wasn't sure if she was going to pay me attention so I forget
about it. But when she arrive she opened her baggage and a lot of packs came off
(Like 20, donít think they where a lot) . Now that I'm remembering, that was
the day I decided to become a serious collector.
well time passed, and I used to pick up some packs on the street, but as I lived
on a little city on the southern part of Argentina (Comodoro Rivadavia) I wasnít
able to had more. Then I moved to Mendoza, bigger than Comodoro but with not so
much international move, so my collection was almost stuck for 7 years until
you answer, INTERNET appear and I was flood about all the exchange possibilities.
I started looking for Mirc or ICQ friends to trade but almost no one pay me
attention until on that I try "cigarette pack collector" and suddenly
I found Herbert Zach there. I was so happy that I send him a mail just asking if
he wanted to trade. So he answer me and told me about all my other collectors
friends, so a new world opened in front of me.
until now I have 3000 different packs and I've been trading for 1 year with
people around the world, and had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting
people. In this little story I want to thank all of them for helping me with
this appasionant hobby, and thanks for this packs, that a lot of people thinks
that are garbage, I had the opportunity of knowing this bunch of people and now
they culture and ways of life by their packs.