Meet The Collector: Darren

This week, we had the opportunity to speak with an avid United fan

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Meet The Collector: Darren
Darren De Lange
Instagram: @dazmagstickerman

What sport/sports do you follow?
I'm a passionate sports enthusiast, and my interests span a wide range of sports. My true love lies with cricket, but I also closely follow rugby and football. In recent years, I've developed a keen interest in American Football and the NBA as well.

That's a variety! That must keep you busy. Who are your favourite team/teams?
When it comes to football, I'm a devoted Manchester United supporter. My connection with the team goes back to my childhood when I watched iconic players like Beckham, Scholes, Neville, Giggs, Yorke, and Keane. Quinton Fortune, a South African talent, being part of the team at the time further solidified my allegiance to United.
Some incredible players in there, it's a shame Manchester United aren't feeling that glory right now. How long have you been collecting?
My journey into sports card collecting started during my school days when I avidly collected Match Attax cards and strived to complete the binders. However, I took a break from collecting after primary school. In recent years, I reignited my passion for collecting sports cards and have been actively collecting for the past three years.

The memories! They should be a staple in anyone's childhood. That's great, we love how everyone has a different background. How did you get into sports cards?
My profound love for sports naturally drew me into the world of sports card collecting. It's not just about the cards; it's also about the vibrant community and the incredible people I've had the privilege to meet and engage with through sports card collecting.
Us too! The coming together of sports fans and hobbyists makes the scene really fun. What do you prefer collecting?
My primary focus in collecting revolves around football cards featuring Manchester United players and up-and-coming talents in the game. Additionally, I've ventured into collecting vintage Futera cricket cards, which adds a nostalgic touch to my collection. 
We don't get many cricket collectors, interesting! Is there a favourite product you love collecting?
Without a doubt, my favourite product has to be Topps Stadium Club. The imagery featured on these cards offers a unique and captivating perspective of the players. It truly enhances the collectible experience.

Great choice! We haven't had anyone say that before. Is there a favourite card in your PC you own?
One of my most cherished cards in my collection is a Beckett 7 2004 Blue Eyes White Dragon card. This card holds a special place in my heart as it's a memento from my childhood, a card my brother and I spent countless hours playing Yu-Gi-Oh! with. It symbolises the great memories we created together over card games.

Wow, that takes us back. We haven't seen any of these for a while, it's a sight to behold! What card would you most like to own? One you haven't got your hands on yet.
My dream card to add to my collection would undoubtedly be a Lionel Messi on-card autograph card from any set. Messi's legacy in football is unparalleled, and one of the greatest footballers to ever grace the game. 
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