Nostalgic Evocations: Baseball Cards (1982)

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1982 began a hobby that would last on-and-off for the next decade.  My first pack of baseball cards came from the local ice cream joint, Coneheads.  It was a pack of Topps and I would get a pack weekly through the summer…it didn’t add up to a whole lot of cards, but the place was pretty far from home (for a seven year old) and seemed to be the only source of Topps cards that summer.  I would find out this wasn’t the case the next summer.  There wasn’t too much of value in the set for collectors to get excited — the Cal Ripken Jr. rookie card being the exception. Every time I see a Topps card from 1982, I think back to summer little league games and ice cream sundaes in a miniature batting helmet.

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There was a drug store down the street from my house by the name of Carl’s Drugs. It was only a few blocks away (much more accessible given my age) and it carried baseball cards as well, but they carried Fleer.  I was able to accumulate a lot more of these cards than the Topps, even though they were never as desirable.

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Like the Topps set in 1982, the Fleer set had little of note, except Ripken again.

Then there was the third brand: Donruss.  I was able to find these at a corner market called Vick’s near my grandparents’ house.  I had the least number of these that year, which was alright by me, because these were hideous.  Even a seven year old could see these were just some ugly baseball cards.  They haven’t really grown on me over the years, either.

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I never came close to completing any of the three sets.  I did manage to get the Cal Ripken Jr. card for Topps and Donruss —  I guess that’s something.  That summer I never managed to get that Fleer Ripken card, but did get it a few years later at a card shop.

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