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I bought a 1983 Topps Sticker Book recently and an unopened box of 1983 Topps stickers. I had a blast opening them all up and filling up the book (which I did) with plenty of doubles to spare. All for a couple bucks on ebay.
Long ago, my parents had told me that I needed to keep these baseball cards safe and sound; when I was an adult, they promised, I could send my kids to college by selling them.
Parents always predict the future based on the conditions of their own time. But the future is always different in ways we parents cannot foresee, and our hubris can leave an awkward legacy for our children.
I like to give cards away for Halloween. They also make great prizes at the school carnival for the sports games (football toss, bowling, basketball shoot). Kids don't seem to mind that the players are older, especially if the card is from a local team.
Can anyone here name that pitcher? Hint: My friend was (and still is) Asian-American.
There is poetic justice in this "industry" dying, especially to those of us old enough to have collected cards in their youth, long before the hobby was appropriated by adults and turned into something grotesque.
It's funny, so many people complaining that baseball cards became for serious collectors and got priced out of just having cheap fun, while others complaining that their collection of 1988 Donruss cards are now worthless. Are these not contradictory?
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