Wednesday, February 12, 2020

What a difference a couple of years makes

Have 8 cards to show off for tonight's post from a regular trade partner Craig (TCDB ID: DukeyDevil).  It always has been easy to swap cards with Craig, and this time was no different.  But, when I started to scan the cards this evening to try and come up with something to write, I struggled for a few minutes.

Then it hit me.  These cards represent two portions of my card collecting life.

The first part is 3 cards from the '79 Topps BB set.

This is one of the last sets, baseball anyhow, that I remember collecting as a young lad.  Seeing these cards again reminds me of walking to the corner store and buying packs for a quarter (or something like that).  Where the cards that I had went from when I was a kid, only my mother knows.  I was 11 years old going on 12 when these cards were first released.  Still young.

Fast forward 3 years to 1982.  1982-83 to be exact.  I was 15 at the time, and have not one memory of these cards or buying any packs of them.

For a period of almost a decade, most of the 80's is a non card blur in my life.  I didn't start picking up cards again until 1990 when Upper Deck released it's first hockey set.  Seeing cards like the 5 above make me realize what I missed for those 9 years.

A lot of great sets.  I'm still working on a lot of the hockey sets from that decade.  The baseball sets, at least the ones I wanted to build, are complete.  I did a lot of things with my life in the 80's and sadly cards weren't a part of them.

I'm slowly getting that part back.  Sorry about the nostalgia, but sometimes inspiration hits in the weirdest of places.

Thank you for the cards Craig, they are always appreciated.

Enjoy the hobby!



  1. No need to apologize for the nostalgia. This is a trading card blog ;-)

  2. Nostalgia is something that never needs to be apologized for! That was good looking mask that Denis Herron had, good looking card too.

  3. Nice cards. 80's hockey had so many good rookies in it. Even though I didn't start collecting hockey until the early 90's, the 80's rookies were still very desirable.