Culture Shock! Baseball Cards

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I was shocked when I went to the store yesterday and saw packs of baseball cards selling for $7.00 each. Seven bucks! And no bubble gum included.

As you can see by the picture, a pack of baseball cards used to cost a nickel–for half a dozen cards and a nice big sheet of gum. We traded them, flipped them, or clipped them to the wheels of our bicycles so they’d make a sound like a motor. It wasn’t until 1963 that I was able to collect a complete set, and it took some pretty hard-nosed trading to do it. And my mother threw them out when we moved!

Seven dollars–it made my head spin. And without Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn… yeesh.

Our money isn’t worth anywhere near what it used to be. You used to get 2,000 cards for $7, not to mention 340 sticks of gum.

I’m glad my memories are still free. Priceless, but free.

6 comments on “Culture Shock! Baseball Cards

  1. I had a big collection of baseball cards, too, although I collected mostly Brooklyn Dodgers and a few other National League teams. I have no idea what became of all those cards. I also liked the bubble gum that included comic strips in the wrappers — was it Bazooka gum?

    1. It tasted just like Bazooka, but it was a flat sheet of gum instead of a flattened cube or a roll. It was always a challenge to chew three or four of them at once.

  2. One has to wonder at the effect of spending so much for a simple piece of cardstock with printing on it. Nothing against baseball cards, I had a few myself, but they went for literal pocket change, back then.

    1. Hard to believe anyone parent would actually give a kid $7 to buy one pack of baseball cards. But then I did once see a third-grader flash a $100 bill.

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