Million Dollar Question – Where Was The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?
Let me start by saying that the debut of ‘Million Dollar Question’ last week was a phenomenal success. Not only was the topic a great kick-off for this new weekly series, but I feel that it also helped connect the ’30-YOC’ readers. The stories were great, and it was a joy to see how much collecting has impacted us as some of our memories are still vivid 30-40 years later.
For the great readers of this blog, baseball card collecting and the joy it brings is alive and well!!!
So, for this week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’, I want to stick to the theme of collecting during our youths.
And for me, that means the 1980s and 1990s.
And one of the things about the hobby from that period that stands out the most to me is the desire of non-card companies had of putting their brand name into the hobby – from candy companies to drink companies to cereal and snack cake companies to drug stores – everyone wanted a piece of great the cardboard pie.
In addition to that, we also started finding baseball cards for sale in stores that were a bit more ‘out of the box’. Yes, as a kid, I could go into my local supermarket, gas station, and pharmacy and find baseball cards for sale. But I was also able to find them available in pretty odd places too.
So, that is what tonight’s question is – ‘What Is The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?’
For me, the most unusual place that I was able to find baseball cards was at the arcade. Right behind the counter, and available for either cash sales or exchange of tickets, I was able to get baseball cards. So, after a few rounds of ski ball, I could either cash my tickets in and bring home Dracula teeth, Chinese Yo-Yo’s, or baseball cards. And you know which one I chose – baseball cards. Every time!!
And each time I left the arcade with a few packs of 1989 or 1990 Fleer baseball cards in my grasp, I always had the same feeling – ‘Wow, I just paid twenty bucks for three packs of cards.’
So now I pose the question to you – ‘What Is The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?’