So, if you want to read about my previous visits, go here and here and here. Meanwhile, I hope to chronicle more dollar-store trips and I'll have them all linked on the sidebar.
And that's because during my latest trip, I found a number of new zip-lock bags had been positioned in front of the non-baseball cards. In most of those bags were cards from 1981. Dang! I had stumbled across cards from the era of instant gratification.
For those of you who remember 1981 and were collecting before '81, you know that was the year that Fleer and Donruss showed up in the same candy aisle as Topps. That may not mean much to those who know nothing but choice after choice of card product, but this was something shocking to young collectors in '81. Wherever we went, every drug store had at least one of the three brands. Some just had Topps. Some had just Topps and Fleer. Some, weirdly, just had Donruss. And some very smart stores had all three.
Well, flash forward to 2010, and my dollar store had '81 Topps and Fleer. Now, I am just a dozen cards away from completing the 1981 Topps set. So I immediately snapped up the bags containing '81 Topps.
Unfortunately, out of all of the cards that I bought of '81 Topps -- 106 to be exact -- none were of the 12 that I needed. Here is an idea of what I grabbed:
Still very cool. I will find uses for a lot of these cards.
But that was less than half of what I picked up for just $7.56. The rest were two 1983 Topps cards, six 1992 Studio cards, and 152 glorious 1981 Fleer cards.
I like 1981 Fleer simply because it takes me back to that time when we suddenly had options in card collecting. But when it comes right down to it, I don't like much else about that "first" offering from Fleer. The fronts were boring, the backs were even more so. But the opportunity to collect more than one Ron Cey or Dusty Baker card was just too irresistible.
I came up way short in completing the set, and I really have no intention of ever completing it, but it's still very, VERY cool to find cards that I collected when I was 15.
I can't possibly show all 152 Fleer cards. Also, I don't like showing cards that I already have. But here are the more notable players that I obtained that I already own: Vida Blue, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray, Tom Seaver, Lance Parrish, Rollie Fingers, Rusty Staub, Jack Clark, Lou Whitaker, Dave Winfield, Dave Concepion, Mark Fidrych, Amos Otis, Mike Flanagan and Willie McCovey.
And here are players that I didn't have already: