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Old 04-22-2017, 09:20 AM
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I don't remember my first card but my first pack was a 61 Topps. Back in the day when a pack cost 5 cents. I remember it would take me forever to save up for a full box of packs that cost me a whopping $1.25.
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:35 AM
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I started opening packs in 1969 and I don't remember the specific players, but I remember that I was always frustrated I kept getting doubles and it wasn't until a lot later that I figured out the cards were issued in series.
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:24 AM
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I don't recall the player, but it was a rack pack of 1986 Topps (I still have the cards). My younger brother and I were at are our local variety store with my mom, and in the basement with the toys they had the packs for sale. I remember not knowing what they were but had no doubt that I really wanted them. My mom was happy to oblige, though had she known that she was starting a snowball rolling down the side of a mountain I wonder if she would have reconsidered.

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Old 04-22-2017, 12:34 PM
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1980 Topps Baseball. Northern Virginia. I searched through rack packs at the local Giant grocery store. Picked one with Garvey and Reggie on top. Still have both.
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Old 04-22-2017, 01:02 PM
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April 1949, LEAF Gum BB cards were first available in our neighborhood stores. I think this Ted Williams card was in the first pack I opened.

..................... 1949 BOWMAN ............................................... 1949 LEAF .........................
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Old 04-22-2017, 02:30 PM
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It was a long time ago so I don't recall the actual pack or any specific card but I do remember looking for my home team players from Chicago. They were far more valuable to me than getting Mays, Mantle, Gibson or Koufax. Team cards were considered pretty cool and checklists were a waste of paper.
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:46 PM
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My first pack was 1987 Topps Football. I don't remember the exact cards but I ended up with a shoebox full of them. I sold the shoebox at my first baseball card show in 1988 for $20 and used that money to buy my first single card, a 1985 Topps Mark McGwire. For baseball packs, I started with 1988 Topps & Donruss. While it wasn't my first, late summer in 1988 I bought a pack of 1986 Donruss for $5 and pulled a Canseco rookie. I turned down a $100 offer from the dealer.
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