(Part 4 of this series got away from me a little bit -- my last post was almost two weeks ago. Click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and an old post detailing my baseball season of 1980.)
The 1980 Topps cards looked good. Though some debate exists whether action shots make the best baseball cards, this set might have had the best photos -- very few of them posed -- in the four years I had been collecting. The back of the cards included a cartoonish fun fact for every player. With it being 1980, it was simple to deduce the age of the player from his date of birth.
On top of the playing baseball, watching baseball, rolling dice to simulate baseball and reading about baseball, I was collecting baseball -- more than ever in 1980.
1977 and 1979, 1980 is still my favorite. Just digging up these three cards to scan for this post was a thrill.
With my decreased interest in baseball cards in 1981, I likely chewed my last packs of the pink, flavorless near-cardboard gum included in every pack. The gum would sometimes be crumbled into a few pieces as you opened the pack. Fleer, which produced baseball stickers before it started its own cards, produced more flavorful, juicier gum with their packs. Topps clearly hadn't caught up in 1980. But 32 years later, I can still taste that bland gum.
Just when I thought this series was over, I wrote an epilogue.