We had been dwelling in a world where there have been no DVD players, and even VCRs had been nonetheless just molecular methods off. Accumulating these playing cards enabled me to relive the movies in my head. I do know it appears like a cliché. However, I actually do keep in mind sitting in mattress, huddled below my blankets with a flashlight, going by an enormous stack that my little hand may barely maintain (no, that notorious C-3PO card with an apparently erect penis was not one among them!). I’d flip by the inexperienced ones, and the blue ones, and as I did, the movies unspooled in my thoughts. They had been magical, and so they had been valuable to me. I nonetheless have some.
The next step on my card amassing path started within the schoolyard at PS 144 after I was within the fourth grade. A bunch of my fellow college students had been hovering intently round one thing. I went over to get a glance and found that they had been centered on a bunch of playing cards. My curiosity instantly waned. By no means a sports activities fan, as I received older, I related playing cards with baseball and soccer, and all of the games that had by no means managed to carry my consideration. In my thoughts, my beloved Star Wars cards had been the exception to the dullness of playing cards as a rule.
But as I received nearer, I noticed that these had been entirely different. They had been brightly colored and depicted what, in my estimation, gave the impression of loopy cartoon characters. This was my introduction to Garbage Pail Kids. And like each different child my age at the time, I received very excited and instantly knowledgeable my mom that we would have liked to begin shopping for Garbage Pail Kids playing cards in bulk!
Such playing cards had also been known as “buying and selling playing cards” however that period actually didn’t apply to my Star Wars collection. My friends and I collected them. However, we, by no means, honestly traded them. Garbage Pail Kids had been entirely different—we did truly commerce them. I vividly keep in mind, even though it’s been 35 years, giving up one thing within the vary of a dozen playing cards in trade for a Nasty Nick card, designated 1A. Now to place that in perspective, when this card was supplied to me in a commerce, my response was the identical as it will be if somebody entered my workplace now and provided me an economics for the precise Mona Lisa—a Nasty Nick 1A was severe business.
A quick apart: I at all times discovered it humorous that Garbage Pail Kids had playing cards designated 1A and 1B— every featured the identical paintings, however, carried a particular title. They had been clearly attempting to have twice as many playing cards for a similar quantity of pictures. From an enterprise standpoint, you’ll be able to’t argue with that logic. From a collector’s perspective and just a little boy’s, the double designation was actually fresh as a result of it meant you could gather 200 playing cards as an alternative of 100—it made the hunt that rather more exciting.