One collecting obsession of mine has been picking up old wax packs of trading cards from the 80s & 90s. Sure, I have a ton of these non-sport cards from when I was a kid, but the artwork and design of the packaging is something I missed. When you would buy one of these packs you would tear it open and throw away the wrapper. Never giving it a second thought. Seeing these again brings back memories of feeling the slick paper in your hands, seeing the simple artwork, the rush of finding a chase card and of course the smell of bubble gum. Let's dive into a few of these packs that I have on display once more!
AAAHH!!! Real Monsters (Fleer, 1995)
Even though "Rocko's Modern Life" is my all-time favorite Nicktoon, I still have a soft spot for AAAHH!!! Real Monsters. This was a great cartoon in it's own right and most definitely deserves to have been immortalized on cardboard. The set looks nice and the graphics are clean. Along with the 90 card base set, there was also the chance you could score a hologram or pop-up insert card!
Ghostbusters (Cryptozoic, 2016)
I had been looking for these cards at local shops for years now and never found them. My wife was just recently in Portland for a work training for about a week. She discovered these at calendar store there and bought me a few packs as compensation for watching the kids and taking care of the housework by myself for 6 days. I was hoping for an autograph, sketch card or other sweet subset, but I just got the basic cards. Nonetheless, I was still very happy to receive these as my reward.
Marvel Universe: Series III (Impel, 1992)
The week before my wife left for Portland, I was in Spokane for 4 days on a work retreat. While there I visited a couple local comic shops and these were at the front counter for $1.99 a piece! I am kicking myself that I didn't get more! These were my introduction to the Marvel Universe line of cards and my life was never the same. I still remember pulling that Wolverine hologram card and showing it off to my friends. The artwork is excellent and the stats on the back of every card make this set a must own for any non-sports card collector!
Wacko-Saurs (Zoot, 1987)
Wacko-Saurs...where to begin with these? As a kid we wound up with a few of these in our collection. No one seems to remember where they came from or who even got them. All I know is that these are possibly the greatest non-sports cards in the history of humanity! The crazy card fronts are only to be outdone by the jokes on the back of almost every card. For example, "How can you tell if a Brontosaurus has been on the roof?...Look for his footprints in the BASEMENT!!!!" Ha Ha Ha! That is prehysterical!!
PGA Tour Cards (ProSet, 1991)
Okay, the only reason I added these golf cards to my collection is because back when I was 10 years old one of my friends told me golf cards would be the future of sports card collecting. He bought these very cards while the rest of us were buying Topps Baseball cards and Action Packed Football cards. I guess in some ways my friend was right, because a few years later a Mr. Tiger Woods took the world by storm and every collector wanted one of his cards in their collection. So when I found these at the Dollar Tree and they were 2 for $1, I couldn't resist. Now feel free to watch 16 minutes of a guy opening old golf card packs...and you're welcome!