I was looking around the internet the other day and came across something I'd like to chime in about for a moment and venture away from sportscards for a little bit.
I became a collector of cards late in 1978. I had just turned 6 and -- like many kids of that era -- was engrossed by a phenomenon called Star Wars. I had all the Kenner action figures (but not the bigger ones because they were deemed to expensive by my parents) and a couple of the playsets. At the time, my father was moonlighting at a nearby 7-11 store and brought home a pack of Star Wars cards for me. And I was promptly hooked.
When I began collecting, Topps was selling its third series, the ones with yellow borders. After breaking open a few packs and playing with the cards as only a 6 year-old can, I was naturally curious about why the cards numbered from 133-198. There had to be others, so asking a few of the neighbor kids I quickly found out that there were Star Wars cards with red borders and blue borders as well! And that revelation began a trading frenzy.
As I grew up, I did a lot of things with those cards. I took them and recreated the film, with the cards in their aired "sequence," I used them as models to pose my action figures, I grouped them by actor/subject, and when I was tired of that, I'd simply put the cards back in numerical order.
As you might guess, the poor cards didn't exactly handle such loving abuse at the hands of its young owner well. Many show their scars to this day:
While collecting these cards, I continued picking them up as Topps issued Series 4 and then 5 as 1979 wore on. Among the ones I picked up at the time was apparently not really for the eyes of a kid my age. The card in question was #207, which showed C-3PO as he emerged from the lube bath his first night at the Skywalker home:
I finished my base set in 2002 by trading for the last few cards I needed. Once I finished that (and eliminated any desire to open them), I picked up some unopened wax packs:
Sorry to detour from talk of vintage sportscards for this post...but the fact that these cards take me back to that moment in time whenever I open up the binder is one of those things that keeps me collecting today.
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