Here's a card I picked up a little while ago:
Before randomly-seeded "chase cards" became the norm, this was the "insert card" of my youth. This card was seeded inside a wax pack of 1983 Topps cards. As you can see, it was a simple "scratch-off" game. Some cards revealed prizes, and others could be saved for a send-away glossy set. The details are written on the back inside a little box:
Yes, that's a gum stain in the middle. I'd prefer it there instead of a regular card.
I scartched off several of those cards in 1983, but never got anything besides points. However, in 1984, I opened one of the packs sitting inside my Christmas stocking and won a batting glove. Unlike the card above, there was an expiration date of 12/15 on the '84 cards. My mother wrote a short note to Topps asking if they could overlook the little ten-day issue...and Topps sent me a batting glove. I should have kept it, but I wore it out pretty quickly in Little League the following spring.
Happy New Year! - I decided that New Year's Day was the perfect time to feature the first card of the 1973 Topps set. That was back in 2011, and today is the first day since...
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