It’s cold, I better put on my Topps baseball cards sweater!

ToppsSweatersImagine if you will a cold fall morning and you’re in the fifth grade. Before you can head off to school your mom tells you to dart upstairs and grab a sweatshirt because you’ll freeze without one. You get to your room, and open the third drawer down on your dresser. Here is where the goodness lies. You grab your white sweatshirt and toss it on, putting one arm in each sleeve and then pulling the collar over your head. Now a quick glance in the mirror.

“Topps Baseball Cards?” you mutter to yourself. “Everyone will think I’m a dork.”

Before you have a chance to change, your mother is standing at the bedroom door instructing you to get in the car because now you’re running late. Now you’re stuck in the sweater, and all day kids are laughing at you because you’re a dorky baseball card collector who will never get the chicks.

The scenario is a dramatization of what must have happened to dozens of kids back in the late 1980s after their mothers thought it a great idea to purchase one of these nifty sweaters. Like most things, there is a time and place for such novelty items, but the fifth grade isn’t one of them.

I came across this not-so-rare advertisement card the other day and it brought back memories of opening packs of Topps from 1988 and 1989 — when I was in the fourth and fifth grade.  By that time most of my card collecting friends had grown out of the hobby and started looking negatively upon it as if it were akin to playing Barbies with your sister.

Looking back at this advertisement card, now 20 years after its release, I can’t help but be amused by the product Topps was hustling here. For a mere $19.95 plus shipping, parents could have scorned their children for life with one of these bogus sweaters. I can’t even imagine wearing one of these after age 8 — life would have been really tough.  Did any of you collectors actually own any of these sweaters? If so, I’d love you hear your story.



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