Thrift Treasures XLIV: The Taste of a New Generation

There was a time when I’d go grocery shopping with my mother and would ask her to buy certain products simply because the item contained a free promotional baseball card.

Kellogg’s brand cereals? yep.

Mother’s Cookies? Damn right … HAD to have those iced Animal Cookies.

Pepsi or Coke?  Depends on which one was offering my cardboard icons.

Today I present to you the food edition of Thrift Treasures.

My wife and I made a trip to some local antique stores about a week ago looking for whatever piqued our interests.  The trip as a whole was fairly mediocre.  Antique stores carry odd hours.  We went on a Tuesday, and most of the stores are open Wednesday through Sunday.  The result was only 3 of the 10 antique stores were open.  This of course translated into slim pickings.

But not all was lost.  Among the piles of organized madness was a small baggie of cards (pictured above) priced for a buck.

A BUCK!

The first card in the baggie was one I had owned when I was a tweenager.  I remember pulling it from the inside of a 12 pack of Pepsi cans in 1989.  I remember that I creased the hell out of the card because it was attached to the box with a strip of hot glue.  Yeah, the geniuses at Pepsi adhered these seemingly collectible cards to the inside of their boxes using hot glue! Naked!  No plastic outer bag! Cardboard to cardboard with only a strip of glue between the two.

Grrrr.

So yeah, this was a total sentimental purchase.  Value?  None, really.

Here are the cards that were within the baggie.

1989 Pepsi Mark McGwire Card #3

1989 Pepsi Mark McGwire Card #5

1989 Pepsi Mark McGwire Card #2

1989 Pepsi Mark McGwire Card #1

1989 Pepsi Mark McGwire Card #8

1990 Pepsi Jose Canseco Card #4

Mixed in with the Pepsi cards was a Mother’s Cookies card …

1992 Mother's Cookies No Hitter Set Nolan Ryan #6

… and some 1994 Tombstone Pizza cards made by Score

1994 Tombstone Pizza cards: Cecil Fielder (#18), Marquis Grissom (#7), Tim Salmon (#27), and John Kruk (#12)

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