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Process of moving unearths one of my favorite card

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

For the last decade or so, I’ve been searching my collection high and low for a card that I absolutely loved when I was a kid. I grew up in the junk wax era, and busted a ton — probably literally — of products from 1991. But probably my favorite card from that year is this 1991 Score American Flag card. At age 11 I really didn’t understand what it meant to be at war. All I knew is that we were supposed to hate Saddam Hussein and support our troops. Well, Score went one step further to make sure card collectors got the message as well. A simple American Flag adorns the front of card No. 737 from the set, and this poignant message covers the back.

Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, I’ve been on a mission to find this card in my collection. Sure, I could have went out and bought a few on ebay or elsewhere, but I knew I had one from my childhood. It meant more to me to have one that came from a pack I opened at a time when we were at war a decade earlier.

Fastforward almost another decade to Saturday.  As my wife and I were purging our belongings in preparation of the birth of my son, I unearthed this cardboard gem right before the box it was in hit the pile destined for Salvation Army.