Tuesday, October 20, 2009

1980 Topps Super Pack

Ebay can be a wonderful thing sometimes.

Today, I came across this:

When I was a kid, there were essentially three places where I could get my cards. Nearest to my heart were the wax tray grocery packs. These were the packs my Dad first bought for me and at least half of my 1980 cards came from them. We bought them at Great Scott! Supermarkets (yes, they had the exclamation point as part of their name). Eventually, I found the wax packs at the closest 7-11 and finally, as a special treat, I would get a cello and rack packs at Collie Drug store.

Until right now, I had never come across these Super Packs before. Granted, I knew all about the wax, cello, rack packs and wax tray grocery packs. Had them all, opened them all at some point. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to see something new even though it is almost 30 years old.

This 59 cent package contained 28 cards and three pieces of gum that I am assuming are Bazooka-style squares and not the thin pieces found in the traditional pack. Extra points that Hall of Famer Joe Morgan is the one pictured on the front.

Today, a Walgreen's sits on the site of the Great Scott! and the baseball cards that they sell are older cards packaged in a 75 count for $3.99. My son loves these as they are a mixture of newer and older cards, mostly 1988 Donruss and 1987 Topps with some 2005 Fleer thrown in here and there. That's at least better than the 7-11 and Collie's which have long stopped selling any type of baseball cards. Kids used to be able get cards everywhere....now I can only find 2009 cards at Target. And don't get me started on the price!

Ah, for simpler days!

Anybody with info on these packs Super Packs and how long Topps used them, please share.


  1. Wish I had info on this for you. 3 pieces of gum?!? That's awesome!

  2. Oh, how I long for the days of buying a pack of cards with Rufino Linares peeking out of the cellophane, along with a slurpee cup with Vida Blue and his sans-logo hat.

    Round that purchase out with a roll of Sprees and the summer afternoon was complete.

  3. It would be nice if Topps could do a lower-price set that could be sold at drug and convenience stores. No inserts or chase cards, just a basic set. I really miss the days when I could pick up a few packs along with a slurpee or thirstbuster.

  4. I wish my Walgreen's sold baseball cards. In fact, I rarely go to Walgreen's because they don't sell cards. I can find all my drug-store needs either at the local place or a big-box store that also sells cards.

  5. I've never seen wax tray grocery packs before. That's pretty sweet.