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As promised…

… here is some scanned crap. We’ll start with an “oddball”…

Now this isn’t just the cards cut out of the box. It isn’t even an empty box with the cards preserved. It’s a never-before-opened box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with the cards preserved. That’s right, inside that box is some 20-year old macaroni & cheese. Yum, yum.

I’ve made it through 4 boxes so far, mostly football and basketball cards. There were a couple of surprises in the football boxes…

I had no idea I possessed either of these cards. I realize that neither will pay for the college education of my children, just as Will Clark’s empty eighties promises never paid for mine. But it’s cool to have the rookie cards of a couple of the game’s current greats.

Speaking of the greats of the game, remember this guy?

Or this USC standout?

They both bombed pretty hard. I have found twelve Marinovich cards so far. I’m saving them. Because you never know, you know?

One more football card…

This is the oldest Bengals card that I own (so far). I do have at least one older football card, a 1955 Pete Pihos card. But Reggie Williams is the oldest Bengals card in my collection. That will change…perhaps as soon as this weekend. It all depends on what I find at the card show.

Now on to basketball…after going through hundreds and hundreds of cards, some severely damaged, some in pristine condition (but worthless all the same), I uncovered a few beauts.

Former Indiana University legend and current New Mexico coach Steve Alford…

Remember how big a deal Danny Ferry was? Whatever happened to him?

Surprisingly, Ferry lasted more than a decade in the NBA. Of course, he was guaranteed 10 years by the Cavs. The Spurs took him on after that contract expired, and he collected a championship with them in 2003. I had no idea.

One of my favorite players growing up, thanks to WGN, was B.J. Armstrong…

Of course, Jordan ruled the world. But I didn’t like Pippen. And the Bulls were always on TV. So I had to pick a 2nd favorite. It was down to Paxson and Armstrong, and Armstrong won out. I don’t remember what my 8th grade logic for that was.

I also stumbled upon this card…

Whaaat? Nique played for the Celtics? When did that happen? It just didn’t seem right. I flipped the card over to see what the stat lines revealed, and saw this…

Ahhhh! My eyes! It’s bad enough seeing Nique in a Boston uni, but the Clippers too? What has this world come to? I refuse to accept that this travesty ever happened, and will instead remember Dominique Wilkins forever in the way that he should be remembered…

And now for something completely different…

Alas, these are not from my childhood. The cards were produced during my childhood, but I didn’t own them until about 6 or 7 years ago when I bought them in Illinois. I got a few packs, a few doubles, but these are without a doubt the best of the bunch.

Now, for something that was from my childhood (if you consider mid-teens childhood, which as a father I am now forced to do because they’re not allowed growing up that fast)…

So there you have it. I scanned some crap and posted it.

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