When a Large Priority Mail box arrived a few months ago packed with commons from 1981, 1982, and 1983 I assumed that was all that it contained. Fast forward to last week while unpacking the cards, I discovered the news paper used wasn’t an ordinary newspaper.
As I pulled out the newspaper, I noticed it was old. As I began to flatten it out, it became clear it was an old partial issue of Baseball Hobby News from September of 1985. While only three pages, it is still a really neat find.
I was a few months from turning four in September of 1985 and four years away from opening my first pack of baseball cards. The world of collecting was still a few years from the junk era boom.
The front page is an article about players refusing to sign their contract with Topps. Apparently, they felt Topps wasn’t reimbursing them enough at the time. Interesting…
The ads were really interesting. Here is one for a card show in California.
A card show in Los Angeles with Pete Rose, Dave Parker, and Brooks Robinson signing autographs for $3.00 to $7.00!
The next ad is really interesting…
This is a massive full page ad selling sets from all four sports, but the basketball sets are interesting.
1984 Star Basketball sets for $3 to $5! The same Star basketball sets that have Michael Jordan pre-rookies. Even though Star went through a ton of scandals, those Jordan pre-rookies still pull decent cash.
I really wish the whole paper would have been included. I spent over an hour reading what I had and studying the for-sale ads.
What a time to collect!