Ronald Reagan was in the White House and Topps gave kids something new to collect: Garbage Pail Kids.
Back to the Future was the highest grossing film.
The Nintendo Entertainment System made its way to North America.
Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the hit single We Are The World to raise money for humanitarian aid in Africa and the United States.
And I was a middle school student rocking out to that song on my Sony Walkman while sorting stacks of baseball cards that most certainly included 1985 Topps:
Fast forward to June 20th, 2015. That's when I picked up five packs of 1985 Topps baseball at the Branham Flea Market for $4.
And this afternoon... I ripped open those packs and scanned the highlights.
Check them out...
Grabbed this Aase out of the first pack I opened. Definitely off to a strong start.
Best Giants Broadcasting Duo
Not a fan of the San Francisco Giants, but I've got to admit... I enjoy listening to Kruk and Kuip on the radio.
Easiest Quiz Question
Let's hope that Trebek never used this question on Jeopardy. C'mon Topps. Even a monkey could answer that question.
Coolest First Name
His stiffest competition was Barbaro. Bottom line. If I had a son... I'd name him Mookie before I'd call him Barbaro.
Most Interesting Card Back Fact
If any of you run into Mr. Oliver, can you please ask him about his cologne collection?
Greatest Leadoff Hitter
Rickey doesn't seem amused by this post. Oh well... that's just Rickey being Rickey.
Largest Wax Stain
Winfield was the only non-subset hall of famer I pulled... and he happened to have the nastiest wax stain. Talk about bad luck.
Most Valuable Rookie Card
This card was pretty hot back in 1985. Langston was coming off a rookie year in which he led the American League in strikeouts. He was also runner-up to his teammate Alvin Davis in the AL ROY voting.
Highest Graded Piece of Gum
Three of the packs contained cracked gum. The fourth piece of gum was discolored. But this piece was pristine. Four sharp corners. Nice edges. Great color. My guess is it would fetch a PSA 10 grade.
Sweetest Pair of Willies
If we were using these two cards to predict the outcome of tonight's ALCS game... I'd have to give the edge to Kansas City. Comparing the two guys, Wilson beats out Upshaw in almost every statistical category. And as I write this... the Royals happen to be leading 2-1 in the fifth inning.
I'm off to watch the rest of the game in hopes that Toronto will bounce back and possibly take it to a Game 7.
Happy Friday and sayonara!