That year, my parents and I took a trip to Seattle to visit my cousin Keith who was studying to be a dentist at The University of Washington. While we were there, we stopped at one of those sports stores that sold MLB lamps, NFL wallets, and NBA blankets. In addition to all of the officially licensed novelties, the shop also carried baseball cards.
That's where my mom and dad purchased my very first baseball card set: 1981 Fleer.
The set's design is average at best. There aren't any rookie cards of hall of famers. And it's never really held any significant monetary value. However when I was thinking about a card that reminded me of a family member for Tony's 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge, I immediately thought my mom and this set.
A few cards popped into my head like the Fernando Valenzuela rookie card and the Phillies' Triple Threat card featuring Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and Larry Bowa, but ultimately I went with the base card of my favorite player at the time:
1981 Fleer #574
Back then times were simpler. I didn't think of cards in terms of values. I held them, arranged them, read them, and organized them. I can still picture myself sitting at the family room table watching the game with my A's team set in front of me.
1981 Fleer is a pillar of my childhood. It represents the first set I ever owned and whenever I see a card from it, I'm reminded of my mother and our trip to Seattle.
Happy Monday and sayonara!