Yup. I was one of those freaks that enjoyed eating cubed turkey and gravy over mashed potatoes. But most of the time, my mom insisted on packing me a lunch. Looking back on it... it wasn't the end of the world. I had a really cool Star Wars lunch pail that typically included a sandwich, some carrots, a Handi-Snack cheese and crackers pack, and these snack sized puddings that came in a can.
But every now and then, I'd get lucky and find a fruit pie or one of the Hostess treats sitting in my lunch pail. I can still remember begging my mom for boxes of raspberry Zingers.
Back then, my focus was on the treats themselves instead of the cards on the bottom. I want to say that I remember seeing these panels printed on the boxes, but since they were in the 70's (a few years before I started collecting)... my guess is if I did, I probably had little to no interest in the cards themselves.
These days, it's a whole different story. I don't eat Hostess snacks very often, but I might actually start if they printed cards on their boxes again. I mean, how cool would it be to turn over a Twinkies box and see this:
Or... working your way to the bottom of the box and catching a glimpse of this...
You know the old lady digging through all of the milk cartons at the grocery store finding the latest expiration date? I'd be the guy sitting down in the grocery store sifting through all of the boxes finding my favorite players.
I recently picked up a small lot of 1975 Hostess panels on eBay... and started wondering how exciting it would have been had I collected in the 70's and stumbled across this pair of hall of fame pitchers:
Or how about Buzz, Mad Dog and Cakes...
And I'm sure I would have been excited to find a panel that included one of the game's greatest hitters...
Back then, there's not a doubt in my mind that I would have taken scissors to these panels and cut out my favorite players:
However the forty-three year old collector that I am plans on keeping these panels intact for the time being.
Okay. What about you?
What kind of treats did you enjoy the most when you were in elementary school?
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!