Plus my brain will sometimes associate certain events in my lifetime with key historical events.
For example... I can tell you exactly where I was when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up or when the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake took place.
It works with positive memories too. Back in the Fall of 1998, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were battling each other in the Great Home Run Chase. That was also my first year of teaching in public education. My starting salary was less than $28,000, so I was forced to supplement my income by getting a job at the card shop located across the street at the mall.
At the time, anything and everything related to McGwire and Sosa was on fire. Big Mac was especially popular because he was the new single season home run record holder. Plus he was a former Oakland Athletic. I was fortunate to have a few of his 1985 Topps rookie cards, but his 1985 Chong minor league card always eluded me. People would always talk about it, but I never saw one in person... even though I worked at a card shop.
Two decades later, I've finally added a copy to my collection:
I tried looking up this card in older issues of Beckett, but couldn't find any information on what these were selling for back in the day. But I'm pretty sure PSA 10 copies were selling for more than $8.89 (+ $2.99 shipping). That's what I paid for this copy.
Now if I could only find a PSA 10 copy of his true rookie card for that price.
Okay, it's your turn to share.
What's a bargain priced card you've picked up in the last year or so that once commanded big $$$ back in the 80's or 90's?
I look forward to reading your responses. Happy Throwback Thursday and sayonara!