First chase…

I don’t remember my first card, or even who was in my first pack, but I do remember the first card I coveted.

In 1987 I was at my Friend Anton’s house looking through his cards and came across this.
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In my 11 year old mind it didn’t get much bigger then Pete Rose. This card has such a great shot of Charlie Hustle looking tough as ever. This was 2 years before he was tossed from baseball and just 2 years after he broke Cobbs record. He was very much a giant, I was in awe. The card comes from the bottom of a wax box. My friend’s dad helped him cut it out and it was perfectly centered (that isn’t the actual card above, it’s just a scan I stole form ebay). In our pre-teen minds the fact it was from the box bottom made it much more valuable. In the days before inserts we took our excitement anywhere we could find it.

I pestered him for months to trade it to me. Finally we worked out a deal, I don’t remember the all the details but I do remember I sent several GI-Joe figures his way in exchange for the Rose, some fireworks and a micro machines Porsche 911 (I think it was the black convertible with the red window, guys currently in their mid 30s know what I am talking about). I think a Playboy magazine he stole from his dad may have been involved, but don’t tell my mom.

It was the jewel of my collection. Sadly I have no idea what ever happened to the card. It was my first chase and holding that card back then was far more satisfying than any auto/relic hit I pull these days.

-K-

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One response to “First chase…

  1. I saw this post on my phone so there was no picture (I know, my phone sucks). Now that I see it for real (w/the picture), it’s not the one I was thinking of. I thought it might have been this…( http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_GAv6IaZIz4I/TQg7JqnOVFI/AAAAAAAABdM/FNLDCVby8dI/s1600/Pete+Rose+blank+back+card.jpg ) to which I could have helped your cause.

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