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    1987 Topps and the Hospital

    If you are a child of the 80's, you know what 1987 Topps is.* It was*absolutely loaded with key rookies, but it was produced in such high numbers,*I probably don't have enough space here to write out all of the zeroes.

    You may have heard that my dad has been in and out of the hospital for the past half year.* It has been very tough on us all, but no one can really understand what he has been through except for him.* Last night, I decided to take the family to visit him and have a little family fun:



    36 packs of wood bordered glory that hasn't seen the light of day in thirty one years.* The man behind the box?* That's dad.* This man, along with my mom, faithfully took me to baseball card shops every weekend for years.* The first time they took me was with their friend's son in 1987.* I had NO idea about baseball cards at the time, but I was game.* My parent's friend's son bought a pack of 1987 Topps and I asked if I could get one also.* Sure enough, mom & dad let me have one.



    He pulled a 1987 Topps Todd Worrell.* Me?* Some guy named Jose Canseco * The kid wanted to straight up trade ROY winners, but based upon his enthusiasm, I figured I'd hold off on letting Jose go.* A few years later, 9 year old Tanner found the Canseco rookie cup card while rummaging through a drawer, and the rest is history.* This is the reason the*Rookie Cup Canseco means so much to me.* So much, in fact, I have well over 50 variations of the card itself including these three customs I've made:



    The first one has an embedded wax wrapper and gum from a pack of 1987 Topps.* It is "slabbed" in a one touch and sealed with more wax pack wrapping.* The middle is a Simpsons version of the card I came up with and last but not least, is*a custom made completely out of wood.* It just makes sense to have the wood bordered card made out of ... well ... wood!

    I wanted to bring some joy to dad, and, well ... let's face it:* Baseball cards*are my love language.* My wife, son, mom and dad all got to ripping.* First, with the ritual of scratching the pack under the hat brim three times (something we did when I was much younger.)* It was*great being able to tell everyone what cards to look for.* That the first pack-pulled bash brothers Topps cards in A's jerseys were in this.* The Bo Jackson Future Stars card, the*75 pound version of Barry Bonds rookie card ... the list goes on.

    We reminisced about the funny nicknames like Walt "Three Blind" Weiss (though not in 1987 Topps) and Sid "Coffee and" Bream.

    My son pulled a Barry Bonds, my wife pulled a Mark McGwire, I pulled a Bo Jackson and my mom pulled THE Jose Canseco - she is the one shielding herself from being in a picture in the bottom right corner * My dad?* He pulled nothing.



    This is par for the course for him, as he has never really had much luck with wax.* He talked about the time 30 years ago when we were at a shop and he spent $7 on a pack of 1987 Fleer, only to get nothing.* The dealer opened one and got a good card.* Dad paid $7*for another ... and still got nothing.* I literally just talked about that very instance a few weeks ago, but was amazed that he remembered.

    In the end, we were left with a bunch of great wood bordered cards.* Many were off center, but it sure did make for a memorable evening.



    As we left, I told dad we pulled not one but two McGwires so one was going to stay with him.* He said "Thanks, but ... what about Canseco?"* How can I refuse my own father a rookie cup Canseco?* He ended up keeping both the bash brothers cards



    We all had a great bonding time together, and there were smiles all around - all because of a box of 1987 Topps.



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    Nice story, Tanner. I'll say a prayer for your Dad.
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    Very cool. Hope he gets better quick.

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    Great story, wonderful family time. I hope your dad makes a full recovery.

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    Nice story. 1987 Topps were the cards I had the most of as a kid and have so many fond memories. My Grandpa's friend owned a candy store in New York City and he sent a full case of 20 boxes to my brother and I to share.

    I wish your Dad well.
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    That really is what its all about right there, thank you for sharing. Prayers for Dad.
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    Tanner,

    Thank you for sharing. I've been taking a junk wax journey lately and each of your words speaks loudly to me. As always best wishes for your fathers health.

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    Thank you all for the kind words and prayers for dad! Austin, my wife gets that a lot - actually, she gets high school a lot, lol.
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    So who was brave enough to try the gum?


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    Tanner best wishes for your Dad.

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    That was a really cool story. I introduced baseball cards to my 6 year old son with 1987 Topps. I hope your dad gets better soon.

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