Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Grocery shopping can be fun!
A few days ago, I was on my way back from my sister’s house and stopped at a grocery store a few blocks south of my town. Usually I go to the A&P about two blocks from where we live, but I was already in the car and this one was on the way, so I dropped in. Plus, while still an A&P, it’s just larger and a lot nicer than the one closest to us.
I paid for my groceries, and headed out the door. However, a sight made me stop dead in my tracks:
Those aren't Reese's and Paydays! They are cards. Baseball cards in a snack vending machine!
I had never seen this before. I had seen the slot machines where you put in a quarter and two or three cards come out, but have never seen packs in a vending machine. Amazing.
Now, for the most part, there was expected crap. Packs of 1996 Topps and 1991-92 NBA Hoops, for example. But there was some good stuff too, including 2014 Topps Olympics, and a few team bags. There were also Mickey Mantle HR cards in top loaders.
It’s rare that I have cash on me. I’m one of those annoying people who buys a pack of gum with a debit card, but I had a few singles, so I opted for a 25-card team bag (“B8”), with Jason Giambi on the front. I figured that would be a little more enjoyable than a pack of 1996 Topps. Plus, it would give me something to post about. See what I did there?
It contained the usual junk, for the post part, although I did get two cards from the ‘70s which I didn’t expect. Everything else was about what you’d imagine. Still, a very fun surprise at the grocery store. I’ll have to stop back and check it out again.