WDP — Youthful Attachments

Describe an item you were incredibly attached to as a youth. What became of it?

I’ve written about this before, but as long as you’re asking…

When I was a lad, I used to collect superhero comic books, baseball cards, and my two favorite humor magazines, MAD and National Lampoon.

The comic books, mostly superhero-type comics from DC Comics and Marvel, cost ten cents each back then. MAD and National Lampoon were a quarter each. The packs of baseball cards, sold by Topps and Fleet, cost a nickel each and included seven baseball cards and a flat, square piece of pink bubblegum.

Each month when the new editions were published, I would ride my bike to the comic book store/newsstand in town, where I’d buy five comic books and two packages of baseball cards. I’d ride my bike back home and take the wrappers off of the packages of baseball cards and sort them out. And after reading the comic books, I’d stack them in piles based upon the characters.

I continued to buy baseball cards and comic books for years until I got distracted when I was about 17 by girls. But in the meantime, I had built up a significant collection of both comic books and baseball cards.

I kept the more recent comic book issues in my bedroom and the older issues in the basement of my parents’ home, along with my cherished baseball cards.

What became of my prized collections of comic books and baseball cards? It’s a sad story, actually. After high school I headed off to college for four years. When I returned home after graduating, I discovered that my vast — and priceless — collections of both comic books and baseball cards were missing.

I asked my father about them and he told me that he had thrown them away, explaining that he needed the space in the basement for some other purpose. “Besides,” he said, “that was kid stuff. You’re an adult now.”

34 thoughts on “WDP — Youthful Attachments

  1. Paula Light January 12, 2023 / 7:25 am

    Tragic. On the other hand, my mom kept all my stuff and it was worth nothing, so I tossed it myself!

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    • Carter Hann January 21, 2023 / 1:49 pm

      Hello

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      • Marleen January 24, 2023 / 2:10 pm

        Hmmm… have people seeking dates or something made themselves a space here?

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        • fancy4real January 25, 2023 / 1:18 am

          I couldn’t help but wonder the same thing. ⚠️ I thought that somehow I got on the wrong site/news feed.

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          • Fandango January 25, 2023 / 8:18 am

            I think it’s more of a site promoting a product or service than a dating site. I’m going to move all those comments to trash.

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  2. rugby843 January 12, 2023 / 11:02 am

    That’s too bad. They are worth more as they age!

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    • Fandango January 12, 2023 / 11:51 am

      Indeed they are, and mine were in pristine condition!

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  3. Nope, Not Pam January 12, 2023 / 11:11 am

    Sometimes parents don’t get it. My daughter had a friend who was making origami cranes, one for every person who died at the Anzac landing. Who mother threw them all away, said they were too dusty.

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  4. writerravenclaw January 12, 2023 / 11:33 am

    I collected comics, Misty, and I believe there was a comic called Whoopie. When I was about twelve, I gave them to our local hospital. I wish I had kept some though.

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  5. Marleen January 12, 2023 / 7:45 pm

    I was thinking, earlier today, about my childhood attachment to a couple of small stuffed animals (serious attachments… but not outrageous). I thought of that again when this little girl entered the ice with her hockey star (and other) doll. [I was additionally impressed with the long coat, on the fella, which looked straight outa the seventies but better. I couldn’t hear anything that was going on. I was at a sports bar, this evening. And this might’ve only been on one screen.]

    https://www.nhl.com/news/montreal-canadiens-honor-pk-subban-in-pregame-ceremony/c-339860474

    Subban was greeted with a standing ovation and his name being chanted while he pushed a young girl, Mila, in her wheelchair onto the ice with him for the ceremony.

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  6. Lolsy's Library January 13, 2023 / 4:11 am

    I stilll have a few of my Archie comics and Sweet Valley High Books =D I still buy Archie things whenever I can. I’ve still got a plush Lion that I called Mufasa and this huge bunny rabbit my Gran gave too me when I was about 11? I think? They’re still in good nick as well.

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  7. Lolsy's Library January 13, 2023 / 4:12 am

    Oh! I still love getting photos that you can hold in your hands and put on your walls. I can appreciate the online stuff, but there’s nothing like a photo album!

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  8. Dan January 26, 2023 / 5:52 pm

    I also liked that stuff, but I didn’t buy as much as you did. It’s a shame that your father threw them away.

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    • Fandango January 26, 2023 / 5:55 pm

      I know. But he’s dead now, so no point in holding a grudge, right?

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      • Dan January 26, 2023 / 6:03 pm

        Of course not. These things happen in life and we move on, or else we’re doomed to live miserable lives.

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  9. leigha66 January 29, 2023 / 5:53 pm

    There are still a few comics around here… no first issues or anything but still from the 70’s.

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