I just bought 10-packs of 1982 Topps Football Cards off Ebay. My previous Jack Tatum post inspired me to find more HARD-Hitter rookie cards. The '82 set has Lawrence Taylor and Ronnie
Lott. The first pack I opened; BOOOOM! LT Rookie. Only about an 8-grade so nothing major but real cool for a first-pack-pull. 15-Card decks with gum on the bottom, staining that last pic in every pack. I held the cards up to my nose. Cards crispy from an opened pack have that smell. Like new shoes straight out of the box these cards are gum-powdered fresh. And these cards are from 1982! Gum and all. Oh Yes the gum. 31 years old, petrified. Can I get my 31-year-old gum PSA Graded? I even ate a piece just to see what is was like. You don't chew 31 year old gum, you grind it up into little pieces like a sweet tart or breath mint. The gum is still powdered and still smells good. The taste however is sweet & stale. I thought about microwaving it to bring it back to life so to speak, but I didn't cuz eating one piece of 31 year old gum was enough for me. I didn't get any Ronnie Lott's, which sucks but I did enjoy learning about the gum and being reminded of that fresh card smell again. If you can't appreciate 31-year-old gum then you're not a Card-Head. If you don't like opening packs of cards you're not a Card-Head. If you'd rather pay $300 for a hobby box so you can search for a rookie card worth $500, then not only are you a Card-Head but you're a dumb-ass too. Just pay the extra 200 for the single and get on with it. I mean I know it's fun to open packs but don't be stupid. Then again, it is much more gratifying to rip open a pack & peel off a rookie card or rare insert then going on Ebay. Nevertheless, 31 year old gum is definitely GEM Mint in my book.