A set of trading cards and a stick of gum.
That’s what you got when you purchased collectible cards, whether they be baseball or non-baseball trading cards.
Now baseball cards have been around for at least a hundred years, but novelty bubble gum cards hit the market after World War Two.
Name a trend or pop culture icon and most likely there’s a trading card about it.
I recently came across a wide range of sealed, novelty trading cards.
Below are two packages released during the Garbage Pail Kids craze.
They were spoofing the Cabbage Patch Kids that were huge in the 1980s.
They’re actually stickers, but the goal was the same — collect all the cards/stickers.
Along the same line is this set called Rad Dudes.
They were spoofing skateboarders, surfers and other X-game type athletes.
And here’s a set for two musical icons: The Beatles and Michael Jackson.
The Beatles wrapper dates to 1964, while the Jackson set was released during his boom ‘Thriller’ years.